FEAS FAQs

Eligibility
1. Am I eligible to apply for the Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS) at UNSW?

You are eligible if you are:

  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen who is attempting a 2018 Australian Year 12, International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, or the New Zealand NCEA Level 3 qualification.
  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen who is NOT currently undertaking an Australian Year 12, IB in Australia or NZ NCEA Level 3 whose highest qualification is a Secondary qualification (e.g. HSC, International Baccalaureate, GCE A Levels, etc); or
  • An international fee-paying student attempting a 2018 Australian Year 12, International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, or New Zealand NCEA Level 3 qualification.

Domestic applicants who have undertaken post-secondary or tertiary studies (e.g. TAFE, University) may submit a FEAS application but will not be required to submit a video, as they will be considered on the basis of data received from the University Admission Centre (UAC). Information on the UAC application process is available here.

International applicants who did NOT complete a 2018 Australian Year 12, International Baccalaureate in Australia, or New Zealand NCEA Level 3 qualification, apply for admission direct to UNSW and are not eligible for the Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme(FEAS). Further information is available on the UNSW website.

2. If I have undertaken (but not completed) post-secondary or tertiary studies (e.g. TAFE, University) should I apply for FEAS?

Applicants who have undertaken post-secondary or tertiary studies (e.g. TAFE, University), whether completed or not, may submit an FEAS application with an optional video submission. Applicants who do not submit a video will be considered on the basis of data received from the UAC only**. By completing an FEAS application these students will be given an opportunity to provide a personal statement to the UNSW Faculty of Engineering. Information on the UAC application process is available at the UAC website.

** Domestic applicants who have undertaken more than one year (two semesters) of tertiary study should note that their tertiary performance will be given more weight than their secondary results (e.g. ATAR [previously known as UAI]). If you have performed poorly at the tertiary level you should submit a FEAS application and consider applying under the Special Consideration for Applicants with Tertiary Study (SCATS) scheme. Detailed information (including closing dates) is available on the UNSW website.

3. Should I apply if I achieved an ATAR (or equivalent) greater than 93?

No. If you achieved an ATAR greater than 93.00 you need not apply for the Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS). FEAS applies only to those with an ATAR between 83.00 and 92.95. All offers are made by the Universities Admissions Centre in the normal way. Following the FEAS process, certain students with an ATAR in the range 83.00-92.95 may receive an offer in UNSW Engineering programs via UAC through the FEAS.

4. Will the adjustment factors I am allocated under the UNSW HSC Plus program have any impact on my eligibility for FEAS?

No. The UNSW HSC Plus program will not have any impact on your eligibility for FEAS, which is determined primarily on your ATAR being in the range 83.00 to 92.95. However, performance in relevant HSC /Australian Year 12 subjects is taken into account as part of the FEAS scheme.

Additional information on HSC Plus is available on the UNSW website here.

5. What if my ATAR (or equivalent) is less than 83.00?

If you have achieved an ATAR (or equivalent) less than 83.00 you are not eligible for
admission via the Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS).

Visit the UNSW Alternative Entry for information on some of the alternative avenues through which you may seek admission to an undergraduate program at UNSW.

If you enrol in a program at UNSW or another university, you may apply in future years to transfer to Engineering@UNSW. Your eligibility to transfer will depend on the program and subjects you enrol in, and your performance in the subjects undertaken. An application to the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) is required for most transfers. If seeking to transfer between programs within UNSW (e.g. Science to Engineering) you may not need to submit a UAC application - check with the UNSW Admissions Office.

Application
6. What is the deadline for applying for the Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS) using the online application service?

‘Online’ FEAS applications for 2019 admissions close November 2018.

7. How long will it take to complete the online application form?

It will take approximately one hour to complete the application form online. You will be required to provide up to four responses in the “Personal Statement” section of the application. In addition to the application form, applicants are required to submit a video (no longer than 5 minutes) expressing their motivation for wanting to have a career in engineering. Whilst completing your application you can go back and forth to make edits. But once you’ve successfully submitted your application you can’t make any further changes.

