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Future Leaders Scheme

Recognising leadership and academic acheivement
Australian high school captains and dux students can apply for admission through this scheme to gain entry to eligible courses with a lower ATAR requirement.

At the University of Sydney, we value leadership and academic achievement. The Future Leaders Scheme recognised these qualities and allows school captains and dux students to gain entry to eligible courses with a lower ATAR.

Applications are now open and will close on 29 November 2021.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this scheme, you must:

  • be a high school student in Australia and:
  • a school captain (excluding vice or deputy) in Year 12, or
  • a dux student who receives the highest ATAR/IB in your cohort
  • meet all admission criteria for your selected course.

Students must apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) and place an eligible course as their highest UAC preference in the December Round 2 offer round.

How to apply

Check that you meet the eligibility criteria for the scheme and that you meet the definition of school captain or dux.

School captain

A school captain is the student or students appointed or elected by their peers and/or school administration to represent the student body and school and provide leadership to the student representative council/other student leaders.

Other elected leadership roles or other roles that do not fit the description of school captain do not qualify for this entry scheme. E.g. vice-captain, prefect, team leader, house captain, debating captain, student representative council member.

Dux student

Students who receive the highest ATAR or IB in their Year 12 cohort will be selected as the dux student.

If a school has HSC and IB students, the top student from both will be selected for the scheme. If multiple students have the same highest ATAR or IB score from different schools, students with the same mark will be selected for the scheme.

Choose an eligible course and check that you meet any additional admission criteria.

School captain

To be considered for the scheme, you are required to submit documentation that demonstrates your appointment as school captain in your application. Accepted supporting documentation examples include:

  • Letter (on official letterhead) signed by your career advisor, Year 12 coordinator or principal, which confirms your appointment as school captain.
  • An official report card that confirms your appointment as school captain.
Dux student

Dux students are not required to submit support documentation as they will be automatically selected for the scheme.

School captain

Complete the University of Sydney application form by the closing date and place the course you wish to be considered for under the Future Leaders Scheme as your highest UAC preference in the main offer round for school leavers (December Round 2).

Applications close on 29 November 2021.

Dux student

Dux students are not required to submit an application as they will be automatically selected for the scheme.

You must place the course you wish to be considered for under the Future Leaders Scheme as your highest UAC preference in the main offer round for school leavers (December Round 2).

Once you have received your results, met the adjusted ATAR and any other additional admission criteria, you will receive an offer from the University of Sydney in the December Round 2 offer round.

Then, all you will need to do is accept your offer and enrol.

Eligible courses

Explore the courses available through the Future Leaders Scheme and the ATAR requirements.

Course Guaranteed selection rank Adjusted ATAR
B Architecture and Environments 85 80
B Design Computing 80 75
B Design Computing/B Advanced Studies 80 75
B Design in Architecture 95 90
B Design in Architecture (Honours)/M Architecture 97 92
Course Guaranteed selection rank Adjusted ATAR
B Arts 80 75
B Arts/B Advanced Studies 80 75
B Arts/B Adv Studies (Dalyell Scholars)  98 95
B Arts/B Adv Studies (Languages)  90 85
B Arts/B Advanced Studies (International and Global Studies) 90 85
B Arts/B Advanced Studies (Media and Communications) 95 90
B Arts/B Advanced Studies (Politics and International Relations) 92 87
B Economics 91 80
B Economics/B Advanced Studies 91 80
B Visual Arts* 70 65
B Visual Arts/B Advanced Studies* 70 65

Additional admission criteria apply, check the course details.

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

Course Guaranteed selection rank Adjusted ATAR
B Education (Early Childhood) 77 75
B Education (Health and Physical Education)* 80 75
B Education (Primary)* 85 80
B Education (Secondary)* 80 75
B Education/B Advanced Studies (Secondary)*  80 75
B Social Work 80 75
B Arts/B Social Work 80 75

Additional admission criteria apply, check the course details.

Course Guaranteed selection rank Adjusted ATAR
B Advanced Computing 90 80
B Advanced Computing/B Commerce 96 85
B Advanced Computing/B Science 90 80
B Advanced Computing/B Science (Health) 90 80
B Advanced Computing/B Science (Medical Science) 90 85
B Engineering Honours (Dalyell Scholars) 98 95
B Engineering Honours (Aeronautical) 92 80
B Engineering Honours (Biomedical) 92 80
B Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular) 92 80
B Engineering Honours (Civil) 92 80
B Engineering Honours (Electrical) 92 80
B Engineering Honours (Flexible First Year) 92 80
B Engineering Honours (Mechanical) 92 80
B Engineering Honours (Mechatronic) 92 80
B Engineering Honours (Software) 92 80
B Engineering Honours with Space Engineering 99 95
B Engineering Honours/B Arts 92 80
B Engineering Honours/B Commerce 96 85
B Engineering Honours (Civil)/B Design in Architecture 95 90
B Engineering Honours/B Project Management 92 80
B Engineering Honours/B Science 92 80
B Engineering Honours/B Science (Health) 92 80
B Engineering Honours/B Science (Medical Science) 92 85
B Project Management 86 80

Course Guaranteed selection rank Adjusted ATAR
B Arts/B Laws 99.5 98
B Commerce/B Laws 99.5 98
B Economics/B Laws 99.5 98
B Engineering Honours/B Laws 99.5 98
B Science/B Laws 99.5 98

Course Guaranteed selection rank Adjusted ATAR
B Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) 96 95
B Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) 82 75
B Applied Science/B Adv Studies (Exercise and Sport Science) 82 75
B Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) 91 85
B Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) 93 92
B Applied Science (Physiotherapy) 99.5 98.5
B Applied Science (Speech Pathology) 94 93
B Arts/M Nursing 80 75
B Nursing (Advanced Studies) 84 80
B Oral Health* 83 78
B Pharmacy 90 85
B Pharmacy and Management 90 85
B Science/M Nursing 80 75
B Science (Health)/M Nursing 80 75

Additional admission criteria apply, check the course details.

Course Guaranteed selection rank Adjusted ATAR
B Liberal Arts and Sciences 70 65
B Psychology 96 90
B Science 80 75
B Science (Health) 80 75
B Science (Medical Science) 90 85
B Science/B Advanced Studies 80 75
B Science/B Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars including Mathematical Science) 98 95
B Science/B Advanced Studies (Advanced) 95 90
B Science/B Advanced Studies (Agriculture) 75 70
B Science/B Advanced Studies (Animal and Veterinary Bioscience) 80 75
B Science/B Advanced Studies (Food and Agribusiness) 80 75
B Science/B Advanced Studies (Health) 80 75
B Science/B Advanced Studies (Medical Science) 90 85
B Science/B Advanced Studies (Taronga Wildlife Conservation) 85 80
B Science/ M Mathematical Sciences 98 93
B Science/M Nutrition and Dietetics 97.5 92
B Veterinary Biology/D Veterinary Medicine* 98 95

Additional admission criteria apply, check the course details.

The following courses do not accept applications through the Future Leaders Scheme.

Arts and social sciences
  • B Arts (Sciences Po Dual Degree)
  • B Economics (Sciences Po Dual Degree)
  • Diploma of Arts
  • Diploma of Language Studies
  • Diploma of Social Sciences
Medicine and health
  • B Arts/D Medicine
  • B Science/D Dental Medicine
  • B Science/D Medicine
Music
  • B Music
  • B Music (Composition)
  • B Music/B Advanced Studies (Composition)
  • B Music (Music Education)
  • B Music (Performance)
  • B Music/B Advanced Studies (Performance)