General Entry Requirements
Admission to many courses is available on the basis of a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. You may apply for admission to the University on the basis of meeting one or more of the following General Entry Requirements.
- Completion of one of the following: TAFE/VET qualifications: Certificate III or IV or equivalent; Diploma; Advanced Diploma; TAFE articulation program; OR
- Results from a relevant aptitude test (may include ACER admission tests, STAT); OR
Some courses have additional entry requirements. For specific entry criteria, check the course information at the online Course and Unit Handbook at http://courses.utas.edu.au. Applicants who have met General Entry Requirements but who do not satisfy course specific entry requirements will be contacted by our staff to discuss other course options.
If you have already completed or are completing your senior secondary schooling (Year 12/13) in 2012, you can apply for entry on the basis of your senior secondary school qualifications.
For most courses you will be assessed solely on your Year 12 results. Special entry conditions apply for some courses, for example some of those in Visual and Performing Arts. Applicants will be contacted if they are required to attend interviews or auditions for their course preferences.
From 2009, under a national agreement, the TER (Tertiary Entrance Rank) is now known as ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank). The process for calculating the ATAR and its use are the same as for the TER: the change is one of nomenclature only.
|2012 Tasmanian Qualifications Authority (TQA) Level 3 Accredited Courses approved for 2013 university entry
|Natural and Physical Sciences
||Information Technology and Systems
|Engineering and Related Technologies
||Computer Graphics and Design
||Enterprise Production Systems
|Architecture and Building
||Housing and Design
|Management and Commerce
|Society and Culture
||English as a Second Language
||Australia in Asia and the Pacific
||Modern World History
||Studies of Religion
||Art Studio Practice
||Dance Choreography and Performance
|Food, Hospitality and Personal Services
||Food and Nutrition
|Agriculture, Hospitality and Personal Services
||Student Directed Inquiry
|Students wishing to enrol in any of the courses below should contact the TQA to register for assessement.
||Chinese - background speaker
||Greek - Modern
||Hebrew - Modern
||Korean - background speaker
||Persian - background speaker
||Russian - background speaker
Tasmanian Senior Secondary applicants
The minimum entry requirements are listed below:
- at least two years in post year 10 study for the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) (or another approved senior secondary program) requiring enrolment in a combination of subjects designed for Years 11 and 12; and
- a Satisfactory Achievement (SA) result or better in a minimum of four TQA Level 3 accredited courses, chosen from the schedule of subjects approved by the University; and
- attainment of the minimum of four subjects in not more than two (not necessarily consecutive) sittings. The ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) will be calculated from the Tertiary Entrance scores obtained in the two sittings which satisfy the minimum entry requirements.
Selection of Tasmanian senior secondary applicants for most courses will be based on the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank). The TE (Tertiary Entrance) score is calculated by aggregating the scores of your best three Senior Secondary pre-tertiary subjects (from Year 12 or 13), together with the best score(s) of up to two other pre-tertiary subjects in that year or one other year. This score is then expressed as a percentile ATAR.
If you do not meet any of these requirements, it is still possible to gain entry to the University. Applicants who do not meet the above requirements will be considered for their course preferences on a concessional basis, or will be contacted to discuss course options. To be considered for concessional entry an applicant's performance in the TCE and any supporting evidence of their capacity to undertake higher education study will be assessed. Supporting evidence may take the form of advice from the relevant School/College/Principal or Careers Advisor.
Offers made in these circumstances will identify any conditions you may need to meet, including undertaking foundation study and/or academic performance in your initial studies, to allow you to transfer at a later point to your preferred course of study.
If you wish to apply for an exemption from the 'two years in post year 10 study' component of the minimum entry requirements, you should submit a written application and forward it to the Admissions Office.
Applications based on Year 11/12 results will also be considered in the following circumstances:
- if you completed Year 11 in a state other than Tasmania. The application must include certified evidence of completion of Year 11. If you are considering an overseas exchange it is advisable to do so in Year 11 and, if appropriate, to apply for status at your Year 11 school in one subject and then to complete Year 12 and/or Year 13, in Tasmania. You would normally be expected to complete the minimum entry requirements in Year 12; or
- if you recommenced TCE studies after a break of one year or more due to employment or other circumstances. These circumstances may include such things as family responsibilities, overseas study or educational disadvantage. Your application must include documentary evidence of employment or other circumstances. You would normally be expected to complete the minimum entry requirements in Year 12; or
- if you are engaged in full-time or part-time employment or training while enrolled in TCE studies. Your application must include evidence of employment.
