UAC News - March 2018

08 Mar 2018

2018 admissions survey

Now that we're well into the new year, we'd like to gather feedback on the recent changes to UAC's admissions process. The survey should take no more than a couple of minutes of your time, and the results will be used to inform future improvements to our admissions process. Take the survey.

New admissions terminology

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.

You will see this terminology used in all UAC publications this year and we would appreciate your help with advising students of these changes.

UAC’S coming to an expo near you

UAC’s Community Engagement team are about to hit the road to visit regional careers expos, schools and information days across NSW and the ACT. Encourage your students to come along and visit us to get information on the ATAR and uni entry – or organise a school visit (see below). All our events are listed on our website.

Is your school in the Sydney metro area? We will be speaking twice a day at the HSC and Careers Expo at Moore Park (Thursday 31 May – Sunday 3 June) and the Western Sydney Careers Expo at Sydney Olympic Park (Thursday 28 June – Sunday 1 July). This is a great opportunity for your students to find out about uni first-hand.

School presentation guidelines

Our Community Engagement team receives many invitations from schools to run information sessions on the ATAR and applying to uni. Unfortunately, we can’t get to everyone, so we’ve created some guidelines for requesting a presentation:

  • Single schools must have a minimum of 250 students and parents in attendance.
  • If your school can’t meet the minimum attendance requirement, join up with one or two neighbouring schools. Alternatively we could connect through videoconference if your school has these facilities.
  • If you are in a regional area, check when UAC will be at an event near you, then join up with other schools and request a presentation around that date.

Email your requests to

UAC information days

Our UAC Day is a free professional development day for careers advisers, year advisers and other senior secondary staff who advise students about subject selection, the ATAR and applying to uni. The morning session explains the calculation of the ATAR and strengthens understanding of the scaling tables by involving participants in exercises and discussion. The afternoon session provides information on all things UAC, including Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS), Educational Access Schemes (EAS), and the UAC application process. There will also be time for you to ask specific questions.

Dates and venues will be published on our website as they are confirmed.

UAC information days for CAA members

These inaugural events are presented by UAC and open exclusively to members of the Careers Advisers Association of NSW & ACT (CAA). They are NESA accredited. The topics we’ll be covering include the calculation of the ATAR, understanding scaling tables, and information on all things UAC, including SRS and EAS.

UAC Information Day for New Careers Advisers This event is aimed at new careers advisers or careers advisers with less than 3 years’ experience. You must attend CAA's New Careers Advisers Day on Thursday 7 June to be able to attend this event. Date: Friday 8 June 2018 Time: 9am–3pm Venue: UTS Aerial Function Centre Sydney.

UAC Information Day for Careers Advisers This event is aimed at high school careers advisers and covers the ATAR, scaling, UAC equity schemes and more. Date: Friday 22 June 2018 Time: 9am–3pm Venue: UTS Aerial Function Centre Sydney.

UAC publications

Each year we update our publications to give students the latest information on preparing and applying for tertiary study. All publications can be downloaded from our website.

  • The ATAR and Applying for Uni – an overview of the calculation of the ATAR and the uni application and offer process (available from the UAC stand at expos and career days).
  • Steps to Uni for Year 11 and 12 Students – the latest information on preparing for tertiary study in 2018, including a list of this year’s tertiary courses and lowest selection ranks (available from the UAC stand at expos and career days).
  • Year 10 booklet – information to help students choose their HSC courses. Four complementary copies will be sent to each Year 12 school in NSW and the ACT. Extra print copies can be ordered on our website via the UAC Shop. Available in May. View the 2017 edition.
  • Report on the Scaling of the 2017 NSW HSC – a detailed report with result statistics and comprehensive scaling tables. The preliminary report is currently available on our website. Reference copies of the full report will be sent to schools in late April.

Coming soon... UAC’s new brand!

We’re excited to share with you that UAC has undergone a brand refresh. Our new brand – featuring a redesign of our pathway logo – references our rich past but also looks forward to a bright future. We hope that through this new look and feel we can better reflect the services we offer to our students and schools and the institutions we represent.

We’re slowly rolling out the new brand across our publications, starting with Steps to Uni for Year 11 and 12 Students and The ATAR and Applying for Uni. Keep an eye out for our new brand over the coming weeks as our Community Engagement team begins the expo circuit.

UAC will officially launch its new website and brand in April.

School offer lists

Details of all 2018 semester 1 uni offers made to students at your school are available in the secure My School area of our Schools website.

