Admission criteria

How your Year 12 qualifications are assessed

If you’ve completed an Australian Year 12 qualification (eg NSW HSC), your admission to most tertiary courses is based on your selection rank, which is usually your ATAR. However, if other factors are taken into consideration, these will be combined with your ATAR to adjust your selection rank and make it higher than your ATAR. These adjustments used to be called ‘bonus points’.

Some courses specify course prerequisites (eg completing, or achieving a specified standard in, a particular HSC course), which you have to satisfy before you can be considered for an offer.

Most universities also use other criteria when selecting students, such as a personal statement, a questionnaire, a portfolio of work, an audition, an interview or a test, which are considered together with (or sometimes instead of) your selection rank.

You can find details of any prerequisites or additional selection criteria in the course descriptions via the course search.

ATARs and selection ranks

For each course, UAC publishes an ATAR profile. Where relevant, this will include:

  • the lowest ATAR that resulted in an offer to the course in semester 1, 2021
  • the lowest selection rank that resulted in an offer to the course in semester 1, 2021.

These ATAR profiles will be updated in August 2022 to show data relating to semester 1, 2022.

A small number of institutions indicate a guaranteed ATAR or guaranteed selection rank. If you achieve this ATAR or selection rank then you are guaranteed an offer to that course for semester 1, 2023.

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only to your chances of receiving an offer; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2023 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

The ATAR profile data published in the UAC course descriptions is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions publish different information on their websites.

    Lowest ATARs

    Don’t assume that the published lowest ATAR for a course is the ATAR you require to be made an offer to that course. The applicant who received that ATAR may have been eligible for adjustment factors and had their selection rank increased, making them eligible for an offer.

    Lowest selection ranks

    We used to refer to the lowest selection rank for a course as the course ‘cut-off’. It includes any increase to an applicant’s selection rank made as a result of adjustment factors (which used to be called ‘bonus points’).

    Three factors determine lowest selection ranks:

    • the number of places available in the course
    • the number of applicants for the course
    • the quality of those applicants.

    These three factors mean that lowest selection ranks change from year to year and are impossible to predict before applicants are selected for a particular course in a particular year. The lowest selection rank for any course can increase, decrease or remain the same. It does not represent the average ability of the students accepted for the course and does not reflect the difficulty or quality of the course.

    Lowest ATARs and selection ranks are not known until all offers have been made. Therefore, the course search shows the courses available in 2022 and 2023 but the lowest ATARs and lowest selection ranks of previous applicants offered a place in each of those courses.

    Read about selection rank adjustments

    Interstate Year 12 courses and results

    Compare your Year 12 courses and results to NSW HSC courses and results to check that you meet any course prerequisites or assumed knowledge and to determine if your selection rank will be adjusted if you perform well in a course.

    ACT course results and equivalent NSW HSC course results

    ACT scaled markNSW HSC BandNSW HSC Band extension course
    180+6E4
    154–1795E3
    133–1534E3
    115–1323E2
    97–1142E2
    0–961E1

    ACT courses comparable to NSW HSC courses

    To be considered comparable to a NSW HSC subject your course must:

    • be accredited as a ‘T’ or ‘H’ course
    • be the minimum of a Major

    The information in this table is applicable for 2023 admissions only. Use it as a guide for 2024 admissions.

