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Australian Defence Force Higher Education Advance Standing (ADFHEAS)

Royal Australian Air Force

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) has a Letter of Understanding with the Australian Defence Force that supports ADF personnel enrolling at UTAS, and in certain courses gaining significant advanced standing, or credit for units of study within a degree, on the basis of qualifications previously obtained from the ADF.

All currently serving and former ADF personnel, including Reservists, who meet undergraduate or postgraduate entry requirements, are eligible to apply to study at UTAS under this agreement.

Can I get recognition for my ADF study?

The University of Tasmania has a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs, for which credit arrangements exist for students who hold qualifications from other RTOs or universities, including the Australian Defence Force. An Application for Credit should be submitted together with the application to study a degree at UTAS and each is assessed on its merit, often resulting in generous credit being awarded.

What can I study

Australian Navy

Dependent upon the level of prior qualifications and experience, ADF personnel can select to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. If assistance is required in choosing a course please make contact with the UTAS Info Centre to arrange an appointment or discuss requirements over the phone or by email

How do I qualify for study at UTAS?

Successful completion of the Defence issued vocational certificates at level III or above, or the Defence-provided Certificate of Eligibility, will be recognised as meeting general UTAS entry requirements for undergraduate study. Postgraduate coursework degrees generally require the prior completion of a bachelor degree or above; however in some cases a minimum of five years' relevant work experience will satisfy requirements to enter a graduate certificate program. Some courses have subject prerequisites and/or other requirements such as a portfolio or audition. Further information about prerequisites for each course can be found in the course and unit guide.

The online admissions guide will provide further details about entry requirements for study at UTAS.

Can I study at UTAS by distance or flexibly?

Many of UTAS's courses, in areas including business, logistics, maritime studies, education, environmental management or planning, public policy, and many more, are available for study by distance/flexible delivery. A full list of courses available by flexible or distance delivery can be found on the UTAS distance courses web page.

Delivery ranges from fully online, CD/DVD or printed resources, formalised workplace learning and assessment, weekend or evening face-to-face classes, video conferencing, or block teaching.

Fully online learning means all materials are delivered to the student via the internet, and all student discussions and assessment submissions are made via the internet. Off-campus learning means that students receive materials by post and submissions for assessment may be made by post, however the internet may be used to support the print-based delivery. Block-taught units require students to attend lectures and tutorials on campus for a period of up to ten days, however pre-reading and subsequent assessment work is completed off-campus.

What support is available for distance students?

Australian Army

UTAS has a number of support programs to assist students in the transition to university, including mentor support; pathway, enabling and foundation programs, and access to university counselling and career and employment services. Details of transition and enabling programs are available on the Future Students web site.

All students have access to training and on-going support in the use of the online course management and delivery tool MyLO (My Learning Online). It is through MyLO that students access key materials for each unit, communicate with lecturers, tutors and fellow students; and submit assignments.

The university offers Flexible Library Services to UTAS students living more than 40km from the Launceston or Sandy Bay campuses, including in countries other than Australia.

Students studying by distance are able to order and purchase textbooks and other stationary requirements online or by phone/email through the Co-op Bookshop on campus. Delivery of orders within Australia is free; delivery outside Australia will incur shipment costs.

How do I apply?

Applications for study at UTAS should be submitted electronically via the applications web page.

What are the costs?

Annual full-time study costs for undergraduate courses can be found on the Course Costs web page. Postgraduate tuition fees can be found in the postgraduate coursework domestic fees schedule.

Who can I contact for further information?

For information about courses at UTAS and the application process, contact the Uni Info Centre:

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