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Making your HSC year and transition to higher education easier

The Outreach & Pathways teams values every individual's journey to higher education or their career. Our Year 12 programs aim to support students during the HSC process and allow them to experience university whilst still in high school. We then offer a range of transition and pathways activities to assist individuals who decide that university is their preferred higher education option.


Our Year 12, Pathways and Transition activities include:

  • Year 12 programs for equity and non-equity students
  • Times Higher Education Program 
  • The UOW Pathways to Higher Education Program
  • UniReady Bridging Course
  • Outreach and Pathways Scholarships
  • Transition4Success Program
  • Access UOW 

Year 12 HSC Summer Master Classes (SMC)

Students are invited to participate in a three-week university experience, where they undertake a first year university subject based off their current HSC curriculum. Aimed at high-achieving Year 12 students, this program allows participants the opportunity to experience life as a university student whilst still in high school, with successful completion resulting in 6 credit points towards their undergraduate degree when they get to university, a guaranteed Admissions interview with UOW, and access to university resources and services throughout their final year at high school. 

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Year 12 University Preparation Program (UPP)

UPP runs over two school terms, and is designed to support students with their HSC study skills and allow them to experience a taste of UOW student life whilst still in Year 12. Students receive free weekly subject-based tutoring from In2Uni Mentors, as well as a guaranteed Admissions interview with UOW upon completion.

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Times Higher Education Program

Offered to students who participated in the 2018 Summer Master Class and/or University Preparation Program, and received an Early Admission offer to UOW for 2019, the Times Higher Education Program allows you to get ahead in your university studies AND have the opportunity to win an all-expenses paid trip to the UK to represent UOW at the Times Higher Education: Young Universities Summit.

What's involved?
Participants will spend two days at UOW Wollongong campus developing a digital story about their education journey and experience lectures, tutorials and labs while participating in group work and other workshops that prepare students for university study.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor will review the digital stories and decide who will be chosen to receive an all-expenses paid trip to the Times Higher Education Summit held in the UK in June 2019, following the workshops.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, register to participate in the Times Higher Education Program by December 21st, 2019.

2019 event details:
Dates: Monday, 14th January AND Monday, 21st January 2019 (participants must attend both days)
Time: 8:30am - 3:30pm both days
Location: UOW Wollongong campus

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UniNow Enabling Pathway Course

UniNow is a free six-week enabling course, that can help you to develop the skills you need to succeed at university. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to commence study at UOW in February 2019 in any of the following undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts (all UOW regional campuses)
  • Bachelor of Business (all UOW regional campuses)
  • Bachelor of Commerce (all UOW regional campuses)
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences (Shoalhaven campus only)

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Pathways to Higher Education Program

The Pathways to Higher Education Program is a supported pathway to help individuals who have not entered university directly from high school to pursue your career and study goals, regardless of your age, background or study experience.

What is involved:

  • Complete a vocational or enabling qualification whilst receiving ongoing mentoring and support from UOW
  • Participate in the UniReady Bridging Course prior to guaranteed entry into selected UOW Bachelor degrees
  • Upon completion of the program, you are eligible to apply for bursary to assist with vocational qualification costs and a $3,000 scholarship

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Access UOW

You are more than just your ATAR. UOW values your individual journey and we know that a vast array or experiences and circumstances can impact on your studies. Access UOW is a chance to have your individual circumstances considered, including work-based and community achievements outside of school or study, and personal problems affecting your previous education. UOW will take these factors into account in assessing all UAC applications and where your application meets these and other factors we will be in contact with you to arrange to speak further. This year you should expect to hear from us between Friday December 15th 2017 and Thursday February 8th 2018.

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Applications for 2019 Summer Master Classes are now open until Oct 26th!

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Applications for the 2018 Year 12 UPP have now closed. Applicants will be informed of their outcomes by April 2018.

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Danielle Thompson

Receiving a place in the UPP was an absolute blessing as it helped shape my pathway into university. The techniques I learnt from the program, and the tutoring provided by the mentors, contributed significantly to my success in the HSC.