ATAR calculator

After ATARs are released we get lots of calls from students who are disappointed in their ATAR because the ATAR calculator they used told them it would be higher. UAC does not have an ATAR calculator, nor do we endorse any that might be in use. Students using ATAR calculators or estimators need to remember that they are based on data from previous years, which might be quite different to data from the year they receive their ATAR.

An ATAR can decrease

If NESA provides UAC with amended HSC results, the student’s ATAR will be automatically recalculated and may decrease.

Special entry requirements for medicine and medical science

If students are interested in studying medicine or medical science, special entry requirements are now available. Read the fact sheet for further information.

University news

Australian College of Applied Psychology – New courses

Diploma of Counselling Skills

The Diploma of Counselling Skills prepares graduates for work in phone counselling, as therapeutic service coordinators or mental health support workers. This qualification is a direct pathway to three ACAP undergraduate degrees in Social Science, Counselling and Coaching.

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology

The Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology provides solid analytical skills for students seeking a career specialising in criminology and opens prospects to the corrections and justice sectors.

Read ACAP course details

Register for the next Sydney Campus Information Session to be held on 18 April.

Macleay College - Upcoming events

Key events

Career Advice SessionBy appointment
Campus Tours

For Year 11 and 12 students
By appointment

Career Taster Day

19 April 2018

Info Session

26 April 2018

1:1 Coffee & Chat with the Faculty

Advertising & Media Faculty


Business & Marketing Faculty

Journalism FacultyMarch

Digital Media Faculty


Macquarie University - Upcoming events

Campus tours Open to everyone

Monday 12 March Tuesday 3 April Thursday 19 April Friday 11 May

Macquarie in a Day An opportunity for Year 11 and 12 students to taste what a day in the life of a Macquarie Student is really like.

Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 April

SAE Creative Media Institute - Information night

SAE Creative Media Institute is opening the doors in April to our state-of-the-art campuses for Info Night. On the night you can take a campus tour, sit in on an information sessions, check out SAE student work and have a chat with staff, alumni and lecturers.

Byron Bay Campus Info Night: 26 April, 4–7pm Sydney Campus Info Night: 19 April, 6–8pm

University of Sydney - New course prerequisite

Course prerequisite – Mathematics (Band 4) In 2019, a course prerequisite of Mathematics (Band 4) will apply for those courses that have an assumed knowledge of Mathematics, HSC Mathematics Extension 1 and HSC Mathematics Extension 2. This means that students must have reached this minimum standard in their NSW HSC or equivalent before they will be offered a place in the course. If a student does not have the required course prerequisite they cannot be selected for the course, even though they may have met the admission requirements. The course prerequisite will affect agriculture, commerce, economics, engineering, health, medicine, pharmacy, psychology, science and veterinary courses. It will also apply to combined courses in those areas.

For more information, visit the university’s website.

University of Wollongong - New degree + upcoming events

Nursing to be offered at South Western Sydney campus in 2019 UOW’s Bachelor of Nursing will be offered at South Western Sydney campus in Liverpool from next year, subject to final approval. Upcoming information evenings For Year 10, 11 and 12 students and their parents.

Year 12 Subject Selection Evening (Wollongong) for Year 10 students

Tuesday 1 May 2018

Year 12 Subject Selection Evening (Sutherland) for Year 10 students

Wednesday 2 May 2018

Wollongong Information Evening

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Year 12 Subject Selection Evening (Liverpool) for Year 10 students

Wednesday 9 May 2018

Sutherland Information EveningTuesday 15 May 2018
UOW College Information Session – Pathways to UOWWednesday 16 May 2018
Campbelltown Information EveningMonday 21 May 2018
Canberra Information EveningTuesday 22 May 2018
Goulburn Information EveningTuesday 29 May 2018

More information and booking details.

Western Sydney University - New degrees

Bachelor of Architectural Design The Bachelor of Architectural Design will be available for mid-year entry. The degree provides a combination of skills and knowledge required by contemporary architects. Successful completion enables students to apply for entry into the new Master of Architecture (Urban Transformation) program at Western Sydney University.

The College The College provides pathways into Bachelor courses at Western Sydney University. It offers University Foundation Courses and Extended Diplomas for students with no ATAR or an ATAR below 55.00. For students with an ATAR of 55.00 or above, The College offers Integrated Diploma/Bachelor courses. Students are taught the same first-year units as university undergraduates studying the course, however in a smaller class environment with greater face-to-face teaching. For more information visit the website.