Centre for University Pathways and Partnerships

What is the UTAS 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). This is formerly known as the Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER). On successful completion of the university unit under HAP, the result will be assessed to see if it is eligible for inclusion in the calculation of the ATAR. 12.5% university units are deemed to be the equivalent of half the size of Level 3 subjects. In order to provide for the inclusion of the university units in the calculation of the ATAR, all completed Level 3 subjects will have the TE 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.