One year full-time or part-time
On campus (face-to-face), distance (online), combination*
Cradle Coast campus
Sandy Bay campus
Semester 1 and Semester 2
* Availability varies by specialisation. Some units are only offered on campus.
UPP has been designed to support students to develop the academic skills and confidence to undertake university study successfully. If you don’t currently meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, the UPP can provide you with an alternative entry pathway into university, with successful completion qualifying you for General Entry Requirements (GER). The UPP is open to everyone and aims to enhance your experience of student life.
The UPP is a bridging course- this means that it will help you to:
To be eligible for the UPP, students must meet the pre-requisite reading and writing standards as follows:
To complete UPP you will undertake eight units - six core units and two elective units. These units cover the essential skills and knowledge you will need to perform successfully at first-year university level. Successful completion of the UPP will qualifying you to meet the General Entry Requirements for a University of Tasmania undergraduate degree or associate degree in University College.
For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.
The Pre-degree Programs Online Orientation can be accessed here.
If you would like one-on-one assistance with your University College application, please phone 1800 788 244 during business hours.
We also have more information on our Need help applying page.
“When I finished high school back nearly 20 years ago, I didn’t finish with the best results. It came to a time in my life when I was thinking, I want to go in a direction that I’ve chosen and be able to give myself more options for employment in the future”.
- Andrew Van Rooyen
This course is free to eligible students. Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY are also available to eligible students who are accepted into this course. Costs associated with study may include:
Studying three to four units per semester is considered full-time study. For each unit students need to allocate about 10 hours per week to attend classes and study independently.
Studying UPP full-time is the equivalent to working full-time or being a full-time university student in any other course. For on campus students, lectures and tutorials will be scheduled at any time between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Students are expected to attend three to four hours of timetabled classes per unit each week.
Students who work, have family responsibilities, or manage heath or learning issues need to think carefully about how much time they have available and how they will manage study commitments. We strongly recommend that these students study part-time, at least to start with. Students can study between one and four units each semester.
There is no time limit for completing UPP.
Yes. All units will deliver resources via the internet. If you are studying by distance mode you may also be required to participate in online discussions or web tutorials (webinars). Some units also require online participation as part of the learning process regardless of whether you are studying by distance or not. If you do not have access to this technology in your home or workplace, you may use computer and internet resources at University of Tasmania campuses. Alternatively, you can explore what is available in your local area, including Online Access Centres and libraries.
No. UPP is an enabling course only. You will receive results for the UPP units you undertake and these will be recoded on your academic transcript. You will also receive a certificate at the end of the year listing all units you have successfully completed. You can use your UPP results as supporting evidence in an application for a degree course or in other evidence such as a resume, however, these results do not count towards, or give you credit in, any degree program at the University of Tasmania or other tertiary institution.
Please note that there are credit arrangements between UPP and the Bachelor of General Studies Foundation Year Pathway courses, meaning that students transferring from UPP into one of these pathways may be eligible for credit for some foundation level units. UPP units can also count towards the Tasmanian Certificate of Education. For more information visit the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC).
There will be regular assessments for each unit and a final examination in UPP010 Study Skills. Your tutor will mark, comment on and return all of your assignments and provide ongoing support and encouragement throughout the course.
Our goal is to support you in a friendly and encouraging environment fo that you can do your best. Staff will provide support whenever they can and if they are unable to help, will advise you about other support available at the University of Tasmania, including disability support services, counselling and study advice.
By the end of the course, you will have:
UPP Student Coordinator
Cradle Coast and distance
|+61 3 6430 1640||Anne.L.Heath@utas.edu.au|
UPP Student Coordinator
|+61 3 6226 6357||Jane.Stratton@utas.edu.au|
UPP Student Coordinator
|+61 3 6324 3508||Catherine.Tyson@utas.edu.au|
|Dr Sarah Dempster|
UPP Course Coordinator
|+61 3 6226 6906||Sarah.Dempster@utas.edu.au|
"I have learnt many useful academic skills from the University Preparation Program and feel proud to be a university student."
Dilip said the key to successfully juggling work, study and family is good time management to ensure balance.
"And try to build a strong foundation before starting the course. The University Preparation Program course is a good course to start with if you need it."