Before applying to UNSW, you should check that your qualification can be accepted for assessment.

This could be your high school qualification or a foundational course, or even a UNSW Pathways program. Find out how you can set yourself up for success below.

Accepted qualifications for undergraduate study

There are several admission pathways to an undergraduate degree at UNSW, including high school qualifications, UNSW Foundation Studies, UNSW Diploma, recognised prior study or university transfer.

  • Admission to UNSW will be based on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that you receive after completing your Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (such as the HSC). 

    Here’s a list of qualifications that UNSW considers for entry:

    • NSW HSC and Interstate Year 12 Qualifications 
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)
    • GCE A-Levels
    • New Zealand NCEA Level 3
    • Overseas secondary qualifications considered equivalent to Australian studies 

    If the qualification you've completed isn't listed above, please select the International Qualifications section below.

  • UNSW recognises qualifications from across the globe. Select your country from the list below to see what qualifications we accept.

    If you hold an overseas secondary qualification from a country where English is not the standard language used in education, please check our English language requirements.

  • Certificate IV

    UNSW only accepts completed AQF accredited Certificate IV for entry. Please note that your qualification must have been graded, not competency-based, for it to be competitive for entry into UNSW Bachelor degrees. Generally, AQF accredited Certificate IV qualifications will require a Credit average to be competitive for admission to programs with the lowest selection rank of 80.

    Competency-based AQF accredited Certificate IV may be considered for admission via Portfolio Entry.

    As you have a completed Certificate IV, you will be assessed differently from high school students. All qualifications that you have will be considered in the assessment of your application. It is also important to note that students with a tertiary study record are not eligible for adjustment factors.

    Diplomas

    UNSW only accepts completed AQF accredited Diplomas for entry. Please note that your qualification must have been graded, not competency-based, for it to be competitive for entry into most UNSW Bachelor degrees. Generally, AQF accredited Diploma qualifications will require a Distinction average to be competitive for admission to programs with a lowest selection rank above 90. Competency-based qualifications may be considered for admission to programs with a lowest selection rank of 80. 

    As you have a completed Diploma, you will be assessed differently to high school students. All qualifications that you have will be considered in the assessment of your application. It is also important to note that students with a tertiary study record are not eligible for adjustment factors.

    Advanced Diplomas

    UNSW only accepts completed AQF accredited Advanced Diplomas for entry. Please note that your qualification must have been graded, not competency based, for it to be competitive for entry into most UNSW Bachelor degrees. Generally, AQF accredited Advanced Diploma qualifications will require a Distinction average to be competitive for admission to programs with a lowest selection rank above 90. Competency based qualifications may be considered for admission to programs with a lowest selection rank of 80.

    As you have a completed Advanced Diploma, you will be assessed differently to high school students. All qualifications that you have will be considered in the assessment of your application. It is also important to note that students with a tertiary study record are not eligible for adjustment factors.

    I want to apply for UNSW Law or B Vision Science/M Clinical Optometry

    If you have completed an AQF accredited Diploma, you will be assessed based on 50% of your ATAR (or equivalent) and 50% of your completed Diploma. 

    All Law applicants are also required to sit the Law Admissions Test (LAT).

  • You may be eligible for admission based on the completion of at least one year of full-time study (or the part-time equivalent) in a bachelor's degree or equivalent or higher, at a recognised university or non-university higher education provider.

    To have your university studies considered for admission, you must complete at least one year of full-time study (minimum 0.75 full-time equivalent load) within one degree.

    How will I be assessed?

    If you have completed an equivalent of 0.75 FTE (full-time equivalent) or more of tertiary study in a single degree, you will be assessed for admission to UNSW on either your tertiary study results OR your ATAR (or equivalent) - whichever is better. If your ATAR is more than 5 years old, you will be assessed only on your tertiary study.

    How will I be assessed for Medicine?

    • Less than 0.75 FTE (full time equivalent) of tertiary study is not assessable for entry to UNSW. Your eligibility for admission to a UNSW degree will revert back to your most recent assessable qualification (e.g. HSC or equivalent).

      To have your university studies considered for admission, you must complete at least one year of full-time study (minimum 0.75 FTE) within one degree at another university.

