Frequently asked questions – Changes to domestic admissions for 2021

In response to COVID-19 study disruptions, we have changed our admissions process for Year 12 students who are applying directly to ANU for undergraduate study in 2021. 

Key information:  

  • We will now make offers based on Year 11 results on 10 August 2020, and these will be honoured for study in 2021 as long as students have completed Year 12. 
     
  • You still need to complete your Year 12 in order to be eligible for study in 2021. 
     
  • If your Year 11 results don't meet entry requirements for our August offer round, we will automatically consider your Year 12 results when ATARs are released in our December offer round. 

 

The application process

Who is eligible to apply?

Current school leavers (year 12 students) who are completing their Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate in 2020 should apply through our Direct Application process to be considered for an early unconditional offer.

 

How can I be considered for an offer in August?

Just complete your online application form and upload all supporting documents by 25 May 2020. You will automatically be considered for an offer based on your Year 11 results if you meet the entry requirements.

 

I've already submitted my application, will I be considered for an offer in August?

Yes, you are not required to do anything at this point. Your application will automatically be considered for an offer in August if you meet the entry requirements.

 

If I meet the entry requirements, when will I receive my offer from ANU?

Offers will be released on 10 August 2020.

 

Do I need to complete Year 12?

Yes, you still need to complete Year 12.

 

What if my Year 11 results do not meet the entry requirements for ANU, but my Year 12 results do, can I be assessed based on my Year 12 results?

Yes, if your Year 11 results do not meet the entry requirements, you can still be assessed on your Year 12 results and may be eligible to receive an unconditional offer on 23 December 2020 or when ATAR results are released.

 

Do I have to do anything in order to be assessed on my Year 12 results in the December round?

No, you will automatically be reassessed on your Year 12 results if your Year 11 results did not meet entry requirements, or you have changed your preference. You must still submit a completed application to ANU by 25 May 2020 to be considered.

 

What if I get an offer in August, but it is not for my preferred program?

If you receive an offer in August for a program that is not your first preference, you will be re-assessed for a new unconditional offer in the December offer round based on your Year 12 results. You can also change your preferences between 8 September 2020 - 18 December 2020.

 

What if I'm unhappy with my outcome in August, can I file an appeal or complaint?

If you don't receive an offer in the August round, we will assess your preferences against your final ATAR (plus any adjustment factors you are eligible for) and you will receive a final admissions outcome. All final admissions outcomes are reviewable under the Coursework Award Rules. If you receive an unsuccessful outcome, information will be provided in your unsuccessful notification on how to appeal.

 

Co-curricular or service requirements, equity adjustments & prerequisites

I was planning on using Year 12 to complete my co-curricular and service requirements, will I still meet the threshold?

If you were planning on meeting your co-curricular and service requirement through an activity that required a time commitment (such as volunteer hours), we have adjusted the amount of time required to meet this threshold. See the co-curricular or service schedule. You can also use activities and hours from your year 10 and 11.

 

Does this change affect my equity adjustments?

No, equity adjustments are added to your application based on circumstances that occur prior to the close of applications on 25 May 2020 and will be considered as part of the August offer round. If further equity adjustments are required after the August offer round, these can be added to your application and your application can be reassessed in the December offer round.

 

I had planned on completing an elective in Year 12 which would give me prior knowledge for my preferred program, how will this affect my eligibility?

If you have already enrolled in the required course, then we advise you to complete it if possible. We are also looking at how we can support schools and students if they are missing subject matter relating to pre-requisites and assumed knowledge. We will contact students with a preference for degrees requiring prerequisites with more information later this year. If you have not enrolled in the required course, you should consider bridging programs to assist you with obtaining the courses you need for your desired program. You can also look at alternative programs that do not require the prerequisite and apply for internal transfer to be considered for your preferred program. If you are concerned about this affecting your ability to get an unconditional offer at ANU, please contact domestic.admissions@anu.edu.au

 

What if I can't do a bridging course, but I still need to meet the prerequisites for my program?

Bridging courses will still be available to support you if needed, but you must still be enrolled in the subjects that meet the prerequisites for your desired program in your Year 12.

 

What are pre-requisites?

Some courses at ANU have pre-requisites. This means that in order to receive an offer to study these courses you must have completed certain subjects during Year 11 or Year 12. These pre-requisites are deigned to help you thrive at university.

ANU follows the state subject equivalencies set by the Universities Admissions Centre. For more information, visit the UAC information page.

 

Which programs have pre-requisites?

 

How are my pre-requisites assessed?

Chemistry

If you wish to study a single degree program that requires chemistry, you must have passed chemistry in Year 11.

Maths

For single degree programs requiring maths, you must be currently enrolled in the relevant Year 12 mathematics subjects for your chosen degree.

Students who do not complete the required maths subject in Year 12 will be required to sit a placement test. If you do not achieve at an appropriate level in the placement test you may be required to complete a bridging course.

Flexible Double Degree Engineering or Advanced Computing

To receive an offer to the group, you must meet the minimum requirement of Mathematics Advanced (NSW or interstate equivalent). You will also need to meet the specific pre-requisite for the degrees you want to combine.

 

What if I want to combine a program with pre-requisites as part of a Flexible Double Degree?

Offers to study a Flexible Double degree at ANU are released in August and are based on you meeting our minimum selection rank.

Your pre-requisite requirements are assessed when your Year 12 results are released.

When you confirm your acceptance of a Flexible Double Degree in December you will only have the option to accept degrees for which you have met the pre-requisites.