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Schools Recommendation Program

No matter what happens, we have a place for you at the University of Tasmania. Together with your school, we’ve worked with the Department of Education to introduce 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'll 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 Tasmanian 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 takes the pressure of you during year 12.

This offer is based on your year 11 results and the recommendation from your school. We do this because no one knows you like your teachers. We have great respect for them and their dedication to your studies. As the people closest to your education, their insights are very important to us.

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.

There are some courses, like Medicine or Paramedicine, that work differently. These are quota courses, which means they're highly competitive, and we can only accept a certain number of students each year.

You'll have the chance to apply early for these courses, and we'll prioritise your application.

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
0418 785 620
Imogen Page
6324 3625
Adam McDermott
North West
Jim Cavaye
Samantha Anderson
6226 8330
Dominic Geraghty
Natalie Brown


For students and schools please contact:

Eva Dunlea-Punnett

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.

For Tasmanian students, the University is working in partnership with TASC to ensure that your circumstances are taken into consideration when your ATAR is calculated. Please see The Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC) for updates on the ATAR and TCE. 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 will be opening on 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.

No one knows you like your teachers. We have great respect for them and their dedication to your studies. As the people closest to your schooling, their insights are very important to us.

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 perspective of those who have taught the student 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, click here

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.

Please refer above for offer round dates.

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 both of these will open at the start of August. Your university contact is a great person to help you with these. Find out more at:

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-Jul
Round 230-Jul
Round 327-Aug
Round 424-Sep
Round 522-Oct
Final Round26-Nov

Assessments by university admissions

Round 13-15 July
Round 22-12 August
Round 330 Aug - 9 Sept
Round 4 27 Sept - 7 Oct
Round 525 Oct - 4 Nov
Final Round29 Nov - 9 Dec

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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