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The UNSW Preparation Program (UNSWPrep 17-19) is an alternative entry pathway to undergraduate study at UNSW for educationally disadvantaged school leavers aged 17-19. It provides an opportunity for students with potential and an interest in tertiary education who have experienced educational disadvantage and who do not meet the entry requirements of their preferred Bachelor program at UNSW, and who meet the admission criteria listed below.

There are four specialisations in this program that enable entry to the following faculties upon successful completion of the program:

  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • The Australian School of Business

The preparation program is for entry to the UNSW programs listed above only.

UNSW Prep 17-19 has been designed to assess students' academic potential and to provide a realistic and supportive environment within which the skills to manage university study can be developed effectively. Students enrol in a combination of academic skills courses, mathematical skills courses and relevant discipline-based courses depending upon their choice of specialisation.


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Study Level


Typical duration

1 Years

Delivery Mode


Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Non-award Program


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

UAC Code


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Program Structure

Students must complete 36 UOC as a standalone program.

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Specialisation Requirements

Specialisation Requirements description.

Students choose one of the following specialisations (ranging from 36 UOC - 48 UOC) depending on their intended area of undergraduate study.

Special Admission Requirements

Additional Information

UNSW Prep 17-19 is not accepted for entry to the following programs at UNSW:

  • Medicine (UAC code: 428000)
  • Medicinal Chemistry (UAC code: 429006)
  • Medical Science (UAC code: 429007)
  • Advanced Science (UAC code: 429013)
  • Advanced Mathematics (UAC code: 429014)
  • Optometry (UAC code: 429025)
  • Psychology (UAC code: 429026)

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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