From the Careers Office


Across Australia the ATAR is a standard measure of a student’s overall academic achievement in relation to that of other students. It is intended to assist tertiary institutions to select applicants into their courses. The ATAR is a percentile rank, not a mark. This rank indicates a student’s position relative to other students in their age group in any given year. It’s expressed as a number on a 2000-point scale from 99.95 down to 0.00 in steps of 0.05.

An ATAR of 80.00 does not mean a student got 80%. It indicates that the student placed in the top 20% of students in Queensland in their Year 12 age group.


Responsibility for calculating and issuing the ATAR has been assigned to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) on behalf of Queensland tertiary institutions. QTAC administers the application and offer process for tertiary institutions in Queensland (and a few institutions interstate) and has over four decades of experience in tertiary admissions.


For entry to most tertiary courses, you must have achieved a certain result in specific senior secondary subjects (QCE subjects) (or equivalent). If a course has a prerequisite(s), you will find this listed in the course entry in the QTAC Guide or online QTAC Course Search and institution websites and publications. The prerequisite requirement will be displayed as “Subject (Units 3 and 4, Letter Grade)”. Successful completion (i.e. minimum Grade of C or better) in Units 3 and 4 of General subjects will satisfy the majority of subject prerequisites.
Some courses may require a higher grade (e.g. minimum achievement of Grade B or better) to satisfy a subject prerequisite. Subjects are structured into four units: Units 1 and 2 (typically studied in Year 11) and Units 3 and 4 (typically studied in Year 12). Completion of Units 1 and/or 2 only in a subject will not meet the subject prerequisite(s) for a course.

English Prerequisite

The most common prerequisite is the English subject (Units 3 and 4, C). General English subjects are English, English as an Additional Language, Literature, and English & Literature Extension.


Not all courses have subject prerequisites. In addition to, or instead of, subject prerequisites, some courses have assumed knowledge and/or recommended study. If a course has assumed knowledge or recommended study, it means the institution assumes you have subject knowledge or recommends that you study it. If you do not have the assumed knowledge or recommended study, you can still be admitted to the course, but you might have difficulty with your studies.


If you didn’t study a prerequisite subject at Units 3 and 4 (or didn’t achieve the minimum grade required), you may be able to meet the requirement in other ways, such as via bridging or preparatory courses, depending on the policy of the institution. Visit for more information. WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ATAR? For more information about the ATAR refer to QTAC’s website:

The Australian National University

ANU is offering a number of different ways for students to connect during this difficult time.

Firstly, there is a calendar where students will be able to book one-on-one appointments to discuss their direct application or program interests.
If you would like to communicate with the University concerning future students over the next few weeks, please use the contact below:

Caitlin Wood – Outreach & Engagement Officer
The Australian National University
E [email protected] M 0417 894 386

La Trobe University

We are still available to students through various channels. Our future student recruitment team is contactable via phone and email. The Contact Centre is open for any general queries and course advice. Finally, students can have over the phone and via Zoom video conferencing –

The University of Sydney

The University has been closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation as it evolves, as a result, the University has made the decision to minimise all non-essential travel. Therefore we will be unable to visit QLD in the coming months as planned.
Students can sign up to receive updates from the University of Sydney directly by


Our centres are still open for YOU sessions and assessment days and we are adhering to social distancing regulations. If you have a job seeker in the recruitment process, please ask them to contact 13 19 02 or their DFR contact if they have any questions.

New Job Seekers

If you have new job seekers wanting to start an application, is still the best source for up to date information about available jobs. They can start an application and upload all required documents. They will be contacted regarding their YOU session.

Gap Year 2021

Gap Year applications are still open. If any students or job seekers have started an application but were waiting for the roles to open, they can now select a Gap Year role as their preference. There is also a Facebook Live Gap Year Q&A scheduled for March 26th that is still going ahead at this stage.

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