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Tertiary Entrance Information

If you are considering going to a tertiary institution you must make sure that you meet the entry requirements for that specific institution and course. However, merely passing subjects and meeting entry requirements do not guarantee you a place. Responsibility for determining entry requirements rests with you and your parents but guidance can be provided by your Careers & Pathway Counsellors.

Entry to the University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Rules and procedures for the tertiary entrance are determined by the University of Tasmania. Full details about all aspects of studying at UTAS is available at The minimum requirements are:

  • Spend at least two years in fulltime study for the TCE or 1200 hours equivalent. This means you should study subjects with a total of at least 120 participation points over the two years;
  • Have a Satisfactory Achievement (SA) or better in at least four pre-tertiary subjects approved by the University;
  • Obtain these four pre-tertiary subjects in two years, although they do not have to be consecutive years; and
  • Obtain at least three of your four pre-tertiary subjects in Year 12 (or the final year of study).

Selection for most courses will be based on your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) which is a percentile ranking of all students' Tertiary Entrance (TE) scores. You should try to achieve the best possible Tertiary Entrance (TE) score for each subject.

Achieving a Tertiary Entrance (TE) Score
The TCE must be attained to be eligible to receive a TE Score. Once the TCE is achieved a TE Score is calculated using:

  • The best 3 pre-tertiary results in the final year of Senior School Study (generally Year 12); plus
  • The next best 1 or 2 pre-tertiary results
  • Repeated subjects cannot be counted twice

Scaling is an adjustment made to the subjects that make up your TE score to allow for the variation in difficulty between subjects. The difficulty is determined after the results have been finalised. The reason for scaling is to encourage you to undertake pre-tertiary subjects which are relevant to your learning pathway. There is no advantage for you to pick one subject over another.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank
Your TE score can be calculated by adding the scores of your best three TASC subjects studied in Year 12, together with the best score of up to two other pre-tertiary subjects. TASC convert this overall TE score to a nationally comparable tertiary admission rank or ATAR. This represents a percentile ranking of the TE score. (You may compete for entry to university with only four subjects BUT this could disadvantage your chances of entry).

Are there pre-requisite subjects?
In addition to the general admission requirements, many courses also have pre-requisites - subjects that need to be completed in Year 11 or 12 before certain courses or subjects can be attempted at university. Make sure you check the UTAS website so that you clearly know which subjects are required for your intended pathway.

For example at UTAS, the Bachelor of Engineering requires Mathematics Method TASC 3 and Physical Science TASC 3. A Bachelor of Medicine-Bachelor of Surgery entry requires Chemistry TASC 4, English Communications, English Studies or English Writing and a sound background in Mathematics and Biology.

The most common interstate requirement is a SA or above in a pre-tertiary English course. You should consult the Careers and Pathway Counsellor and each University website to establish exactly which pre-requisite subjects for the University courses you wish to apply for.

A range of scholarships for different categories of students is available. Past experiences suggests that the more pre-tertiary subjects a student studies and achieves highly in, the greater the chance of being offered a scholarship. Consult with the Careers & Pathway Counsellors for more information.

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR):

  • A state-wide, percentile ranking based upon TE scores.
  • Eg: A Tasmanian student having an ATAR of 90.00 is ranked above 90% (therefore in the top 10.00%) of the age cohort and would be regarded as being equal to a student with an ATAR of 90.00 from any other state.

Tasmanian Assessment, Standards and Certification (TASC)
The (TASC) governs all post Year 10 education and training, including assessment, that leads to certified qualifications. Its website can be accessed at Subject Selection Considerations - seeking a TE Score:


  • Ensure that University pre-requisite courses are attained;
  • Choose subjects that you are successful in; and
  • Choose subjects that you enjoy.


  • Look at scaled scores;
  • Do what your friends do; or
  • Make assumptions about what courses you need to study.