UCP and the ATAR
A collaboration between the University of Tasmania and the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards & Certification (TASC) allows some results from University College 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 456KB).
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.