What ATAR Do You Need for Your Course?

What ATAR do you need for your desired course? From law to engineering and everything in between, read on to find out which courses could be right for you.

Matthew Bassat
Education Analyst

School’s almost out — so what happens now? You’re nearing the end of your school journey, and you soon have to make the daunting choice of which path to follow after school.

If you plan to do further study, this includes submitting your course preferences to the relevant tertiary admissions centre in your state. But how do you choose from a seemingly endless list of options?

What’s more, how do you choose a list of courses when you haven’t yet received your ATAR, and don’t even know what you can study? For instance, what ATAR do you need to be a lawyer, or a doctor, or an engineer? In this article, we provide a quick overview the different ATAR requirements for various career pathways. 

Often, regional universities have slightly lower entry ATAR requirements than metropolitan universities.

Often, regional universities have slightly lower entry ATAR requirements than metropolitan universities.

ATAR Requirements for Different Courses

Let us use Monash University in Clayton, Victoria as an example. The following are the approximate ATAR requirements for guaranteed entry into the following courses in 2022:

  • Law — 94
  • Arts — 70
  • Science* — 75
  • Commerce — 86
  • Engineering — 86
  • Biomedical Science — 85
  • Medicine** — 90


* Some majors have higher entry requirements.

** Direct entry into the doctor of medicine depends on a variety of other factors, including a student’s grade in the UMAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) and their performance in the Monash MMI (Multiple Mini Interview). While the minimum ATAR is technically 90, due to the competitiveness of the course, the vast majority of entrants have an ATAR of 97 or above.

Often, regional universities have slightly lower entry ATAR requirements than metropolitan universities. For example, the minimum ATAR requirements for the above courses at Charles Sturt University (a large regional university with campuses in various locations across regional NSW including Albury, Bathurst and Dubbo) are listed below:

  • Law — 80
  • Arts — 55
  • Science — 65
  • Business Studies — 55
  • Technology* — 65
  • Engineering** — 80
  • Medicine *** — 95.50

* The Bachelor of Technology is an undergraduate pathway towards the Master of Engineering Degree.

** Students who receive an ATAR over 80 qualify automatically for a Master of Engineering postgraduate degree, but they still must first complete a Bachelor of Technology

*** In addition to meeting the threshold ATAR requirements, students must sit the UCAT and (upon invitation, based on UCAT results) perform to a satisfactory standard in a Multistation Mini Interview.

Also note that there are many exceptions to the ATAR requirements for each course, based on a number of factors including place of residence (e.g., living a rural area) and socio-economic background. 

While the ATAR is doubtless a powerful tool to unlock your desired university pathway, it is important to be aware every career pathway is possible, regardless of your ATAR. While your ATAR can help you gain direct entry into your pathway of choice, there are always other pathways if you don't get the ATAR you were hoping for.

Thanks for your time! For answers to all of your questions on the ATAR system, get stuck into some of our other ATAR blog posts.

School’s almost out — so what happens now? You’re nearing the end of your school journey, and you soon have to make the daunting choice of which path to follow after school.

If you plan to do further study, this includes submitting your course preferences to the relevant tertiary admissions centre in your state. But how do you choose from a seemingly endless list of options?

What’s more, how do you choose a list of courses when you haven’t yet received your ATAR, and don’t even know what you can study? For instance, what ATAR do you need to be a lawyer, or a doctor, or an engineer? In this article, we provide a quick overview the different ATAR requirements for various career pathways. 

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ATAR Requirements for Different Courses

Let us use Monash University in Clayton, Victoria as an example. The following are the approximate ATAR requirements for guaranteed entry into the following courses in 2022:

  • Law — 94
  • Arts — 70
  • Science* — 75
  • Commerce — 86
  • Engineering — 86
  • Biomedical Science — 85
  • Medicine** — 90


* Some majors have higher entry requirements.

** Direct entry into the doctor of medicine depends on a variety of other factors, including a student’s grade in the UMAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) and their performance in the Monash MMI (Multiple Mini Interview). While the minimum ATAR is technically 90, due to the competitiveness of the course, the vast majority of entrants have an ATAR of 97 or above.

Often, regional universities have slightly lower entry ATAR requirements than metropolitan universities. For example, the minimum ATAR requirements for the above courses at Charles Sturt University (a large regional university with campuses in various locations across regional NSW including Albury, Bathurst and Dubbo) are listed below:

  • Law — 80
  • Arts — 55
  • Science — 65
  • Business Studies — 55
  • Technology* — 65
  • Engineering** — 80
  • Medicine *** — 95.50

* The Bachelor of Technology is an undergraduate pathway towards the Master of Engineering Degree.

** Students who receive an ATAR over 80 qualify automatically for a Master of Engineering postgraduate degree, but they still must first complete a Bachelor of Technology

*** In addition to meeting the threshold ATAR requirements, students must sit the UCAT and (upon invitation, based on UCAT results) perform to a satisfactory standard in a Multistation Mini Interview.

Often, regional universities have slightly lower entry ATAR requirements than metropolitan universities.

Often, regional universities have slightly lower entry ATAR requirements than metropolitan universities.

Also note that there are many exceptions to the ATAR requirements for each course, based on a number of factors including place of residence (e.g., living a rural area) and socio-economic background. 

While the ATAR is doubtless a powerful tool to unlock your desired university pathway, it is important to be aware every career pathway is possible, regardless of your ATAR. While your ATAR can help you gain direct entry into your pathway of choice, there are always other pathways if you don't get the ATAR you were hoping for.

Thanks for your time! For answers to all of your questions on the ATAR system, get stuck into some of our other ATAR blog posts.

