Terms used in this policy and the associated procedures are consistent with the ACU Glossary of Terms. In addition, the following words and expressions have the meanings listed below:
Adjustment factors: additional points that may be used in combination with an applicant’s Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) to derive a person’s course Selection Rank. Adjustments do not change an applicant’s ATAR
, but change their Selection Rank for a particular course or courses.
Admission pathway: any one of the options available to a prospective student that will enable them to meet the entry requirements of their chosen course(s)
Admission prerequisite: a requirement that must be met by an applicant in order to be eligible for consideration for admission to the course.
ATAR related thresholds:
Lowest ATAR to which an offer was made: the lowest unadjusted ATAR of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the relevant year or year-to-date.
Lowest Selection Rank to which an offer was made: the lowest Selection Rank of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the relevant year or year-to-date (including the consideration of any adjustments the applicant may have been eligible for).
Minimum Selection Rank required for consideration to enter in the next intake: Where a threshold minimum Selection Rank must be achieved to be considered for admission to a course or institution.
Guaranteed Entry ATAR (or Selection Rank): where achievement of a specified ATAR or Selection Rank (as appropriate) will guarantee acceptance into a course or institution, subject to any non-ATAR criteria being met, such as a prerequisite study or English language proficiency.
Audit: where a participant is permitted to attend a unit on payment of the prescribed fee but does not complete assessment requirements.
Course: an approved program of study leading to an accredited higher education award of the University.
At school offer: where an offer of enrolment is made to a current secondary school student prior to release of ATARs or equivalent (e.g. OP in Queensland, IB) Such offers may be conditional on other requirements being met, such as successful completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, prerequisite study, or achievement of a specified minimum Selection Rank.
Non-award: refers to individual units undertaken which do not count towards an award program at ACU.
Offer: formal notification from the University or the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre on behalf of the University offering a place in a nominated course.
Offer rounds: refers to the series of dates on which offers of higher education places are issued to prospective students by the tertiary admission centres and institutions throughout the year.
Recommended Studies: subjects which are not a requirement for entry, but which applicants are recommended to have completed to assist them to undertake a course.
Tertiary Admissions Centre (TAC): the admission authority established in each Australian state/territory to coordinate the admission processes of participating institutions for undergraduate and, in some cases, postgraduate courses. The authorities are:
- NSW/ACT: Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
- Qld: Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)
- Vic: Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)