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Admission criteria

How are applicants assessed for entry to UC?

On an annual basis, UC’s University Admissions Committee will review and establish a selection rank to be used for admissions purposes for all UAC, direct and international applicants. The aim is to establish a comparable entry level for all groups with allowances for access to bonus points schemes and international regional knowledge and strategies.

All students receive undergraduate offers to UC through meeting one or more of the following requirements:

  • Have a selection rank equal to or above the rank approved for admission. Or;
  • Completed an approved pathway course such as those offered through the UC College. Or;
  • Successful aptitude endorsement for tertiary study through the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS). Or;
  • Successful application through the Faculty of Arts and Design Portfolio Entry Scheme.

UC will utilise the qualification with the highest selection rank for admission purposes, except in the circumstances where an applicant has completed the equivalent of two years of full-time tertiary study which will be the primary selection rank used. Tertiary study is considered to be AQF Bachelor level or higher.

In addition, all students as either current school leavers or non-current school leavers are expected to meet UC’s English proficiency requirements.

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications - UC assesses qualifications from both Australia and overseas when assessing applicants for entry.

UC can assess applicants with higher education qualifications for entry into our courses. Partially completed qualifications can be accepted where the minimum duration of study has been completed. Applicants with higher education qualifications may be eligible for credit into their chosen course. Credit is assessed on a case-by-case basis by our individual faculties.

Bridging and Enabling Courses - for applicants who have completed a bridging or enabling course, UC can assess you for entry where it is an approved program. The University of Canberra College (UCC) offers pathways that cater to students who are currently not qualified to enter university through the traditional entry points. UCC's programs focus on English language and academic skills that enable direct entry to UC.

The University can assess applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications of a Certificate III or higher for entry into our courses. Partially completed qualifications can be accepted where the minimum duration of study has been completed. Applicants with VET qualifications may also be eligible for credit towards their desired course.

UC anticipates current school leavers – those completing an Australian Year 12, the International Baccalaureate or the New Zealand NCEA 3 in the year preceding university admission - will apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

ATAR-based admission - for applicants who will be selected wholly or partly on the basis of an ATAR.

There is no minimum ATAR required for admission to UC. On an annual basis, UC’s University Admissions Committee will review and establish a selection rank to be used for admission purposes for all UAC, direct and international applicants. The aim is to establish a comparable entry level for all groups with allowances for access to bonus point schemes and international regional knowledge and strategies.

ATAR adjusted schemes - applicants can have their selection rank altered through the use of a selection of ATAR adjusted schemes. For further information, visit our alternative entry information page.

Non-ATAR based schemes - applicants can be assessed for admission through two non-ATAR related schemes; Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) and The Faculty of Arts and Design Portfolio Scheme.

For applicants who do not meet the required selection rank for entry based on academic qualifications, the University can assess based on an applicant's work experience of a minimum 1 year full time or equivalent paid employment. An official statement or reference letter from the employer outlining job title, duties and duration of employment must be provided to determine the applicant's eligibility.