Pathways to university

University is for everyone, and we all take different paths to get there. Our Pathway Programs will build on your strengths and give you the skills and confidence to succeed wherever you want to go.

About our Pathway Programs

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

Our Pathway Programs recognise and build upon your strengths and experience and do not need a formal qualification for entry.

You could be:

  • A year 12 leaver who didn’t choose an ATAR pathway.
  • A parent looking to return to work or upskill into a new career.
  • A person looking at a new career transition.
  • A person wanting to develop new skills for the workplace or further study.
  • A person who wants to explore further study options in a supported environment.

We offer wide range of courses and specific pathways, as well as short foundation programs, to help you make the transition.

Our Pathway Programs are available at all campuses and online.

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University Preparation Program

The University Preparation Program (UPP) is a free, open-entry program that requires no prior qualifications or higher education experience to apply.

We explore a range of strategies and skills to support each student’s personal learning journey. We build on the strengths, skills, and capabilities our students already possess.

Our units are designed to prepare students for whatever pathway they choose whether that be a bachelor or associate degree, diploma, certificate, or a job.

UPP will also help you to meet the entry requirements for most degrees at the University of Tasmania.

Learn more about the University Preparation Program

Diploma of University Studies

Do you have your sights set on a particular degree? The Diploma of University Studies is designed as an alternative entry pathway.

If you have a vocational qualification or did not choose or attain an ATAR pathway, the Diploma of University can provide an alternative entry into a degree.

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 Biomedicine, Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, Bachelor of Nutritional Science
  • Nursing Foundation Studies – Bachelor of Nursing
  • Paramedicine – Bachelor of Paramedicine
  • 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