University

The University Admissions Centre (UAC)
and the ATAR

Australian Universities have several admission pathways. These include

Applications through UAC (ATAR programs)

The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) processes applications for admission to undergraduate tertiary courses at participating institutions, mostly in NSW and the ACT.

Students applying for undergraduate degrees must check the admission criteria and subjects required or expected for those courses, so they know what subjects to take in Years 11 and 12. These are referred to as prerequisites and assumed knowledge.

Further information on university applications available from the

Careers Advisor: Mr Damien Williams

dwilliams@saintpatricks.nsw.edu.au

Eligibility criteria for the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR)

UAC calculates the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for NSW HSC students based on HSC scores supplied by NESA. The ATAR is a number between 0.00 and 99.95 that indicates a student’s position relative to all the students in NSW.

Each university sets a minimum rank to receive an offer for each course. This rank is called ATAR. UAC's Lowest Selection Ranks for January Round 1 Offers document illustrates typical ATAR's required for university entry.

Students do not require an ATAR to receive an HSC. An ATAR is only required for students seeking placement at a university. A non-ATAR program of study enables a broader selection of courses more relevant for students entering into employment or vocational training after school.


ATAR Courses

ATAR courses are Board Developed courses for which there are formal examinations. These courses contribute to an ATAR and are classified as either Category A or Category B courses. Not all of the many HSC courses will contribute to an ATAR. Category A courses are characterised by academic rigour and depth of knowledge. Examples include Aboriginal Studies and Ancient History. Examples of Category B courses are English Studies, Business Services and Hospitality.

UAC publishes a list of HSC courses that can be used in the ATAR calculation.

ATAR Eligibility

To be eligible for an ATAR, NSW students must satisfactorily complete at least 10 units of ATAR courses. These ATAR courses must include:

8 units from Category A courses

  • 2 units of English

  • three Board Developed courses of 2 units or greater

  • four subjects .

The ATAR is then calculated from the:

  • best 2 units of English

  • best 8 units from the remaining units, which can include no more than 2 units of Category B courses.

Advice from the Universities Admission Centre (UAC)

Check back regularly as UAC updates these documents each year

The ATAR & the HSC

The ATAR and Scaling