UAC News: March 2017

Important changes for 2017–18

There are some important changes to next year’s admissions that you’ll need to communicate to your Year 12 students. These changes will affect students applying from August 2017:

  • The maximum number of preferences will now be five (not nine as currently).
  • There will be an offer round after ATAR release and before Christmas.
  • There will be an offer round in mid-January but no ‘Main Round’.
  • Cut-offs will be published for the pre-Christmas round and the mid-January round.

These changes simplify the admissions process and ensure that offers are made in a timely manner.

The reduction in the number of preferences streamlines the process, while still allowing students plenty of choice. In the previous system, many students felt they should ‘fill up’ all nine preferences. However, research shows that very few offers were made to preferences six to nine. With five preferences, students will still be able to change their preferences for each of the offer rounds, thus choosing up to five courses per round.

HSC minimum literacy and numeracy standards

We’ve had lots of careers advisers and teachers asking us how the new minimum literacy and numeracy standards for the HSC from 2020 onwards will affect the calculation of the ATAR.

There is no change to the ATAR eligibility rules at the moment. Universities may now consider whether the new standards will have an impact on the ATAR. UAC will advise schools if there are any changes.

UAC’s coming to an expo near you

UAC’s Community Engagement team are about to hit the road and visit regional careers expos. Make sure your students come and visit us for information on the ATAR and uni entry. View the detailed list of this year’s events on our website. We’re looking forward to seeing you all.

Is your school in the Sydney metro area? We will be speaking twice a day at the HSC and Careers Expo at Moore Park (1–4 June) and the Western Sydney Careers Expo at Sydney Olympic Park (22–25 June). This is a great opportunity for your students to engage with us.

School presentations

Our Community Engagement team receives many invitations from schools to run information sessions on the ATAR and applying to uni. Unfortunately, we can’t get to everyone, so we’ve created some guidelines for requesting a presentation:

  • Single schools must have a minimum of 250 students and parents in attendance.
  • If your school can’t meet the minimum attendance requirement, join up with one or two neighbouring schools.
  • If you are in a regional area, check when UAC will be at an event near you, then join up with other schools and request a presentation around that date.

Email your requests to

Professional development day

Our UAC Day is a free professional development day (9am – 3pm) for careers advisers, year advisers and other staff who advise students in Years 10, 11 and 12 about subject selection, the ATAR and applying to uni. The morning session explores the calculation of the ATAR and strengthens your understanding of the scaling tables through practical exercises and discussion. The afternoon session provides an opportunity to work through case studies covering aspects of the UAC process. Morning tea and lunch are provided.

Book now.

Sydney: Tuesday 6 June, St Ignatius College, Riverview
Glen Innes: Monday 19 June, Glen Innes & District Services Club
Nowra: Monday 31 July, Nowra Golf Club
Cowra: Friday 4 August, Cowra Services Club

UAC publications

Each year we update our publications to give students the latest information on preparing and applying for tertiary study. All publications can be downloaded from our website.

All About the ATAR and Applying to Uni for Students and Parents – an easy-to-understand explanation of the ATAR and the uni application and offer process (available from our stand at expos and career days).

All About UAC for 2017 Year 11 and 12 Students – the latest information on preparing for tertiary study in 2018, including a list of this year’s tertiary courses and cut-offs (available from our stand at expos and career days).

Year 10 booklet – information to help students choose their HSC courses. It includes worksheets plus a list of the courses UAC’s participating institutions intend to offer in 2020, with details of prerequisites, assumed knowledge, recommended studies and additional selection criteria. (Four complementary copies of the booklet will be sent to each Year 12 school in NSW and the ACT. Extra print copies can be ordered on our website. Available in May. View the 2016 edition.

Report on the Scaling of the 2016 NSW HSC – a detailed report with result statistics and comprehensive scaling tables. The preliminary report is currently available on our website. Reference copies of the full report will be sent to schools in late April.

Surplus copies of the UAC Guide

Surplus copies of last year’s UAC Guide are now available: $20 (including GST) per box of eight. Call us on (02) 9752 0200.

School offer lists

Details of all 2017 semester 1 uni offers made to students at your school are available in the secure My School area of our Schoolink website.

Note that these lists do not indicate which offer (if any) they accepted.

University news

Download the 2017 Medicine and Medical Sciences special entry requirements fact sheet.

Download the list of 2017 open days at all our participating institutions.

Australian College of Applied Psychology

Information sessions: Careers advisers and their students are invited to discover ACAP courses and campus facilities at the following free information sessions:

  • Wednesday 3 May
  • Wednesday 23 August
  • Wednesday 22 November.

