Western Sydney University helps HSC students take the stress out of applying for uni next year

With the school year once again being affected by COVID-19, Western Sydney University is giving Year 12 students who find their HSC studies disrupted by the pandemic the choice and flexibility of being able to use their Year 11 results to gain entry to the University next year.

The University’s highly-successful HSC True Reward early offer program is again giving current Year 12 students the option of using either their HSC results or their Year 11 results as part of their University application. The University is taking careful steps not to undermine the importance of the HSC, with the offers being made on the condition that students successfully complete their HSC exams.

First launched in 2017, True Reward provides students with an early offer to Western Sydney University based on their HSC subject results.

The innovative program recognises that students are much more than their ATAR, with analysis by the University revealing that subject performance – which best reflects a student’s strong points and areas of interest –  is a robust indicator of a student’s success.

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barney Glover AO, said the HSC True Reward program is providing school leavers and their families with much-needed peace of mind, during what is another challenging year for school students.

“With the evolving COVID-19 situation continuing to have an impact on schooling, particularly at the moment in Greater Sydney, we want to be able to relieve students of some of their concerns or anxieties about disrupted exam preparations and what this means for gaining entry into their preferred university course for next year,” said Professor Glover.

“By once again incorporating the option of using Year 11 results in the HSC True Reward early offer program as we did last year, we are helping to take some of the stress out of the application process, so students can focus all their energies on successfully completing their studies and doing well in their final year exams.”

Professor Glover said Western Sydney University, ranked within the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide, has a long and proud history of opening up higher education opportunities for students and developing pathways for hard-working, capable students and fostering their potential.

“We recognise just how much of an impact the last 18 months and the uncertainty brought on by the pandemic has had on students’ senior years of schooling,” said Professor Glover.

“We want to ensure that the COVID-19 situation does not derail Year 12 students’ exam preparations, and prevent them from gaining access to their course of choice at our world-class University and ultimately fulfilling their future career ambitions.”

Western Sydney University will provide school leavers who have applied through HSC True Reward with an offer as early as August 2021, as part of four offer rounds throughout the remainder of the year.

Students can find out more about Western Sydney University’s HSC True Reward program by visiting the web page (opens in a new window).

In addition to HSC True Reward, students can learn about the range of support services and scholarship opportunities offered by the University by contacting 1300 897 669.


26 July 2021

Amanda Whibley, Manager, Media and Public Relations

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