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Schools Recommendation Schemes applications and offers

SRS applications close at midnight Mon 30 Sep 2019.

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission to Year 12 students, using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR.

To apply for SRS you must be a Year 12 applicant who is attempting:

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification in 2019, or
  • an International Baccalaureate in Australia in 2019.

You must also be a UAC applicant for undergraduate admission in 2019–20 and:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • a permanent resident of Australia or holder of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa.

Steps to completing your SRS application

Before you can apply for SRS, you need to apply for undergraduate admission through UAC. When you do, you’ll be issued with a UAC application number, which you’ll need to commence your SRS application. 

There are no fees to apply for SRS, but there is processing fee when you apply for undergraduate admission through UAC.

  1. Log in to the SRS application using your UAC application number and PIN. A series of questions and prompts will then guide you through the application process.
  2. Enter your Year 11 studies, if prompted to do so in your application.
    Applicants in the NSW and ACT school systems: You usually don’t have to provide results of your Year 11 studies with your SRS application as UAC obtains them directly from the relevant educational authorities. If you are not prompted to enter your Year 11 studies or to provide documents there is no need to do so.
    All other applicants: Enter the details of your Year 11 studies and upload a PDF of your Year 11 school report. If you don’t have the PDF ready to upload when you first apply, upload it later by logging back in to SRS Check & Change (which you also access from the UAC website). You must upload your school report in order to have your studies assessed and considered by institutions as part of your SRS application. Uploaded documents cannot be edited or deleted but can be replaced up to three times.
  3. Upload institution-specific documents, if required. 
  4. Review your application summary.
  5. Accept the declaration.
  6. Download your Confirmation of Application.

You can only submit one SRS application.

NOMINATING YOUR COURSE PREFERENCES

You don’t need to nominate any courses in your SRS application because it is automatically linked to your list of course preferences in your UAC application for undergraduate admission. 

After you apply

After you apply, download and check your SRS confirmation package carefully. It contains a full record of your application and instructions on uploading any outstanding supporting documents through SRS Check & Change.

SRS Check & Change allows you to:

  • access your application summary
  • upload or replace supporting documents
  • download your SRS Confirmation of Application.

Log in to SRS Check & Change with your UAC application number and PIN. 

If you’re a student in the NSW and ACT school system you usually won’t see your Year 11 studies in SRS Check & Change. All other applicants who have entered their Year 11 studies manually will be able to see them. You can’t delete any Year 11 studies details you’ve entered in your application, but you can add details and upload supporting documents up to three times.

All supporting documents must be uploaded. Do not post or deliver documents to UAC.

Check & Change is free and available between 7.30am and midnight (Sydney time) seven days a week. 

WITHDRAWING AN APPLICATION

You can withdraw your SRS application by writing to the Equity Unit, UAC, Locked Bag 112, Silverwater NSW 2128, Australia.

Providing documents

There are two types of documents you may need to upload:

  • interstate Year 11 studies: If you are a Year 12 student outside of NSW and ACT you need to upload your Year 11 school results. Tasmanian students, upload your Level 1 and 2 course results, as these are considered equivalent to Year 11 results in other states. (If you’re a student in the NSW and ACT school system, you usually don’t need to upload your Year 11 results unless prompted to do so during the application).
  • institution-specific documents: Check each institution's SRS criteria to find out if you need to upload these documents.

INSTRUCTIONS

You can upload supporting documents within your SRS application or by using SRS Check & Change after you've applied.

To upload your Year 11 school results, go to the 'Year 11 studies' page and click the upload icon next to your record of Year 11 study.

To upload other documents, go to the 'Institution-specific documents' page and click on the upload icon.

DOCUMENT SPECIFICATIONS

Each supporting document must be a PDF file smaller than 5MB.

If your document is not a PDF, you can convert it using either:

  • UAC’s document conversion service – attach the document file to an email addressed to conv2pdf@uac.edu.au. For each attached file you’ll receive an email back within a few minutes containing a converted PDF, or
  • one of the many document conversion packages available on the web. 

Important note for Mac users: If you're using an Apple computer with an OSX version less than 10.8, do not use its built-in PDF software to prepare PDF documents. Documents created or saved using this software and uploaded will be not viewable.

