English Language Centre

UTASAccess-Direct Entry

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Location: Hobart and Launceston

Duration: 5 - 40 weeks

Levels: Pre-intermediate - Advanced

Commencement dates: 9 per year UTASAccess start dates

Designed for international students intending to enter an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Tasmania, UTASAccess-Direct Entry provides an alternative English language pathway into the University.

This multi-level program provides 20 hours per week of intensive English language tuition for pre-intermediate to advanced learners. Each level comprises a five-week module and progress to successive levels is based on achievement (60% pass mark or better with no skill less than 50% is required to progress in Levels 1-5, 60% pass mark or better with no skill less than 55% is required in Level 6).

Students have access to additional learning support through our online learning environment and student advisors.

Direct Entry students start at any of the available UTASAccess Levels (see link to UTASAccess entry requirements below). Direct Entry to UTAS is achieved by progressing through the Levels to the successful completion of the relevant UTASAccess Level required for entry into their chosen University of Tasmania course (Level 6 for those requiring an IELTS 6, no band less than 5.5 equivalent and Level 7 for those requiring higher IELTS-equivalent scores). Entry Requirements for UTASAccess- Direct Entry (PDF 285.1KB).

Within the multi-level UTASAccess structure lies rigorous academic content to help students acquire the necessary skills to undertake degree studies at the University of Tasmania. These skills are developed through learning tasks and assignments that reflect the conventions and standard of English expected at the tertiary level.

Within the higher UTASAccess Levels, academic English ability and confidence develop through focus on:

  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Use of academic conventions
  • Construction of essays/reports, retrieval and citation of relevant sources
  • Management of university workloads
  • Preparation and presentation of research assignments
  • Academic and general language foundations


Students are assessed on their academic language, research and study skills across the following areas:

  • Academic writing
  • Academic speaking
  • Listening/note-taking
  • Reading strategies and comprehension
  • Use of English

When students have met the minimum direct entry requirement for their chosen UTAS degree course students receive a Certificate of Completion. English language entry requirements differ for certain undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees. If you would like to confirm the English language requirement for your intended degree program, please check the following information: English language requirements. It is the responsibility of individual students to ensure awareness of the admission requirements for entry into intended courses of study.

Both English and academic requirements apply for university course entry.

UTASAccess Levels Fact sheet (PDF 162.8KB)