Year 10 Information

The world of science is far broader than the Chemistry, Physics and Biology you study at high school. UNSW offers a wide range of science subject areas – explore your options!


Science changes the world

The world is changing faster than ever before. And rather than politicians or lawyers or economists – it’s scientists who are leading this charge into the unknown. Everyday their research and exploration is opening up new frontiers while their discoveries provide the raw material for life-changing inventions.


Is a degree in science for you?

Forget the stereotype – science is no longer just about people in laboratories wearing thick-rimmed glasses and white coats. In this day and age, science encompasses a wide range of fields, and suits an equally wide range of people.

You should think about studying science if you:

  • Have a curious mind
  • Would like to help advance our society
  • Are enjoying your high school Maths and Science subjects
  • Hope to pursue a fulfilling career in a wide variety of sectors
  • Are an all-rounder who’s keen to further develop life skills like leadership


Choosing your school subjects

While they are not pre-requisites to study at UNSW, for most of our Science degrees, we’ll assume that you’ve completed the following subjects:

  • HSC Mathematics (previously called 2 Unit Maths)
  • HSC Chemistry

Depending on your area of study, we may also suggest one or more of the following:

  • HSC Biology
  • HSC Physics
  • HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (previously called 3 Unit Maths)
  • HSC Earth and Environmental Science

Different majors require knowledge of different subjects, so check what knowledge you will need in your particular area(s) of interest.


Making the cut

Our ATAR cut-offs vary from year to year, but as a general rule the minimum ATAR to get into the Bachelor of Science degree at UNSW is around 83.00. Some degrees have higher ATAR cut-offs, while others require additional selection criteria - check out our degrees for further details.

Earning bonus points

In our HSC Plus program, you can be awarded up to five bonus points if you do well in key HSC subjects. For Science degrees, these subjects may include: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, 2-unit Mathematics, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics Extension 1, Mathematics Extension 2, Geography and English Advanced. Bonus points are not available to Bachelor Optometry/Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Psychology and Bachelor of Medical Science applicants.



Applications to study Science at UNSW are completed online through the University Admissions Centre (UAC), and are due in September the year before you intend to start at university.


What to study?

Explore all the degree options and science subjects you can study at UNSW. If you’re not sure which area of science you want to study, we recommend you sign up for our most flexible degree – the Bachelor of Science. You'll be able to study core science subjects while trying out different areas of science of interest to you.



University study is expensive, which is why UNSW offers many scholarships to our Science students, and most applications are due in September the year before you intend to start at university.


Important dates and further information

Year 10 Evenings

These evening are the best place for you to start if you are thinking about coming to uni in two years' time and are currently a year 10 student. Find out more about what's on throughout the year.

UNSW Open Day

Saturday, 7 September 2019
Open Day is your chance to see UNSW up-close and personal. Chat face-to-face with our academics and current students and have all your questions answered. Find the information you need to choose your ideal degree and learn more about life as a student at UNSW - including study costs, admission, accommodation, student services and more. Experience the UNSW vibe - grab some food, listen to some music, and get interactive with student and Faculty displays all over campus.

UNSW Science Work Experience Program

Monday, 25 November to Friday, 29 November 2019
UNSW Science Work Experience placements for 2019 are now CLOSED.

Visit us on campus

The best way to get a feel for whether UNSW is the place for you is to go on one of our Campus Tours. You’ll be guided by a highly trained and experienced Student Ambassadors who will tell you all the ins and outs of study at UNSW while showing you all that the University has to offer.

Contact us

If you can't find the information on our website, contact us on or +61 2 9385 7788 with any questions.

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