UTS ready to support COVID-19 impacted HSC students
The New South Wales government has announced it will delay the 2021 HSC until the 9th of November due to current COVID-19 lockdowns.
Following the announcement of changes to the timing of the 2021 Higher School Certificate, UTS and other NSW universities have moved to reassure prospective students that they would be welcomed next year as normal.
“As a parent of high school kids, I know how much the pandemic has impacted upon all of you, but also how much your teachers are doing to make sure you succeed despite those challenges,” UTS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Attila Brungs said.
“You’ll find the same supportive approach at university next year, if that’s what you choose to pursue. Good luck in your exams.”
Written HSC exams have been rescheduled to start on 9 November. A revised timetable and comprehensive COVID-safe exam protocols will be available from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) in early September.
Please don’t worry about these changes affecting your uni opportunities next year. We are ready and waiting to welcome you to university study. Just focus on doing as well as you can in the HSC.
Professor Andrew Parfitt
UTS Provost, Professor Andrew Parfitt, said the university had been consulted by the NSW Government on the changes, and had committed to doing all it could to help students transition to university successfully next year, even if that meant the usual offer process was delayed.
“Our message to Year 12 students is very simple,” Professor Parfitt said.
“Please don’t worry about these changes affecting your uni opportunities next year. We are ready and waiting to welcome you to university study. Just focus on doing as well as you can in the HSC.”
UTS has a number of programs that recognise disadvantage experienced by applicants.
The university will again be inviting Year 12 students to apply to UTS under its Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS). The SRS helps Year 12 students gain entry to UTS when their ATAR alone may not be enough to secure a competitive place. It recognises applicants for their other skills and achievements, and their overall aptitude for tertiary studies, based on a recommendation from their school principal or careers advisor.
The UTS SRS recognises two distinct cohorts of applicants – equity students (based on established socio-economic disadvantage, financial hardship, school environment (S01C status), and COVID-19 impacted students (based on Year 11 results, Year 12 ATAR and adjustment factors/points).
In addition to the UTS SRS, the new UTS Early Entry Program (EEP) has been introduced to allow ordinarily high-performing, current HSC students to secure a conditional offer for a place in their preferred UTS degree based on their Year 11 academic achievements. Conditional offers will be converted to unconditional offers based on completion of the HSC, and should provide a level of comfort and assurance to this year’s Year 12 students. EEP applications are open and will close at midnight on Sunday, 12 September. More information about the SRS and EEP (and other admissions schemes) can be found on our website.
The U@Uni Academy supports NSW high school students from low socioeconomic backgrounds in South West Sydney to gain access to, and succeed at, university. It is a two-year program beginning at the end of Year 10 – fusing widening participation, alternative entry, and enabling programs into one – and offers all successful Academy graduates an undergraduate place at UTS. The program is conditional upon completion of the HSC, but does not require an ATAR.