Tertiary Entrance and the International Baccalaureate Description
International Baccalaureate Diploma holders gain admission to universities throughout the world. These include prominent institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Heidelberg and The Sorbonne. Some colleges and universities offer advanced standing or course credit to students with strong International Baccalaureate results.
In Victoria, the Victorian Vice-Chancellors Committee has agreed on a common policy whereby Victorian International Baccalaureate students are assigned an ATAR score awarded on the basis of their Diploma results (See Notional ATAR Table for 2012 below). The Notional ATAR Table for 2013 IB students will be available in March 2013. The conversion will be similar to that for 2012 as outlined below.
The Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC) has defined a separate application category for Victorian International Baccalaureate applicants, with closing dates for change of preferences to suit the early January release of International Baccalaureate results.
Most university faculties have defined equivalent International Baccalaureate studies for the subjects stated as prerequisites for their courses (see the Careers Counsellor for further details). Where a minimum VCE Study Score is stated as being required for entry into a course, an equivalent International Baccalaureate grade will also exist. This grade will differ for Higher Level and Standard Level studies and may also differ between tertiary institutions. See Institution websites or Careers Counsellors for further details.
Victorian Equivalence Table
The combined rank is based on the following weightings and state conversion tables:
The IB population weightings used were the estimated IB Diploma candidate numbers for 2012, as provided by the IB Regional Representative - Australasia, with ACT and NSW treated as a single entity and NT and SA treated as a single entity. The Victorian weighting was therefore 48.75, with the SA/NT weighting being 25.90 and the NSW/ACT weighting being 25.35. These states accounted for 68.16% of the Australia wide IB population, with Queensland being the largest non-contributor.
The state ranks used in the calculation were the January 2012 rank table from NSW, the 2012 SA Rank Table, and the rank table from Victoria using the 2009-2011 local VCE with a LOTE and 2009-2011 local IB results.
The universities in South Australiana and the Northern Territory will continue to use the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) conversion table.