Who can be offered a place in a course?

General requirements

There are three general requirements for being offered a place in a course. You must:

  1. be eligible by meeting the academic requirements of the institution and the specific entrance requirements of the course
  2. be selected in competition with other eligible applicants
  3. have paid the UAC processing charge.

Institution academic requirements

Each institution sets its own admission requirements. Read the individual institution entries for details.

Course requirements

The most common course requirement is to meet a particular course cut-off. Cut-offs indicate the lowest selection rank accepted for entry into a course. For most Year 12 students, their selection rank is their ATAR. If an institution allocates bonus points to you for a particular course, your selection rank for that course will be your ATAR + bonus points.

In addition to meeting a cut-off, some courses also require you to have completed (or to have achieved a specified standard in) an HSC course before you can be considered for an offer. These are called prerequisites.

Some courses also have additional selection criteria such as a personal statement, questionnaire, portfolio, audition, interview or test, which are considered either instead of, or together with, the ATAR.

Finally, special requirements and policies apply to students in health/welfare-related and teacher education courses.

Check the course descriptions available through the course search for individual course details.

Remember that being eligible doesn't guarantee you a place in a course. You'll have to compete with other eligible applicants – read selection criteria and the selection process for more information.

UAC’s Qualifications Assessment Service (QAS) provides prospective applicants with an assessment of their qualifications. This may be used as a guide by admissions officers for determining eligibility for courses offered by UAC's participating institutions.