The High Achievers Preparation Program

A fast-track to your degree at the University of Sydney

The High Achievers Preparation Program (HAPP) is specifically designed for high achieving students who have excellent academic results and English skills. If you just missed out on direct entry to the University of Sydney, this program will help you fast-track into the first year of a bachelor degree at the university within 5 months. Our dedicated mentoring program will keep you on track for success.

The program was created through the combined educational expertise of both the University of Sydney and Taylors College Sydney.

Course structure

The program is a maximum of 20 weeks over 2 terms that prepares you for your chosen degree at the University of Sydney. You will study a regular pattern of 4 subjects, each subject for five hours a week, a total of 20 hours of class time per week.

Mode of study: Full time, on campus.

Compulsory online and/or work-based training: Compulsory online tutorial on Academic Integrity and CareerAhead program.

Placements, other community-based learning, collaborative research training arrangements: Not applicable.

Award: Course Completion Certificate indicating competent or not competent in each of the 4 subjects studied.

Assessment methods: Oral presentations (individual & group), research projects on real-world situations, science practicums, essays, communicating mathematically to solve problems - no formal examination blocks.

Find out more about the subjects on offer.


Compulsory subjects

  • English
  • Uni Prep

Two of

  • Australian History
  • Sociology
  • Science Practicum
  • Advanced Mathematics

Term dates

Duration: 20 weeks

  2020 2021
Orientation 14 September 2020 13 September 2021
Term 1 14 September 2020 - 18 December 2020 13 September 2021 - 17 December 2021
Holiday 19 December 2020 - 3 January 2021 18 December 2021 - 3 January 2022
Term 2 4 January 2021 - 15 January 2021 4 January 2022 - 14 January 2022
Holiday 2020 2021
New Year's Day Wednesday 1 January Friday 1 January
Australia Day Monday 27 January Tuesday 26 January
Good Friday Friday 10 April Friday 2 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 11 April Saturday 3 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 12 April Sunday 4 April
Easter Monday Monday 13 April Monday 5 April
ANZAC Day Saturday 25 April Sunday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 8 June Monday 14 June
Labour Day Monday 5 October Monday 4 October
Christmas Day Friday 25 December Saturday 25 December
Boxing Day Saturday 26 December Sunday 26 December
Additional Day Monday 28 December Tuesday 28 December
Graduated USPP student Karen Li

“The most useful thing I learnt was how to write an academic style essay, including how to reference properly to avoid plagiarism. This is definitely a skill you need at university. Meeting new friends and having excursions was the thing I enjoyed most about studying the HAPP program.”

Karen Li, from Hong Kong
The University of Sydney High Achievers Preparation Program Graduate


The High Achievers Preparation Program (HAPP) is a competency-based course. You must be deemed competent in all your subjects and meet the English entry requirements to progress to the degree you wish to study at the University of Sydney.

Entry requirements

Learn about the required level of English and academic grades you need to achieve to be accepted into the High Achievers Preparation Program (HAPP).

View entry requirements.

University entry requirements

Some degrees have extra entry requirements. For example, you may be asked to submit a portfolio. The University may also ask you to attend an audition or an interview.

You can read more about this at

The list of courses available to you depends on your grades.

Note: This course is delivered by Study Group Australia Pty Limited trading as Taylors College on behalf of the University of Sydney.

University of Sydney High Achievers Preparation Program. CRICOS Course Code: 089556F.

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