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Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme

We care about more than just your ATAR
Receive a conditional offer before the HSC results are released and benefit from a $5950 scholarship in your first year.

Applications open for 2022

We understand your ATAR may not always reflect your ability to do well at university or your interest or skills in a particular area. E12 is your chance to show us what makes you unique and what value you will bring to the University of Sydney.

Your community involvement and activities you do outside of school tell us as much about you as your exam results do, so please share this in your E12 application. Your application for E12 is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself and what motivates you.


  • An Early Conditional Offer at the University by mid-November
  • Formal UAC offer in the main offer round
  • A scholarship valued at $5950
  • Support through your transition from school to university, including a guided enrolment process, orientation and additional assistance
  • University of Sydney Union Access Rewards membership for your first year
  • Eligibility to apply for additional accommodation scholarships

Some faculties and schools offer additional scholarships to E12 recipients beyond their first year, access to paid internships and invitations to welcome sessions and one-on-one meetings with your course directors throughout semester.


To be eligible for E12 in 2022, you will need to be assessed by UAC via their Educational Access Scheme as one or more of the following.

Experiencing financial hardship (F01A, F01B, F01C and F01D). You will need to make an application to UAC’s Educational Access Scheme under the financial hardship category that applies to you. Please note that F01S and F01K are not included in the E12 eligibility criteria.

You must upload the supporting documentation required by UAC to your Educational Access Scheme application by 11.59pm on Sunday 19 September 2021 to confirm your eligibility under this category in time for UAC Early Conditional Offers in mid-November.

Residing at the time of your UAC application in an area identified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics socio-economic indexes for areas SEIFA (AG01) as being in the lowest 25 percent of socio-economic disadvantage in Australia.

UAC will automatically generate an EAS application for you if the residential address you enter in your UAC undergraduate application meets this criteria. If an EAS application is generated for you under this category, UAC will provide you with a confirmation e-mail stating that an EAS application has been generated for you under the AG01 EAS category within 48 hours of completion of your application for undergraduate admission.

You attended an Australian rural or regional school during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent (SO1R, SO1C). UAC will automatically generate an EAS application for you if the school you attended during Year 11 and/or 12 is classified as an Australian rural or regional school If an application is generated for you, UAC will email you within 48 hours of completion of your application for admission

You also need to be:

  • undertaking the HSC or International Baccalaureate (IB) at a NSW high school
  • supported by your school principal (ratings are to be submitted in the SRS system as part of your application)
  • a domestic undergraduate student (international students are not eligible to apply)
  • meet any other additional admission criteria.

How to apply

Follow these steps and adhere to our suggested timeframes to apply.

Choose an E12-eligible course from over 90 different degrees and ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.


List of E12 courses

Prepare your supporting document and advise your school principal and careers adviser that you intend to apply for E12.


Your school principal or other relevant staff will need to complete the online supporting application through UAC's Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) after you apply. 

Please note that with your permission we may need to contact them to discuss or confirm details in your application.

Download the E12 supporting document (docx, 46.9KB)

Submit an SRS application through UAC and place the course you wish to be considered for under E12 as your first University of Sydney preference.


The eligible course listed as your highest University of Sydney preference at 11.59pm on 19 September 2021 will be the only course considered for your E12 application.

Ensure you upload your supporting document in the SRS portal.

Applications close on 19 September 2021

Submit your application

Sit your HSC exams and wait for your results.


You must have the course which you applied for via E12 included in your UAC list of preferences. Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer in mid-November. Some courses have additional admission criteria where you may be asked to attend an interview, audition or submit a portfolio.

Once you have received your ATAR, met the conditions on your E12 offer and any other additional admission criteria, you will receive an offer from us. Then, all you will need to do is enrol!

How to enrol

E12 Courses

Explore the courses available in 2021 through the E12 Scheme.

Course Guaranteed ATAR E12 ATAR
B Commerce 96 85
B Commerce / B Advanced Studies 96 85
B Commerce / B Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars) 98 95

√ Maths prerequisite applies

Shortlisted E12 business applicants may be considered for the Inspired by Business Program which includes a scholarship valued at $10,000 per year.

Course Guaranteed ATAR E12 ATAR
B Education (Early Childhood) 77 65
B Education (Health and Physical Education)∅^ 80 70
B Education (Primary)∅^ 85 75
B Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) / B Arts^ 80 70
B Education (Secondary: Mathematics) / B Science√^ 80 70
B Education (Secondary: Science) / B Science√^ 80 70
B Social Work 80 70
B Arts / B Social Work 80 70

∅ Prerequisite: Applicants must receive three Band 5's (including Standard English or Advanced English)
√ Maths prerequisite applies
^ Applicants must submit a personal statement

Course Guaranteed ATAR E12 ATAR
B Arts / B Laws# 99.5 95
B Commerce / B Laws#√ 99.5 95
B Economics / B Laws#√ 99.5 95
B Engineering Honours / B Laws#√ 99.5 95
B Science / B Laws#√ 99.5 95

# Competitive entry
√ Maths prerequisite applies

Course Guaranteed ATAR E12 ATAR
B Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography)# 95* 85
B Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science)# 82* 72
B Applied Science / B Advanced Studies (Exercise and Sport Science) 82* 72
B Applied Science (Exercise Physiology)# 90* 80
B Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)# 92* 82
B Applied Science (Physiotherapy)# 99* 89
B Applied Science (Speech Pathology)# 93* 83
B Arts / D Medicine#√^ 99.95* 99.5
B Oral Health#∅ 83* 78
B Nursing (Advanced Studies) 84 79
B Arts / M of Nursing 80 75
B Pharmacy 90 85
B Pharmacy and Management 90 85
B Science / D Dental Medicine#√^ 99.6* 99
B Science / D Medicine#√^ 99.95* 99.5
B Science / M Nursing 80 75
B Science (Health) / M Nursing 80 75