The events take place ahead of trimester intakes and include presentations from teachers and staff. You will also have the opportunity to meet students and alumni and tour the new campus. Course advisers will be available to answer questions and explain study options and pathways.

Online registration required. Family and friends are welcome to accompany registrants.

Tour the new Hyde Park campus: In 2016, ACAP relocated to purpose-built CBD premises at 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney. ACAP Hyde Park is designed for digital learning and provides multiple student break-out spaces for collaboration, solo study and socialising. Most classrooms and common areas, including the library, have views across the treetops of Hyde Park to Sydney Harbour. Tour the new campus any weekday between 9am and 5pm. Book by emailing

Macquarie University

School Portal: The Macquarie University School Portal is a one-stop-shop for accessing up-to-date information about new Macquarie University courses and course changes, entry programs, upcoming events and teacher resources (including school presentations by current Macquarie University students).

Key events

Campus tours
Open to everyone

11 April, 10.30am – 12pm
24 May, 4pm – 5.30pm
20 June, 4pm – 5.30pm
12 July, 10.30am – 12pm
6 October, 10.30am – 12pm
17 November, 4pm – 5.30pm

Macquarie in a Day
For Year 11 and 12 students

19 and 20 April
Careers Advisers and Teachers Day 5 May

Global Leadership Entry Program
For Year 12 students who are achieving strong academic results, are leaders in their community and are involved in extracurricular activities. Applications open 8 May.

28 August

Undergraduate information evening
For Year 10, 11 and 12 students and parents

17 May

Macquarie subject taster days
Subject-specific days for Year 11 and 12 students

July and September school holidays
HSC in the Holidays
For Year 12 students
July and September school holidays
SAE Creative Media Institute

New Sydney campus: SAE Creative Media Institute has opened the doors on Sydney’s largest dedicated creative media education institute. Located at 39 Regent Street, in the inner-city creative and cultural hub of Chippendale and next to Central Station, the $12 million seven-story campus has been purpose-designed to provide a modern and technically interactive teaching and learning space where students can master their creative skills. Features include a rooftop recreational space for students to relax and network while enjoying 360-degree skyline views across the city.

University of Sydney

New undergraduate curriculum in 2018: The University of Sydney is introducing a new undergraduate curriculum in 2018. The new curriculum will allow students to study in their chosen discipline and to engage with other disciplines through a shared pool of majors and minors offered from across the university. In addition to the new cross-disciplinary majors, students will have access to short on-demand and workshop-supported courses in the Open Learning Environment. These courses will build skills in entrepreneurial thinking, persuasive communication, project management and ethical reasoning.

There is also a new combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies degree, and high achievers with an ATAR (or eqv) of 98.00 or higher will have the opportunity to take part in the Dalyell Scholars program

Sydney College of the Arts Information Session and Portfolio Day: SCA will hold an Information Session and Portfolio Day on Saturday 7 October 2017, 10am – 1pm to help future students prepare their portfolio for entry into B Visual Arts and B Visual Arts/B Advanced Studies. Students are encouraged to bring their portfolio, visual arts diary and any additional documentation of their art practice. They can meet with academic staff and receive feedback on their work. Portfolios must be submitted to SCA by 5pm on Friday 17 November 2017.

University of Wollongong

New degrees in 2018

  • Bachelor of Commerce Global (Hons)
       offering majors in accounting and finance
  • Bachelor of Computer Science Global (Hons)
       offering majors in cyber security and big data

These degrees (which are subject to final approval) provide a global study experience, personal mentoring and financial sponsorship, as well as the opportunity to gain real-world skills and work experience – all while seeing the world. After studying the core subjects of either degree, students continue their studies at four of the University of Wollongong’s global locations: Wollongong, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore. Students will also complete paid internships with one of the University’s program sponsors.

Double degrees at new UOW South Western Sydney campus – Liverpool: These programs will be available in 2018 (subject to final approval):

  • Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Laws.

University of Wollongong Early Admission Program: Year 12 students can earn their place at the University of Wollongong before they sit their first exam. Applicants must be:

  • in Year 12 in 2017, completing the HSC (or interstate equivalent) or the IB on-shore at an Australian high school
  • under 21 years of age
  • eligible to receive an ATAR or IB Diploma.

Applications will be open 1–25 August 2017.

Guaranteed accommodation for first-year students: UOW Living can guarantee eligible first-year students a place in a UOW residence. Knowing they are going to have a roof over their head is one less thing to worry about.


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