8. Can I authorise another person to complete the online application form?

No. You must personally complete the application, and you are personally responsible for the security of your User Name and Password. Submitting your application requires formal acceptance of these conditions.

9. Do I need to submit any documentation with my application?

Yes. Year 12 reports needs to be submitted along with your FEAS video by the application closing date. Details will be given when completing your application.

10. Can I track the progress of my application online?

You’ll be able to see a “thank you message” once you’ve successfully submitted your application, and you will not receive any further updates from UNSW regarding your FEAS application. All offers are made by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) in the normal way, ie students with a selection rank (ATAR + Adjustment factors) at or above the published Guaranteed Entry score of 93.00 (for 2019 entry) will receive an offer to study at UNSW in the UAC December Round 2 (as long as you’ve ordered your preferences in a way that allows us to make you this offer).  Following the FEAS process, certain students with an ATAR in the range 83.00-92.95 may receive an offer in Engineering programs at UNSW via UAC through the FEAS.

11. Do I need to lodge an application with the UAC if I have applied under the Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS)?

Yes. An application for the Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS) is not an application for admission to Engineering at UNSW. You must complete a UAC application by the due date for admission in 2019. For information on applying for admission to UNSW, visit the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) website at www.uac.edu.au.

12. Do I need to indicate my actual program choice when making a FEAS application?

We are interested in your reasons for applying for Engineering. If you are interested in a particular area of Engineering, then this should be reflected in your FEAS application and your UAC preferences.

However, you can indicate a generic interest in Engineering. The Faculty has a flexible first year program (UAC Code: 425000), following which you can elect to study the engineering program of your choice* from Year 2 onwards. If you are undecided, then let us know and discuss your choices and interests.

*Subject to academic performance and available places in preferred program.

13. Does the Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS) apply to combined degree programs?

The Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS) applies to all undergraduate engineering programs at UNSW with a Guaranteed Selection Rank (GE) of 93.00, including the BSc Computer Science programs (UAC Codes 425800 and 425850), BSc Food Science (425600).

FEAS is available for combined degree programs which may admit students with an ATAR between 83 and 92.95, but will not affect admission to programs for which the Guaranteed selection Rank (GE) is above 93.00.

FEAS is also available for engineering programs offered in the Faculty of Science at UNSW: 429600 BE (Hons) Materials Science and Engineering; 429630 BE (Hons) Materials Science and Engineering/Master of Biomedical Engineering, as well as UNSW Canberra BE (Hons) programs.

Video Submission
14. What do I include in the video submission?

As part of your application, you are required to submit a video (maximum 5 minutes), which is your chance to tell us all about your motivation and passion to study engineering. In the video, you will need to clearly identify yourself and include:

  1. Your full name
  2. UAC application number
  3. Photo identification
15. How long should the video be?

The video can be any length up to a maximum of five minutes. You should not feel like you need to fill the entire five minutes. The purpose of the video is to allow you to express your motivation and passion for engineering.

16. What format should the video be in?

There are no requirements for the formatting of the video, except that it should be no more than five minutes in duration, and that it should be of a sufficient quality so that we can adequately view and hear the presentation. It does not need to be high production quality!

17. How do I submit my video?

Details will be provided when completing your online FEAS application 

18. Can I change my video after I have submitted?

Please ensure you are completely satisfied with your video before uploading it to complete your FEAS application. If you must upload a replacement video, please contact the FEAS Administrator for assistance.

Support
19. Is help available?

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties whilst completing your application for the Faculty of Engineering Admission Scheme (FEAS), please do not hesitate to contact the Applications Administrator:

To learn more about FEAS, contact the Future Student Office, call 1300 UNI NSW (1300 864 679) or ask a question unsw.edu.au/ask