Emails from UAC

When you apply, make sure you provide a current, personal email address so that UAC can contact you about your application. Do not use a school email address, as this will expire when you finish Year 12.

Some email accounts might send emails from UAC to your junk folder. Add the domain uac.edu.au to your list of safe email contacts to avoid this. It’s your responsibility to check your emails regularly (including in your junk folder) for any messages from UAC.

School ratings

When UAC receives your SRS application, your school principal will be emailed a link to access your details. They will then advise their nominated staff member to rate you in specified areas of study.

While UAC invites all secondary schools in Australia with SRS applicants to submit ratings, participation is optional. UAC cannot guarantee that your school will provide ratings for your application.

How your school rates you.

Offers

You can receive one unconditional offer and one or more conditional offers. If you receive an unconditional offer you do not need to meet any further condition/s. If you receive conditional offers, you'll need to meet additional condition/s, such as a minimum ATAR, submitting a portfolio or attending an audition. Details will be outlined in the offer letter.

Institutions consider your course preferences according to the order in which you list them. All your preferences are given equal consideration.

While UAC coordinates SRS, the institutions decide who receives an offer, not UAC. We won’t contact you if you don’t receive an SRS offer.

Unconditional SRS offers

You can only receive one unconditional offer in each round.

If you’re not selected for an unconditional offer for your first preference, you’ll be considered equally with all other eligible applicants for your second preference and so on.

NOTIFICATION

Your unconditional offer will be sent to you by email. You can also access it by logging in to your UAC application for undergraduate admission and selecting ‘View correspondence’.

To accept your unconditional offer, follow the instructions set out in your offer. You must accept your offer by the date specified by the institution, otherwise you may lose your offer.

Conditional SRS offers

Conditional SRS offers require you to meet other condition/s before the institution will make you an unconditional offer. These condition/s may include a minimum ATAR, course prerequisites, a personal statement, a portfolio, an audition, an interview or a test. Conditional SRS offers will only be made in November Round 1 and can be made to any preference.

NOTIFICATION

Your conditional offer will be sent to you by email. You can also access it by logging in to your UAC application for undergraduate admission and selecting ‘View correspondence’.

To convert your conditional offer to an unconditional offer, you must:

  • meet the condition/s stipulated in the offer
  • meet all other institution requirements for that course
  • include the course in your list of preferences by midnight 19 December 2019 (closing date of change of preference for December Round 2).

It is possible to receive more than one conditional offer, but only one of them can become an unconditional offer in December Round 2.

If you receive more than one conditional offer, once your ATAR is released you can determine if you meet the criteria for those offers. You will then need to decide which course preference you would most like to convert into an unconditional offer and order your preferences accordingly by midnight 19 December 2019.

Place the course that you would most like to convert into an unconditional offer at the top of your list of preferences by midnight 19 December 2019. By this date you will have received your ATAR, so if a minimum ATAR is one of the conditions you will know if you have met it.

Receiving further offers

Once you’ve received an unconditional offer, you can’t be made an unconditional offer to any lower course preferences in the next round unless you change your preferences.

So, to receive further offers in subsequent rounds, you first need to accept the course you’ve already been offered, then move that course down to the bottom of your list of course preferences or remove it entirely. (As long as you have accepted an offer, removing it from your list of preferences will not affect your existing offer.)

Alternatively, if you receive an unconditional offer to a lower preference, you will automatically be considered for higher preferences in the next round.

To change your preferences, log in to your UAC application and go to ‘Update course preferences’.

If you then receive an offer to a course in your new list, you can decide whether to accept it and withdraw from your original course, or not accept the new offer and keep your place in your original course.

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Application dates

Sep 2019

30

SRS: Applications close for 2019

Apply for Schools Recommendation Schemes by midnight.

Oct 2019

09

SRS: Applicant ratings close for 2019

SRS ratings for applicants close at midnight.

Nov 2019

10

SRS: Applicants finalise courses to be considered for an SRS offer

Applicants must have any courses they would like to be considered for an SRS offer included in their list of preferences by midnight.

Nov 2019

14

SRS: First offers released

SRS unconditional and conditional offers released. Click the 'Apply or log in' button and select 'Undergraduate offers'.

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