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provides information about each state and territory and what
it's like to study there
includes profiles of every university and selected other
institutions offering degree-level courses
gives an overview of each institution and its strengths and
shows how easy or tough it is to get into courses
rates every field of study offered by the institution according
to what graduates say
shows the success of graduates in gaining employment, the
number of graduates going onto further study and average
How to use the tables
At the start of each state and territory section, you will find a table
that details the relative entry difficulty at each campus by field of
study. Each university profile contains four tables (other
institutions have three tables), which describe aspects of the
institution and its courses and compare it with others. The tables
‘How tough is it to get in?’
‘How the institution rates and compares’
‘Other ratings and comparisons’
‘How the fields of study rate and compare’
‘Courses and entry requirements’.
The ratings explanations in Section 2 (page 47) will help you
to understand exactly what the tables mean and how all the
ratings they contain are worked out.
The ‘How tough is it to get in?’ tables
These tables compare the relative entry difficulty of courses at
each university campus in the relevant state or territory. Note that
universities with campuses in multiple states can be found in the
multi-state section (page 387). They provide the average tertiary
entrance score by field of study, with ATAR ranges allocated into
one of five bands: ‘Very tough’, ‘Tough’, ‘Average’, ‘Easy’ or ‘Very
easy’. An OP conversion is presented in brackets.
Calculations of toughness are based on the average 2014
cut-off scores for non-combined courses offered at each campus
by an institution. The exceptions to this are the fields of
architecture and law, where many courses are combined. Cut-off
scores are as published by the tertiary admissions centres in
January 2014 in each state and territory. Remember that many
institutions offer more than one course in a field of study at the
same campus, and the entry scores can vary. Remember too that
cut-off scores for one year do not guarantee entry into a future
year because scores are subject to demand for available places.
To check the cut-off score for a particular course, refer to the
institution profiles in this section.
The ‘How the institution rates and compares’
You’ll see that for each university we show how it has rated
according to the league tables in Section 2. The criteria for each
of these star ratings is explained alongside the corresponding
ratings in Section 2.
The ‘Other ratings and comparisons’ table
The information here looks at the institution in terms of the
composition of the undergraduate student body. For ease of
comparison, we provide, where appropriate, both numbers and
All enrolment information is derived from the annual
statistical enrolment returns by FEE-HELP providers to the
federal Department of Education and individual institutions, and
relates to the 2012 year.
The ‘How the fields of study rate and compare’
This table compares the fields of study offered by the institution in
terms of student numbers and graduate outcomes. For more
information about the criteria displayed in this table, see page 66.
The ‘Courses and entry requirements’ table
The Qualification column
This lists each course at each campus. A ‘course’ is a
combination of semester units or subjects leading to a recognised
qualification such as a BA or BSc.
Check out the ‘What you can study’ column for the
specialisations available in a particular course.
Information is supplied by the institutions.
The Minimum time column
This shows how long the course will take to complete if you study
full time and pass all units.
Note that you can often complete a three-year course in two
years by doing an extra semester each year under a trimester
system. Some institutions only run trimester systems.
Also note that an honours degree can add a year of full-time
study and that some professions (such as law or accounting)
require more study and/or practical experience after you
Information is supplied by the institutions.
The Study mode column
This shows which of the three main ways of studying are
available for each course: F = full time; P = part time; and E =
external (distance or correspondence education).
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