My university offers some special degrees; for example
- Bachelor of Engineering (Scholar) (Honors)
- Bachelor of Mathematics Advanced
If you want to get into any of these degrees, you will need to have an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of 95 or above.
The normal version of these degrees are
- Bachelor of Engineering (Honors)
- Bachelor of Mathematics
If you want to get into any of these normal degrees, you will need to have an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank of 80 or above.
From my comparison both the special and normal degrees are the same with the exception that the special degrees have one or two subjects where students have chances of doing undergraduate research and other benefits:
- Access to a wider range of subjects
- $500 study grants to buy textbooks each year for the minimum duration of the degree
- Being paid as research assistants in summer
Are the special degrees just an advertisement? What difference would doing a Bachelor of Engineering (Scholar) (Honors) make when you apply for PhD in USA? Will the admission committee really care if you did this degree or just a normal degree?