As a current Year 12 student, you’ll be considered for an offer based on satisfying the relevant entry requirements for your course and on your ATAR/OP/Selection rank. Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements.
In Queensland and within an OP band, if the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available for a course, Field Positions will be used to select applicants to whom an offer will be made. In addition, current Queensland Year 12 students’ ineligible to receive an OP will be assigned a QTAC selection rank based on this study and be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school). Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements.
Current International Baccalaureate (IB) students will be assigned a selection rank based on their score from their completed IB diploma. As agreed by admissions centers around Australia, the IB score is converted to a 'combined rank'. The combined rank is on the same scale as the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank). IB diploma students will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken when at school). Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements.
Other recognised qualifications completed when at school such as competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV (completed), diplomas, tertiary study, and some creative arts qualifications in the areas of music, dance, and speech will also be assigned a selection rank. Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements.
If you have several selection ranks calculated (eg ranks based on Year 12 results and VET study), you will generally be considered on your highest selection rank (some course exceptions may apply).
Year 12 results (ATAR/OP/Selection rank) do not expire once you have left school. Whether this result is considered for an offer to a course will depend on whether you have additional qualifications (including other recognised qualifications completed while at school or post school).
This includes formal qualifications such as higher education study, VET study such as completed competency-based and graded AQF certificate IV and diplomas, sub-degree level study, bridging and preparation courses. Other post-secondary professional and paraprofessional qualifications (including creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications, and professional registrations) and defence force service will be also considered.Applicants may also use alternative entry pathways such as employment experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) (age restrictions apply). Some exceptions may apply to some courses and courses with additional entry requirements.
ATAR-related adjustments – Current Year 12 applicants
Adjustment factors (bonus points) are designed to boost your score and help you into your dream course. The points are added to your raw ATAR (OP/Rank) to determine if you are eligible for admission to our courses.
We have a number of special entry schemes for admission, and ATAR/OP/Selection rank adjustments apply in some cases. Where adjustments are awarded for similar reasons, a cap on the number of adjustment points will apply. Applicants can be allocated a maximum rank adjustment of 12 ranks (or six OPs) across all schemes.
If you’re eligible, ATAR/OP/Selection rank adjustments will automatically be applied to your TAC application for the following schemes.
Subject - available for current Year 12 applicants only
Based on your performance in a Year 12 subject which has been approved by the faculty as relevant for the specific course in the relevant state/territory. Maximum adjustment of five ranks.
Access ACU - available for current Year 12 applicants only
Points can be allocated based on school relationship, campus and regional schools:
- Schools relationship – based on ACU’s established relationship with certain schools.
- Campus – based on residential postcode of applicant where location is designated as important to an ACU campus.
- Regional schools – based on schools located in rural and regional areas as identified by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) postcode classification system.
Maximum adjustment of five ranks awarded across these three areas.
For some schemes, points are not automatically assigned to your score. You are required to submit a separate application for the schemes below.
Educational access schemes - All applicants
Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) - All applicants
We understand you might need support and flexibility to maintain sporting or performing excellence while studying. EAPP is designed to give you that support, and encourage excellence in both your sport/performing and academic life.
Elite athletes may apply for any course through the standard admission processes. In addition, we will consider admitting a limited number of elite athletes/performers who have outstanding sporting or appropriate recreational/vocational performance but do not meet normal entry criteria.
Maximum adjustment of five ranks.
Other admissions schemes - Minimum ATAR/OP/Selection rank requirement applies
There are some schemes not directly related to your ATAR/OP/Selection rank, but can help you gain entry to your desired course.
Build on your volunteering and leadership experience and explore your potential with CAP. If you regularly volunteer in your community through your school, community organisation, or cultural or religious group you could be eligible for early entry offer into an undergraduate degree.
Application is made directly through the university. If successful, you will receive an early offer.
Our P4L program requires you to submit a 200–300 word response to ‘Why you are passionate about law’. Statements should include specific details about your future career goals and aspirations, and how you will benefit from being a part of the P4L program. This application is submitted directly to the Thomas More School of Law.
Current Year 12 applicants only
We participate in the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS), which is processed centrally through UAC. SRS allows current Year 12 students to receive early offers of admission. SRS aims to assist access to higher education using a wide range of selection criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR. These include school recommendations and senior secondary studies.
One of the intended outcomes for offering this course in Ballarat is to increase access to higher education programs in this discipline for regional students where pockets of socio-economic disadvantage exist. As such approximately half the places available in this program are made available to applicants who reside in regional Victoria.
Other admission options - No minimum ATAR/OP requirement
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander admission program
Indigenous applicants may be given special entry to ACU programs based on their potential to succeed at tertiary study. Applicants may be invited to attend an interview with a member of the Indigenous Higher Education Unit and a relevant academic staff member.
Current Year 12 applicants only
Principals' Recommendation Scheme
Secondary school principals are invited to recommend Year 12 students who have experienced educational disadvantage for entry to an ACU degree or pathway program.
ACU Special Admissions Program (only applies to Canberra Campus)
Principals are invited to nominate Year 12 students who they consider have the potential to pursue a university degree, are a cooperative and supportive class member and who may have experienced educational disadvantage throughout the years of their senior schooling. Special entry to a Canberra Campus course is available for successful applicants.
Interstate Year 12
Australian Year 12 applicants apply to the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC) depending on where they want to study. The same entry requirements apply to all applicants and we utilize the relevant TAC schedules and TAC-developed equivalency tables to determine eligibility for applicants who have completed Year 12 in the various states and territories. This ensures consistency across all campuses.
Page last updated: 2018-05-08
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