Years 11 & 12 are key to your education, as during this time you will get opportunities to consider career and educational options, and may study pre-tertiary (also known as Level 3) subjects which can provide a pathway into university study.
During these years, you will probably discover many of the options available including apprenticeships, vocational training such as TasTAFE, Skills Institute and university study and sometimes it is hard to pick which option is right for you.
So why go to university?
There are many different reasons to go to university. Some careers require a university qualification for example; psychologists, architects, lawyers and teachers. Statistics also show that university graduates have a much higher rate of employment and generally receive better financial reward.
Many students also undertake university as a way of adding to the knowledge they have gained and interests they have fostered throughout their senior secondary studies; for example, a student who undertook French in years 11 and 12 may wish to continue with this subject area at uni.
One of the most compelling reasons to consider university, regardless of which degree you choose, is that you will be equipped with a range of generic skills which can really assist in the rapidly-changing world of work. University students learn how to think critically and flexibly and become self-disciplined; great assets for any future career!
What subjects should I be studying in years 11 & 12?
It is important to choose your subjects in years 11 and 12 carefully, as these can provide a pathway to further education and future occupations. As an overall plan, it is suggested that you choose subjects:
- you enjoy;
- which reflect your interests and abilities;
- which help you reach your career and employment goals; and
- which will develop skills, knowledge and attributes useful throughout your life.
The following steps can help you to make subject choices:
Find out about occupational pathways
It is helpful if you have a few career ideas in mind before choosing subjects. If you are uncertain about this at present, then select subjects that will keep several career options open to you. Your school Careers Advisor or Pathway Planning Officer will be able to help get you started.
To ensure that you pick the right subjects for you, you should investigate the various pathways you can take to get a job in the occupational areas in which you are interested. Once you know about the different pathways you can select the most appropriate one for you; the following sites may assist you: My future and Good Careers Guide.
Check out each subject fully
Take these steps to ensure you understand the content and requirements of each subject:
- read subject descriptions and course outlines in booklets provided by your school
- talk to the teachers of each subject
- look at books and materials used in the subject
- listen carefully at subject selection talks, and
- talk to students who are already studying the subject
Try a broad range of subjects to keep your options open
Even if you have an idea about what you would like to do after completing Year 12, it is a good idea to pick a broad range of subjects. For example, while it may be appealing to choose all Science and Maths subjects if you are interested in this area, choosing one or more Humanities or Social Sciences subjects may provide you with different skills and open up an interest in careers that you had never considered!
Be prepared to ask for help
If you are unsure about which subjects to choose, don't be afraid to ask for help from:
- your school Careers Advisor and/or Pathway Planning Officer;
- your Grade Coordinator;
- teachers; or
- check out websites, such as My future, Good Careers Guide and My Skills.
What programs are available for High Achieving students?
The University of Tasmania runs a High Achiever Program (HAP) to enable academically-able Tasmanian senior secondary school students to enrol in university subjects in order to complement and extend their TCE or IB studies. For more information, see the High Achiever Program.
How can I get the right information about careers and uni study?
Talk to people
- make time to chat to your class teachers and careers advisors at school
- attend any scheduled university information sessions at your school
- attend a University of Tasmania Open Day
In addition to this site, the following websites provide valuable information about careers and course options:
The University of Tasmania produces an array of resource material, including:
- course and subject brochures
- course guides
- pamphlets on enabling programs and other University of Tasmania support services
To have information mailed out to you, Request Course Info or contact the Uni Info Centre on 1300 363 864.
How do Year 12 students qualify for study at the University of Tasmania?
For detailed, up-to-date information about entrance requirements for domestic Year 12 students, including alternative pathways for those students who do not meet minimum entrance requirements, go to the undergraduate admission requirements webpage.
Please refer to our Key Dates to check application periods and cut off dates.
What if I don't get into the course that I want to study?
If you are not accepted into the degree that you want to study, don't worry! We have a number of alternative pathways to enable you to get where you want to be, such as:
- Enabling & Supporting Programs can help provide you with subject prerequisites, if you have not successfully completed these in years 11 & 12, and build your academic skills. For detailed information, including how to apply, a list of transition and enabling programs are available from the home page of the Future Students website. To find out what programs are available, please follow this link to the Pathway Programs.
- Associate degrees provide the opportunity for students who do not meet minimum entry requirements for Bachelor degree courses to have a 'taster' in a related area. Students can choose from a range of associate degrees, such as Arts, Business Management, Music Studies and Science, and undertake units of study within these areas which may be credited (based on your academic achievement) to a future enrolment in a Bachelor degree.
- starting in a related Bachelor degree can be a pathway into the course that you want to study. For example, one year of a Bachelor of Medical Research may be undertaken as a way of building your academic profile to assist an application for a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery in the following year.
Non-university pathways which may assist you to be accepted include:
- Year 13,
- TAFE study,
- accredited training programs, and
- relevant work experience.
What are the differences between school and university?
As a University of Tasmania student, you will notice some substantial 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 university 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. You will therefore find that you have substantially less structured class time than at school.
- Motivation is a very important ingredient for success. 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.
- Communication about matters such as academic progress is between the student and the university, and is strictly confidential. As a university student, you will be treated as an adult and communications about you with third-parties (e.g. your parents) are subject to Australian privacy legislation.
What are the costs?
For detailed information of all costs relating to studying at the University of Tasmania, please visit Course Costs.
The University of Tasmania Scholarships program supports the University's commitment to offer students an exemplary learning environment. The program provides students with significant financial and academic support to study, with scholarships available across all disciplines. We encourage all students to apply for a scholarship. For further more information visit Scholarships.
For information about courses at the University of Tasmania and the application process, contact the Uni Info Centre:
- by telephone on 1300 363 864 or
- by email to Course.Info@utas.edu.au
For information about the range of services provided to University of Tasmania students go to First Steps for New Students.