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:
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. For more information about credit please click here.
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. International students to not qualify for a HECS waiver and will be required to pay a fee of $1300.00 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.
Am I able to repeat or retake a UCP unit to attempt/achieve a higher mark?
- Unfortunately, under current legislation it is not possible for a student to re-take units of study as a Commonwealth supported student for which they have received a pass grade or better. It may be possible for students to take the unit as full fee paying.
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 University 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 $1300.00.
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
"The program was very informative and useful to my studies, and I found the workload extremely manageable with classes a month apart and sparse assignments". (Shea)
"This course was extremely valuable for improving my music performance skills and technique. The fact that it is a tertiary course pushed me to improve and helped me to recognise areas that required work and I found that working towards the final recital gave me motivation and direction. The critique writing and other assignments were very good for extending my musical knowledge as well as the many performance opportunities I was given". (Claire)
"I got a lot out of the course and learnt a lot – it really has helped me to find a future career pathway". (Joseph)
"Really enjoyed the unit, and found that it added to not only my understanding of my college subject, but to my understanding about university expectations and processes". (India)
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-philosophyor by emailing the team on B.Phil@utas.edu.au
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics credit
The overall total of UCP units that may be credited into a TSBE course is currently limited to 25 credit points.
Faculty of Arts credit
Except for students enrolled through UCP directly into the Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA), the overall total of UCP units that may be credited into a UTAS course is limited to 25 credit points.
Credit Point Value
Credit to be granted in the Arts Bachelor degree**
HEF103 Introductory French
Credit as HEF101/102 *
or credit as introductory degree/student elective.
HMJ103 Introductory Japanese
Credit as HMJ101/102 *
or credit as introductory degree/student elective
HMA104 Asian Studies
Credit as introductory degree/student elective only depending on student's choice of major(s)/minor(s). HMA104 cannot count to HMA major/minor or as HMA101/102
HEJ104 Journalism Practice
Credit as introductory degree/student elective depending on student's choice of major(s)/minor(s). HEJ104 cannot count to the HEJ major/minor or as HEJ110/120.
HIR102 Politics and Law
Credit as introductory degree/student elective; or up to 1 breadth unit maximum; HIR102 cannot count to HIR or HPP major/minor (neither
HIR101 or HPP101) or be claimed as either LAW121 or LAW122.
FCE107 Music Project 1
Credit as FCE107 in the BMA or BMus or can be credited as introductory degree/student elective
FCE202 Music Project 2
Credit as FCE202 in the BMA or the BMus or can be credited as introductory degree/student elective in the BA
FCJ110 Music Technology Projects
Credit as FCJ110 as an elective in the BMA or can be credited as introductory degree/student elective in the BA
FCJ111 Music Technology Projects 2
Credit as FCJ111 as an elective in the BMA or can be credited as introductory degree/student elective in the BA
FCP113 Foundation Practical Study
Credit as FCP110 in the BMA or can be credited as introductory degree/student elective in the BA
FCP120 Advanced Practical Studies
Credit as FCP105 in the BMA or can be credited as introductory degree/student elective in the BA
FSS100 Expanded Practice
Credit as introductory degree/student elective. FSS100 cannot count to FSF major
Credit as introductory degree/student elective. FSF104 cannot count to FSF major
*May require unit coordinator approval