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Pathways to university

University is for everyone, and we all take different paths to get there. Our Pathway Programs will give you the skills and confidence to succeed.

About our Pathway Programs

University is for everyone, but we all take different paths to get there.

You might not have considered university before, or maybe it's been a while since you last studied. We're here to help you adjust to life as a student and make the most of your learning experience.

Our Pathway Programs will give you the skills and confidence you need to pursue a university qualification. We offer wide range of courses, as well as short foundation programs, to help you make the transition.

Our Pathway Programs are available at the Cradle Coast, Hobart, Launceston, and Rozelle campuses. Plus, many of our courses are also available online.

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University Preparation Program

Has it been awhile since you last studied? Maybe you didn’t finish school or receive the ATAR you'd hoped for? The University Preparation Program (UPP) is perfect for anyone who wants to go to uni but needs a little help getting there.

You’ll get the academic skills and confidence to succeed. This course is also a great option if you don't yet meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

We’ll help you adjust to life as a university student and make the most of the learning experiences on offer. This program will also give you support and encouragement to feel comfortable both on-campus and in the online learning environment.

Learn more about the University Preparation Program

Diploma of University Studies

If you have an idea about the degree pathway you would like to follow, but need a bit of help getting there, the Diploma of University Studies is for you.

This diploma is designed as an alternative entry pathway to university study. As part of your studies, you'll choose a specialisation that will give you the skills and knowledge to begin bachelor level study.

Pathway Specialisations

  • Arts – Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Justice Studies, Bachelor of Media and Communications
  • Business – Bachelor of Business
  • Education – Bachelor of Education (Primary or Health and Physical Education)
  • Engineering – Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Maritime Engineering
  • Health Science – Bachelor of Nutritional Science, Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine
  • Nursing Foundation Studies – Bachelor of Nursing
  • Psychology – Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Science – Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology, Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science, Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness
  • Social Work – Bachelor of Social Work

Learn more about the Diploma of University Studies

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murina Program

Riawunna's murina Program is a pathway designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. It allows you to gain the skills and confidence to commence undergraduate studies or other vocational goals.

We offer units in history and politics, storytelling and academic study skills, all through a Tasmanian Aboriginal lens.

Our Riawunna team provides a range of programs with all the support you need to succeed. The murina Program is offered on the Sandy Bay, Newnham and Cradle Coast campuses via online, face-to-face classes and On Country experiences.

Learn more about murina Preparation Pathway program

University Connections Program

The University Connections Program (UCP) is designed to extend the University's specialist teaching and learning to Year 11 and 12 students by allowing them to study units specifically designed for senior secondary students.

Not only is this a great introduction to university study, units through this program have no HECS fees and can contribute to an Associate Degree, Degree or Diploma programs. Some units also contribute to the TCE and are eligible for inclusion in the ATAR.

Learn more about University Connections Program (UCP)

English Language Programs

Whether you need to improve your English to qualify for further study, or you want to enhance your job opportunities, we have an English Language Program for you. We’ll give you the skills to transition into a degree and prepare for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Learn more about English Language Courses.

International Pathway College

The International Pathway College delivers a range of bridging programs to help international students access an undergraduate degree. The college is based at our Sandy Bay campus in Hobart.

Learn more about International Pathway College