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Advanced standing - sometimes referred to as Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Leearning. At undergraduate level it is recognition of prior study at a University or TAFE. At postgraduate level it is recognition of either prior postgraduate study in a university, or relevant professional experience. 

ATAR - The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is a number between 0 and 99.95 with increments of 0.05. It provides a measure of a student's overall academic achievement in the NSW HSC in relation to that of other students, and helps universities rank applicants for selection. The ATAR is a rank, not a mark. It is calculated on behalf of the universities and released by UAC.

Course - Otherwise known as a subject, a course is an individual study unit offered within a program with a specific unit of credit weighting

Credit transfer - The ability to count subjects completed as part of another qualification towards a new degree.

CSP - A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), previously known as a HECS place, is a higher education place for which the Commonwealth makes a contribution towards the cost of the student's education. Students pay a student contribution amount (previously known as HECS charge), which varies depending on courses undertaken.

Domestic student (local student) - A student who is an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or holder of an Australian permanent visa. Domestic students may be offered a place as either a Commonwealth supported student or a fee paying student.

International student (overseas student) - A student who is a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand, and not an Australian permanent resident.

Non-Award - Non-award enrolment refers to all enrolments in courses or a sequence of courses which do not lead to or count towards a formal award (e.g. degree or diploma) of the University of New South Wales.

Postgraduate - Study undertaken for a higher degree (eg. a Masters or PhD ). Usually follows a completion of a Bachelor degree.

Semester - The academic year is divided into semesters. A semester is a teaching period for which students enrol, and for which they are charged fees or student contributions. UNSW has two main 12-week semesters per year, as well as the eight-week Summer Term in December/January.

Undergraduate - Programs of study, leading to the award of a degree, which do not require students to have previously undertaken university study in order to enrol. They are designed for students who have completed secondary studies (high school) in Australia, or have a level of education deemed equivalent to this (e.g. equivalent overseas study or alternate entry programs).

UOC - A unit of credit UOC) is a measure of the workload of a course. Students are required to complete a set total of credit points to satisfy the conditions for the award of the degree or diploma.

WAM - The weighted average mark (WAM) is calculated by multiplying the mark you receive for each course by the units of credit of the particular course, adding up the products and dividing by the total number of units of credit for the relevant courses. A 'Term WAM' is calculated for a semester, and a separate cumulative WAM is calculated for relevant results over the student's entire program.