Your ATAR is your gateway to any number of university programs and career pathways. But which degrees can you enrol in with your specific ranking? Let’s explore what you can do with your ATAR.
Most UQ undergraduate programs show a minimum ATAR threshold as part of their entry requirements. But, if you’re not entirely sure which avenue you want to pursue, it might be helpful to get a broad idea of which doors are open to you with your ranking. So, with that in mind, here are some shortcuts based on the areas we get asked about most often.
Note: The ATAR entry thresholds in this article are based on UQ program entries in Semester 1, 2023. These will vary from year to year and at other universities, so please consider the numbers here as guides, not guarantees. You’ll also need to meet all other entry requirements for your chosen program.
If your ATAR is lower than 97.50, don’t give up on pursuing law just yet. A lower ATAR can still get you into many other programs, which may allow you to transfer to a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) in your second year. You’ll just need to do well in your chosen program.
Wondering what ATAR you need to be a doctor? In theory, you need an ATAR of 95.00 or higher. But the full answer is a little more complicated.
The program you’ll need to study, the Doctor of Medicine, is a postgraduate program. So, while you can apply for provisional entry into this program during Year 12, you’ll have to complete an undergraduate degree before you progress into studying it. Getting your provisional application approved will come down to:
You can usually enrol in a UQ Bachelor of Education (Primary) with an ATAR of 75.00 or higher. You’ll also need to have studied General English, Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics, and at least one of these subjects during Year 12:
The ATAR you need for psychology will depend on the specific program you’d like to study. If you’re interested in a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), the ATAR you'll likely need to become a psychologist is 88.00 or higher (noting that to become a registered psychologist, you'll also need to complete postgraduate studies). However, if you’re more interested in being a counsellor or therapist, you might also consider the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) with an ATAR entry threshold of 75.00.
Alternatively, both the Bachelor of Science (ATAR threshold 80.00) and Bachelor of Arts (70.00) offer a major in psychology, which can provide another pathway to a career in this field. This is especially handy if you’ve got your heart set on being a psychologist but didn’t quite get the required ATAR for studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). With the right grades in your first year, you may even be able to transfer to this program.
Physiotherapy is one of the most competitive programs at UQ. The minimum ATAR accepted into the UQ Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2023 was 99.00. You also need to have completed Biology, Chemistry or Physics in Year 12.
Programs at UQ in this general area with a lower entry threshold include:
Both these programs also require completing at least one of the science subjects listed above. If you're wondering how to get into physiotherapy with a low ATAR, you could use these programs, amongst others, to take a tertiary studies pathway into the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours).
The UQ Bachelor of Business Management typically requires a minimum ATAR of 76.00. You’ll also need to have studied a maths subject in Year 12 (General Mathematics, Specialist Mathematics or Mathematical Methods). This program is available in a wide range of dual degrees as well – as long as you have the minimum required ATAR for the other program you’d like to pair it with.
Is your ATAR significantly higher than what you need for the Bachelor of Business Management? You may like to consider the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours), which typically requires an ATAR of 94.00 or higher.
We’ve only skimmed the surface of the undergraduate programs available at UQ. If the degree you’d like to study hasn’t been covered, please feel free to find it here and look for the ATAR entry threshold on the relevant program page. All the best with getting into your ideal program here at UQ!
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