      You must also complete the additional selection criteria of all Medicine applicants. More information on those requirements can be found here

    • If you have completed an equivalent of 0.75 FTE (full time equivalent) or more of tertiary study in a single degree at the end of the year in which you apply, you will be assessed for admission to the Medicine program on either your secondary OR your tertiary study results. The following minimum criteria applies:

      • Your secondary school qualification component must reach 96.00 ATAR (or equivalent); AND
      • your tertiary study component must reach WAM 70 or equivalent.

      Once you have met the minimum requirement, a "best of" algorithm will apply and the qualification with a higher selection rank will be used as a final selection rank for Medicine program admissions purposes.

      You must also complete the additional selection criteria of all Medicine applicants. More information on those requirements can be found here

    • If you have completed a tertiary degree before the end of the year in which you apply, only the tertiary qualification will be considered for admission to the Medicine program. Your tertiary studies must reach a minimum WAM/GPA equivalent of a 96.00 ATAR.

      As you have completed a tertiary degree, we will no longer consider your secondary qualification, i.e. a minimum 96.00 ATAR (or equivalent) is not applicable.

      You must also complete the additional selection criteria of all Medicine applicants. More information on those requirements can be found here

    How will I be assessed for UNSW Law or B Vision Science/M Clinical Optometry

    • Less than 0.75 FTE (full time equivalent) of tertiary study is not assessable for entry to UNSW. Your eligibility for admission to a UNSW degree will revert back to your most recent assessable qualification (e.g. HSC or equivalent).

      To have your university studies considered for admission, you must complete at least one year of full-time study (minimum 0.75 FTE) within one degree at another university.

      All Law applicants are required to sit the Law Admissions Test (LAT).

      To study at UNSW you will need to submit an application via the Universities Admissions Centre.  Visit their website for detailed information on how to apply.  

      If you gain entry into a program at UNSW, you may be eligible for credit for courses (subjects) studied at another institution. Find out more about Credit Transfer.

    • If you have completed 0.75 FTE (full time equivalent) or more of tertiary study in a single degree, you will be assessed for admission based on 50% of your ATAR results (or equivalent) and 50% of your tertiary study results.

      All Law applicants are required to sit the Law Admissions Test (LAT).

      In all cases, to study at UNSW, you will need to submit an application via the Universities Admissions Centre. Visit their website for detailed information on how to apply.  

      If you gain entry into a program at UNSW, you may be eligible for credit for courses (subjects) studied at another institution. Find out more about Credit Transfer.

    • If you have already completed an undergraduate (Bachelors) degree, you will be assessed for admission based on 50% of your ATAR results (or equivalent) and 50% of your tertiary study results.

      All Law applicants are required to sit the Law Admissions Test (LAT).

      In all cases, to study at UNSW, you will need to submit an application via the Universities Admissions Centre. Visit their website for detailed information on how to apply.  

      If you gain entry into a program at UNSW, you may be eligible for credit for courses (subjects) studied at another institution. Find out more about Credit Transfer.

  • UNSW only accepts Group of Eight (Go8) Foundation programs, including: 

    • UNSW Sydney (UNSW Global)
    • Monash University
    • The Australian National University
    • The University of Adelaide
    • The University of Melbourne
    • The University of Queensland
    • The University of Sydney
    • The University of Western Australia

    Foundation programs are valid for 5 years.

    • A completed UNSW Prep program can only be used for entry into Arts and Social Sciences Degrees, the Bachelor of Commerce, the Bachelor of Engineering (Flexible First Year) and the Bachelor of Science. 

      A completed UNSW University Preparation Program (UPP) can be used for entry into most UNSW degrees.

      Note: A small number of UNSW degree programs do not accept the UPP. These are: Combined Law, programs offered by the UNSW Business School (except for Commerce, Economics and Information Systems), Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry, Medical Science, Advanced Science, Advanced Mathematics, Optometry (incl. Vision Science), and Psychology (please note that Psychology can be studied as a major in the Bachelor of Life Sciences, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Psychological Science).

      Both the UPP and the UNSW Prep program are valid for 5 years.

