Whether you are about to start your HSC, are finishing Year 12 or looking to get back into study after a break, we have many pathways and entry schemes to help you get into the degree you want.
Early entry options
- Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)
- Year 12 Subject Spotlight Early Offer Program
- Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
- Year 12 Adjustment Scheme
- Year 12 COVID Adjustment Points
- Regional and Rural adjustment points scheme
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program
- Indigenous Early Entry Scheme (Law)
- Refugee Early Entry Scheme (Law)
- Elite Athlete Program
- Use your TAFE qualification
Year 11 options
Our Schools Recommendations Scheme offers early entry and guaranteed accommodation and scholarship opportunities for eligible students. You can apply for early entry based on your Year 11 results and recommendations from your school through the SRS.
Your HSC is still a great way to get into uni so it’s important that you continue to work hard but don’t worry - there’s more than one way in.
Your ATAR is important, but it isn’t all that matters. This program rewards students who have excelled in one or more HSC subjects related to your degree with an early offer.
ATAR and Selection Rank
Your Selection Rank is what the University uses to determine your eligibility for your chosen degree. The Selection Rank is your ATAR plus any adjustment points (previously called bonus points). You may be eligible for up to 12 adjustment points in the following categories:
Year 12 Adjustment Scheme
Our Year 12 Adjustment Scheme rewards high achieving students. Depending on the degree you choose, you may be awarded up to four adjustment points for your HSC results in particular subjects. There is no separate application for this scheme.
Find out which HSC subjects and band levels are attracting adjustment points (PDF, 216 KB).
Year 12 COVID Adjustment Points
In response to the COVID-19 crisis and in recognition of the extraordinary challenges the 2020 Year 12 HSC cohort has faced we will be providing each applicant with an additional 5 adjustment points (except for Joint Medical Program).
There is no separate application required. The points will be automatically added to your rank.
Regional and Rural adjustment points scheme
HSC students who go to schools in selected postcodes are awarded five adjustment points. You don't need to apply for this one – apply for your preferred degrees through UAC and the points are automatically added to your rank.
See which postcodes attract adjustment points.
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.
The University of Newcastle Law School (NLS) is offering Indigenous students the opportunity to gain early entry to our Law degree. Imagine having a guaranteed place in a Law program at University before beginning your final HSC exams.
Our new Refugee Early Entry Scheme gives students with refugee status an opportunity to gain early entry to our Law degree. Find out more about the Refugee Early Entry Scheme (Law).
As a member of the Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) program we support elite athletes to get into university. Up to four adjustment points may be added to your Selection Rank for verified elite athletes. Once you start at the University, we also provide a range of support services to help balance the demands of study with your sporting career.
We recognise your TAFE diploma qualifications as an equivalent estimated ATAR which you can use to gain entry into a range of our enabling pathways and undergraduate degrees.
You may be eligible for credit if you have completed a Cert IV or above and are going into a similar field of study.
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