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University Connections Program (UCP)

The University Connections Program (UCP) formerly known as the University College Program, allows Year 11 and 12 students to study university level units at the same time or in addition to their TCE studies. The Program provides great opportunities to extend and expose students to new disciplinary areas and learning opportunities which may not be available to them in their school or college.

The Program is offered in partnership with schools and senior secondary colleges. Individual University of Tasmania colleges and schools deliver programs within the overarching UCP structure.

For further information on the benefits of studying under the University Connections Program, please watch this short video.

Download our current unit handbook (PDF 5.2 MB)

Please see the below listing for units available in the University Connections Program:

I am a new UCP student (new to UTAS)

If you are a new student, e.g. you have never studied at the University of Tasmania before, please click on this tab - this will take you to the relevant form. Please proceed with filling out this form and submitting as per the instructions.

I am a returning UCP student (have studied at UTAS before)

If you are a returning student, e.g. you have studied at the University of Tasmania before within the UCP or other programs, please click on this tab.

How to apply

Step 1 - Choose

Choose which unit/s you would like to study from the following guide or handbook in consultation with your teacher/school/guardian:

Step 2 - Apply

Guides on how to complete the online application to the UCP can be found via accessing the following resources:

Step 3 - Confirmation and Enrolment Advice

Once you have successfully completed and submitted your relevant forms, you should receive an automated confirmation email advising you on the next steps.

Please note: it is essential that once you have received your University email address it be checked regularly so that enrolment can be completed successfully.

Step 4 - School Sign off/Approval and/or Parental/Guardian Consent

Once your enrolment has been finalised your school will receive your details and be asked to sign off on your enrolment in the nominated unit and intention to participate. In some units, parental consent will be required to complete your enrolment.

  • The opportunity to complete University units while in Year 11/12. These units can contribute to Associate Degree or Degree programs or Diplomas that add value to professional qualifications.
  • No fees. All UCP units for domestic students are covered by a scholarship.
  • International students may also be eligible for a tuition fee waiver or discount.
  • A unique introduction to tertiary study that can assist in further education choices, and in an easier, less stressful transition to university.

In order to enrol in a UCP unit, the University will first enrol you in a course. The UCP unit will be enrolled under that course.

From 2017, UCP students will be enrolled in X1G Diploma of General Studies. However, if you have been previously enrolled in a course from HAP or UCP in 2016, the University may continue to enrol you in that course.

The Diploma of General Studies provides an introduction to higher education study in a range of disciplines, or recognition of achievement of university-level study. The Diploma can also provide entry into Bachelor level study, however specific units may need to be completed for articulation.

Successfully completed UCP units may be credited to a relevant degree (e.g. Bachelor Degree) when the student enrols at the University of Tasmania.

Some units are offered by UTAS that are taught in place of or to fill a gap in the TASC curriculum, which have no direct correlation with a TASC level 3 or level 4 "pre-tertiary" subject. These units are known as 'Full UTAS units'.

Full UTAS units in the UCP attract TCE points and are eligible to be included in the calculation of ATAR. On successful completion of a Full UTAS unit, your result will be considered for inclusion among your best five results in the calculation of your ATAR.

Further explanation and examples can be found in the UCP and the ATAR section below.

A summary of student results will also be provided to your school/college.

Note that from 2016 all UCP Full University Unit results will be scaled before inclusion in the calculation of the ATAR.

TCE Points YES
ATAR Score YES
University Result YES

Some units are known as 'Extension Units*'. These are offered in close alignment with a Tasmanian Assessment, Standards & Certification (TASC) level 3 or 4 pre-tertiary subject. It is a prerequisite that students are studying the linked pre-tertiary subject in order to be eligible to participate in the UCP unit in the same year.

The result in your TASC level 3 or 4 pre-tertiary subject will count towards the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). You will also receive a result for the UCP Extension Unit that can be accessed through the UTAS eStudent online portal. The result you receive for a UCP Extension Unit does not contribute to your ATAR.

To receive a result for your University of Tasmania Extension Unit you will need to successfully complete mandatory assignments and workshops and achieve a TCE result of CA or better in your linked TASC pre-tertiary subject. The University will receive TCE results from the TASC office in late December.

To generate a result for the UTAS Extension Unit, the TASC result for the linked TASC pre-tertiary subject will be combined with the UTAS result for the assessments undertaken in the UTAS Extension Unit and then the combined result will be moderated.

Students can access their UCP Extension unit result in late January through the UTAS eStudent online portal.

A summary of student results will also be provided to your school/college once available.

* They aim to extend the knowledge and experience of students beyond the linked pre-tertiary subjects.
TCE Points NO
ATAR Score NO
University Result YES

'Performance Project' units accredit and recognise student academic endeavour in on-stage or musical support roles in college major music theatre productions or as members of the Conservatorium Wind Ensemble.

Successful students can count the unit towards their TCE but do not receive an ATAR score.
TCE Points YES
ATAR Score NO
University Result YES

Most successfully completed UCP units can be used towards credit in a relevant University of Tasmania degree, up to 25 credit points in total.

An example of using completed UCP study for credit towards a University of Tasmania degree:

Jess studied the UCP unit XAS 101 ‘An Introduction to Temperate Marine Biology’ in 2018. She was able to apply for 12.5% credit from completing this unit into the Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Studies or the Bachelor of Applied Science in 2019.

Students are strongly advised to contact UConnect for information about using credit from UCP units into our different degrees.

UConnect:

Phone: call 1300 826 663 to speak with UConnect contact centre staff 8:45am to 5:00pm business days, or please use the portal.