    English subjects
    ACT subjectNSW HSC subject
    Creative WritingEnglish Studies (Examination)
    English (Major)English Advanced
    English (Major/Minor)1English Extension 1
    English (Major/Major-Double Major)1English Extension 2
    ESL (Major)/ ESL for Academic PurposesEnglish as an Additional Language or Dialect
    LiteratureEnglish Advanced
    Mathematics subjects
    ACT subjectNSW HSC subject
    Mathematical ApplicationsMathematics Standard 2
    Mathematics – InterstateMathematics Standard 2
    Mathematical Methods/Further Mathematics(Major)Mathematics Advanced
    Specialist Mathematics/Specialist Methods (Major)Mathematics Advanced
    Mathematics – InternationalMathematics Advanced
    Specialist Mathematics/Specialist Methods (Major/Minor)1Mathematics Extension 1
    Mathematical Methods/Further Mathematics (Major/Minor)1Mathematics Extension 1
    Further Mathematics (Double Major)Mathematics Extension 2
    Specialist Mathematics/Specialist Methods (Double Major)1Mathematics Extension 2
    Specialist Mathematics – ANU/Discrete Mathematics – ANU/UCMathematics Extension 2
    All others subjects (excluding languages other than English)
    ACT subject NSW HSC subject
    Accounting Financial Services
    Accounting (H) Economics
    Agriculture Agriculture
    Animal Husbandry Agriculture
    American History Modern History
    Ancient History Ancient History
    Art Production Visual Arts
    Asian Studies Society and Culture
    Australian History Modern History
    Australian Studies *
    Automotive Technology Automotive Examination (Vehicle Body)
    Behavioural Science / Human Development in Society *
    Biology / Biological Science / Biological Studies Biology
    Biology Interstate Biology
    Business Management / Business Operations/Business Business Studies
    Business Services Business Studies
    Business Studies / Business and Technology / Industry and Enterprise/ Business Economics Business Studies
    Ceramics Visual Arts
    Chemistry/ Chemistry (H) Chemistry
    Creative Art Visual Arts
    Creative Writing *
    Commerce Economics
    Computer Aided Design Design and Technology
    Computing Studies Information Processes and Technology
    Conservation Biology (H)/ Biodiversity – ANU Biology
    Dance Studies Dance
    Design and Technology Design and Technology
    Design and Graphic Communication/Design Technology & Graphics Design and Technology
    Design Foundation – UC/ Design Interstate/Industrial Technology Design and Technology
    Design Interstate / Industrial Technology Design and Technology
    Discovering Engineering – ANU Design and Technology
    Drama Drama
    Early Childhood Studies Community and Family Studies
    Earth Science Earth and Environmental Science
    Economics / Accounting Economics
    Economics/ Economics – International Economics
    Electronics / Electrotechnology Engineering / Engineering Studies Engineering Studies
    Environmental Systems / Environmental Science/ Earth and Environmental Science/Environmental Systems Earth and Environmental Science
    Fashion Design / Fashion Design and Textiles / Textiles And Design Textiles and Design
    FBS: Sciences Investigating Science
    Flight / Physics Physics
    Food Science and Management / Food Studies Food Technology
    Forestry Agriculture
    General Science Senior Science
    Geography Geography
    Geology Earth and Environmental Science
    Global Relations, Global Politics *
    Health and Physical Education / Health and Human Development / Health and Wellbeing Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
    History/Interdisciplinary History/Modern/Ancient History History and Geography/ Pre-Modern History Modern History
    Hospitality/Hospitality Interstate Hospitality Examination (Food and Beverage)
    Hospitality Operations Hospitality Examination (Kitchen Operations and Cookery)
    Human Biology Biology
    Human Movement/ Exercise Studies Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
    Indigenous Culture and Languages Aboriginal Studies
    Indonesian Politics and Culture Society and Culture
    Information Technology / IT Networking Information Processes and Technology
    Information Technology – ANU/UC/ Software Design and Development Information Processes and Technology
    Interdisciplinary History Modern History
    Interdisciplinary Inquiry Society and Culture
    Languages, Literatures and Cultures (FB) Society and Culture
    Legal Studies Legal Studies
    Materials and Technology Engineering Studies
    Media *
    Medieval History Modern History
    Modern History / Twentieth Century History Modern History
    Music / Holistic Music / Music Studies / Advanced Music-ANU Music 2
    Music University/Advanced Classical Music – ANU/Advanced Jazz Music – ANU Music 2
    Music Performance Music 2
    Oceanography *
    Outdoor Education Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
    Philosophy *
    Philosophy – International *
    Photography Visual Arts
    Physical Science / Science for Life/ Sciences Vie et La Terre Investigating Science
    Physics / Astrophysics Physics
    Physics – ANU Physics
    Physics – Interstate Physics
    Physical Education Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
    Physique – Chimie Investigating Science
    Psychology / Health and Human Development *
    Politics *
    Religious Studies / Christian Life Studies Studies of Religion II
    Social and Community Studies Community and Family Studies
    Sociology Society and Culture
    Sports Administration / Sport Fitness and Administration Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
    Sports Science Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
    Sports Studies / Sports Development Personal Development, Health and Physical Education
    Systems Anatomy and Physiology Biology
    Textiles/Fashion Textiles and Design
    Theatre Arts / Film and Theatre Arts Studies Drama
    Theory of Knowledge *
    Tourism and Event Management Tourism, Travel and Events (Examination)
    Translating and Interpreting *
    Understanding People and Behaviour Society and Culture
    Visual Arts / Art and Design / Graphic Design / Creative Art Visual Arts
    Languages other than English (LOTE)
    ACT subject NSW HSC subject
    Advanced Arabic Arabic Continuers
    Bengali *
    Beginning Chinese Chinese Beginners
    Intermediate Chinese Chinese Beginners
    Continuing Chinese Chinese Continuers
    Continuing Chinese - ANU Chinese Continuers
    Advanced Chinese1 Chinese Extension
    Beginning French French Beginners
    Intermediate French French Beginners
    Continuing French / French Literature French Continuers
    Advanced French1, French FB French Extension
    Beginning German German Beginners
    Intermediate German German Beginners
    Continuing German German Continuers
    Advanced German1 German Extension
    Modern Greek Beginners Modern Greek Beginners
    Continuing Greek Modern Greek Continuers
    Beginning Hindi *
    Intermediate Hindi *
    Continuing Hindi Hindi Continuers
    Advanced Hindi/Hindi Hindi Continuers
    Advanced Hungarian / Hungarian Hungarian Continuers
    Beginning Indonesian Indonesian Beginners
    Intermediate Indonesian Indonesian Beginners
    Performing Indonesian – ANU Indonesian Beginners
    Continuing Indonesian/Indonesian Indonesian Continuers
    Advanced Indonesian1 Indonesian Extension
    Beginning Italian Italian Beginners
    Intermediate Italian Italian Beginners
    Continuing Italian Italian Continuers
    Advanced Italian1 Italian Extension
    Beginning Japanese Japanese Beginners
    Intermediate Japanese Japanese Beginners
    Continuing Japanese Japanese Continuers
    Advanced Japanese1 Japanese Extension
    Beginning Korean Korean Beginners
    Intermediate Korean Korean Beginners
    Continuing Korean/Korean – ANU Korean Continuers
    Advanced Korean Korean and Literature
    Korean Culture and Language Korean in Context
    Beginning Latin *
    Continuing Latin Latin Continuers
    Classical Greek Classical Greek (Continuers)
    Continuing Polish Polish Continuers
    Advanced Polish Polish Continuers
    Portuguese Continuers Portuguese Continuers
    Russian *
    Beginning Spanish Spanish Beginners
    Intermediate Spanish Spanish Beginners
    Continuing Spanish Spanish Continuers
    Advanced Spanish1 Spanish Extension
    Advanced Tamil/Continuing Tamil Tamil Continuers

    * There is no comparable NSW HSC subject for this ACT subject. Contact the relevant institution for information on that institution’s policy regarding ACT subjects that have no comparable NSW HSC subject.