School’s almost out — so what happens now? You’re nearing the end of your school journey, and you soon have to make the daunting choice of which path to follow after school.

If you plan to do further study, this includes submitting your course preferences to the relevant tertiary admissions centre in your state. But how do you choose from a seemingly endless list of options?

What’s more, how do you choose a list of courses when you haven’t yet received your ATAR, and don’t even know what you can study? For instance, what ATAR do you need to be a lawyer, or a doctor, or an engineer? In this article, we provide a quick overview the different ATAR requirements for various career pathways. 

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Often, regional universities have slightly lower entry ATAR requirements than metropolitan universities.

ATAR Requirements for Different Courses

Let us use Monash University in Clayton, Victoria as an example. The following are the approximate ATAR requirements for guaranteed entry into the following courses in 2022:

  • Law — 94
  • Arts — 70
  • Science* — 75
  • Commerce — 86
  • Engineering — 86
  • Biomedical Science — 85
  • Medicine** — 90


* Some majors have higher entry requirements.

** Direct entry into the doctor of medicine depends on a variety of other factors, including a student’s grade in the UMAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) and their performance in the Monash MMI (Multiple Mini Interview). While the minimum ATAR is technically 90, due to the competitiveness of the course, the vast majority of entrants have an ATAR of 97 or above.

Often, regional universities have slightly lower entry ATAR requirements than metropolitan universities. For example, the minimum ATAR requirements for the above courses at Charles Sturt University (a large regional university with campuses in various locations across regional NSW including Albury, Bathurst and Dubbo) are listed below:

  • Law — 80
  • Arts — 55
  • Science — 65
  • Business Studies — 55
  • Technology* — 65
  • Engineering** — 80
  • Medicine *** — 95.50

* The Bachelor of Technology is an undergraduate pathway towards the Master of Engineering Degree.

** Students who receive an ATAR over 80 qualify automatically for a Master of Engineering postgraduate degree, but they still must first complete a Bachelor of Technology

*** In addition to meeting the threshold ATAR requirements, students must sit the UCAT and (upon invitation, based on UCAT results) perform to a satisfactory standard in a Multistation Mini Interview.

Also note that there are many exceptions to the ATAR requirements for each course, based on a number of factors including place of residence (e.g., living a rural area) and socio-economic background. 

While the ATAR is doubtless a powerful tool to unlock your desired university pathway, it is important to be aware every career pathway is possible, regardless of your ATAR. While your ATAR can help you gain direct entry into your pathway of choice, there are always other pathways if you don't get the ATAR you were hoping for.

Thanks for your time! For answers to all of your questions on the ATAR system, get stuck into some of our other ATAR blog posts.

School’s almost out — so what happens now? You’re nearing the end of your school journey, and you soon have to make the daunting choice of which path to follow after school.

If you plan to do further study, this includes submitting your course preferences to the relevant tertiary admissions centre in your state. But how do you choose from a seemingly endless list of options?

What’s more, how do you choose a list of courses when you haven’t yet received your ATAR, and don’t even know what you can study? For instance, what ATAR do you need to be a lawyer, or a doctor, or an engineer? In this article, we provide a quick overview the different ATAR requirements for various career pathways. 

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat. Aenean faucibus nibh et justo cursus id rutrum lorem imperdiet. Nunc ut sem vitae risus tristique posuere.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat. Aenean faucibus nibh et justo cursus id rutrum lorem imperdiet. Nunc ut sem vitae risus tristique posuere.

Often, regional universities have slightly lower entry ATAR requirements than metropolitan universities.

ATAR Requirements for Different Courses

Let us use Monash University in Clayton, Victoria as an example. The following are the approximate ATAR requirements for guaranteed entry into the following courses in 2022:

  • Law — 94
  • Arts — 70
  • Science* — 75
  • Commerce — 86
  • Engineering — 86
  • Biomedical Science — 85
  • Medicine** — 90


* Some majors have higher entry requirements.

** Direct entry into the doctor of medicine depends on a variety of other factors, including a student’s grade in the UMAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) and their performance in the Monash MMI (Multiple Mini Interview). While the minimum ATAR is technically 90, due to the competitiveness of the course, the vast majority of entrants have an ATAR of 97 or above.

Often, regional universities have slightly lower entry ATAR requirements than metropolitan universities. For example, the minimum ATAR requirements for the above courses at Charles Sturt University (a large regional university with campuses in various locations across regional NSW including Albury, Bathurst and Dubbo) are listed below:

  • Law — 80
  • Arts — 55
  • Science — 65
  • Business Studies — 55
  • Technology* — 65
  • Engineering** — 80
  • Medicine *** — 95.50

* The Bachelor of Technology is an undergraduate pathway towards the Master of Engineering Degree.

** Students who receive an ATAR over 80 qualify automatically for a Master of Engineering postgraduate degree, but they still must first complete a Bachelor of Technology

*** In addition to meeting the threshold ATAR requirements, students must sit the UCAT and (upon invitation, based on UCAT results) perform to a satisfactory standard in a Multistation Mini Interview.

Also note that there are many exceptions to the ATAR requirements for each course, based on a number of factors including place of residence (e.g., living a rural area) and socio-economic background. 

While the ATAR is doubtless a powerful tool to unlock your desired university pathway, it is important to be aware every career pathway is possible, regardless of your ATAR. While your ATAR can help you gain direct entry into your pathway of choice, there are always other pathways if you don't get the ATAR you were hoping for.

Thanks for your time! For answers to all of your questions on the ATAR system, get stuck into some of our other ATAR blog posts.

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