Access, Participation and Partnerships

HAP and the ATAR

A collaboration between the University of Tasmania and the Office of 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. 

A student’s Tertiary Entrance (TE) score is calculated by adding their best subject scores. The TE score is then used to calculate an ATAR.

The best subject scores are, in most cases, the best five subjects (worth 15 credit points each) totalling 75 credit points of study.  At least three of these subjects must be completed in the final year of senior secondary study.    Other rules may apply when calculating student TE scores. For example, the same course cannot be counted twice, and some approved university subjects are weighted according to the credit point weight of that subject.   VET courses do not contribute to the TE score.

In the case of HAP or University Connections Program (UCP) units that contribute to the ATAR, a 12.5% university unit is worth only 8 credit points.   These university units are weighted according to their credit point value when they are included in the TE score (that is, a single 12.5% unit is only 8/15 the size of a normal Level 3 or Level 4 TASC subject), and as such only 8/15 of the subject score achieved will be considered in the TE score calculation.    

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.

All information relating to the ATAR and current University of Tasmania arrangements with TASC should be read in conjunction with the TASC website


New ATAR arrangements for Year 11/12 HAP study in 2016 and beyond

To be eligible for an ATAR a student must meet certain requirements, which are explained in detail on the TASC website.

Scaling:

Scaling is calculated and applied each year, and will be applied to relevant HAP units studied in 2016 and beyond. The scaling process is determined and managed 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.

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 gain credit for all completed HAP units if you enrol in a University course. This is because some Faculties may limit the amount of credit you can receive. See credit information for more detail.