One year full-time or part-time


On campus (face-to-face), distance (online), combination*


Cradle Coast campus
Newnham campus
Sandy Bay campus


Semester 1 and Semester 2

* Availability varies by specialisation. Some units are only offered on campus.


UPP has been designed to support students to develop the academic skills and confidence to undertake university study successfully. If you don’t currently meet the entry requirements for your chosen course, the UPP can provide you with an alternative entry pathway into university, with successful completion qualify you for General Entry Requirements (GER). The UPP is open to everyone and aims to enhance your experience of student life.

The UPP is a bridging course- this means that it will help you to:


To be eligible for the UPP, students must meet the pre-requisite reading and writing standards as follows:

Program structure

To complete UPP you will undertake eight units - six core units and two elective units. These units cover the essential skills and knowledge you will need to perform successfully at first-year university level. Successful completion of the UPP will qualify you to meet the General Entry Requirements for a University of Tasmania undergraduate degree or associate degree in University College.

For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.

The Pre-degree Programs Online Orientation can be accessed here.

Other resources

Need help applying?

If you would like one-on-one assistance with your University College application, please phone 1800 788 244 during business hours.

We also have more information on our Need help applying page.

What You Can Get Out of a Pre-Degree

“When I finished high school back nearly 20 years ago, I didn’t finish with the best results. It came to a time in my life when I was thinking, I want to go in a direction that I’ve chosen and be able to give myself more options for employment in the future”.

- Andrew Van Rooyen

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

This course is free to eligible students. Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY are also available to eligible students who are accepted into this course. Costs associated with study may include:

  • Personal spending on items such as paper, copying, postage- around $75 per semester.
  • Textbooks- how many books you require and what they will cost you will vary depending on the units you are studying and whether you are able to obtain second-hand copies.
How much time does it take?

Studying three to four units per semester is considered full-time study. For each unit students need to allocate about 10 hours per week to attend classes and study independently.

Studying UPP full-time is the equivalent to working full-time or being a full-time university student in any other course. For on campus students, lectures and tutorials will be scheduled at any time between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Students are expected to attend three to four hours of timetabled classes per unit each week.

Students who work, have family responsibilities, or manage heath or learning issues need to think carefully about how much time they have available and how they will manage study commitments. We strongly recommend that these students study part-time, at least to start with. Students can study between one and four units each semester.

There is no time limit for completing UPP.

Do I need access to a computer and internet access? If so, what kind?

Yes. All units will deliver resources via the internet. If you are studying by distance mode you may also be required to participate in online discussions or web tutorials (webinars). Some units also require online participation as part of the learning process regardless of whether you are studying by distance or not. If you do not have access to this technology in your home or workplace, you may use computer and internet resources at University of Tasmania campuses. Alternatively, you can explore what is available in your local area, including Online Access Centres and libraries.

Do I get credit for this course into a degree?

No. UPP is an enabling course only. You will receive results for the UPP units you undertake and these will be recoded on your academic transcript. You will also receive a certificate at the end of the year listing all units you have successfully completed. You can use your UPP results as supporting evidence in an application for a degree course or in other evidence such as a resume, however, these results do not count towards, or give you credit in, any degree program at the University of Tasmania or other tertiary institution.

Please note that there are credit arrangements between UPP and the Bachelor of General Studies Foundation Year Pathway courses, meaning that students transferring from UPP into one of these pathways may be eligible for credit for some foundation level units. UPP units can also count towards the Tasmanian Certificate of Education. For more information visit the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC).

How will I be assessed?

There will be regular assessments for each unit and a final examination in UPP010 Study Skills. Your tutor will mark, comment on and return all of your assignments and provide ongoing support and encouragement throughout the course.

What support can I get?

Our goal is to support you in a friendly and encouraging environment fo that you can do your best. Staff will provide support whenever they can and if they are unable to help, will advise you about other support available at the University of Tasmania, including disability support services, counselling and study advice.

What will I gain from completing the UPP?

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • Developed the necessary skills so that you can undertake your chosen university course with confidence
  • Adjusted your lifestyle to cope with the demands of tertiary study
  • Grasped the basic language and mathematical concepts and skills necessary for tertiary study
  • Acquired some knowledge of specific objectives, methods and levels in the academic areas you have attempted
  • Learnt a little about the working and culture of university
  • A certificate indicating the units you have successfully completed.
UPP Contacts
Dr Sarah Dempster
Pre-degree Coordinator
  +61 3 6226 6906
Mike Harris
UPP Student Coordinator

Cradle Coast 
  +61 3 6226 6357
Jane Stratton
UPP Student Coordinator

  +61 3 6226 6357
Cathy Tyson
UPP Student Coordinator

  +61 3 6324 3489
Simon Fraser
UPP Student Coordinator

  +61 3 6226 2035

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