    1. In the NSW HSC there is a small number of multi-level subject areas (English, mathematics, music and LOTE) which enable advanced students to study extension courses. Students undertaking an extension course must also study the underpinning course. Some institutions, for some courses, award selection rank adjustments for achievement in both courses. In such cases, ACT students undertaking this ACT course will be considered for the same pattern of subject adjustments as NSW HSC students undertaking the comparable course listed in this table and may be eligible to receive more than one adjustment.

    Before 2020, Queensland Year 12 students received an Overall Position (OP) instead of an ATAR. The OP provided by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) was used to derive a rank equivalent to the ATAR. This equivalent rank was not reported to applicants. The 2018 OP/ATAR comparison table is provided as a guide only to how the OP and ATAR compare.

    QCE course results and equivalent NSW HSC course results

    QCE grade NSW HSC Band NSW HSC Band extension course
    A 6 E4
    B 5, 4 E3
    C 3 E2
    D 2 E2
    E 1 E1

    QCE courses comparable to NSW HSC courses

    The following table shows for each QCE courses the comparable course in the NSW HSC.

    The information in this table is applicable for 2023 admissions only. Use it as a guide for 2024 admissions.

    English subjects
    QCE subject NSW HSC subject
    Essential English English Studies (Examination)

    English

    English Advanced

    Literature English Advanced

    English Extension

    English Extension 1

    English and Literature (Extension) English Extension 1

    English as an Additional Language

    English as an Additional Language or Dialect

    Mathematics
    QCE subject NSW HSC subject

    Essential Mathematics

    Mathematics Standard 1 (Examination)

    General Mathematics Mathematics Standard 2

    Mathematical Methods

    Mathematics Advanced

    Specialist Mathematics

    Mathematics Extension 2

    All others subjects (excluding Languages other than English)
    QCE subject NSW HSC subject

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

    Aboriginal Studies

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages

    Aboriginal Studies

    Accounting

    Financial Services (Examination)

    Aerospace Studies

    *

    Agricultural Science

    *

    Ancient History

    Ancient History

    Biology

    Biology

    Business Communication and Technologies

    Business Studies

    Business Organisation and Management

    Business Studies

    Business Management

    Business Studies

    Chemistry

    Chemistry

    Dance

    Dance

    Design Design and Technology
    Digital Solutions Design and Technology

    Drama

    Drama

    Earth and Environmental Science

    Earth and Environmental Science

    Economics

    Economics

    Engineering

    Engineering Studies

    Film, Television and New Media *

    Film and Television

    *

    Food and Nutrition Food Technology

    Geography

    Geography

    Health

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    Home Economics

    Food Technology

    Hospitality Studies

    Food Technology

    Information Processing and Technology

    Information Processes and Technology

    Information Technology Systems

    Information Processes and Technology

    Legal Studies

    Legal Studies

    Marine Studies

    *

    Marine Science

    *

    Modern History

    Modern History

    Multistrand Science

    Investigating Science

    Music

    Music 2

    Music Extension

    Music Extension

    Philosophy and Reason

    *

    Physical Education

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    Physics

    Physics

    Psychology *

    Science21

    Investigating Science

    Study of Religion

    Studies of Religion II

    Study of Society

    Society and Culture

    Technology Studies

    Engineering Studies

    Visual Art

    Visual Arts

    Languages other than English
    QCE subject NSW HSC subject

    Arabic

    Arabic Continuers

    Chinese

    Chinese Continuers

    Chinese Extension

    Chinese Extension

    French

    French Continuers

    French Extension

    French Extension

    German

    German Continuers

    German Extension

    German Extension

    Modern Greek

    Modern Greek Continuers

    Indonesian

    Indonesian Continuers

    Indonesian / Malaysian

    Indonesian Continuers

    Indonesian Extension

    Indonesian Extension

    Italian

    Italian Continuers

    Japanese

    Japanese Continuers

    Korean

    Korean Continuers

    Latin

    Latin Continuers

    Polish

    Polish Continuers

    Russian

    Russian Continuers

    Spanish

    Spanish Continuers

    Vietnamese

    Vietnamese Continuers

    * There is no comparable NSW HSC course for this QCE course. Contact the relevant institution for information on that institution’s policy regarding QCE courses that have no comparable NSW HSC course.

    1. In the NSW HSC there is a small number of multi-level subject areas (English, mathematics, music and LOTE) which enable advanced students to study extension courses. Students undertaking an extension course must also study the underpinning course. Some institutions, for some courses, award selection rank adjustments for achievement in both courses. In such cases, QCE students undertaking this QCE course will be considered for the same pattern of subject adjustments as NSW HSC students undertaking the comparable course listed in this table and may be eligible to receive more than one adjustment.

    SACE/NTCET course results and equivalent NSW HSC course results

    SACE/NTCET grade NSW HSC Band NSW HSC Band extension course
    A+, A 6 E4
    A- 5 E3
    B+ 5 E3
    B, B- 4 E3
    C+ 3 E2
    C, C- 2 E2
    D+, D, D-, E+, E, E- 1 E1

    SACE/NTCET courses comparable to NSW HSC courses

    The following table shows for each SACE/NTCET course the comparable course in the NSW HSC.

    The information in this table is applicable for 2023 admissions only. Use it as a guide for 2024 admissions.

