University Preparation Program (UPP)

What you can get out of a Pre degree Course Students
What you can get out of a Pre degree Course Students

University study can be daunting, with many students feeling that they lack the skills, confidence and knowledge required to be successful.

University College’s University Preparation Program has been designed to support students to develop the skills to successfully complete university study. This program aims to build students’ confidence to succeed and enhance the quality of student life.

The University Preparation Program (UPP) also provides an alternative entry pathway into university, with successful completion qualifying students for General Entry Requirements into a University of Tasmania degree. This means that if you don't meet the entry requirements for your chosen bachelor program, UPP can provide a direct pathway for entry.

This program is open to everyone, and is particularly encouraged for mature age students, those who did not complete year 11 and 12, and those students enrolled in a degree who find themselves struggling.

What is UPP?

UPP is a bridging course- this means that it will help you to:

  • learn how to learn in the university environment
  • learn how to write and speak in a university format (this covers such things as essay writing, referencing, group work, oral presentations)
  • prepare for on-going study
  • think critically and develop problem solving skills
  • increase confidence in abilities to succeed at tertiary study
  • gain an overall understanding of university life and culture

Who studies UPP?

Our students typically include: mature age; students who did not complete year 11 or 12 (or did so a long time ago); students who do not currently meet the University of Tasmania General Entry Requirements; students whose first language is not English; and students already enrolled at the University of Tasmania or University College and find themselves struggling because of a lack of background skills and knowledge.

What can I study?

UPP students are required to undertake eight units- six core units and two elective units (from a choice of six). These units cover essential skills and knowledge you will need to perform successfully at first-year university level.

Where can UPP take me?

Successfully completing eight UPP units qualifies students for General Entry into the University of Tasmania and University College Associate Degree programs.

Entry requirements

For entry into UPP, students need to meet the pre-requisite reading and writing standards as follows:

Frequently asked questions

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.

The Commonwealth has proposed changes to the funding structure of enabling course places and full details are not yet available. Anyone who applies for the program will be advised by the University of the implications, once full details are available. 

Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY is available to eligible students who are accepted into this course.

The following will give you an idea of your semester based costs:

  • personal spending on items such as paper, copying, postage - around $75.00 per semester.
  • textbooks - how many books you require and what they will costs you will vary depending on how many units you are studying and whether you are able to obtain second-hand copies.

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:

  • Developed the necessary skills so that you can undertake your chosen university course with confidence
  • Adjusted your lifestyle to cope with the demands of tertiary study
  • Grasped the basic language and mathematical concepts and skills necessary for tertiary study
  • Acquired some knowledge of specific objectives, methods and levels in the academic areas you have attempted
  • Learnt a little about the working and culture of university
  • A certificate indicating the units you have successfully completed.