University Connections Program (UCP)
The University Connections Program (UCP) formerly known as the University 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.
The Program is offered in partnership with schools and senior secondary colleges. Individual University of Tasmania faculties and schools deliver programs within the overarching UCP structure.
Delivery methods for UCP units vary according to the delivery model. For example, "Extension" units are delivered through a combination of online and independent study undertaken at college or home, supported by on-campus workshops. "Full UTAS" units may be delivered in colleges (in the regular timetable along with other college subjects) or in combination with online or off-campus study.
For further information on the benefits of studying under the University Connections Program, please watch this short video.
Please see the below listing for units available in the University Connections Program:
- No HECS Fees - All University Connections Program units are covered by a full HECS scholarship, this is an average saving of approximately $700 per unit. International students may also be eligible for tuition fee waiver or discount.
- 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 University 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 the University online learning and resources.
- Support by University lecturers through assignments and workshops.
- Guaranteed offer of a place in a University undergraduate program.
In order to enrol in a UCP unit, the University will first enrol you in a course. The UCP unit will be enrolled under that course.
From 2017, UCP students will be enrolled in X1G Diploma of General Studies. However, if you have been previously enrolled in a course from HAP or UCP in 2016, the University may continue to enrol you in that course.
The Diploma of General Studies provides an introduction to higher education study in a range of disciplines, or recognition of achievement of university-level study. The Diploma can also provide entry into Bachelor level study, however specific units may need to be completed for articulation.
Successfully completed UCP units may be credited to a relevant degree (e.g. Bachelor Degree) when the student enrols at the University of Tasmania.
Some units are offered by UTAS that are taught in place of or to fill a gap in the TASC curriculum, which have no direct correlation with a TASC level 3 or level 4 "pre-tertiary" subject. These units are known as 'Full UTAS units'.
Full UTAS units in the UCP attract TCE points and are eligible to be included in the calculation of ATAR. On successful completion of a Full UTAS unit, your result will be considered for inclusion among your best five results in the calculation of your ATAR.
Further explanation and examples can be found in the UCP and the ATAR section below.A summary of student results will also be provided to your school/college.
Note that from 2016 all UCP Full University Unit results will be scaled before inclusion in the calculation of the ATAR.
Some units are known as 'Extension Units*'. These are offered in close alignment with a Tasmanian Assessment, Standards & Certification (TASC) level 3 or 4 pre-tertiary subject. It is a prerequisite that students are studying the linked pre-tertiary subject in order to be eligible to participate in the UCP unit in the same year.
The result in your TASC level 3 or 4 pre-tertiary subject will count towards the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). You will also receive a result for the UCP Extension Unit that can be accessed through the UTAS eStudent online portal. The result you receive for a UCP Extension Unit does not contribute to your ATAR.
To receive a result for your University of Tasmania Extension Unit you will need to successfully complete mandatory assignments and workshops and achieve a TCE result of CA or better in your linked TASC pre-tertiary subject. The University will receive TCE results from the TASC office in late December.
To generate a result for the UTAS Extension Unit, the TASC result for the linked TASC pre-tertiary subject will be combined with the UTAS result for the assessments undertaken in the UTAS Extension Unit and then the combined result will be moderated.
Students can access their UCP Extension unit result in late January through the UTAS eStudent online portal.A summary of student results will also be provided to your school/college once available.
* They aim to extend the knowledge and experience of students beyond the linked pre-tertiary subjects.
Performance Project' units accredit and recognize student academic endeavour in on-stage roles in college major music theatre productions or playing in the supporting 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.
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics credit
The overall total of UCP units that may be credited into a TSBE course is currently limited to 25 credit points.
Credit limits into the Arts-Bachelor degree
Except for students enrolled through UCP directly into the Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA), the overall total of UCP units that may be credited into a UTAS course is limited to 25 credit points.
Credit Point Value
Credit to be granted in the Arts Bachelor degree**
HEF103 Introductory French
Credit as HEF101/102 *
or credit as introductory degree/student elective.
HMJ103 Introductory Japanese
Credit as HMJ101/102 *
or credit as introductory degree/student elective
HMC103 Introductory Chinese
Credit as HMC101/102 *
or credit as introductory degree/student elective
HEG103 Introductory German
Credit as HEG101/102 *
or credit as introductory degree/student elective
HMA104 Asian Studies
Credit as introductory degree/student elective only depending on student's choice of major(s)/minor(s). HMA104 cannot count to HMA major/minor or as HMA101/102
HEJ104 Journalism Practice
Credit as introductory degree/student elective depending on student's choice of major(s)/minor(s). HEJ104 cannot count to the HEJ major/minor or as HEJ110/120.
HIR102 Politics and Law
Credit as introductory degree/student elective; or up to 1 breadth unit maximum; HIR102 cannot count to HIR or HPP major/minor (neither
HIR101 or HPP101) or be claimed as either LAW121 or LAW122.
FCE107 Music Project 1
Credit as FCE107 in the BMA or BMus or can be credited as introductory degree/student elective in the BA
FCE202 Music Project 2
Credit as FCE202 in the BMA or the BMus or can be credited as introductory degree/student elective in the BA
FCJ110 Music Technology Projects
Credit as FCJ110 as an elective in the BMA or can be credited as introductory degree/student elective in the BA
FCJ111 Music Technology Projects 2
Credit as FCJ111 as an elective in the BMA or can be credited as introductory degree/student elective in the BA
FCP113 Foundation Practical Study
Credit as FCP110 in the BMA or can be credited as introductory degree/student elective in the BA
FCP120 Advanced Practical Studies
Credit as FCP105 in the BMA or can be credited as introductory degree/student elective in the BA
FSS100 Expanded Practice
Credit as introductory degree/student elective. FSS100 cannot count to FSF major
Credit as introductory degree/student elective. FSF104 cannot count to FSF major
* May require unit coordinator approval
International students are advised to contact Arts Student Central on (03) 6226 7814 for more information about their eligibility into the UTAS UCP and credit granted into the Arts Bachelor degree.