    English subjects
    SACE/NTCET subject NSW HSC subject

    Essential English

    English Studies

    English

    English Advanced

    English Literary Studies

    English Advanced

    English as an Additional Language

    English as an Additional Language or Dialect

    Mathematics subjects
    SACE/NTCET subject NSW HSC subject

    Essential Mathematics

    Mathematics Standard 1

    General Mathematics

    Mathematics Standard 2

    Mathematical Methods

    Mathematics Advanced

    * Mathematics Extension 1 (Specialist Mathematics will satisfy Mathematics Extension 1 requirement)

    Specialist Mathematics1

    Mathematics Extension 2

    All others subjects (excluding Languages other than English)
    SACE/NTCET subject NSW HSC subject

    Aboriginal Studies

    Aboriginal Studies

    Accounting

    Financial Services (Examination)

    Agricultural Production

    Agriculture

    Agricultural Systems

    *

    Ancient Studies *

    Australian History

    Modern History

    Biology

    Biology

    Business Innovation

    Business Studies

    Chemistry

    Chemistry

    Child Studies

    Community and Family Studies

    Creative Arts

    *

    Dance

    Dance

    Digital Communication Solutions Design and Technology

    Digital Technologies

    Information Processes and Technology

    Drama

    Drama

    Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science

    Economics

    Economics

    Ensemble Performance^

    Music 2

    Extension Studies A

    Society and Culture

    Food and Hospitality Studies

    Food Technology

    Geography

    Geography

    Geology Earth and Environmental Science

    Health and Wellbeing

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    Industry and Entrepreneurial Solutions Design and Technology

    Information Processing and Publishing

    Information Processes and Technology

    Integrated Learning II

    *

    Language and Culture

    Society and Culture

    Legal Studies

    Legal Studies

    Material Solutions

    Design and Technology

    Media Studies

    *

    Modern History

    Modern History

    Music in Context^

    Music 2

    Music Explorations

    Music 2

    Music Performance – Ensemble^

    Music 2

    Music Performance – Solo^

    Music 2

    Music Studies

    Music 2

    Nutrition

    Food Technology

    Outdoor Education

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    Philosophy

    *

    Physical Education

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    Physics

    Physics

    Politics, Power and People *

    Psychology

    *

    Scientific Studies

    Investigating Science

    Society and Culture

    Society and Culture

    Spirituality, Religion and Meaning

    Studies of Religion II

    Religion Studies

    Studies of Religion II

    Research Project A

    *

    Tourism

    Tourism, Travel and Events Examination (VET)

    Visual Arts - Art

    Visual Arts

    Visual Arts - Design

    Visual Arts

    Women's Studies

    Society and Culture

    Workplace Practices

    Business Studies

    Languages other than English
    SACE/NTCET subject NSW HSC subject

    Albanian (Continuers)

    *

    Arabic (Beginners)

    Arabic Beginners

    Arabic (Continuers)

    Arabic Continuers

    Armenian (Continuers)

    Armenian Continuers

    Auslan (Continuers)

    *

    Australian Languages – Additional Language *
    Australian Languages – First Language *
    Australian Languages – Revival Language *
    Bengali *

    Bosnian (Continuers)

    *

    Chinese (Beginners)

    Chinese Beginners

    Chinese (Continuers)

    Chinese Continuers

    Chinese Background Speakers

    Chinese and Literature

    Croatian (Continuers)

    Croatian Continuers

    Dutch (Continuers)

    Dutch Continuers

    Farsi

    *

    Filipino (Continuers)

    Filipino Continuers

    French (Beginners)

    French Beginners

    French (Continuers)

    French Continuers

    German (Beginners)

    German Beginners

    German (Continuers)

    German Continuers

    Modern Greek (Beginners)

    Modern Greek Beginners

    Modern Greek (Continuers)

    Modern Greek Continuers

    Hebrew (Continuers)

    Modern Hebrew Continuers

    Hindi (Continuers)

    Hindi Continuers

    Hungarian (Continuers)

    Hungarian Continuers

    Language Awareness I

    *

    Language Awareness II

    *

    Indonesian (Beginners)

    Indonesian Beginners

    Indonesian (Continuers)

    Indonesian Continuers

    Indonesian (Background Speakers)

    Indonesian and Literature

    Italian (Beginners)

    Italian Beginners

    Italian (Continuers)

    Italian Continuers

    Japanese (Beginners)

    Japanese Beginners

    Japanese (Continuers)

    Japanese Continuers

    Japanese (Background Speakers)

    Japanese and Literature

    Khmer (Continuers)

    Khmer Continuers

    Korean (Background Speakers)

    Korean and Literature

    Latin (Continuers)

    Latin Continuers

    Macedonian (Continuers)

    Macedonian Continuers

    Malay (Background Speakers)

    Malay Background Speakers

    Maltese (Continuers)

    Maltese Continuers

    Persian (Background Speakers)

    Persian Background Speakers

    Polish (Continuers)

    Polish Continuers

    Portuguese (Continuers)

    Portuguese Continuers

    Punjabi (Continuers)

    Punjabi Continuers

    Romanian (Continuers)

    *

    Russian (Continuers)

    Russian Continuers

    Serbian (Continuers)

    Serbian Continuers

    Serbo-Croation

    *

    Sinhala (Continuers)

    *

    Spanish (Beginners)

    Spanish Beginners

    Spanish (Continuers)

    Spanish Continuers

    Swedish (Continuers)

    Swedish Continuers

    Tamil (Continuers)

    Tamil Continuers

    Turkish (Continuers)

    Turkish Continuers

    Ukrainian (Continuers)

    Ukrainian Continuers

    Vietnamese (Continuers)

    Vietnamese Continuers

    Vietnamese (Background Speakers)

    *

    Yiddish (Continuers)

    *

    * There is no comparable NSW HSC course for this SACE/NTCET course. Contact the relevant institution for information on that institution’s policy regarding SACE/NTCET courses that have no comparable NSW HSC course.

