Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation (20B)

Overview  2023

Entry Requirements

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Minimum 0.5 Years, up to a maximum of 2 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

The Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation is designed as an alternative entry pathway to university study. The units included in the course provide foundational skills and knowledge to begin your academic journey.
On completion of the Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation, you will be able to:
  • negotiate the university environment confidently
  • engage with academic information in a variety of contexts and formats
  • interpret and evaluate knowledge from a variety of different perspectives
  • reflect on and develop your capacity as a learner
  • undertake further study, with credit into a Diploma of University Studies
  • 1 Identify and implement strategies to negotiate the university environment
  • 2 Apply generic skills for academic purposes underpinned by principles of academic integrity
  • 3 Interpret, evaluate, and transmit knowledge and information in an academic context
  • Project and team-based learning is a key component of the Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation. Students doing these units are encouraged to apply knowledge in community or home contexts (or their workplaces if applicable). Students are exposed to authentic and engaging learning experiences designed to develop their understanding of work, but also of study and community. Students are introduced to (i) different methods of and approaches to practice, (ii) issues such as values, ethics, empathy and leadership and (iii) the role of reflection and deliberative thinking in developing knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations.

    Course structure

    The course structure comprises four 12.5 credit point elective units 

    Select four units from the following

    This unit provides underpinning skills, theories, techniques, and strategies to prepare you for university-level study and to understand yourself as a learner. You will be introduced to concepts of self-management and relevant practical skills that can be applied effectively in…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    HobartSemester 1
    HobartSemester 2
    LauncestonSemester 1
    LauncestonSemester 2
    Cradle CoastSemester 1
    Cradle CoastSemester 2
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2
    OnlineNursing Study Period 1

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    In this unit you will develop your ability to communicate in written form in a university environment. You will gain the skills and develop strategies to plan and write academically. In particular, you will analyse assignment tasks, learn how to…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2
    OnlineNursing Study Period 2

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    In this unit you will develop the mathematical knowledge, skills, and confidence essential for further University study. In particular, you will explore and apply methods for: • Gathering, presenting and analysing numerical information (data, graphs, statistics)• Reasoning about relative proportions…

    Credit Points: 12.5

    LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
    OnlineSemester 1
    OnlineSemester 2
    OnlineNursing Study Period 3

    Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

    Entry requirements

    This Undergraduate Certificate is open to applicants from a broad range of backgrounds. Domestic Applicants This course is designed for applicants who do not meet general entry requirements or who want a more supported or graded introduction to university study. There are no formal entry requirements for UPP.

    Passes in units in other incomplete courses in this University or another approved tertiary institution may be credited towards the undergraduate certificate and a course plan developed to detail the units required by the student to qualify for the undergraduate certificate. The maximum credit granted will be in accordance with the limits as stated in the Student Participation and Attainment Ordinance.

    Students completing the Undergraduate Certificate in University preparation will receive advanced standing for four 12.5 credit point units of the Diploma of University Studies

    Detailed admissions information and advice for all undergraduate courses, including comprehensive, course-level student profiles, is available from UTAS Admissions.

    Fees & scholarships

    Domestic students

    Options for this course

    This is a full-fee course, which means you’ll need to pay the full amount for your studies. Commonwealth Supported Places are not available in this course. However, there are still support options available for eligible students to help you manage the cost of studying this course.

    You may be able to fund all or part of your tuition fees by accessing a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government. FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists domestic full-fee students to pay for University, which is repaid through the Australian Tax System once you earn above a repayment threshold. This means you’ll only have to start repaying the loan once you start earning above a specific amount

    Our scholarships and prizes program also offers more than 400 scholarships across all areas of study. You can even apply for multiple scholarships in one easy application.

    Further information

    Detailed fee information for domestic students is available at Scholarships, fees and costs, including additional information in relation to the compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

    International students

    International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


    For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

    The units included in this course are covered by a fee waiver for eligible domestic students.

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