High school students use their ATAR and eligible bonus points to apply for entry into UON. Find out more.

Getting in from high school

You are a high school student if you are currently studying in Year 12 and are completing the Higher School Certificate (HSC) this year. See Entry for non-school leavers if you have completed the HSC in previous years.

An Australian Tertiary Admission Rank or ATAR is usually used by high school students to gain entry into university.

If you are completing or have recently completed your HSC, if you are eligible you will receive an ATAR. An ATAR is based on your overall marks in the HSC and shows how well you went compared to other students.

Universities work out how many positions are available in each degree and set a minimum cut-off for entry, which is the rank of the last person admitted to the degree. Previous years cut-offs should be taken as a guide only as they can change from year to year according to demand.Your rank is your ATAR plus any bonus points you may be awarded.


Entry help and bonus point schemes

If you are set on studying with us we have the following schemes to help you secure your place:

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UON High ATAR guarantee

High school students who receive an ATAR of 90 or above are guaranteed a place in most of our undergraduate degrees. Just make sure you make the University of Newcastle your first preference when you are completing your UAC application. This guarantee will be applied automatically through UAC.
Take a look at the eligible degrees.

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Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)

We provide early offers to motivated and talented year 12 students who have the ability to succeed at uni but for some reason may fall short of the marks for entry. Selection is based on a range of criteria including a minimum ATAR. The scheme is available for a range of UON degrees. More information, including selection criteria, is available in the UAC SRS booklet.
To apply visit the UAC SRS page.

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Four bonus points for regional students

HSC students who go to regional schools and TAFE in selected postcodes are awarded an additional four bonus points. It applies to all undergraduate degrees except the Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program). You don't need to apply for this bonus – the points are automatically added to your rank. See which postcodes attract bonus points.

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Year 12 bonus points scheme

Our HSC Bonus Scheme rewards high achieving Year 12 students. Depending on the degree you choose, you may be awarded up to four bonus points for your HSC results in particular subjects. For example, if you achieve a Band 5 in mathematics and are applying for an engineering degree, you will be awarded two bonus points as maths is an important component of this degree.
Find out which HSC subjects and band levels are attracting bonus points (PDF, 250KB) in 2015-16.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program

If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicant, you can get help to gain entry into our degrees. All you need to do is indicate that you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent in your application. You will then be invited to attend an interview at one of our campuses.
Find out more by contacting the The Wollotuka Institute on
(02) 4921 6863.

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Educational Access Scheme 

With our Educational Access Scheme (EAS) you can get up to four additional bonus points if you have experienced educational or other disadvantage. To apply for the EAS, you must complete the application form contained in the EAS booklet produced by UAC or download the form from UAC. EAS applications should be forwarded to UAC with supporting documents no later than 6 January 2016.
EAS does not apply to the Bachelor of Medicine program.
For more information phone our Enquiry Centre on 1800 ASK UON.

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Elite Athlete Program

As a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) program we support elite athletes to get into university with early offers and up to an additional five bonus points. Once you start at UON, we also provide a range of support services to help balance the demands of study with your sporting career.
To find out more and apply see the NUsport website.

Find out how to apply