University Bonus Points

In recognition of a students participation in Sydney Youth Orchestra programs, some university and tertiary institutions offer bonus points or accreditation. These NSW based tertiary institutions are listed below:


The University of Sydney:

Elite Athletes and Performers: If you are an elite athlete or performer (eg you have competed at state level or higher) and your training or competitive commitments have affected your studies, you can apply for special consideration under the Elite Athletes and Performers Scheme. Approval under this scheme does not guarantee an offer but allows you to compete for a place with an ATAR up to five points below the course cut-off.

Assessment criteria, application forms and additional information can be found at


The University of New South Wales (UNSW):

Students may be awarded Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) points for extra-curricular activities done during the HSC. Students who undertake these activities may be awarded up to 5 bonus points depending on the magnitude and number of activities. 

To apply, students must submit an application and provide supporting documentation by November 30 each year. Applications for EAP points will open in August.

More information can be found at

Current students at UNSW who are regarded as an elite performer may also receive support from UNSW in the form of flexibility in study load, extensions, leave of absence, and more.

More information can be found at 


University of Technology Sydney: 

Students can apply for UTS’ Elite Athletes and Performers Special Admissions Scheme by demonstrating that their commitments have had an impact on their educational performance. Students must apply through UAC for their desired course and then submit an application to UTS.

More information can be found at


University of Wollongong (UOW):

UOW offers bonus points based on the location a student goes to school, and also the subjects the student completes in the HSC; and their performance in that subject.

SYO students will be eligible to apply for UOW’s Early Admission program,

Additional information on bonus point’s schemes is available here:


University of Newcastle:

Schools Recommendation Scheme in which UON considers the applicants Year 11 studies and schools ratings (specifically for those subject areas most relevant to the student’s performance – in this case HSC Music).

B Music Special Admission Scheme which will allow applicants to be considered for admission to the B Music program without an ATAR or not meeting the ATAR cut-off, provided they have completed the HSC (or other state equivalent) or a Certificate II or higher qualification and are exceptional in their creative/performing ability.

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) help students whose education has been affected during Year 11 and/or Year 12, receive an offer to university. Elite performers can apply for EAS, however, they cannot claim disadvantages that have arisen due to their performance commitments. 

More information can be found at and 


Australian Catholic University (ACU):

Students apply for ACU’s Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP), using a supporting letter from SYO staff and a personal performing arts resume. Success in this program is applicable to all courses across ACU.

More information can be found at


Southern Cross University:

Students can apply for the Elite Athlete and Performer Program by submitting an online application, providing supporting documentation from their national or state high performance unit or coach.

More information can be found at


Western Sydney University: 

Elite performers may apply for the Elite Athletes or Performers Scheme to receive five bonus points towards their ATAR (or equivalent) while also increasing their selection ranking. Students must complete the Elite Athletes or Performers Scheme Application Form.

This can be found at


Macquarie University:

The Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers (EAAP) Scheme allows for students whose commitments have impacted their study in the past two years to be eligible for four adjustments points. Applications for 2019 open on 14 August 2018.

More information can be found at