Full UTAS unit results are submitted in early December to TASC for purposes of calculation of TES and ATAR.
Extension Unit results are made available in late January of the year following enrolment and completion.
Performance Project unit results are also made available in mid-late December.
All UCP students are enrolled as UTAS students and need to check their emails regularly and access their results through the UTAS eStudent online portal.
Note that UCP students do not receive individual letters or academic transcripts of their units unless they have made specific arrangements with the academic coordinator for this purpose.
- 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 University Connections Program will not be liable for HECS.
International students must bear any costs for textbooks/stationery. Costs of enrolment in the UCP unit may attract tuition fees (but discount or waiver may apply).
A collaboration between the University of Tasmania and the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards & Certification (TASC) allows some results from University Connections Program (UCP) units to be counted towards the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) in Tasmania. Not all UCP units count towards the ATAR.
A student’s Tertiary Entrance (TE) score is calculated by adding their best subject scores. The TE score is then used to calculate an ATAR.
The best subject scores are, in most cases, the best five subjects (worth 15 credit points each) totalling 75 credit points of study. At least three of these subjects must be completed in the final year of senior secondary study. Other rules may apply when calculating student TE scores. For example, the same course cannot be counted twice, and some approved university subjects are weighted according to the credit point weight of that subject. VET courses do not contribute to the TE score.
In the case of HAP or UCP units that contribute to the ATAR, a 12.5% university unit is worth only 8 credit points. These university units are weighted according to their credit point value when they are included in the TE score (that is, a single 12.5% unit is only 8/15 the size of a normal Level 3 or Level 4 TASC subject), and as such only 8/15 of the subject score achieved will be considered in the TE score calculation.
Please note: Students who reside outside of Tasmania should contact their Tertiary Admission Centre for advice on the possible inclusion of results from their study at the University of Tasmania in the calculation of an ATAR in their home state.
New ATAR arrangements for Year 11/12 UCP study in 2016 and beyond
To be eligible for an ATAR a student must meet certain requirements, which are explained in detail on the TASC website.
Scaling is calculated and applied each year, and will be applied to relevant UCP units studied in 2016 and beyond. The scaling process is determined by TASC and is applied to all accredited senior secondary courses at TASC level 3 or 4 and to approved* University of Tasmania units at Foundation level and above.
For more information about scaling, please see the TASC website.
*Approved units are those units for which ATAR points are awarded, as listed for the relevant year on the University of Tasmania website: UCP units (PDF 157KB).
Number of UCP units students can study:
From 2016 there is no limit to the number of UCP units a student can study. However, you may not be able to get credit for all UCP units studies if you enrol in a University course. This is because some Faculties may limit the amount of credit you can receive. Your units may not also map to the requirements of your chosen degree. See credit information for more detail.
"The program was very informative and useful to my studies, and I found the workload extremely manageable with classes a month apart and sparse assignments". (Shea)
"This course was extremely valuable for improving my music performance skills and technique. The fact that it is a tertiary course pushed me to improve and helped me to recognise areas that required work and I found that working towards the final recital gave me motivation and direction. The critique writing and other assignments were very good for extending my musical knowledge as well as the many performance opportunities I was given". (Claire)
"I got a lot out of the course and learnt a lot – it really has helped me to find a future career pathway". (Joseph)
"Really enjoyed the unit, and found that it added to not only my understanding of my college subject, but to my understanding about university expectations and processes". (India)
Who is eligible to participate?
- Any student who is enrolled in Year 11 or 12 is encouraged to apply.
Am I able to repeat or retake a UCP unit to attempt/achieve a higher mark?
- Unfortunately, under current legislation it is not possible for a student to re-take units of study as a Commonwealth supported student for which they have received a pass grade or better.
What facilities and services are available to support participants?
- Schools and colleges provide academic and student support.
- University staff will provide a program of study, resources, workshops and academic assistance.
- Participation in the program also entitles students to access University facilities and services such as internet and email access, library use and discounted UniGym membership. See the Current Students website for more information.
Do I already have a place reserved for me at the University in my chosen course after I complete year 12?
- Yes. All students enrolled in UCP and successfully completing their units will be guaranteed an offer of a place in an undergraduate degree subject to meeting course entry requirements and excluding quota courses. When you have completed your Year 11/12 studies, you will need to apply to the University as a commencing UTAS student in your chosen course. However you can apply for credit for the units you have studied, with certain limitations. See credit information for more detail.
Will I be required to submit assignments and sit exams?
- You will be required to undertake all prescribed assessments for UCP units in the same way as if you were a regular University student. Depending on the unit, you may be required to submit assignments by the due date and/or sit exams during the assigned exam period along with your fellow class members.
How to apply?
- Step 1 - Choose
Choose which unit/s you would like to study:
- University Connections Program Unit Offerings 2018 (PDF 157KB)
- Step 2 - Apply
Complete a University Connections Program Application Form.
Please note: We are currently moving our applications to the UCP for 2018 to an online platform. We will be updating our information on this shortly on this webpage. Please contact HAPUCP.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
All general enquiries related to UCP should be sent to HAPUCP.email@example.com
Further Questions/Need Advice?
- We advise that you initially discuss the possibility of enrolling in the University Connections Program with the relevant teacher at your college.
- You can contact the University on 1300 363 864 or email Course.Info@utas.edu.au
- College of Arts, Law and Education University Connections Program information web page