Directions - March 2018

22 Mar 2018

Start your degree this year!

Apply now for semester 2 courses.

A wide range of undergraduate, international and postgraduate courses begin in semester 2. Search for courses on our website (undergraduate courses are also on the My UAC app) and check back regularly for course updates and additions.

Applying through UAC’s website is simple – you’ll need to enter your personal details and information about previous and current studies or qualifications.

If you’ve applied since August 2017, there’s no need to start a new application. Simply log in to your application to update your course preferences.


Certain undergraduate medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs require applicants to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT). Registrations for this year’s test close on Friday 1 June 2018 and the test will be held on Wednesday 25 July 2018. UMAT is only held once each year, so don’t miss out.

Check the course descriptions via the undergraduate course search or the My UAC app to find out if you need to sit UMAT.

Higher education admission changes

Over the past year, UAC and other higher education sector stakeholders have been working with the Australian Government to improve the transparency of higher education admissions.

All universities and admissions centres across Australia will adopt a standard approach when providing information to students about admissions criteria and processes. This approach includes using common terminology, with the most notable being:

  • ‘adjustment factors’ will replace the term ‘bonus points’
  • ‘lowest selection rank’ will replace the term course ‘cut-off’.

Universities will also be required to publish the minimum, median and top ATAR mark (without any adjustments) of an applicant to whom an offer of a place was made, as well as the minimum, median and top selection rank (including any adjustment factors) of an applicant to whom an offer of a place was made.

Educational Access Schemes

Has your educational performance been affected by long-term disadvantage beyond your control and choosing? Institutions acknowledge that difficult circumstances can prevent you from reaching your true academic potential. Educational Access Schemes (EAS) can help you gain access to tertiary study if your ATAR is below the course selection rank.

These schemes are only open to undergraduate applicants. Applications for semester 2, 2018 will be accepted until Thursday 12 July. Visit the EAS website or download the booklet for eligibility criteria and how to apply. Applications for 2019 open in August.

Careers expos

UAC’s Community Engagement team has hit the road to visit careers expos and tertiary study events throughout NSW and the ACT. Check when we'll be in your area, then come along to find out about the ATAR, HSC subject choices and applying to tertiary study, including adjustment factors and the selection process.

Open days

Uni open days are a great way for you to get a feel for a campus, explore the student facilities and talk to current students and staff.

Coming soon...

UAC's new brand!

We’re excited to share with you that UAC has undergone a brand refresh, featuring a redesign of our pathway logo. You'll see our new look when we're out in public and, very soon, you'll see it across all our publications.

In April we'll be launching a brand-new website, designed with modern, user-friendly technology to better serve students, schools and institutions.