Welcome to the University of Tasmania College Program webpage.
The University College Program (UCP) allows Year 11 and 12 students to study university level units at the same time or in addition to their TCE studies. The Program provides great opportunities to extend and reward hard-working students.
The Program is offered in partnership with schools and senior secondary colleges. Individual University of Tasmania faculties and schools deliver programs within the over-arching UCP structure.
Units are delivered through a combination of online and independent study undertaken at college or home supported by on campus workshops.
University College Program Application for Admission and Enrolment Pack:
- University College Program Unit Offerings 2016 (PDF 441KB)
- University College Program Enrolment Form for 2016 (PDF 328KB)
A collaboration between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Assessment, Standards & Certification (TASC) allows results in some University College Program (UCP) 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 eligible UCP results in calculation of their ATAR, the 'best five' results is based on the 'best five equivalent' results.
UCP units are typically about the same size of a TASC level 3 course, although several are about half the size of a TASC level 3 course (i.e. they are 12.5% University units). 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 UCP 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 UCP 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 UCP units and any other units that may be approved for UCP study by an individual student.
Number of UCP units students can study:
From 2016 there is no limit to the number of UCP units a student can study. However, you may not be able to get credit for all UCP 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 arrangement for Year 11/12 UCP study in 2015
A limit of 25% of first year study at the University of Tasmania in the University College Program can be counted in the calculation of the ATAR. (However, if students complete additional University units taught in place of the TASC subject** via the University College Program this may also be counted towards their ATAR.)
Tables detailing subject scores applied to UCP units up to and including 2015 are listed below:
- Table 1 refers to all Full UCP units (except Music/Creative Arts)
- Table 2 refers to Music/Creative Arts Full UCP 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 seven University College Program units - FCJ110 Music Technology Projects, FCP113 Foundation Practical Study, FCP120 Advanced Practical Studies, FSF104 Object Design, HMA104 Asian Studies, BLD103 Enterprise U and BMA114 Sports and Recreation Management.
Some units are known as 'Extension Units*' these are offered in close alignment with a Level 3 or 4 pre tertiary subject. It is a prerequisite that students are studying the pre tertiary subject in order to the eligible for the University College Program unit in the same year.
The result in your TCE subject will count towards the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) as normal, you will also receive a result for the University unit..
To receive a result for your University of Tasmania extension units you will need to successfully complete mandatory assignments and workshops and achieve a TCE result of CA or better. The University will receive TCE results from the Tasmanian Assessment, Standards & Certification (TASC) office in mid-December. Results will be moderated and the TCE result combined with the result for University projects at that time. Students will receive advice of their University result in mid/late January. The result you receive for a University extension unit does not contribute to your ATAR.A summary of student results will also be provided to your school/college.
* They are extending the knowledge and experience for students within that subject.
Some units are offered which have no correlation with pre tertiary units. These units are known as 'Full University units'.
Full University units in the University College Program are eligible to be included in the calculation of ATAR. On successful completion of a Full University unit, your 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 of University College Program.12.5% University units are deemed to be the equivalent of half the size of a TCE level 3 or 4 subject, 25% units are deemed to be equivalent to a TCE level 3 or 4 subject.
In order to provide for the inclusion of the Full University Units in the calculation of your ATAR, all level 3 and 4 subjects you have completed have the 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.
Further explanation and examples can be found below in the HAP,UCP and the ATAR section.A summary of student results will also be provided to your school/college.
Note that from 2016 all UCP Full University Unit results will be scaled before inclusion in the calculation of the ATAR.
Performance Project' units accredit and recognize student academic endeavour in on-stage roles in college major music theatre productions or playing in the supporting band/orchestra.
Students are required to commit to a production through rehearsal attendance and significant contribution to the production.Successful students can count the unit towards their TCE but do not receive an ATAR score.
What are the benefits of the Program?
- No HECS Fees - All University College Program units are HECS free. This is an average saving of approximately $700 per unit.
- An introduction to university study to prepare for an easier, less stressful transition to university.
- University experience that can assist in future educational and career planning.
- The opportunity to complete University units while in Year 11/12. These units can contribute to Associate Degree or Degree programs or Diplomas that add value to professional qualifications.
- The opportunity to engage with the University online learning and resources.
- Support by University lecturers through assignments and workshops.
Who is eligible to participate?
- Any student who is enrolled in Year 11 or 12 is encouraged to apply.
How will the units be taught?
- Extension units are delivered through a combination of online and independent study undertaken at college or home supported by on campus workshops and colloquium.
- Full University units may be taught on campus or online, supported by online tutoring with on campus workshops or lectures.
- The Conservatorium of Music units are mostly college based. Units involve a combination of assignment completion, online activities and/or attendance to University tutorials or workshops. The program requirements will be available on MyLO (the University online learning system) and sent by email to both the student and their responsible teacher.
How to apply?
Application and admission process
- Step 1 - Choose
Choose which unit/s you would like to study. From the units currently available in the University College Program.
- Step 2 - Apply
Complete an Application for Admission and Enrolment Form (PDF 328KB) available on this website. This form must be signed by the student, parent/guardian and a representative from your college. This could be your teacher, careers advisor or principal.
- Step 3 - Complete the Commonwealth Assistance Form (CAF).
The CAF form is to ensure that students receive a HECS scholarship from the Government to cover their tuition fees. If this form is not completed and sent to the University of Tasmania enrolments team, your application cannot be approved.
After the application and documentation has been approved by the University, students will be enrolled in their program, units and semester.
What facilities and services are available to support participants?
- Schools and colleges provide academic and student support.
- University staff will provide a program of study, resources, workshops and academic assistance.
- Participation in the program also entitles students to rights as per normal University students including internet and email access, library usage and use of other student facilities.
Will the UTAS College Program cost me anything?
- For domestic students the only costs you will be liable for are any textbooks/stationery costs, and costs associated with attending workshops. Students studying under the University College Program will not be liable for HECS.
For International students in addition to any costs for textbooks/stationery, and costs associated with attending workshops there are course fees and for 2016 University College Program the set fee for all units is $1200.
For more information on how to apply, please see the International Students page.
Do I already have a place reserved for me at the University after I complete year 12?
- No. When you have completed your Year 11/12 studies, you will need to apply to the University as a commencing normal Year 12 leaver. However you can apply for credit for the units you have studied.
Will I be required to submit assignments and sit exams?
- You will be required to complete all the assessments relating to the unit you are undertaking. This may include both assignments and exams. You will be told about these requirements at the beginning of your course.
Further Questions/Need Advice?
- We advise that you initially discuss the possibility of enrolling in the University College Program with the relevant teacher at your college.
- You can contact the University on 1300 363 864 or email Course.Info@utas.edu.au