    1. In the NSW HSC there is a small number of multi-level subject areas (English, mathematics, music and LOTE) which enable advanced students to study extension courses. Students undertaking an extension course must also study the underpinning course. Some institutions, for some courses, award selection rank adjustments for achievement in both courses. In such cases, SACE/NTCET students undertaking this SACE/NTCET course will be considered for the same pattern of subject adjustments as NSW HSC students undertaking the comparable course listed in this table and may be eligible to receive more than one adjustment.

    TCE course results and equivalent NSW HSC course results

    TCE grade NSW HSC Band NSW HSC Band extension course
    EA 6 E4
    HA 5 E3
    CA 4 E3
    SA 3 E2
    PA 2 E2
    NN 1 E1

    TCE courses comparable to NSW HSC courses

    The following table shows for each TCE course the comparable course in the NSW HSC.

    The information in this table is applicable for 2023 admissions only. Use it as a guide for 2024 admissions.

    English subjects
    TCE subject NSW HSC subject

    English

    English Advanced

    English 1A^

    English Advanced

    English 1B^

    English Advanced

    English Literature

    English Advanced

    English Communications

    English Advanced

    English Writing

    English Advanced

    Introduction to English A/Studying Texts ^

    English Advanced

    Introduction to English B/Text and Traditions^

    English Advanced

    English as an Additional Language or Dialect

    English as an Additional Language or Dialect

    Mathematics subjects
    TCE subject NSW HSC subject

    General Mathematics

    Mathematics Standard 2

    Mathematics Methods - Foundation

    Mathematics Standard 2

    Mathematics Methods 4

    Mathematics Advanced

    Mathematics IA^

    Mathematics Extension 2

    Mathematics IB^

    Mathematics Extension 2

    Mathematics Specialised1

    Mathematics Extension 2

    All others subjects (excluding Languages other than English)
    TCE subject NSW HSC subject

    Accounting

    Financial Services

    Accounting and Financial Decision Making^ Financial Services
    Accounting Context Financial Services

    Agricultural Systems

    Agriculture

    Ancient History

    Ancient History

    Ancient Civilisations 1A: Introduction to Ancient History

    Ancient History

    Ancient Civilisations 1B: Introduction to Classical Literature

    Ancient History

    Agricultural Systems

    Agriculture

    Art Production

    Visual Arts

    Art Studio Practice

    Visual Arts

    Art Theory and Criticism

    Visual Arts

    Asian Studies

    Society and Culture

    Audio Design

    *

    Australia in Asia and the Pacific

    Society and Culture

    Australian Studies

    Society and Culture

    Biology

    Biology

    Biology of Animals ^ Earth and Environmental Science
    Biology of Plants ^ Earth and Environmental Science

    Business Studies

    Business Studies

    Chemistry

    Chemistry

    Chemistry 1A Hobart ^

    Chemistry

    Chemistry 1B Hobart ^

    Chemistry

    Composition 1A^

    Music 2

    Computer Graphics and Design

    Design and Technology

    Colonised Land: Indigenous Australian History^

    Aboriginal Studies

    Computer Science

    Information Processes and Technology

    Contemporary Indigenous Australia^

    Aboriginal Studies

    Core Studies in Art and Design (Surface Expressions and Form)^

    Visual Arts

    Dance Choreography and Performance

    Dance

    Drama

    Drama

    Earth and Environmental Science

    Earth and Environmental Science

    Ecology Earth and Environmental Science

    Economics

    Economics

    Electronics

    Engineering Studies

    Engineering Statics^

    Engineering Studies

    Engineering Dynamics^

    Engineering Studies

    Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science

    Food and Nutrition

    Food Technology

    Foundation Practical Study

    Music 2

    Foundation Practical Study University College Program

    Music 2

    Geography

    Geography

    Gender: Being Human ^

    Society and Culture

    Gender & World ^

    Society and Culture

    Gender, Power and Change ^

    Society and Culture

    Health Studies

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    History 1A: Making Modern Europe^

    Modern History

    History 1B: Making the Modern World^

    Modern History

    Housing and Design

    Design and Technology

    Human Anatomy and Physiology 1A^

    Biology

    Human Anatomy and Physiology 1B^

    Biology

    Human Biology 1A (Science) Biology
    Human Biology 1B (Science) Biology

    Information Systems & Digital Technologies

    Information Processes and Technology

    Introduction to International Relations ^ *

    Introduction to Law^

    Legal Studies

    Introduction to Management

    Business Studies

    Introduction to Politics and Policy

    *

    Journalism Theory and Practice

    *

    Legal Studies

    Legal Studies

    Legal Systems^

    Legal Studies

    Managing People at Work ^ Business Studies

    Media Production

    *

    Modern World History

    Modern History

    Music

    Music 2

    Music Technology Project 1

    Music 2

    Music Technology Project 2

    Music 2

    Object Design

    Design and Technology

    Outdoor Leadership

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    Performance 1A^

    Music 2

    Philosophy

    *

    Philosophy 1: Ethics^

    *

    Philosophy 1: Ethics and Equality^

    *

    Philosophy 2: Mind and Metaphysics^

    *

    Physical Sciences

    Investigating Science

    Physics

    Physics

    Physics 1A^

    Physics

    Physics 1B^

    Physics

    Popular Music and Culture^

    Music 2

    Principles of Economics 1^

    Economics

    Principles of Economics 2^

    Economics

    Programming ^ Information Processes and Technology

    Programming and Problem Solving ^

    Information Processes and Technology

    Programming Fundamentals ^ Information Processes and Technology

    Programming with Data Structure ^

    Information Processes and Technology

    Psychology

    *

    Psychology: Psychological Process ^

    *

    Psychology: Understanding Individuality and Abnormality ^

    *

    Sociology

    Society and Culture

    Sport Science

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    Student Directed Inquiry

