Access, Participation and Partnerships

What is the University of Tasmania High Achiever Program?

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.