Why go to university?
There are many different reasons to go to university. Some careers, like psychologists and lawyers, require a university qualification. But no matter what career you're interested in, university graduates have a much higher rate of employment and receive higher salaries.
Many of our students also go to university as a way of adding to the knowledge they gained throughout their senior secondary studies. For example, if you undertook Art in years 11 and 12, you may wish to continue this subject at uni.
Most importantly, you'll graduate with a range of skills that will really set you apart. University students learn how to think critically and flexibly, as well as becoming self-disciplined – which are all great assets for any future career.
Where can I learn about careers and uni study?
Talk to people
This is the best way to get advice. Try making some time to chat to your teachers and career advisors. We also host information sessions at your school, and our Open Days are a great chance to meet our students and staff.
The University has a lot of great resources available, including course and subject brochures, course guides, and pamphlets. A good place to start is our Course and Unit Handbook.
These websites provide handy information about careers and course options:
How do I qualify for study at the University of Tasmania?
For detailed information about entry requirements, including alternative pathways, you can visit our undergraduate admission requirements webpage.
What are the differences between school and university?
You'll notice some big differences between school and university.
Teaching and learning at university has a different approach. For each unit, students have scheduled lectures and tutorials. Some courses include practical sessions or workshops.
The academic year is structured as two main semesters, each comprising 13 weeks of teaching. Within each semester, the required attendance at lectures and tutorials (called 'contact hours') can be as little as 12 hours a week for a full-time enrolment. This means you'll have less structured class time than at school.
Motivation is a very important. Although formal class time is much less than at school, university students need to put in 5-6 hours per subject each week reading for tutorials, preparing for assignments, and studying for exams.
As a university student, you'll be treated as an adult. Any communications about you with third parties (e.g. your parents) are subject to Australian privacy legislation.
What programs are available for High Achieving students?
Our High Achiever Program (HAP) allows high achieving Tasmanian senior secondary school students to enrol in university subjects. This allows these students to complement and extend their TCE or IB studies. For more information, see the High Achiever Program.
What if I don’t feel ready?
Starting uni is a big step, so it's normal to feel a little anxious. Remember, you're setting yourself up for a rewarding career, with greater employability and earning potential. We'll make sure that you settle in quickly, make new friends, and have plenty of support along the way. Plus, we'll help you find the perfect balance between study, your social life, and any other commitments. Find out what support we have available.