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Bonus Points

University of Tasmania Bonus Point Scheme

The University of Tasmania will reduce a published "clearly in" Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for most* courses by up to five points based on a policy with two streams which:

  1. Recognise social disadvantage that can result from students attending schools in areas of socio-economic disadvantage; and
  2. Recognise achievements of students in studying Languages.

Bonus points reduce the ATAR level needed to be offered a place in most* courses at the University of Tasmania by reducing the published "clearly in" ATAR score that is required to be offered a place in a course* by up to five points. This means that the published course "clearly in" ATAR level will be attained with a lower ATAR than would otherwise be the case. This is illustrated in the example below.

The University of Tasmania Bonus Point Scheme is detailed below:

1. Schools in Regions of Socio-Educational Advantage stream

Students who studied in high schools in Tasmania, or elsewhere in Australia, which are in a postcode which has an Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA) rating of below 1,000 will be awarded a reduction in "clearly in" ATAR for most* courses in accordance with Table 1:

ICSEA (based on postcode of student’s high school)

Reduction in "clearly in" ATAR

<950

5 points

950-999

3 points

≥1000

nil

Table 1

ICSEA ratings for schools can be obtained from My School.

2. Language stream

The University's Languages Bonus Scheme encourages students to strengthen their preparation for undergraduate studies by undertaking language subjects. Students who have gained a Satisfactory Achievement (SA) in at least one and up to three language subjects at pre-tertiary level will be awarded a reduction in "clearly in" ATAR for most* courses in accordance with Table 2:

Satisfactory Achievement (SA) in Language studied at pre-tertiary level in year 11 or 12

Reduction in "clearly in" ATAR

3 Language SA pre-tertiary results

5 points

2 Language SA pre-tertiary results

4 points

1 Language SA pre-tertiary result

2 points

Table 2

3. Maximum available reductions in "clearly in" ATAR

The maximum reduction in a "clearly in" ATAR for the cumulative points available under both the Schools in Regions of Socio-Educational Advantage stream and the Language stream is 5 points.

4. Application date and courses excluded from the Bonus Points Scheme

* The policy will apply to all courses offered by the University of Tasmania from 1 August 2016 with the exception of MBBS (M3N and M3NC).

Example

If Susan studied at Suburb High School (postcode of Suburb is 7980 which in a region with an ICSEA rating of 975) and she obtained SA in pre-tertiary Japanese and French she will be eligible for 5 bonus points as follows:

975 ICSEA rating for Suburb High School

3 points

2 Language SA pre-tertiary results

4 points

Total

7 points

But maximum bonus points available is

5 points

Susan achieved an ATAR of 62 when she left City College and wishes to apply to study a Bachelor of Education (Primary) [43B]. The Bachelor of Education which has a "clearly in ATAR" of 65. The 5 bonus points means Susan will be offered a place in the Bachelor of Education as her ATAR of 62 exceeds the adjusted “clearly in ATAR” for the Bachelor of Education (which will be reduced for her from 65 to 60 on account of the 5 bonus points she is eligible for).