Email: please use this link to send an email enquiry askus.utas.edu.au/app/ask

Full UTAS unit results are submitted in early December to TASC for purposes of calculation of TES and ATAR. Full UTAS unit internal results will normally be available in late November of each year, however these marks then be submitted to TASC for scaling purposes etc (use wording above)/

Extension Unit results are made available in late January of the year following enrolment and completion.

Performance Project unit results are also made available in mid-late December.

All UCP students are enrolled as UTAS students and need to check their emails regularly and access their results through the UTAS eStudent online portal.

Note that UCP students do not receive individual letters or academic transcripts of their units unless they have made specific arrangements with the academic coordinator for this purpose.

  • All domestic students studying University Connections Program units are covered by a scholarship. This is an average saving of approximately $1600 per 25% unit.

  • Domestic students will need to cover the costs of any textbooks/stationery required within their unit and/or costs associated with attending workshops.

  • International students may also be eligible for tuition fee waiver or discount.

  • International students will need to cover the costs of any textbooks/stationery required within their unit and/or costs associated with attending workshops.

  • Please contact hapucp.enquiries@utas.edu.au

A collaboration between the University of Tasmania and the Office of Tasmanian Assessment, Standards & Certification (TASC) allows some results from University Connections Program (UCP) units to be counted towards the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) in Tasmania. Not all UCP units count towards the ATAR.

A student’s Tertiary Entrance (TE) score is calculated by adding their best subject scores. The TE score is then used to calculate an ATAR.

The best subject scores are, in most cases, the best five subjects (worth 15 credit points each) totalling 75 credit points of study. At least three of these subjects must be completed in the final year of senior secondary study. Other rules may apply when calculating student TE scores. For example, the same course cannot be counted twice, and some approved university subjects are weighted according to the credit point weight of that subject. VET courses do not contribute to the TE score.

In the case of HAP or UCP units that contribute to the ATAR, a 12.5% university unit is worth only 8 credit points. These university units are weighted according to their credit point value when they are included in the TE score (that is, a single 12.5% unit is only 8/15 the size of a normal Level 3 or Level 4 TASC subject), and as such only 8/15 of the subject score achieved will be considered in the TE score calculation.

Please note: Students who reside outside of Tasmania should contact their Tertiary Admission Centre for advice on the possible inclusion of results from their study at the University of Tasmania in the calculation of an ATAR in their home state.

All information relating to the ATAR and current University of Tasmania arrangements with TASC should be read in conjunction with the following resources:

Understanding the ATAR (PDF): Calculating the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) For Senior Secondary Students in Tasmania

The ATAR webpage

New ATAR arrangements for Year 11/12 UCP study in 2016 and beyond

To be eligible for an ATAR a student must meet certain requirements, which are explained in detail on the TASC website.

Scaling:

Scaling is calculated and applied each year, and will be applied to relevant UCP units studied in 2016 and beyond. The scaling process is determined by TASC and is applied to all accredited senior secondary courses at TASC level 3 or 4 and to approved* University of Tasmania units at Foundation level and above.

For more information about scaling, please see the TASC website.

*Approved units are those units for which ATAR points are awarded, as listed for the relevant year on the University of Tasmania website: UCP units (PDF 69.3 KB).

Number of UCP units students can study:

From 2016 there is no limit to the number of UCP units a student can study. However, you may not be able to get credit for all UCP units studies if you enrol in a University course. This is because some Faculties may limit the amount of credit you can receive. Your units may not also map to the requirements of your chosen degree. See credit information for more detail.

“Each assignment challenged me in a unique way, which in turn helped me to improve. I really enjoyed being able to refine my research skills and construct arguments which I had struggled with before”. (Sam)

“The UCP definitely helped me to decide on my future university pathway”. (Lily)

“The (UCP) subject was one of the best at College, I got to pursue an area I was really interested and felt really prepared for Uni”. (Max)

"The program was very informative and useful to my studies, and I found the workload extremely manageable with classes a month apart and sparse assignments". (Shea)

"This course was extremely valuable for improving my music performance skills and technique. The fact that it is a tertiary course pushed me to improve and helped me to recognise areas that required work and I found that working towards the final recital gave me motivation and direction. The critique writing and other assignments were very good for extending my musical knowledge as well as the many performance opportunities I was given". (Claire)

"I got a lot out of the course and learnt a lot – it really has helped me to find a future career pathway". (Joseph)

"Really enjoyed the unit, and found that it added to not only my understanding of my college subject, but to my understanding about university expectations and processes". (India)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to participate?

  • Any student who is enrolled in Year 11 or 12 is encouraged to apply.

Am I able to repeat or retake a UCP unit to attempt/achieve a higher mark?

  • Unfortunately, under current legislation it is not possible for a student to re-take units of study as a Commonwealth supported student for which they have received a pass grade or better.

What facilities and services are available to support participants?

  • Schools and colleges provide academic and student support.
  • University staff will provide a program of study, resources, workshops and academic assistance.
  • Participation in the program also entitles students to access University facilities and services such as internet and email access, library use and discounted UniGym membership. See the Current Students website for more information.

Will I be required to submit assignments and sit exams?

  • You will be required to undertake all prescribed assessments for UCP units in the same way as if you were a regular University student. Depending on the unit, you may be required to submit assignments by the due date and/or sit exams during the assigned exam period along with your fellow class members.

How will my units contribute to my TCE and/or ATAR?

  • Please see the tab 'UCP and the ATAR'.

Yes, please contact HAPUCP.enquiries@utas.edu.au and let us know if you need further support or are having difficulties.

All general enquiries should be sent to HAPUCP.enquiries@utas.edu.au

Further Questions/Need Advice?

  • We advise that you initially discuss the possibility of enrolling in the University Connections Program with the relevant teacher at your college.