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University Connections Program

The University Connections Program (UCP), formerly known as the University College Program, enables eligible Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to undertake introductory level university units at the same time or in addition to their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) studies.

The UCP is offered in partnership with senior secondary schools and colleges. The College of Arts, Law and Education delivers a number of programs that extend students’ TASC subject enrolments or fill a gap within the TASC curriculum.

Find out more and how to apply at the
Schools Engagement UCP website



Refer to more information regarding music options.

*Content-specific queries should be directed to the relevant unit coordinator listed in the current unit handbook.

What are the benefits of the Program?

  • No HECS Fees - All UCP units are covered by a full HECS scholarship.
  • 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’s online learning and resources.
  • Support by University lecturers through assignments and workshops.

Are you in Year 11 or 12?

Get a head start at Uni by joining UCP in college or high school.

University Connection Program, YouTube video

How is the UCP delivered?

Three different types of units are available within the UCP: Full UTAS units, Extension units and Performance Project units. These units differ in terms of eligibility for TCE and your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) calculation, so please read the following information carefully.

Full UTAS Units offerings 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.

  • TCE pre-tertiary subject that delivers advanced curriculum constructed by UTAS in consultation with TCE subject coordinators
  • Delivered by college teachers as regularly timetabled TCE subject, with input and attendance by UTAS staff
  • Students attend college classes and, for some units, campus-based workshops or symposiums
  • These subjects attract ATAR and TCE points (subject to specific conditions and exceptions).

Units available to study

About Object Design, YouTube video

Watch: The Object Design experience.

Extension Units extend knowledge and experience beyond linked pre-tertiary subjects.

  • Delivered concurrently with existing TCE pre-tertiary subject
  • Extends learning in the pre-tertiary subject, enhancing potential performance in the subject
  • Requires successful completion of UTAS mandatory assignments and workshop attendance
  • TCE result in pre-tertiary subject is combined and moderated with Extension Unit results to determine final UTAS award
  • Do not gain ATAR or TCE points

Units available to study

  • Accredits and recognises student endeavour in on-stage roles in college music theatre productions or play in the band/orchestra for these productions.
  • Students are required to commit to production through rehearsal attendance and significant contribution to production
  • Internal and external assessment
  • These units attract TCE points (Music Project 1 and 2 only) but not ATAR points

Units available to study

Chloe Evans

The benefits that you get from self-improvement and really focussing in on your talent definitely made my university transition much easier.