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Bonus points

Explore the two types of bonus points available to boost your chances of entry when you apply to study at UniSA: achievement bonus points and aspire bonus points. All year 12 students may be eligible.

How it works

UniSA Advantage is a two-tiered bonus point scheme and as a year 12 student you could receive achievement and/or aspire bonus points. In line with the introduction of the new SACE, the total number of bonus points is capped at nine.

Bonus points are added to your university aggregate and your ATAR is recalculated. Your recalculated ATAR will not appear on your Year 12 certificate and you will need to contact our Future Student Enquiries team to find out your ATAR when being considered for programs at UniSA.

Achievement bonus points

At UniSA, we believe that studying subjects in year 12 that relate to your preferred degree will prepare you better for university.

You will automatically receive two achievement bonus points (up to a maximum of five) if you score a C- or better in year 12 subjects that are relevant to the UniSA program you apply for. These may be SACE year 12 tertiary admission (TAS), interstate equivalent or International Baccalaureate subjects.

Achievement bonus points are awarded by degree program. For example, the points you receive when applying to the Bachelor of Pharmacy would be different to the points awarded for the Bachelor of Commerce.

Find out here which year 12 subjects qualify for bonus points for various UniSA programs.

Please note for 2016 entry, a new bonus points scheme for all South Australian universities called the SA Universities Equity Scheme will come into effect and UniSA’s Achievement bonus points will no longer apply. More details will be available soon.

What you need to do

Achievement points will be automatically added to your university aggregate when you apply to the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) for UniSA programs.

Aspire bonus points

Five Aspire bonus points are automatically awarded to students who attend a school recognised by UniSA as under-represented with respect to students going on to uni. Students from rural and remote areas are also eligible for automatic bonus points. Students on School Card (or state equivalent), Youth Allowance and/or Health Care Card or Low Income Health Care Card and who do not attend a recognised Aspire school, can apply for bonus points by downloading an application form (37kB, PDF)

More information to get you started

  • Which subjects qualify?

    Which subjects qualify?

    Take a look at which year 12 subjects can earn you bonus points towards various UniSA programs.

    Bonus point subjects

  • Apply for Aspire points

    Apply for Aspire points

    Apply for Aspire bonus points if you are eligible (see above) to give your Year 12 results an extra boost.

    Download application form

  • Apply to UniSA

    Apply to UniSA

    You need to apply through SATAC for most UniSA programs. Check dates and entry guidelines to get started.

    Application information

  • Scholarships


    We provide scholarships to high achieving students as well as those who are most in need.

    Find your scholarship

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