This is an extremely difficult question to answer, and one which requires a great deal of individual assessment.
In all cases, students should carefully consider their determination to pursue a career in medicine and, in line with that, their willingness to spend one year repeating the HSC or one or more years undertaking a tertiary program in order to again attempt admission to UNSW Medicine.
An alternative to repeating the HSC is to enrol in another tertiary program. This is where the decision may become difficult. A quandary here is that students may undertake tertiary programs in which they have no particular vocational interest and, having completed one or more years, fail to achieve entry into the first year of UNSW Medicine.
The obvious problem then is that students are on a degree path in which they have little interest. As no guarantee can be given about the chances of success of students obtaining entry to UNSW Medicine, students should make careful choices of tertiary programs to ensure that if they do not succeed in obtaining a place in UNSW Medicine, they have enrolled in programs in which they do have interest and which can be used to pursue different careers other than the practice of medicine.
Another issue to be considered is that the academic component for selection for students who commence a university degree is based on both the ATAR and tertiary results, which are combined at a ratio of 50:50. Thus, if a local applicant has a ATAR of less than 93.00, their tertiary results can never be sufficient to raise their academic results to the equivalent of the minimum ATAR of 96.00 required for consideration for entry. On the other hand, an applicant who achieves an ATAR of around 98 would need to reach results of high distinctions in some courses and distinctions in the rest in order to maintain the equivalent ATAR.
Students should note that when electing to undertake tertiary studies in another program with the aim of obtaining a place in UNSW Medicine, they are not restricted to programs offered by the University of New South Wales and therefore may consider programs offered by any Australian university. Science and Arts based programs are equally acceptable.
Note that there is a separate admission process for students applying from the Bachelor of Medical Science program at UNSW. You can find more information on the Graduate Entry Stream for UNSW BMedSc Students on our Special Admission Schemes page.