Welcome to the UTAS College Program webpage.
UTAS College Program 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.
- 2014 UTAS College Program Unit Offerings (PDF 210.9KB)
- 2014 UTAS College Program Application Form (PDF 838.9KB)
Some units are known as 'Extension Units*' these are offered in close alignment with a Level 3 pre tertiary subject. It is a prerequisite that students are studying the pre tertiary subject in order to the eligible for the UTAS College unit in the same year.
The result in your TCE subject will count towards the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) as normal.
To receive a grade for your UTAS extension units you will need to successfully complete mandatory assignments and workshops and achieve a TCE result of CA or better. UTAS will receive TCE results from the Tasmanian Qualifications Authority in mid-December. Results will be moderated and combined with the results for their UTAS projects at that time, and students will receive advice of their UTAS result in mid/late January. The result you receive for a UTAS extension unit does not contribute to your ATAR.
Students receive an ATAR score from the pre tertiary subject plus a grade for the UTAS unit. A summary of student results will also be provided to your school/college.
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*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 UTAS units'.
Full UTAS units in the UTAS College Program are included in the calculation of ATAR scores.
On successful completion of a Full UTAS unit, your result will be assessed for eligibility for inclusion in the calculation of your ATAR score. 12.5% University units are deemed to be the equivalent of half the size of a Level 3 subject. In order to provide for the inclusion of the Full UTAS units in the calculation of your ATAR, all Level 3 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.
The best five results may include full University units undertaken as part of the High Achiever Program or University College Program.
Students who successfully complete a 'Full UTAS unit' in the UCP receive an ATAR score for that unit. A summary of student results will also be provided to your school/college.
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Further explanation and examples can be found in the High Achiever Program section.
'Performance Project' units accredit and recognize student academic endeavour in on-stage roles in college major music theatre productions or playing in a 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.
See here for more detail.
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Frequently asked questions.
What are the benefits of the Program?
- No HECS Fees - All UTAS College Program units are HECS free. This is a 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 UTAS 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 UTAS online learning and resources.
- Support by UTAS 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?
- Co-delivered (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 UTAS 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 at UTAS tutorials or workshops. The program requirements will be available on MyLO (the UTAS 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. Please see above for the units currently available in the UTAS College Program.
- Step 2 - Apply
Complete an Application for Admission and Enrolment Form 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 UTAS enrolments team, your application cannot be approved.After the application and documentation has been approved by UTAS, 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.
- UTAS staff will provide a program of study, resources, workshops and academic assistance.
- Participation in the program also entitles students to rights as per normal UTAS 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 UTAS College Program will not be liable for HECS.
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.
Are there limits to the amount of study that can be undertaken?
- To minimise the burden of study on grade 11 and 12 students a limit of 25% of first year study at University can contribute to the ATAR*.
On successful completion of a Full UTAS unit, your result will be assessed for eligibility for inclusion in the calculation of your ATAR. Most UCP units are 25% but some are 12.5%, these 12.5% units are deemed to be the equivalent of half the size of a Level 3 subject.
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. Further explanation and examples can be found in the High Achiever Program section.
The best five results may include Full UTAS units undertaken as part of the High Achiever Program or University College Program.
*The exception to this limitation is units that are taught in place of the TCE curriculum, specifically two UCP music units - FCP113 Foundation Practical Study and FCP120 Advanced Practical Studies and two Latin units HTL101 Latin 1A and HTL102 Latin 1B. NOTE these two Latin units can ONLY be studied via the HAP program; they are not available in the UCP.
Further Questions/Need Advice?
- We advise that you initially discuss the possibility of enrolling in the UTAS College Program with the relevant teacher at your college.