The University has approved arrangements for recognising senior secondary results (TCE and VET) for students who do not qualify for an ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) through completing the required minimum four TCE pre-tertiary subjects for university entry. Applicants are allocated a notional TE score based on their studies and may gain entry to a number of programs offered by the University.
Interstate Senior Secondary applicants
If you completed your senior secondary education interstate you will be considered eligible for selection if you have met the necessary admission requirements or course prerequisites and have qualified for admission to a higher education institution in your home state. You will be ranked with other applicants on the basis of your Year 12 ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank).
International Baccalaureate Diploma
If you completed the full diploma you qualify for admission to the University of Tasmania. The International Baccalaureate web page has further information.
Subjects passed overseas may be counted towards minimum entry requirements. You should produce original copies of results for subjects passed elsewhere, together with a certified translation (NAATI accredited translator or Department of Immigration and Citizenship - includes Translation and Interpreter Service), if appropriate. Detailed subject descriptions and method of assessment details are also required to assist in determining equivalence to Tasmanian subjects.
Other Senior Secondary studies
Applicants with other senior secondary studies should provide original copies of results and curriculum information with their application.
Applicants who have completed or partially completed a Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma course at a Polytechnic/TAFE college or other VET provider will be considered for entry. In a number of cases you may be eligible for credit. The University recognises successful TAFE/VET studies as an important entry pathway to higher education study.
Previous University Study
This includes applicants who have completed or are currently completing, or have previously been enrolled in a degree or diploma course at the University of Tasmania or another higher education institution. It includes current University of Tasmania students wishing to transfer to another course and those applying for re-admission following exclusion from a tertiary institution. Applicants applying for re-admission should submit a statement detailing the circumstances surrounding their academic history, their activities since the exclusion and any plans in place to prevent a reccurrence.
University Enabling Program
Successful completion of all units in a university enabling program qualifies as meeting General Entry Requirements.
The University Preparation Program (UPP) is a pre-university program aimed at assisting potential students in their preparation for University study. The program has a number of delivery modes on each campus: face-to-face delivery, online and HELP sessions.
For more information please see the UPP website http://www.utas.edu.au/centre-for-university-pathways-and-partnerships/ or contact the Centre for University Parthways and Partnerships on (03) 6324 3714 or email@example.com.
If you are applying for admission based on completion of an aptitude test, you should provide your formal results notification including the type of test, results, year, location of sitting, and whether the test was undertaken under invigilated conditions.
The University of Tasmania rarely requires an applicant to sit this test to gain entry. If you are in doubt please contact the Admissions Office on 1300 361 928 or by email Admissions@utas.edu.au before arranging to sit a test.
The STAT, written and assessed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) http://www.acer.edu.au/stat/index.html, is administered for Tasmanian residents by the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC). Testing sessions are usually held in Hobart during October and December each year. Other organisations which conduct STAT tests are listed on the ACER website.
Full details of STAT including dates, venues for testing sessions and registration fees, together with a copy of the VTAC application form which incorporates STAT registration, are in the VTAC Guide. This is available from all major newsagents or can be accessed on the VTAC website. If you need to discuss your requirements contact STAT Co-ordinator, VTAC, 40 Park Street, South Melbourne, VIC 3205. Ph 1300 364 133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants for the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice (Hobart or Rozelle) ONLY
The School of Medicine may require you to undertake the UNIselect test as part of the assessment of your application for admission to the Bachelor of Paramedic Practice. UNIselect is an online assessment test that assesses the literacy and numeracy skills of applicants to university programs. We will contact you by email in October if you are required to take this test.
If you have not completed Year 12 in Australia or Overseas, have never undertaken TAFE studies at a Certificate III level or higher and successfully completed those studies, or undertaken tertiary (university-level) study, you may be required to undertake the UNIselect test.
Applicants who have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have other relevant experience and background are required to complete a supporting statement which demonstrates that the University's General Entry Requirements are met.
The statement may be completed as part of the online application for admission or uploaded via our secure online document facility after you have submitted your application. The secure document upload facility can be accessed from the eApplication system main menu by selecting the Submit My Documents link.
Please see Supporting Statement Guidelines for advice on completing the supporting statement. You should note that assessment of your application may be delayed if this statement is not provided with your application.
If you have suffered educational disadvantage owing to illness, lack of TCE subject opportunities or other adverse personal circumstances. Please include details in your supporting statement addressing the selection criteria. You should also provide documentary evidence where appropriate.
Applicants for the Bachelor of Music (including combined degrees) are required to attend an audition, interview, music theory and aural test.
Applicants for the Bachelor of Musical Arts are required to undertake an admission written test and interview.
Applicants for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (including combined degrees) may be required to submit a portfolio.
Further information can be found at: http://www.utas.edu.au/arts/students/brochures.html