The High Achievers Preparation Program

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

The High Achievers Preparation Program is a 17-week program 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 17 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 in each term (2 terms), each subject for five hours a week, a total of 20 hours of class time per week.

Find out more about the subjects on offer.


Term 1 Term 2

Compulsory subjects: 
English
Uni Prep 1

Compulsory subjects: 
English
Uni Prep 2

Two of:
Humanities 1 (Australian History)
Humanities 2 (Literature)
Humanities 3 (Sociology)
Science Practicum
Advanced Mathematics
Two of:
Humanities 1 (Australian History)
Humanities 2 (Literature)
Humanities 3 (Sociology)
Science Practicum
Advanced Mathematics

Term dates

  • Orientation: 17 September 2018
  • Duration: 17 weeks
Term 1 Term 2
Start 17/09/2018 Start 07/01/2019
End 21/12/2018 End 18/01/2019
Intake February September
Duration 17 weeks 18 weeks
Orientation 25/02/2019 16/09/2019
Term 1 25/02/2019 - 19/04/2019 16/09/2019 - 19/12/2019
Holiday 20/04/2019 - 28/04/2019 20/12/2019 - 5/01/2020
Term 2 29/04/2019 - 21/06/2019 6/01/2020 - 17/01/2020
Holiday 2018 2019 2020
New Year's Day Monday 1 January Tuesday 1 January Wednesday 1 January
Australia Day Friday 26 January Monday 28 January Monday 27 January
Good Friday Friday 30 March Friday 19 April Friday 10 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 31 March Saturday 20 April Saturday 11 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 1 April Sunday 21 April Sunday 12 April
Easter Monday Monday 2 April Monday 22 April Monday 13 April
ANZAC Day Wednesday 25 April Thursday 25 April Saturday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 11 June Monday 10 June Monday 8 June
Labour Day Monday 1 October Monday 7 October Monday 5 October
Christmas Day Tuesday 25 December Wednesday 25 December Friday 25 December
Boxing Day Wednesday 26 December Thursday 26 December Saturday 26 December
Additional Day     Monday 28 December

Entry requirements

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

Progression

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

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 sydney.edu.au/courses.

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.