Option 1: HSC with a University Admission Index (UAI)
(A 2 to 5 Year Program)
The UAI is a listing or ranking according to merit of HSC candidates who have applied for university entrance. Students indicate on the HSC entry form if they want the UAI calculated. The Universities’ Technical Committee on Scaling calculates it on behalf of the universities in NSW and ACT.
Eligibility for the UAI
To be eligible for a UAI, students must satisfactorily complete at least 10 units of UAI courses, including at least two units of English. UAI courses are BDC’s, Board Developed Courses, for which there are formal examinations conducted by the Board of Studies. The courses completed must also include at least three Board Developed Courses of two units or greater, and at least four subjects.
Calculation of the UAI
Calculation of the UAI is usually based on an aggregate of scaled marks in 10 units of UAI courses comprising:
- The best two units of English; and
- The best eight units from the remaining units, subject to the provision that no more than two units of Category B courses are included.
For a complete listing of Category A and Category B courses, please consult the BOS Guide to the HSC.
Early in the year, the Board sends out confirmation of entry advice for Year 12 students, which includes whether each student is eligible or not eligible for a UAI. However, eligibility does not automatically mean that the UAI will be calculated on 10 units.
Students should be aware that for their UAI to be calculated on 10 units, they need to complete at least eight units of Category A courses.
Students are still eligible to receive a UAI if they study more than 2 units of Category B courses, but only the best 2 units of Category B courses will be included in the calculation.
The Index is calculated from the scaled aggregate of the marks in the best ten units in Board Developed HSC courses including:
- At least two units of English
- At least three Board Developed Courses of two units value or greater
- Courses from at least four subjects
- A maximum of 2 units from Category B courses (broadly speaking, vocationally oriented courses.)
Note 1: The UAI may include units accumulated by a candidate over a total time span of five years. If a candidate repeats a unit, only the last attempt will be included.
Note 2: From the 2006 HSC, Rule 1 – Eligibility for a UAI, is as follows: To be eligible for a UAI you must satisfactorily complete at least 10 units (including at least two units of English) of UAI courses including at least 8 units of Category A courses. Courses completed must include at least three Board Developed courses of two units or greater and at least four subjects.
Need further information?
The following publications are available which will assist students considering which subjects to choose for the HSC. (See the Library if you would like copies.)
- University Entry Requirements – University Admissions Centre
- Tertiary Entrance Requirements – Year 10 booklet ($2.00)
- Studying for the NSW HSC – An Information booklet for Year 10 Students
- Web site Job Information Resource: jobguide.detya.gov.au