Why it pays to get first year right

Why it pays to get first year right

7-ways UTS College sets your child up for success at university

With the HSC now in the rear-view mirror, and ATAR Day just weeks away, there are important decisions ahead. What’s the best way to help your child thrive at university? Research shows that first-year at uni is the foundation for future academic success.[i]

  1. A rock-solid first year experience

    With 60% of withdrawals occurring in the first year of university study[ii], a positive first year experience makes all the difference. That’s why UTS College offers a first year designed to bring out the full potential of every student. In a make-or-break year, we want to give every student the best possible chance.

  2. Extensive support services
    First-year is a time of transition from the largely teacher-directed learning of high school to the self-directed learning expected at university. UTS College offers a robust framework of support services including the Learning Support Program, peer mentors, one-on-one tutorials, study skills workshops, and full-time, dedicated study success advisers. Students also have free access to Studiosity, which provides anytime, anywhere academic support, live chat with tutors, and writing feedback within 24 hours.
  3. High quality curriculum
    Diploma courses at UTS College are designed in collaboration with UTS, so the subjects and educational outcomes are the same as for first-year students in a related UTS undergraduate degree. This means your child will benefit from the same world-class university standards from day one of their studies. And on successful completion of their diploma, they’ll have guaranteed* entry to UTS. In fact, most diplomas fast-track students to second year at UTS.
  4. A connected, engaging model of learning
    To give our students the best possible first-year experience, we’ve developed a bold new way of learning. Built on the latest research, and more than 30 years’ pathway expertise, Learning.Connected combines live learning, independent learning, academic support, student welfare, social networking, and leadership to prepare students to thrive at UTS and beyond.
  5. Small, supportive learning environment
    At UTS College, classes are deliberately kept small. There are no more than 20 students in a single tutorial, which creates a more personal learning experience. It’s a friendly, nurturing environment where teachers and students know each other by name. Outstanding Graduate Prize winner, Tahlia Skordas says, “I always felt I could go to my teachers for help, and they really went above and beyond to make sure we understood the content and were confident to carry out our assignments.”
  6. The perfect transition from high school to uni
    It’s not unusual for students to experience culture shock when moving from high school to university. Classes at school are relatively small and students all know each other. It’s quite an adjustment when students become a small fish in the big pond of a university. There’s also the challenge of making new friends. That’s one of the reasons UTS College offers a high level of support in what can be an exciting but stressful time.
  7. Study now – pay later
    When making such an important investment in your child’s future, it’s good to know that financial support is available. Eligible students can study now and pay later with FEE-HELP.

Secure your child’s pathway to UTS
Whatever happens on ATAR Day, you can ensure your child has options. Join our online Know your Options Parents info session on Wednesday 7 December at 7.30pm.

* Based on successful completion of diploma with the required GPA

[i] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11162-007-9064-5
[ii] https://www.education.gov.au/completion-rates-cohort-analyses