Much of the information on this page is available in our Guide for Parents (PDF 708.2KB) brochure.
- Why go to university?
- How can parents help?
- What programs are available for High Achieving students?
- How can I get the right information?
- How do Year 12 students qualify for study at the University of Tasmania?
- What if my child doesn't get into the course they want to study?
- What are the differences between school and university?
- What are the costs?
- Who can I contact for further information?
Universities are different places than they were 30 years ago, when they were an option for a small, elite group of school leavers. A much higher proportion of school leavers now go on to university – around 40% of the University of Tasmania's commencing students come directly from Year 12.
There are many different reasons to go to university. Some careers require a university qualification – for example, psychologists, architects, lawyers and teachers. Statistics also show that university graduates have a much higher rate of employment and generally receive better financial reward - up to $1 million more than non-graduates over a lifetime.
However, universities don't just provide training in specific vocations. One of the most compelling reasons to consider university is that the generic skills which students acquire will equip them for the rapidly-changing world of work. University students learn how to think critically and flexibly and become self-disciplined; great assets for any future career!
The type of support that you provided for your child during earlier transitions, such as from primary to high school, is still just as important in making decisions about going to university and selecting courses. Listening and understanding are crucial. It is important to give it time – rather than focusing on making a fast, concrete decision, talk to your son or daughter about their interests and skills, and what they think they are good at and enjoy. Empower your child to move towards making their own choices.
The University of Tasmania runs a High Achiever Program (HAP) to enable academically-able Tasmanian senior secondary school students to enrol in university subjects in order to complement and extend their TCE or IB studies. For more information about this program, go to the High Achievers website.
One important way in which you can help your teenage is by guiding them to the best sources of information.
Talk to people
- make time to chat to your teenager's classroom teachers and careers advisors at school and college
- attend any scheduled university information sessions
- visit the University of Tasmania Open Day
In addition to this site, the following websites provide valuable information about careers and course options:
The University of Tasmania produces an array of resource material, including:
- course and subject brochures
- course guides
- pamphlets on enabling programs and other University of Tasmania support services
For detailed, up-to-date information about entrance requirements for domestic Year 12 students, including alternative pathways for those students who do not met minimum entrance requirements, go to the undergraduate admission requirements webpage.
If your child is not accepted into the degree that they want to study, don't worry! We have a number of alternative pathways to enable them to get where you want to be, such as:
- Enabling & Supporting Programs can help provide subject prerequisites, if your child hasn't successfully completed these in years 11 & 12, and build academic skills. For detailed information, including how to apply, a list of transition and enabling programs are available from the home page of the Future Students website. To find out what programs are available, please follow this link to the Preparation programs.
- Associate degrees provide the opportunity for students who do not meet minimum entry requirements for Bachelor degree courses to have a 'taster' in a related area. Students can choose from a range of associate degrees, such as Arts, Business Management, Music Studies and Science, and undertake units of study within these areas which may be credited (based on your academic achievement) to a future enrolment in a Bachelor degree.
- starting in a related Bachelor degree can be a pathway into the course that your child wants to study. For example, one year of a Bachelor of Medical Research may be undertaken as a way of building their academic profile to assist an application for a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery in the following year.
Non-university pathways which may assist your child to be accepted include:
- Year 13;
- TAFE study;
- accredited training programs; and
- relevant work experience.
As a parent, you will notice some substantial differences between school and university:
- Teaching and learning at university has a different approach. For each unit, students have scheduled lectures and tutorials. Some courses include practical sessions or workshops.
- The university's academic year is structured as two main semesters, each comprising 13 weeks of teaching. Within each semester the required attendance at lectures and tutorials (called "contact hours") can be as little as 12 hours a week for a full-time enrolment. You will therefore find that your son or daughter has substantially less structured class time than at school.
- Motivation is a very important ingredient for success. Although formal class time is much less than at school, university students need to put in 5-6 hours per subject each week – reading for tutorials, preparing for assignments and studying for exams.
- Communication about matters such as academic progress is between the student and the university, and is strictly confidential. As a university student, your son or daughter is treated as an adult and communications with them are subject to Australian privacy legislation.
For detailed information of all costs relating to studying at the University of Tasmania please visit the Course Costs website.
For information about courses at the University of Tasmania and the application process, please contact the Uni Info Centre:
- by telephone on 1300 363 864 or
- by email to Course.Info@utas.edu.au
For information about the range of services provided to University of Tasmania students go to the First Year website.