      Note: UNSW Canberra do not accept UNSW Prep program (17-19) or UPP as a pathway into their undergraduate programs.

    • You can use the grades you've received from this preparation course as a form of assessment for entry into some UNSW degrees - as long as you are 21 years old or older as of 1 March in the year you start your undergraduate study at UNSW.

      IMPORTANT: You must have completed the preparation course with a minimum of 20 units of humanities subjects.

      Note that this preparation course cannot be used for entry into Combined Law, programs offered by the UNSW Business School (except for Commerce, Economics and Information Systems), Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry, Medical Science, Advanced Science, Advanced Mathematics, Optometry (incl. Vision Science), and Psychology (please note that Psychology can be studied as a major in the Bachelor of Life Sciences, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Psychological Science).

      This qualification is valid for 5 years only.

    • You can use the grades you've received from this preparation course as a form of assessment for entry into most UNSW degrees - as long as you are 21 years old or older as of 1 March in the year you start your undergraduate study at UNSW.

      Note that this preparation course cannot be used for entry into Medicine or Optometry (incl. Vision Science).

      This qualification is valid for 5 years only.

    • You can use the grades you've received from this preparation course as a form of assessment for entry into some UNSW degrees - as long as you are 21 years old or older as of 1 March in the year you start your undergraduate study at UNSW.

      Note that this preparation course cannot be used for entry into Combined Law, programs offered by the UNSW Business School (except for Commerce, Economics and Information Systems), Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry, Medical Science, Advanced Science, Advanced Mathematics, Optometry (incl. Vision Science), and Psychology (please note that Psychology can be studied as a major in the Bachelor of Life Sciences, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Psychological Science).

      This qualification is valid for 5 years only.

    • UNSW only accepts the six above mentioned preparation programs for entry at this stage.

      Note: Completion of the Macquarie or UTS Pathway diplomas will be considered for entry into UNSW degrees, however, no course credits will be awarded.

  • This pathway is open to students who have completed an AQF accredited TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma for which you may be eligible for credit through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) thereby reducing the amount of time required to complete your degree at UNSW.

    TAFE award results are competence-based (no marks/grades are provided), which are calculated by UAC at a minimum pass equivalent. For example, a Diploma is equivalent to a 75 ATAR and Advanced Diploma is equivalent to a 76 ATAR. A TAFE Diploma qualification may be considered for admission to programs with a Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) of 80 and an Advanced Diploma may be considered to programs with a LSR of 81.

    Please see below the list of TAFE Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas that enable articulation into an undergraduate degree at UNSW with specified credit transfer.

    To discuss your specific qualification and whether it meets the requirements for the UNSW TAFE Pathways Program please contact tafepathways@unsw.edu.au.

      • CUA60320 | Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
      • CUA50720 | Diploma of Graphic Design
      • MSF50218 | Diploma of Interior Design
      • CUA50420 | Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services
      • SIR50217 | Diploma of Visual Merchandising
      • ICT50220 | Diploma of Information Technology (Game Art and Design)
      • CUA51220 | Diploma of Ceramics

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      • CUA60720 | Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts
      • CUA51120 | Diploma of Visual Arts
      • CUA50920 | Diploma of Photography and Digital Imaging
      • CUA51220 | Diploma of Ceramics
      • CUA60620 | Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media
      • CUA51020 | Diploma of Screen and Media

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      • CHC53315 | Diploma of Mental Health
      • CHC53215 | Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
      • CHC51015 | Diploma of Counselling
      • CHC52015 | Diploma of Community Services
      • CHC50413 | Diploma of Youth Work
      • 10761NAT | Diploma of Aboriginal Studies for Professional and Community Development
      • HLT54121 | Diploma of Nursing
      • HLT57415 | Diploma of Audiometry
      • HLT55118 | Diploma of Dental Technology
      • MSL50118 | Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Food, Chemistry or Pathology)
      • BSB50620 | Diploma of Leadership and Management
      • BSB50420 | Diploma of Marketing and Communication
      • SIS50115 | Diploma of Sport and Recreation Management

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    • Please note that applications for Term 1, 2023 admission into the Bachelor of Information Systems will have an additional submission requirement. All submissions will need to be sent to tafepathways@unsw.edu.au once students have applied through the University Admissions Centre (UAC).

