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Things to know

Entry Criteria

To be eligible for the UPP you need to meet the following criteria:

Criteria

Condition

Age

You should be 20 years or over on 1 March in the year you start the program.*

Citizenship / Residency

You should be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or hold a current Australian Permanent Resident visa (including Australian Permanent Resident Humanitarian visa).

Language

English language proficiency is required if your previous schooling was not completed in English. Read the English Requirements Policy for further information.

Previous study

You should not already have attempted university study.

If you have attempted university study (either in Australia or overseas) since leaving high school, you should visit our Future Students website, ring our Future Students Office on 1300 UNI NSW (1300 864 679) or Ask a Question. They will advise you on your best pathway, which may or may not be the UPP.

Additional Criteria

You should not be enrolled in another program of study at the same time.

* Younger applicants who are eligible for the UNSW ACCESS Scheme may be eligible for entry to UNSW Prep.

 


Time commitment

Stream

Program length

Class Times

Other Time Commitments

Humanities

3 x 10 week terms

2 hours per week

Mon 6 - 8pm or Tue 6 - 8pm or Fri 12 - 2pm

(5 hours in term 3)

IMPORTANT: Evening classes may not be available for the elective course in term 3

1 hour a week online

6-8 hours of independent study per week, per UPP course

Science

3 x 10 week terms

8 hours per week

Mon 6 - 9pm and Wed 6 - 9pm, plus Tue 6 - 8pm or Fri 12 - 2pm

1 hour a week online

6-8 hours of independent study per week, per UPP course

Business

3 x 10 week terms

8 hours per week

Mon 6 - 9pm and Wed 6 - 9pm, plus Tue 6 - 8pm or Fri 12 - 2pm

1 hour a week online

6-8 hours of independent study per week, per UPP course

Engineering

 4 x 10 week terms

 

8 hours per week

Mon 6 - 9pm and Wed 6 - 9pm, plus Tue 6 - 8pm or Fri 12 - 2pm

1 hour a week online

6-8 hours of independent study per week, per UPP course

 


Course content

You can study the UPP in one of four streams depending on your area of interest and what you would like to study after the UPP.

Stream

Suitable* for degrees in:

Term 1 Course/s

Term 2 Course/s

Term 3 Course/s

 Term 4 Course/s (Term 1 of the next year)

Humanities

Courses such as history, languages, literature, education, fine arts, architecture, social policy

University Orientation and Study Skills 1

University Orientation and Study Skills 1

University Orientation and Study Skills 2

 

An Elective - your choice from a list of 'Gateway Courses'

Not Applicable

Science

Psychology or general science, such as biological, earth and environmental sciences, chemistry and physics

University Orientation and Study Skills 1

 

UPP Mathematics 1

University Orientation and Study Skills 1

 

UPP Mathematics 2

University Orientation and Study Skills 2

 

UPP Mathematics 3

Not Applicable

Business

Commerce, marketing, accounting, economics, information systems or management

University Orientation and Study Skills 1

 

UPP Mathematics 1

University Orientation and Study Skills 1

 

UPP Mathematics 2

University Orientation and Study Skills 2

 

UPP Mathematics 3

Not Applicable

Engineering

 Civil, electrical, mechanical and other branches of engineering

 

University Orientation and Study Skills 1

 

UPP Mathematics 1

University Orientation and Study Skills 1

 

UPP Mathematics 2

Communicating in Engineering

 

UPP Mathematics 3

Fundamentals of Mathematics B

 

Fundamentals of Physics

*Not all degree programs are available for direct entry. For further info, please see our Find a Degree tool.

 

University Orientation and Study Skills (UOSS)

The University Orientation and Study Skills (UOSS) courses are compulsory for each UPP Stream. They are offered exclusively for UPP students and no prior knowledge is required, except for English Proficiency. Topics covered include orientation to the academic system, time management and critical analysis skills, preparing seminar presentations, essay writing, note taking from lectures and written material, examination techniques and an introduction to online learning. All of these skills are invaluable for success in the UPP and for further study.

“Being taught how to learn was critical. Had those skills been taught to me when I was younger I might not have failed the first time around”

“My study skills, from note taking to essay writing and exam preparation, were very good and this gave me significant advantages at uni.” 

More information on the content of UPP courses offered in 2019 is available here.


How to apply

Applications for 2019 will be available at www.uac.edu.au from August 2018. You may apply up until the end of January, however places may have already filled by that time. You must accept your offer and enrol no later than mid February.

The UAC course code for the UPP is 430200.

Course enquiries: The Learning Centre: (02) 9385 2060, or email UPP@unsw.edu.au.