What is HSC Plus?
HSC Plus is designed to reward strong performance in Australian Senior Secondary Certificate [Year 12] subjects relevant to UNSW undergraduate degrees.
Domestic students who complete an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate and perform well in subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree may be awarded a maximum of 5 bonus points.
Why did UNSW introduce HSC Plus?
There is a strong correlation between Year 12 subject performance and preparation for and success in first year university studies. Students who have undertaken and done well in relevant Year 12 subjects are generally well prepared for the demands of university study. A successful first year of university study lays the foundation for a successful and rewarding UNSW experience. By employing strategies that enhance the academic achievement of UNSW students we also improve their employability and increase the range of career options for our graduates.
Am I eligible for bonus points under HSC Plus?
To be eligible you must
- Be a domestic student (i.e. an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen)
- Complete an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (Year 12) in the year prior to admission* to UNSW and receive an ATAR or equivalent
- Achieve the required Performance Bands in relevant Year 12 subjects
- Not have a record of study at university
If you complete the International Baccalaureate (IB) in the year prior to admission* you may also be eligible. To be considered you must be eligible for the award of the IB Diploma.
*Applicants who completed the above qualifications in 2013 and took a gap year in 2014 are also eligible for HSC Plus for admission in 2015.
How many bonus points might I be awarded and for which Year 12 subjects?
Applicants will be awarded a maximum of 5 bonus points for each UNSW preference. The number of bonus points awarded and the Year 12 subjects considered are specific to individual undergraduate degrees. This means that if you apply for a range of degrees at UNSW you may have a different admission rank for each preference depending on the Year 12 subjects you have completed.
Calculate how many bonus points you may be eligible for (up to a maximum of 5) on this website: HSC Plus Performance Bands and Points
Are all UNSW undergraduate degrees included in HSC Plus?
The following programs are NOT included in HSC Plus:
- Actuarial Studies and dual Actuarial Studies programs
- Actuarial Studies (Co-op)
- Commerce (Co-op)
- Commerce (International)
- Information Systems (Co-op)
- Combined Law
- Psychological Science
- ADFA Chief of Defence Force Special Programs (CDFSP)
All other UNSW undergraduate degrees are included.
How do I apply for HSC Plus?
No separate application is required. For admission to undergraduate degrees at UNSW all domestic applicants completing an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate [Year 12] - either in Australia or off-shore - must lodge an application via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Applicants completing the International Baccalaureate either in Australia or off-shore also apply via UAC.
If you have a preference for a degree included in HSC Plus at the close of change of preferences AND your performance in a Year 12 subject or subjects is in the specified band, bonus points will be automatically added to your ATAR or equivalent to increase your admission rank for that preference
The following examples illustrate how HSC Plus works.
The applicants below complete the NSW Higher School Certificate. For each applicant you can see the HSC subjects undertaken, the performance band achieved in each and the applicant's overall performance as measured by the ATAR.
Also listed is each applicant's list of UNSW preferences, HSC Plus bonus points awarded for each preference and the applicant's increased admission rank.
Ming receives an ATAR of 78.25 in 2014.
Ming's HSC Subjects
Ming's Performance Bands
Ming's UAC preferences for UNSW:
HSC PlusBonus Points
Ming's Admission Rank
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Fine Arts (Hons)
Sally receives an ATAR of 81.70 in 2014.
Sally's HSC Courses
Sally's Performance Bands
Design & Technology
Sally's UAC preferences for UNSW:
Design (Hons)/Education (Secondary)
Fine Arts/Education (Secondary)
Fine Arts (Hons)
Michael has an ATAR of 90.30 from his 2013 HSC. In January/February 2014 Michael received a total of 3 offers of admission for Semester 1 2014 from three different universities. He wasn't sure what he wanted to study so deferred his offers and decided to work and travel during 2014.
After much reflection, Michael has now decided that he wants to apply for a different degree for 2015 admission and has lodged an application via UAC. If Michael lists UNSW preferences in his application for admission in 2015 he will receive HSC Plus bonus points as outlined below.
Michael's HSC Courses
Michael's Performance Bands
English Extension 1
English Extension 2
Michael's UAC preferences for UNSW: