Through this program, the University of Tasmania enriches the educational opportunities for high-achieving students and develops links between the University, the students and their schools and colleges.
As well as providing students with academic challenge and the change to experience University life, the High Achiever Program offers a number of other benefits including:
- Subsidised course costs
- Credit towards a University of Tasmania Degree
- Counting units towards the ATAR
- Access to facilities and support services
The High Achiever Program applications open in September with on-time applications closing on 20 December 2015. Supporting documentation will be accepted until mid January and every effort will be made to approve and process applications as early as possible.
The University of Tasmania High Achiever Program provides high-achieving Tasmanian senior secondary school students with the opportunity to enrol in University units to complement and extend their TCE or IB studies.
The aims of the Program are to:
- Enrich educational opportunities for Year 11/12 students
- Extend the University's high quality courses and teaching to Year 11/12 students
- Develop links between the University, students and their schools and colleges
The University of Tasmania is highly ranked in the Australian higher education sector for its teaching and learning and research activities. This Program provides early opportunities for academically able Year 11/12 students to undertake the challenges of University study while they are enrolled in the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.
High Achiever Program units may contribute towards the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Upon successful completion of the University unit under HAP, the result will be considered for inclusion among your best five results in the calculation of your ATAR. The best five results may include Full University units undertaken as part of the High Achiever Program or University College Program. 12.5% university units are deemed to be the equivalent of half the size of TCE level 3 or 4 subjects. In order to provide for the inclusion of Full University units in the calculation of the ATAR, all completed TCE level 3 and 4 subjects will have the TCE score halved. Each half score is then the equivalent of a university unit. The best 10 half scores (with at least 6 coming from Year 12) are then selected to determine the ATAR.
Note that from 2016 all UCP Full University unit results will be scaled before inclusion in the calculation of the ATAR. All units studied under the HAP are Full University units.
The program is designed to engage and challenge very able students through enrolment in University subjects. Students may extend and enhance their TCE studies by undertaking in greater depth a particular subject or discipline area of interest. Depending on the units chosen, students will be required to attend lectures, tutorials or workshops and will be assessed along with first or second year University students.
Experience University Life
Participating students have a valuable chance to experience some of the wider aspects of university life while maintaining progress towards the TCE. Students will experience different teaching styles and learning approaches at University which will complement their Year 11 and 12 studies, and will have access to first class academic and other support facilities and services.
No Course Costs
Australian and permanent resident students undertaking University subjects under the High Achiever Program will not incur any course costs. There may, however, be some costs associated with studying such as textbooks and other learning materials.
Units successfully completed may be credited to a relevant degree when the student enrols at the University of Tasmania. Credit provides two advantages: students have the option of accelerating through their degree, or they can take on additional subjects to extend their study program.
Please see the below listing for units available in the High Achiever Program 2016:
- High Achiever Program 2016 Unit Offerings (PDF 416 KB)
Please note: there is no limit to the number of HAP units a student can study. However, you may not be able to get credit for all HAP units studies if you enrol in a University course. This is because some Faculties may limit the amount of credit you can receive.
Most units in the HAP program are taught face-to-face at one of the University of Tasmania's campuses in Hobart, Launceston or Cradle Coast - please note that the unit choices vary from campus to campus. Some units may also be available by flexible delivery modes.
HAP it gives you a great introduction into what University is all about and the opportunity to interact with other University students.
To be eligible for the program, you need to demonstrate very high levels of academic performance in senior secondary education. As an example, you would normally be expected to be enrolled in Year 12 and have completed three or more Level 3 subjects in Year 11, with EA - Exceptional Achievement demonstrated in school/college reports and TCE scores.
The University will consider applications from Year 11 students who show exceptional academic achievement, as well as the maturity to balance university experience with TCE study. The judgement of the principal in regard to the individual student's capacity will be taken into account in determining eligibility.
Some University units have specific entry requirements. If you apply for entry to the High Achiever Program you should consider carefully your overall study demands in the TCE/IB in relation to proposed university units before confirming your enrolment. It is also important that you are aware of the University's timetable for your planned HAP unit before confirming your enrolment with the University.
- For International students in addition to any costs for textbooks/stationery, there are course fees and for the HAP Program the set fee for all units is $1300.00. For more information on how to apply, please see the International Students page.
How do I apply?
To apply for the High Achiever Program 2016, you will need to submit an application.
Applications for the 2016 High Achiever Program have now CLOSED.
You will receive written notification of the application outcome by early February 2016. You will need to decide which unit(s) you would like to enrol in. Generally you will only be permitted to study one unit per semester. You will need to consult the section on units offered in 2016 in order to complete the application form.
How do we select students?
Shortly after the closing date, the admissions committee will review applicants' documentation and, if necessary, contact schools and principals for further information regarding an application. Students will be assessed as to their suitability for their selected unit(s) in accordance with the stipulated pre-requisite or co-requisite TCE/IB subjects.
If the unit is not available, we will contact all applicants and discuss alternative units or the option of withdrawal.
The University will provide written notification of the outcome of your application, whether successful or unsuccessful, by early February 2016. NOTE: If you wish to change units once you have enrolled please contact the enrolments team at the University of Tasmania and identify yourself as a HAP student. You must not change your enrolment online.
What happens after Year 12?
Enrolment in the High Achiever Program while you are studying year 11 or 12 is not the same as being admitted to a degree program at the University of Tasmania. This means that you will need to apply for entrance to the University as a Year 12 leaver through the normal procedures if you wish to gain a place in a degree program at the University of Tasmania on completion of your Year 12 studies.
As the studies being undertaken in the High Achiever Program are standard University of Tasmania units, students who are successful in achieving a pass grade or higher will be eligible to apply for credit towards a relevant degree program. Once you have been granted credit towards the degree for which you have applied, you have a number of options:
- Accelerate your studies - start on second year units during your first year at University
- Broaden your studies - undertake an extra first-year unit in an area of interest
- Reduce your study load - as you will have less than a full-time load, you have the opportunity to undertake some work experience, or pursue other personal interests.
Please note you will still be required to apply to the University as a Year 12 leaver, even after completing a number of University units in the High Achiever Program.
High Achiever Program Application for Admission and Enrolment Pack:
The completed application must include the following information:
- a short statement outlining what the student hopes to achieve from the High Achiever Program
- signed permission from their parent/guardian
- a copy of their mid-year report
- written references from two teachers regarding the students suitability for the High Achiever Program
- signed permission form their school/college Principal
- final TCE results for Year 11 (if applicable) including subject results and TE scores and TCE level 3 internal and external rankings
Remember that written references from two teachers and signed permission from the student's school/college Principal will need to be arranged before the school year finishes.
A collaboration between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Assessment, Standards & Certification (TASC) allows results from High Achiever Program (HAP) units to be counted towards the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) in Tasmania. The ATAR is based on the best five results in TASC level 3 or 4 courses. For students who wish to include HAP or results, ATAR is based on the 'best five equivalent' results.
HAP units are typically about half the size of a TASC level 3 course. Most HAP units are the same as a 12.5% University unit. In order to provide for the inclusion of any 12.5% University units in the calculation of your ATAR, all Level 3 subjects you have completed have the ATAR score halved. Each half score is then the equivalent of a university unit. The best 10 half scores (with at least 6 in Year 12) are then selected to determine the ATAR.
Please note: Students who reside outside of Tasmania should contact their Tertiary Admission Centre for advice on the possible inclusion of results from their study at the University of Tasmania in the calculation of an ATAR in their home state.
New ATAR arrangements for Year 11/12 HAP study in 2016 and beyond
To be eligible for an ATAR a student must have:
- achieved during the previous three years at least an SA or equivalent in at least three TASC level 3 or TASC level 4 accredited senior secondary courses with external assessment.
- at least four scaled scores in different courses with a total size value of at least 60
- have at least three scaled scores in different courses studied in that year.
- A student's ATAR is based on the aggregate best-five equivalent (total size value of 75) scaled scores, provided that this includes at least three (equivalent) from the current year.
- At least the equivalent of three (total size value 45) of the results counted towards a student's ATAR must be from senior secondary courses or University of Tasmania units studied that year.
- A TCE is a pre-requisite for calculation of an ATAR. This ensures that students with an ATAR have completed at least the equivalent of two years' of full-time past-year 10 study.
Scaling is calculated and applied each year, and will be applied to HAP units studied in 2016 and beyond. The scaling process is determined by TASC and is applied to all accredited senior secondary courses at TASC level 3 or 4 and to approved University of Tasmania units at Foundation level and above*.
For more information about scaling, please see the TASC website.
*Approved units are listed for the relevant year on the University of Tasmania website as HAP units and any other units that may be approved for HAP study by an individual student.
Number of HAP units students can study:
From 2016 there is no limit to the number of HAP units a student can study. However, you may not be able to get credit for all HAP units studies if you enrol in a University course. This is because some Faculties may limit the amount of credit you can receive.
Previous ATAR arrangements for Year 11/12 HAP study up to and including 2015
A limit of 25% of first year study at the University of Tasmania in the High Achiever Program can be counted in the calculation of the ATAR**. Tables detailing subject scores applied to HAP units up to and including 2015 are listed below:
- Table 1 refers to all HAP units (except Music/Creative Arts)
- Table 2 refers to Music/Creative Arts HAP units
Please note: these figures will not apply after 2015.
**For 2015 the exception to this limitation are units that are taught in place of the TASC curriculum, specifically two Latin units HTL101 Latin A and HTL102 Latin 1B.
The following page lists some questions commonly asked about the High Achiever Program. If you think of a question that is not answered here, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Yes. Even though HAP students are not liable for HECS they still need to fill out the online eCAF form prior to census date. This form can be found on the eStudent Centre.
If you don't have a Tax File Number you can skip this question when completing the eCAF. You can supply your TFN at a later date.
Yes, the assessment for these units will be exactly the same as if you were a University student and you will be required to submit assignments by the due date and sit exams during the assigned exam period along with your fellow class members.
If you are having problems meeting the deadlines for the internal assessment it might be a good idea to talk to your school High Achiever coordinator and/or your unit Lecturer. It is possible to get extensions if there is very good reason and they will be able to assist you in looking into this option. However it is very important when participating in the High Achiever program that you have good time management and don't leave everything to the last minute.
No. When you have completed your Year 11/12 studies, you will need to apply to the University as a normal Year 12 leaver. However you can apply for credit for the units you have studied.
No, you are most welcome to wear what ever you feel comfortable in. You may feel more at ease in casual clothes.
It is very important to check your UTAS email account regularly as this is the main mode of communication used by the University and you don't want to miss out on any important information.
The University of Tasmania recognises that some high achieving students will wish to continue on an accelerated and/or extended learning pathway once they commence full time tertiary study.
The Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) is an intellectually challenging, high impact award that provides academic extension, personal development, and recognition for experiences outside the traditional degree structure. This is a companion degree that does not currently attract HECS and is usually studied concurrently with the principal degree. Further information about the Bachelor of Philosophy is available at www.utas.edu.au/student-learning/bachelor-of-philosophy or by emailing the team on B.Phil@utas.edu.au