Directions - March 2019

19 Mar 2019

Applications are opening early

Applications for study in 2020 will open on Wednesday 3 April. You’ll be able to apply for undergraduate and international as well as Schools Recommendation Schemes, Educational Access Schemes and Equity Scholarships.

Want some advice on applying for uni?

We can help. Put 12.30pm Friday 29 March in your diary and find out more.


This year UAC’s new Access and Scholarships Programs brochure has a summary of information on applying for access and scholarship programs through UAC. Download the brochure.

Educational Access Schemes (EAS)

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

There are also some changes to Educational Access Schemes (EAS) for 2019.

Equity Scholarships

Equity Scholarships (ES) help financially disadvantaged students with the costs associated with tertiary study. Details of requirements for individual scholarships can be found on the institution websites.

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS)

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission to Year 12 students. They do this by using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR. You must apply through UAC for undergraduate admission in 2019–20 to be eligible for SRS. Find out more.


Certain undergraduate courses such as medicine, dentistry, health science and law degree programs require applicants to sit an admissions test for entry.

Check the course descriptions via the undergraduate course search or the My UAC app to find out if the course you're interested in has any special entry requirements.

Medicine and medical sciences

Some institutions will require you to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). A summary of these requirements can be found in the Medicine and Medical Sciences fact sheet.


The Law Admission Test (LAT) is a selection test developed to assess the types of aptitudes and skills that are critical to success in undergraduate level law program at UNSW Sydney.

For students interested in studying law at UNSW in 2020, LAT 2019 will be held on Thursday 3 October 2019. Visit the LAT website for further information.


If you need help deciding which uni course to apply for, Course Compass could help. You can answer a few quick questions about your HSC subjects and Course Compass will display the fields of study offered to recent applicants just like you. Try Course Compass.


UAC’s Community Engagement team is out and about visiting careers expos and tertiary study events throughout NSW and the ACT. Check when they'll be in your area, then come along to find out about the ATAR, HSC subject choices and applying to tertiary study, including access schemes and the selection process. Find out where UAC will be


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. See a list of uni open days.