      • ICT60220 | Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security)
      • ICT50220 | Diploma of Information Technology – in the following specialisations:
        • Advanced Networking, Cloud Architecture
        • Business Analysis
        • Database and Data Management
        • Telecommunications Network Engineering

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      BIS TAFE Pathway Submission

      Your submission will need to include:

      • A personal statement responding to four questions
      • TAFE statement (instead of HSC)
      • A video submission

      The personal statement section will ask you: 

      • Why would you like to be an information systems graduate? 
      • What is it that attracts you to information systems at UNSW, and in particular, what courses in the Bachelor of Information Systems degree interest you?
      • What relevant experience you have had? For example, use of digital technologies and social media, computer programming, app building, part-time job, work experience. 
      • Add anything else that you left out in the responses above. 
      Video submission

      Your short video should demonstrate how and why you are suited to information systems studies. Your video (maximum 5 minutes) is your chance to tell us all about your motivation and passion for information systems. 

      Some questions to consider when creating your video: 

      • Why are you keen to study information systems? 
      • How did you become interested in technology? 
      • Why do you think you will be a successful information systems graduate? 
      • What have you done recently to explore your interest in technology? 

      You can also talk about: 

      • Any technology projects you have recently been a part of 
      • Types of technology subjects you were passionate about in TAFE and why
      • Types of information systems courses you are interested in and why

      Ultimately, we want to understand why you are passionate about studying information systems at UNSW. 

      Length

      The video can be any length up to a maximum of five minutes. You should not feel like you need to fill the entire five minutes. 

      Format

      Your video does not need to be high production quality. We are assessing the content, not your video editing skills, so we only require that it be of sufficient quality so that we can adequately view and hear the presentation. Videos will need to be 200MB or less to be submitted. If your video file is too big, you can compress it by saving it as a lower quality file or save it in a more efficient file format, or downsize it using handbrake.fr, open-source software for video conversions, or by compressing your video into a zip file (Windows instructions here, Mac instructions here). 

      All submissions will need to be sent to tafepathways@unsw.edu.au in addition to applying through the University Admissions Centre (UAC).

  • Admission to UNSW is based on academic merit. As such, we need something to assess you on. There are a number of qualifications or preparation programs you could pursue to gain a qualification that we can assess for admission here at UNSW. This would include the UNSW University Preparation Program (UPP), UNSW Prep program, University of Sydney's University Preparation Course (UPC) or University of Newcastle's Open Foundation Program, a TAFE qualification (minimum of a graded Certificate IV or above. A completed graded qualification will make you competitive for many some degrees at UNSW) or study at another university for a minimum of 0.75 full-time equivalent study load.

    Once you have completed any of the above, we can then use the results you receive to assess you for entry into our degrees.

    An alternative for someone without an assessable qualification noted above is to complete UAC’s Special Tertiary Admissions Test or STAT. Applicable to the following programs:

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts
    • Bachelor of Design
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
    • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
    • Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
    • Bachelor of International Public Health
    • Bachelor of Criminology & Criminal Justice
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts
    • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Bachelor of Life Sciences
    • Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Aviation (Management)
    • Bachelor of Environmental Management
    • Bachelor of Environmental Management/Bachelor of Arts

    To be eligible for admission with STAT results, you must be 21 years old or older by 1 March in the year you start your undergraduate study at UNSW and achieve a minimum score of 157 in the STAT Multiple Choice and 150 in the STAT Written English. STAT test results are valid for 3 years.

    As everyone's situation is unique, it's probably best that we have a chat to discuss your specific circumstances and what may be the best option for you. Please ring the Future Students Office on (02) 9385 1844 or submit a question.

Accepted qualifications for postgraduate study

For postgraduate study, you generally need to have completed an undergraduate degree at university level to be assessed. Detailed information on what's required for admission can be found on our degree pages.

Work experience can sometimes be used as a form of assessment for admission into a Graduate Diploma, but this varies by degree. 

NOTE: Admission to our undergraduate programs is based on academic merit ONLY. Work experience cannot be used for admission into these degrees.

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