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The University Preparation Program (UPP) is an enabling program for adults aged 21 and over who either do not possess formal qualifications or whose academic qualifications do not satisfy the minimum entry requirements for admission to university study. The program has been designed to assess students' academic potential and to provide a realistic environment within which the skills to manage tertiary study can be developed effectively.

Satisfactory completion of the UPP does not guarantee admission to any specific program, but can be used as evidence of recent study when applying for admission to the University. A student's total educational background, and not just their UPP results will be taken into consideration for admission purposes.

Applications for UPP places, which number approximately 250 each year, open in early December.


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Study Level


Typical duration

1 Years

Delivery Mode


Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Enabling program


Non-Award - Not Applicable - NAWD - N/A

UAC Code


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Program Structure

Students must complete 18 UOC as a standalone program.

Students choose one of the following specialisations and a UPP common core course, ranging from a total of 18 UOC - 42 UOC depending on their intended area of undergraduate study:

- Humanities specialisation - Suitable for programs in Arts & Social Sciences, Built Environment and Art & Design.

- Science specialisation - Suitable for programs in Science and Mathematics. 

- Business specialisation - Suitable for programs in Business. 

- Engineering specialisation- Suitable for programs in Engineering. 

Depending on which specialisation students choose, the UPP involves students completing core and elective components of study.

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Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

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