There are many pathways to university study. If you intend to go to university it is important to find out from the university what the entry requirements are for your preferred course(s).

Universities take into account a range of factors when making the decision about who they will offer places to. These include:

  • completion of pre-requisite courses
  • performance in an audition, aptitude test or portfolio submission
  • previous qualifications and work experience
  • a minimum Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)

The ATAR tells universities how a student’s overall academic achievement in senior secondary education compares with other students in the same year group.

The requirements to receive an ATAR in Tasmania are set by the University of Tasmania, as the Tertiary Admissions Centre for Tasmania.

To be eligible to receive an ATAR in Tasmania you must complete two years of post-Year 10 study. During these two years, you must:

  • meet the standards to achieve the TCE, and
  • achieve at least a Satisfactory Achievement or better in at least four TASC Level 3 or 4 courses or equivalent (75 TCE credit points). At least three of these courses (45 TCE credit points) must be in your final year.

Generally speaking, you may not need to receive an ATAR if you plan to undertake vocational education or training, other professional training that is not provided at university, or if you secure full time employment after Year 12.

More information about university entrance is available on the University of Tasmania’s website.

If you want to find out about applying for admission to an interstate university contact the Tertiary Admissions Centre in the relevant state or territory. A list of Tertiary Admissions Centres in Australia and New Zealand is available at

For detailed information about the ATAR, its purpose and how it is calculated, read Understanding the ATAR: Calculating the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) for senior secondary students in Tasmania.