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Admission criteria

Selection rank

On an annual basis, UC establishes a selection rank for admission for all UAC, direct and international applicants.

The aim is to establish a comparable entry level for all groups with allowances for access to adjustment factors.

UC will utilise an applicants 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 then be the primary selection rank used.

Eligible qualifications that can be assessed to produce a selection rank are outlined below.


Eligible qualifications

Year 12 (or equivalent)

The following qualifications can be assessed as a high school school-leaver.

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) - Australian Year 12
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3 - New Zealand Year 13
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

ATAR applicants can additionally access adjustment factors.

Non-ATAR applicants may be able to access the Schools Recommendation Scheme and portfolio entry for courses in the Faculty of Arts and Design.

Vocational education and training

UC can assess applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications of a Certificate III or higher.

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.

Bridging and enabling courses

UC can assess applicants who have completed an approved bridging or enabling pathway programs, such as those offered by the University of Canberra College (UCC).

The courses offered at UCC focus on English language and academic skills that, if successfully completed, enable direct entry to UC.

Higher education

UC can assess applicants with higher education qualifications.

Partially completed qualifications can be accepted where the minimum duration of study has been completed.

Applicants with higher education qualifications may also be eligible for credit.

Combined professional experience and learning

Undergraduate

UC can assess applicants who do not meet the required selection rank based on a minimum one year full-time-equivalent of paid employment.

Postgraduate (equivalent graduate status)

UC can assess applicants with a combinations of pre-tertiary qualifications + paid work experience or professional membership, which are considered an equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree, for postgraduate entry.

Pre-tertiary qualification Paid work experience Professional membership
Advanced Diploma  or Associate Degree 4 years full-time at managerial or professional level

Membership of an appropriate professional body in one of the following fields:

  • Pharmacy
  • Accounting
  • Speech Therapy
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Actuarial Studies
  • Physiotherapy
  • Engineering Studies
  • Law
  • Surveying
Diploma 8 years full-time at managerial or professional level
Year 12 or Certificate IV 10 years full-time at managerial or professional level