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High school students

Apply from school

High school students (referred to as current school leavers) apply to most universities in NSW and the ACT through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

For current school leavers, the admission criteria for most UTS undergraduate courses will be based entirely on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or International Baccalaureate (IB) score.

A small number of UTS undergraduate courses have additional or optional selection criteria for current school leavers.

Course preferences and how they work

In one UAC application you can make nine course choices, known as preferences. You can change your preferences anytime until the last change of preferences date, which is usually in early January – after you have received your HSC results and ATAR.

Applicants should enter the courses in order of preference, starting with the course you would most like to do as your first preference. You should not order your preferences based on the ATAR you think they will get.

During the selection process, you are considered for each course in turn.

Students are made offers the first course for which they meet the ATAR cut-off. For example, if a student doesn’t have the required ATAR for their first preference but they have the ATAR needed for the second preference, they are likely receive an offer for their second preference.

3 steps to apply

There are 3 steps you need to take when applying:

Step 1 - Eligibility criteria

Check that you meet the eligibility criteria for UTS admission - this is required in order to submit an assessable application.

Step 2 - Additional selection criteria

Check if the courses you want to apply for have any compulsory or optional additional selection criteria. You can do this by navigating to the course page of the course you are interested in.

Step 3 - Apply!

Lodge your application and optional additional selection documents through Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens an external site).  

Choosing senior subjects

Some universities will recommend which HSC subjects you need to take, to help them understand their chosen course better. These subjects are called pre-requisites.

At UTS, we do not have any prerequisites with any of our courses. This means that, assuming you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be granted entry in to your course, irrespective of the HSC subjects you undertake.

UTS courses do sometimes have assumed knowledge, which are usually subjects related to the course and that it would be advantageous to have studied.

Some HSC subjects may also carry bonus points, which can help you achieve the required ATAR cut-off. These subjects are chosen based on their relevance to the UTS course that you want to study. Take a look at which HSC subjects can potentially award you bonus points

A gap year

You may consider a gap year as an option if you are undecided about what you want to study, or if you wish to gain work experience before embarking on tertiary studies.

Spending time working in an industry can help you decide if it is the direction you want to take.

A gap year doesn't have to be about work; it's also a chance for self-discovery. You may choose to take some time off to travel and experience new things.

This will help you discover more about your likes and dislikes so you can be confident you've chosen the right track to a career you'll enjoy.

If you're planning on taking a gap year you have two options:

  • apply the year you complete your year 12 studies and defer your commencement for a year. This way, after your gap year (12 months), you can apply through UAC and be guaranteed an offer.

Note: Deferment is not available for the B Information Technology, B Midwifery and B Midwifery B Creative Intelligence and Innovation.