    *

    Studies of Religion

    Studies of Religion II

    Technical Graphics

    Design and Technology

    Theatre Performance

    Drama

    The Big Questions^

    *

    The Good Life^

    *

    Thinking and Writing at University

    *

    Writing Media: Stories and Content

    *

    Languages other than English
    TCE subject NSW HSC subject

    Albanian

    *

    Arabic

    Arabic Continuers

    Armenian

    Armenian Continuers

    Auslan

    *

    Bengali 5C

    *

    Bosnian

    *

    Chinese

    Chinese Continuers

    Chinese (Background Speaker/Specialist level)

    Chinese and Literature

    Chinese 2A^

    Chinese Extension

    Chinese 2B^

    Chinese Extension

    Croatian

    Croatian Continuers

    Czech 5C

    *

    Dutch

    Dutch Continuers

    Filipino

    Filipino Continuers

    French

    French Continuers

    French 1A^

    French Continuers

    French 1B^

    French Continuers

    French Language 2A^

    French Extension

    French Language 2B^

    French Extension

    German

    German Continuers

    German 1A^

    German Continuers

    German 1B^

    German Continuers

    German 2A^

    German Extension

    German 2B^

    German Extension

    Modern Greek

    Modern Greek Continuers

    Hebrew

    Modern Hebrew Continuers

    Hindi

    Hindi Continuers

    Hungarian

    Hungarian Continuers

    Indonesian

    Indonesian Continuers

    Indonesian 1A^

    Indonesian Continuers

    Indonesian 1B^

    Indonesian Continuers

    Indonesian (Background Speakers)

    Indonesian and Literature

    Indonesian 2A^

    Indonesian Extension

    Indonesian 2B^

    Indonesian Extension

    Indonesian 3A^

    Indonesian in Context

    Indonesian 3B^

    Indonesian in Context

    Intermediate Latin 2A ^ Latin Continuers
    Intermediate Latin 2B ^ Latin Continuers

    Italian

    Italian Continuers

    Japanese Japanese Continuers

    Japanese

    HSC Japanese Extension

    Japanese Core Skills 2A^

    Japanese Extension

    Japanese Core Skills 2B^

    Japanese Extension

    Japanese (Background Speaker)

    Japanese and Literature

    Khmer

    Khmer Continuers

    Korean

    Korean Continuers

    Latin 1A^

    Latin Continuers

    Latin 1B^

    Latin Continuers

    Macedonian

    Macedonian Continuers

    Maltese

    Maltese Continuers

    Persian

    Persian Continuers

    Polish

    Polish Continuers

    Portuguese

    Portuguese Continuers

    Punjabi

    Punjabi Continuers

    Romanian

    *

    Russian

    Russian Continuers

    Serbian

    Serbian Continuers

    Sinhala

    *

    Slovenian 5C

    *

    Spanish

    Spanish Continuers

    Swedish

    Swedish Continuers

    Tamil 5C

    Tamil Continuers

    Turkish 5C

    Turkish Continuers

    Ukrainian 5C

    Ukrainian Continuers

    Vietnamese

    Vietnamese Continuers

    Yiddish

    *

    * There is no comparable NSW HSC course for this TCE course. Contact the relevant institution for information on that institution’s policy regarding TCE courses that have no comparable NSW HSC course.

    ^ TCE has a number of courses that are 8 credit points only. Combination of paired courses required to meet NSW equivalence.

    1. In the NSW HSC there is a small number of multi-level subject areas (English, mathematics, music and LOTE) which enable advanced students to study extension courses. Students undertaking an extension course must also study the underpinning course. Some institutions, for some courses, award selection rank adjustments for achievement in both courses. In such cases, TCE students undertaking this TCE course will be considered for the same pattern of subject adjustments as NSW HSC students undertaking the comparable course listed in this table and may be eligible to receive more than one adjustment.

    VCE course results and equivalent NSW HSC course results

    VCE study score NSW HSC Band NSW HSC Band extension course
    38+ 6 E4
    33–37 5 E3
    28–32 4 E3
    23–27 3 E2
    19–22 2 E2
    1–18 1 E1

    VCE courses comparable to NSW HSC courses

    The following table shows for each VCE course the comparable course in the NSW HSC.

    The information in this table is applicable for 2023 admissions only. Use it as a guide for 2024 admissions.

    English subjects
    VCE subject NSW HSC subject

    English

    English Advanced

    English (NHT)

    English Advanced

    English Language

    English Advanced

    Literature

    English Advanced

    English as a Second Language

    English as an Additional Language or Dialect

    English as an Additional Language

    English as an Additional Language or Dialect

    Mathematics
    VCE subject NSW HSC subject

    Further Mathematics

    Mathematics Standard 2

    Further Mathematics (NHT)

    Mathematics Standard 2

    Mathematical Methods

    Mathematics Advanced

    Mathematical Methods (CAS) CBE

    Mathematics Advanced

    Mathematical Methods (NHT)

    Mathematics Advanced

    * Mathematics Extension 1 (Specialist Mathematics will satisfy Mathematics Extension 1 requirement)

    Specialist Mathematics1

    Mathematics Extension 2

    Specialist Mathematics (NHT)1

    Mathematics Extension 2

    All others subjects (excluding Languages other than English)
    VCE subject NSW HSC subject

    Accounting

    Financial Services

    Accounting (NHT)

    Financial Services

    Agricultural and Horticultural Studies

    Agriculture

    Algorithmics

    Information Processes & Technology

    Ancient History

    Ancient History

    Art

    Visual Arts

    Australian History

    Modern History

    Automotive Vehicle Body (NAP) B

    Automotive (Examination)

