International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students

UAC's participating institutions accept the IB Diploma and Bilingual Diploma as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification.

If you're sitting the IB Diploma in 2016 or May 2017, you can apply through UAC Undergraduate if you're:

  • an Australian citizen (including dual citizen)
  • a New Zealand citizen (including dual citizen)
  • an Australian permanent resident visa holder
  • an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa holder.

If you meet the above citizenship criteria and are sitting the IB Diploma in Australia, you apply as a Year 12 applicant through UAC.

If you meet the above citizenship criteria but are sitting the IB Diploma outside Australia, or you sat the IB Diploma in 2015 or earlier, you apply as a non-Year 12 applicant through UAC.

If you are an international student with an IB Diploma in 2016 or May 2017, you must apply through UAC International. If you are attempting the IB Diploma overseas, you may also have to provide proof of English language proficiency.

Note that acceptance of the IB Diploma by an institution does not guarantee entry into courses. Entry into courses is competitive as places may be limited and some courses may have additional selection requirements.

Providing your IB Diploma results to UAC

Current IB Diploma students

You can authorise the release of your results to UAC via the Request for Results Service on the International Baccalaureate Information System (IBIS).

UAC will receive your IB Diploma results directly from the International Baccalaureate organisation and any subject bonus points you are eligible for will be automatically allocated by the institutions. Contact your school's IB Diploma co-ordinator before the deadline to confirm that your school has submitted this request via IBIS on your behalf.

If you don't authorise release of your results to UAC via the Request for Results Service on IBIS by the deadline, you must supply documentary evidence of your official IB Diploma results as soon as they become available. You'll need to contact the institutions about the allocation of any subject bonus points for which you are eligible.

You must authorise release of your results to UAC, even though you have already asked IB to send them to one or more of the institutions that participate through UAC (eg Australian National University, UNSW Australia). UAC will not be able to access your results unless you request IB to release them specifically to UAC.

Previous IB Diploma students

If you're eligible to apply through UAC (see above) and you've previously undertaken the IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma in Australia or overseas, you must supply documentary evidence of your official IB Diploma results to UAC.

For more information on obtaining transcripts visit the International Baccalaureate website.

IB predicted grades

UAC's participating institutions will make offers based on official IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma results only. Offers will not be made on the basis of predicted grades.

Your UAC rank

If you've been awarded the IB Diploma or Bilingual Diploma you'll receive a UAC rank based on your total score.

IB Diploma candidates are not eligible to receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). An ATAR is only calculated for students sitting an Australian Year 12 qualification in NSW, ACT, South Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia who satisfy requirements. Students who sit an Australian Year 12 in Queensland and satisfy requirements will receive an ATAR equivalent.

If you have only completed a DP course (ie part of the IB Diploma Programme rather than the required number of courses and subjects to be awarded the IB Diploma), you won't be eligible for a UAC rank. You may, however, be considered for an offer through UAC where offers are based solely on other selection criteria. Note that this applies to only a very small number of courses.

Check with the admissions officers of participating institutions for further information about alternative pathways.

If you’re attempting the IB Diploma with another secondary qualification (eg NSW HSC, ACT Year 12 Certificate), you must declare details of both qualifications in your UAC application. Where appropriate, UAC will calculate a rank for both qualifications. If both qualifications are completed in the same year, you'll be considered on the basis of the higher of your ATAR or ATAR equivalent and your IB Diploma UAC rank.

How we calculate your UAC rank

Your UAC rank is based on your overall score out of 45 (as reported on your official academic transcript) per the table below. For tertiary entrance purposes in all Australian states and territories (except South Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania), this rank is comparable with the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).


Overall score

UAC rank

45

99.95

44

99.85

43

99.70

42

99.45

41

98.90

40

98.30

39

97.60

38

96.80

37

95.90

36

94.60

35

93.45

34

92.30

33

90.95

32

89.30

31

87.40

30

84.70

29

82.30

28

80.30

27

78.15

26

75.70

25

72.70

24

69.30

For more information, read Determining ATAR Equivalents for International Baccalaureate Students from the Australasian Conference of Tertiary Admissions Centres (ACTAC).

For information on yearly variation, read Yearly variation in National IB Conversion table from ACTAC.

Comparable NSW HSC subjects and results

You may need to know how your IB Diploma subjects compare to NSW HSC subjects to check that you meet any course prerequisites and assumed knowledge, and also to determine if you'll be eligible for bonus points for specific courses.

First, view the table showing IB subjects equivalent to NSW HSC subjects.

Then refer to the following table, which shows for each IB result the comparable result in the NSW HSC.

IB HL

IB SL

NSW HSC Band

NSW HSC Band Extension subjects

6,7

7

6

E4

5

6

5

E3

4

5

4

E3

3

4

3

E2

3

4

2

E1

1,2

1,2,3

1

E1

FAQ about the IB Diploma

Which institutions accept the IB Diploma and Bilingual Diploma?

UAC's participating institutions accept the IB Diploma and Bilingual Diploma as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. Entry into courses is competitive and some courses may have additional selection requirements.

Will I receive an ATAR for my IB Diploma results?

No. IB Diploma candidates are not eligible to receive an ATAR. You'll receive a UAC rank based on your total score.

Do I receive a higher rank if I've been awarded an IB Bilingual Diploma?

No.