# Competitive entry
√ Maths prerequisite applies
^ Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an in-person assessment
∅ Applicants will have to attend multiple mini-interviews
* Indicative only and not guaranteed in 2021

Course Guaranteed ATAR E12 ATAR
B Music#^ 70* 65
B Music (Composition)#^ 70* 65
B Music (Music Education)#^∅ 70* 65
B Music (Performance)#^ 70* 65

# Competitive entry
^ Applicants must also audition
∅ Applicants must receive three Band 5's (including Standard English or Advanced English) and submit a personal statement
* Indicative only and not guaranteed in 2021

Last updated 9 April 2020: All scores are correct at the times of publication and may be subject to change.


We have a variety of accommodation options ranging from University-run housing to residential colleges. 

Some waive application fees and offer generous scholarships to successful E12 students. We recommend applying early as application and scholarship deadlines vary.

University residences
  • No application fee. 
  • Acceptance fee of $200 waived for E12 students but bond (4 weeks rent) is payable on acceptance.
  • There is a range of scholarships available to E12 applicants who indicate in their application that they meet the criteria for the accommodation grants program, UAC equity scholarships and/or Indigenous accommodation award.
  • Learn more about University residences.

Explore these residential accommodation options that have scholarships available to successful E12 applicants. Some offer a fee waiver to applicants, contact the accommodation by email before starting your application to discuss.

Accommodation Email
International House
Mandelbaun House
St Andrew's College
St Paul's College
Sancta Sophia College
The Women's College No fee waiver offered
St John's College
Wesley College

The E12 Scheme identifies NSW Year 12 high school students who have the potential to succeed at the University of Sydney and provides an admission pathway for their next step to lifelong learning.

We invite you to encourage students who are eligible, who have potential to succeed and would thrive on the opportunities offered by a University of Sydney education to apply.

Once a student has submitted their application, you will be able to submit a supporting SRS rating through UAC. 

Principals and relevant staff will have until midnight 30 September 2020 to submit SRS ratings.

1. Background

a. The E12 Scholarship is provided to successful domestic undergraduate applicants to the E12 admission scheme at the commencement of their first year of study.

2. Eligibility

a. The applicant must commence their studies in the year of offer or defer for up to one year (provided the Scholarships Office has been notified prior semester one census date).

b. The applicants must remain enrolled in an approved course of study under the E12 admission scheme after relevant census dates.

c. An approved course of study is either the course stated in the Early Conditional Offer letter, or a course where written approval has been provided by the E12 team to transfer an E12 scholarship to an alternative course. To be eligible to apply for an E12 scholarship transfer, applicants must be an E12 scholarship offer holder and meet all of the admission requirements for the course to which they wish to transfer their E12 scholarship on their own merit. To apply to transfer an E12 scholarship to an alternative course, E12 scholarship offer holders must submit a request to, providing evidence of their E12 scholarship offer.

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship is awarded automatically on meeting the eligibility requirements and early offer conditions for the E12 admission scheme. There are no additional selection criteria.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $5,950 and is tenable for one year of the recipient’s first year of undergraduate degree.

b. The Scholarship will be made in two equal instalments after the census date of each semester.

c. The Scholarship recipient will be provided a University of Sydney Union ACCESS Rewards Membership for the duration of the E12 Scholarship.

d. Requests to transfer the E12 scholarship to a different course are not guaranteed and must be approved in writing by the E12 team (see Clause 2.c).

e. The E12 Scholarship cannot be transferred to courses at different Universities.

f. Commencement of the Scholarship can be deferred for up to one year. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Scholarships Office.

g. Recipients may hold the Scholarship on a part time basis due to extenuating circumstances (such as a medical condition) which limits the recipient’s capacity to undertake full time study. An application for a part-time scholarship must be submitted to the Scholarships Office. Where a part time scholarship is approved, payment will be 50% of the normal semester payment and the Scholarship will be extended by one semester for each semester that the recipient is approved to hold the Scholarship on a part-time basis and meets the ongoing eligibility requirements as stated in Clause 5.

h. The Scholarship may be suspended under extenuating circumstances. Approval for suspension is on a case-by-case basis upon application to the Scholarships Office.

i. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. Continued enrolment in the University of Sydney course of study identified in the conditional offer letter provided to you under the E12 admission scheme, or an alternative course approved by the E12 Team as stated in section 2c in this document.

b. The Scholarship will be paid in two instalments. To receive the second and final instalment of the Scholarship, the recipient must achieve a minimum Semester Average Mark of 50. The Scholarship cannot be extended or renewed.

c. Students approved for part-time Scholarship in accordance with Clause 4f, must achieve a minimum Semester Average Mark of 50 in order to the receive subsequent instalment for the approved part-time duration of their scholarship

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,

II. enrols in an alternative course to the course stated in the conditional offer letter c without written approval as per clause 2c,

III. commences study at another Higher Education provider prior commencing this scholarship,

IV. commences part-time study without prior approval,

V. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance as stated in Clause 5,

VI. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,

VII. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

VIII. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or withdraws from the relevant course, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.

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