    Biology

    Biology

    Biology NHT

    Biology

    Business (VCE VET) L

    Business Services Examination

    Business Management

    Business Studies

    Chemistry

    Chemistry

    Chemistry (NHT)

    Chemistry

    Chinese Language, Culture and Society

    Society and Culture

    Classical Societies and Cultures

    *

    Community Services

    Human Services Examination

    Creative and Digital Media (VCE VET) I

    *

    Dance

    Dance

    Dance (VCE VET) D

    *

    Design and Technology

    Design and Technology

    Drama

    Drama

    Economics

    Economics

    Engineering Studies (VCE VET) F

    Electrotechnology (Examination)

    Environmental Science

    Earth and Environmental Science

    Equine Industry (VCE VET) I

    Primary Industries

    Extended Investigations

    *

    Food Studies

    Food Technology

    Furnishing (VCE VET) F

    *

    Furnishing (VCE VET) N

    *

    Geography

    Geography

    Health Services Human Services Examination

    Health and Human Development

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    History: Renaissance Italy

    Modern History

    History: Revolutions

    Modern History

    Hospitality

    Hospitality (Examination: Kitchen Operations and Cookery)

    Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)

    Hospitality (Examination: Food and Beverage)

    Industry and Enterprise

    Business Studies

    Informatics

    Information Processes and Technology

    Information, Digital Media and Technology

    IDT Examination (Networking and Hardware)

    Integrated Technologies

    Electrotechnology (Examination)

    Laboratory Skills (VCE VET) C

    *

    Laboratory Skills (VCE VET) F

    *

    Laboratory Skills

    *

    Legal Studies

    Legal Studies

    Media

    *

    Music (VCE VET ) B

    Entertainment Industry (Examination)

    Music (VCE VET ) C

    Entertainment Industry (Examination)

    Music (VCE VET ) D

    Entertainment Industry (Examination)

    Music Investigation

    Music 2

    Music Performance

    Music 2

    Music Performance (VCE VET) H

    Entertainment Industry (Examination)

    Music Sound Production

    Entertainment Industry (Examination)

    Music Styles

    Music 2

    Outdoor and Environmental Studies

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    Philosophy

    *

    Physical Education

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    Physics

    Physics

    Physics (NHT)

    Physics

    Politics: Australian Politics

    *

    Politics: Global Politics

    *

    Psychology

    *

    Religion and Society

    Studies of Religion II

    Sociology

    Society and Culture

    Software Development

    Software Design & Development

    Sport and Recreation (VCE VET) K

    *

    Studio Arts

    Visual Arts

    Systems Engineering

    Engineering Studies

    Texts and Traditions

    *

    Theatre Studies

    Drama

    Visual Communication Design

    Design and Technology

    Languages other than English
    VCE subject NSW HSC subject

    Albanian

    *

    Arabic

    Arabic Continuers

    Armenian

    Armenian Continuers

    Auslan

    *

    Bosnian

    *

    Chin Hakha

    *

    Chinese as a second language

    Chinese Continuers

    Chinese as a first language

    Chinese and Literature

    Chinese as a first language (NHT)

    Chinese and Literature

    Chinese as a second language Advanced1

    Chinese Extension

    Classical Greek

    Classical Greek Continuers

    Classical Hebrew

    Classical Hebrew Continuers

    Croatian

    Croatian Continuers

    Dutch

    Dutch Continuers

    Filipino

    Filipino Continuers

    French

    French Continuers

    German

    German Continuers

    Greek

    Modern Greek Continuers

    Hebrew

    Modern Hebrew Continuers

    Hindi

    Hindi Continuers

    Hungarian

    Hungarian Continuers

    Indigenous Languages of Victoria

    *

    Indonesian as a second language

    Indonesian Continuers

    Indonesian as a first language

    Indonesian and Literature

    Italian

    Italian Continuers

    Japanese as a second language

    Japanese Continuers

    Japanese as a first language

    Japanese and Literature

    Khmer

    Khmer Continuers

    Korean as a second language

    Korean Continuers

    Korean as a first language

    Korean and Literature

    Latin

    Latin Continuers

    Macedonian

    Macedonian Continuers

    Maltese

    Maltese Continuers

    Persian

    Persian Continuers

    Polish

    Polish Continuers

    Portuguese

    Portuguese Continuers

    Punjabi

    Punjabi Continuers

    Romanian

    *

    Russian

    Russian Continuers

    Serbian

    Serbian Continuers

    Sinhala

    *

    Spanish

    Spanish Continuers

    Swedish

    Swedish Continuers

    Tamil

    Tamil Continuers

    Turkish

    Turkish Continuers

    Ukrainian

    Ukrainian Continuers

    Vietnamese

    Vietnamese Continuers

    Vietnamese as a Second Language

    Vietnamese Continuers

    Vietnamese as a First Language

    Vietnamese Continuers

    Yiddish

    *

    * There is no comparable NSW HSC course for this VCE course. Contact the relevant institution for information on that institution’s policy regarding VCE courses that have no comparable NSW HSC course.

    1. In the NSW HSC there is a small number of multi-level subject areas (English, mathematics, music and LOTE) which enable advanced students to study extension courses. Students undertaking an extension course must also study the underpinning course. Some institutions, for some courses, award selection rank adjustments for achievement in both courses. In such cases, VCE students undertaking this VCE course will be considered for the same pattern of subject adjustments as NSW HSC students undertaking the comparable course listed in this table and may be eligible to receive more than one adjustment.

