The ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) for Tasmanian senior secondary students is typically based on the best five results in TQA level 3 courses, of which three must be from Year 12 (or 13) and two from that year or one other. A collaboration between UTAS and the TQA extends the processes used to determine ATARs to allow the inclusion of results in the High Achiever Program (HAP).
All TQA level 3 courses have the same size - size 15. HAP units run over only one semester and are about half the size of a TQA level 3 course.
The idea of the 'best five' results for students who include HAP results becomes the 'best five equivalent' results. A single HAP unit result counts as the equivalent of about half a TQA level 3 course. Up to two results in the High Achiever Program can be counted in the calculation of a tertiary entrance score. If students complete additional UTAS units taught in place of the TCE subject this may also be counted towards their tertiary entrance score.
The best five results may include full University units undertaken as part of the High Achiever Program or University College Program. A limit of 25% of first year study at University can contribute to the ATAR, these may be either High Achiever Program units or full units studied as part of the University College Program, but not from both. The exception to this limitation is units that are taught in place of the TCE curriculum, specifically Music and Latin.
Authorised by the Director, Centre for University Pathways and Partnerships
12 December, 2013