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 18 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 1

Two of

  • Australian History
  • Sociology
  • Science Practicum
  • Advanced Mathematics

Term dates

Duration: 18 weeks
Orientation: 16 September 2019

Term 1 16 September 2019 - 19 December 2019
Holiday 20 December 2019 - 5 January 2020
Term 2 6 January 2020 - 17 January 2020

Duration: 18 weeks
Orientation: 14 September 2020

Term 1 14 September 2020 - 18 December 2020
Holiday 19 December 2020 - 3 January 2021
Term 2 4 January 2021 - 15 January 2021
Holiday 2019 2020
New Year's Day Tuesday 1 January Wednesday 1 January
Australia Day Monday 28 January Monday 27 January
Good Friday Friday 19 April Friday 10 April
Easter Saturday Saturday 20 April Saturday 11 April
Easter Sunday Sunday 21 April Sunday 12 April
Easter Monday Monday 22 April Monday 13 April
ANZAC Day Thursday 25 April Saturday 25 April
Queen's Birthday Monday 10 June Monday 8 June
Labour Day Monday 7 October Monday 5 October
Christmas Day Wednesday 25 December Friday 25 December
Boxing Day 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


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.

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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.