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Schools Recommendation Program

No matter what happens, we have a place for you at the University of Tasmania.

The University, together with schools, has introduced a program to help year 11 and 12 students get ahead.

You can choose from a range of exciting, diverse courses that will prepare you for a successful career. You can apply for these when you return to study in term two.

Rather than an ATAR, your application is based on your school’s recommendation and your year 11 results.

Get early access to our 2022 courses

Our program allows Australian year 12 students to apply for up to five courses of their choosing at the end of May. You then receive an offer in July, which can take the pressure off you during year 12.

This offer is based on your year 11 results and the recommendation from your school. We do this because we recognise and respect your teachers’ insights into your learning, progress and achievements.

How does the program work?

The program is open to nearly all University of Tasmania courses, including our new flexible double degrees, undergraduate degrees and associate degrees. You'll have the chance to apply early for these courses, and we'll prioritise your application.

Some quota courses, including Medicine and Paramedicine, are not part of the Schools Recommendation Program and may have different application opening and closing dates.

For further details please refer to the relevant course and unit handbook pages:

What if I change my mind about courses?

Don't worry. You can select up to five courses and change your preferences any time. You won’t need to submit another application – your school's recommendation covers whatever course you choose.

Who can I contact for further information?

For more information about courses at the University of Tasmania, and the application process, call, text or email the person in your area:


Student contacts School Contact
North West
Lara Hay
(03) 6430 1658
Imogen Page
6324 3625
Adam McDermott
North West
Jim Cavaye
Samantha Anderson
(03) 6226 8330
Dominic Geraghty
Natalie Brown


For students and schools please contact:

You can also contact our team on 1300 363 864.

Frequently asked questions

This program works as an alternate means of entry alongside the ATAR and the Certificate of Education.

We recommend you continue with your planned course of study, as your ATAR result may enable you to qualify for a greater range of study options.

Applicants must be:

  • In year 12 in 2021
  • Completing a Certificate of Education, or the International Baccalaureate (IB) at a High School or Secondary College
  • Be intending to complete their final year of study, undertaking exams, where offered, for all chosen subjects

If you don’t meet the criteria for an early offer, you may be offered a pathway program. These will ensure you are well supported to complete your chosen bachelor’s degree in the same timeframe.

We will contact you to discuss your options after your application has been assessed.

Students apply online directly to the University of Tasmania via our eApplication portal.

Applications for 2022 open 31 May 2021.

Once you submit your application, you’ll be provided the contact details of a person in our team. They will be your single point-of-contact throughout the remainder of the year.

Your contact can answer any questions that you or your parents may have.

Please use an email address you check regularly that is not a school-allocated account. School accounts usually expire at the end of the year and we don’t want you to miss out on any important information.

You can select five preferences within the program. These can include any combination of courses that will be eligible for early offers and quota courses. However, quota courses are not applicable for an early offer.

You can potentially receive one offer in every offer round if you change your preferences before each offer round. Please make sure that the new course you want to be assessed for is your first preference.

As we recognise and respect your teachers’ insights into your learning, progress and achievements, they will help us provide the best overall evaluation, taking into account more than just formal assessments that would calculate your ATAR. Criteria for the program will include factors such as your Year 11 results, and an assessment of capabilities and the perspectives of those who have taught you most recently.

For some of our courses, there may be subjects that you need to study in school. These are called prerequisites. You’ll be advised in your offer letters if there are any prerequisite subjects for your chosen degree. If you aren't doing the required subject in Year 12, don't worry, we offer foundation units so you can catch up before you start.

For more information, refer to foundation units.

If you’re applying for a course such as Music, Fine Arts or Theatre and Performance, you may need to provide a portfolio or undertake an online audition. Your university contact will be in touch to discuss this.

Successful applicants will receive their official offers from 16 July, once recommendations have been received from your school.

If you’re not successful for your first preference, you will be considered for another preference or receive an offer to a pathway program.

Key dates for students including offer round dates are below or download our handy timeline document (PDF 1.1MB).

Applications open 31 - May
Round 1 applications close 18 - June
*Get your application in by 18 June to be eligible for a first round offer
Round 1 offers 16 - 19 July
Round 2 offers 13 - August
Round 3 offers 10 - September

Round 4 offers
*Applications can be submitted until 31 October, and offers will continue to be released in rounds, up until 10 December 2021

8 - October
Round 5 offers 5 - November
Final Round offers 10 - December

Download our handy timeline document (PDF 1.1MB)

You can potentially receive one offer in every offer round if you change your preferences before each offer round. Make sure that the new course you want to be assessed for is your first preference.

You’ll need to finish your year 12 studies. There may also be some conditions to offers, which your university contact will be able to discuss with you. You may also have conditions to pass specific subjects in Year 12 if your chosen degree has pre-requisites. This will be outlined in your offer letter.

Yes, the usual processes for accommodation and scholarships will apply.

Applications for Accommodation will open 31 May.

Scholarships will open at the start of August.

If you have further enquiries, your university contact is a great person to help you with these.

Yes. Deferrals are available on a request basis through your university contact.

They are valid for one year.

Due to Australian privacy laws, information about a student’s application through the Recommendation Program will not be disclosed to a third party without written and signed consent.

Applicants (year 12 students) can contact their university contact to request a ‘consent to release’ form. This must be completed by a parent/guardian, then signed by the student and returned to the University. This will then be stored on file and both the student and his or her nominees can discuss the application with the University.

If a parent/guardian is not listed as an authorised person on the application, unfortunately we will not be permitted to disclose any information.

Deadlines for schools for submit recommendations

Round 12 - July
Round 230 - July
Round 327-  August
Round 424 - September
Round 522 - October
Final Round26 - November

Assessments by university admissions

Round 13 - 15 July
Round 22 - 12 August
Round 330 August - 9 September
Round 4 27 September - 7 October
Round 525 October - 4 November
Final Round29 November - 9 December

Please contact us via the 'Who can I contact for further information?' section above.

International students currently studying the equivalent of the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) are eligible for the same program.

Please note, for some courses there will be special conditions that need to be met outside of academic requirements. These include sitting a recognised English test.

Particularly, for the following courses:

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary or Early Childhood)

For more information on scholarships available to international students, please visit International Scholarships.

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