    WACE course results and equivalent NSW HSC course results

    WACE scaled mark NSW HSC Band NSW HSC Band extension course
    77+ 6 E4
    64–76 5 E3
    54–63 4 E3
    44-53 3 E2
    34–43 2 E2
    1–33 1 E1

    WACE courses comparable to NSW HSC courses

    To be considered comparable to a NSW HSC course, your course must be an ATAR course.

    The information in this table is applicable for 2023 admissions only. Use it as a guide for 2024 admissions.

    English subjects
    WACE subject NSW HSC subject

    English

    English Advanced

    Literature

    English Advanced

    English as an Additional Language or Dialect

    English as an Additional Language or Dialect

    Mathematics subjects
    WACE subject NSW HSC subject

    Mathematics Applications

    Mathematics Standard 2

    Mathematics Methods

    Mathematics Advanced

    Mathematics Specialist

    Mathematics Extension 1

    Mathematics Specialist

    Mathematics Extension 2

    All others subjects (excluding Languages other than English)
    WACE subject NSW HSC subject

    Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies

    Aboriginal Studies

    Accounting and Finance

    Financial Services (Examination)

    Animal Production Systems

    Agriculture

    Ancient History

    Ancient History

    Applied Information Technology

    Information Processes and Technology

    Aviation

    *

    Biology

    Biology

    Business Management and Enterprise

    Business Studies

    Career and Enterprise

    Business Studies

    Chemistry

    Chemistry

    Children, Family and Community

    Community and Family Studies

    Computer Science

    Information Processes and Technology

    Dance

    Dance

    Design

    Design and Technology

    Drama

    Drama

    Earth and Environmental Science

    Earth and Environmental Science

    Economics

    Economics

    Engineering Studies

    Engineering Studies

    Food Science and Technology

    Food Technology

    Geography

    Geography

    Health Studies

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    Human Biology

    Biology

    Integrated Science

    Investigating Science

    Marine and Maritime Studies

    *

    Materials Design and Technology

    Design and Technology

    Media Production and Analysis

    *

    Modern History

    Modern History

    Music

    Music 2

    Outdoor Education

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    Philosophy and Ethics

    *

    Physical Educational Studies

    Personal Development, Health and Physical Education

    Physics

    Physics

    Plant Production System

    Agriculture

    Politics and Law

    *

    Psychology

    *

    Religion and Life

    Studies of Religion II

    Visual Arts

    Visual Arts

    Languages other than English
    WACE subject NSW HSC subject

    Aboriginal Languages of Western Australia

    *

    Albanian

    *

    Arabic

    Arabic Continuers

    Armenian

    Armenian Continuers

    Auslan

    *

    Bosnian

    *

    Chin Hakha

    *

    Chinese: Second Language

    Chinese Continuers

    Chinese: First Language

    Chinese and Literature

    Chinese: Background Language

    Chinese in Context

    Croatian

    Croatian Continuers

    Dutch

    Dutch Continuers

    Filipino

    Filipino Continuers

    French: Background Language

    French Continuers

    French: Second Language

    French Continuers

    German: Background Language

    German Continuers

    German: Second Language

    German Continuers

    Hebrew

    Modern Hebrew Continuers

    Hindi

    *

    Hungarian

    Hungarian Continuers

    Indonesian: Second language

    Indonesian Continuers

    Indonesian: First Language

    Indonesian and Literature

    Indonesian: Background Language

    Indonesian in Context

    Italian: Background Language

    Italian Continuers

    Italian: Second Language

    Italian Continuers

    Japanese: Second Language

    Japanese Continuers

    Japanese: First Language

    Japanese and Literature

    Japanese: Background Language

    Japanese in Context

    Karen

    *

    Khmer

    Khmer Continuers

    Korean: Background Language

    Korean in Context

    Macedonian

    Macedonian Continuers

    Malay: Background Speakers

    Malay Background Speakers

    Maltese

    Maltese Continuers

    Modern Greek

    Modern Greek Continuers

    Persian Persian Continuers

    Persian: Background Speakers

    Persian Background Speakers

    Polish

    Polish Continuers

    Portuguese

    Portuguese Continuers

    Punjabi

    Punjabi Continuers

    Romanian

    *

    Russian

    Russian Continuers

    Serbian

    Serbian Continuers

    Sinhala

    *

    Spanish

    Spanish Continuers

    Swedish

    Swedish Continuers

    Tamil

    Tamil Continuers

    Turkish

    Turkish Continuers

    Ukrainian

    Ukrainian Continuers

    Vietnamese

    Vietnamese Continuers

    Yiddish

    *

    * There is no comparable NSW HSC course for this WACE course. Contact the relevant institution for information on that institution’s policy regarding WACE courses that have no comparable NSW HSC course.

    1. In the NSW HSC there is a small number of multi-level subject areas (English, mathematics, music and LOTE) which enable advanced students to study extension courses. Students undertaking an extension course must also study the underpinning course. Some institutions, for some courses, award selection rank adjustments for achievement in both courses. In such cases, WACE students undertaking this WACE course will be considered for the same pattern of subject adjustments as NSW HSC students undertaking the comparable course listed in this table and may be eligible to receive more than one adjustment.

    Non-standard Year 12 students

    Non-standard Year 12 programs of study include those completed through:

    • Australian Christian Education
    • Rudolph Steiner Education
    • home schooling
    • the Queensland Senior External Examination.

    UAC assesses the Queensland Senior External Examination. For all other non-standard Year 12 studies to be assessable by UAC, you must provide proof of completion of an accredited Year 12 program of study and have sat the American Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (results from which will be assessed by UAC).

    UAC will also assess results from the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Contact the admissions offices of the institutions you are applying to for information on acceptance of STAT and on how they will consider your non-standard Year 12 studies. Find out more about STAT at stat.acer.edu.au.