Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply for recent school leavers (current high school students and those who completed Year 12 the year prior and took a gap year) and non-recent school leavers.
1. Check if you’re eligible
If you’re a recent school leaver, the majority of courses will assess you based on your selection rank, which is a combination of your ATAR/IB plus any adjustment points you may be eligible for through an admission scheme.
If you are a non-recent school leaver, your admission is based on any eligible qualification that you hold, for the course/s you want to apply for. This may include your NSW High School Certificate or equivalent, TAFE studies or degree studies from an Australian university or equivalent. Remember to check the admission requirements for the course/s you want to study to see what qualifications are assessable for each course and note that you also need to meet English proficiency requirements.
2. Visit us on campus
Drop by at UTS Open Day on the 31 August 2019. It’s THE day to visit our campus and chat to staff and students about your course and career options.
We also hold information sessions during the year, so check our events calendar regularly to keep up to date.
Lodge your application through UAC (opens an external site).
Applications for UTS courses commencing in 2020 will open from August 2019 onwards, if not earlier, so keep an eye on the UAC website for updates.
4. Manage your preferences
In your UAC application you can list up to five course preferences. You can change your preferences at any time up until a few days before each offer round. You can view offer round dates on the UAC website.
Here is some advice for ordering your preferences:
- Place the course you most want to study as your first preference, then work your way down till you have filled your maximum number of preferences, or you have preferenced all the courses you are interested in.
- We don’t recommend ordering your preferences based on how competitive you think you’ll be.
During the selection process, you will be considered for each course starting from your first preference and working down to your last preference. You'll be offered the first course on your list for which you meet the entry requirements.
5. Boost your application
A handful of courses take into consideration additional factors.
If you’re a high school student, boost your chances with the
- Year 12 subject scheme. It rewards you on high performance in HSC subjects. IB students are also eligible for this scheme. Check out UAC's IB and equivalent NSW HSC course results table to convert your IB result to the equivalent HSC band.
- Certain courses, such as the co-operative scholarship courses in IT and accounting, also require an application form and interview.
- Check out what other admission schemes you may be eligible for.
If you are a non-recent school leaver, some courses have optional selection criteria , which you can include in your application to study.
If you’ve experienced long-term disadvantage, impacting on your results in school, vocational or university education, apply for our Educational Access Scheme, inpUTS.
The Jumbunna Pathways Program is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who aspire to study at university, and may not otherwise have the qualifications to apply.
6. Accept your offer
If you've applied to start at UTS in the Autumn session (commencing in March), the bulk of UTS offers will be released in December Round 2 via UAC. UTS reserves spots to make offers to IB and interstate students following the release of their results in later offer rounds.
If you receive an offer, you'll also be contacted by email with information to help walk you through the steps to accept your offer and start enrolling.
Now's also a good time to look at adding a diploma to your degree. Gain a language with the Diploma in Languages, or build your analytic and creative skills with the Diploma in Innovation.
7. Plans to defer?
You may consider deferring* your studies if you want to take a gap year to gain work or life experience. You’ll receive your new offer to the same course after your gap year (usually in November) direct from UTS. If you plan to postpone your studies for more than one year or would like to receive an offer to a different course, you’ll need to reapply through UAC.
*Note: Deferment is not available for a handful of courses at UTS. For more information, please refer to deferring your course commencement.
Applying to uni can be tricky. If you have more questions about your options, attend one of our on-campus events or contact us at ASK UTS.