If you are about to complete your English program and continue your pathway into UTS Foundation Studies or a diploma program, you will probably have a few questions about what to expect, and what you need to do when. 

Here is all you need to know about making the move.

What do I need to do to move from one program into another?

First, ensure you have received your offer for further study. If you have not received an offer, contact the Student Centre to find out about your options and apply.

Once you have received an offer for your next program, there are three main things to consider:

  • English levels / your results - your English grades will need to meet the grade level requirement listed on your offer letter (see the table below). You will know your results on Thursday of Week 5 in your last term of English study, and you will receive a copy of your official results on Friday.
  • Important dates / timing - there will only be a short amount of time between getting your English results and beginning your academic program, so make a note of important dates.
  • Steps to enrol - knowing the exact steps you need to take will help you enrol properly in the right subjects.

English levels needed for academic programs

To move into UTS Foundation Studies or a diploma program at UTS College, you will need to successfully complete Academic English at the levels listed below.

English levels needed for academic programs

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Important dates

There may only be a very short time between when you finish your English program and when you need to begin your academic program – sometimes just a day or two! 

You will receive your results on Thursday of Week 5, and you can normally complete your enrolment on Friday. Some programs begin on the following Monday, and others will begin later, so make sure you know exactly when your program begins.  

Find out about all important dates for students.

Steps to enrol in your academic program

Once you receive your results (Thursday, Week 5), you will be able to enrol in your next program from the very next day. 

Check important dates for when your next program begins – find out whether you will begin your studies immediately on the following Monday or whether you will have a holiday break first. 

If you do have a holiday break, you can enrol any time before Orientation and Academic Preparation Week. You can also get help with your enrolment during Orientation and Academic Preparation Week when you are on campus. 

Find out about academic program enrolment.

What if I don’t get the results I need?

If you have not yet reached the English level you need for your next program, you will need to change your study plans. There are always options to get to where you want to be.

Depending on your individual situation, this might mean you need to choose from:

  • deferring your main program
  • extending your English studies, or
  • changing your main program to a different program that matches your English levels.

Remember that there may only be a very short timeframe to make your decision. So, it’s best to discuss your options by immediately contacting a Study Success Adviser.

What if I get higher results than I expected?

Getting higher results than expected is a great achievement and can open up your study options. 

Depending on your situation and study preferences, you might choose from:

  • keeping your existing study plans in place
  • moving into a program that matches your English levels (if you are eligible), or
  • going directly to study a UTS degree (if you are eligible).

Again, there may only be a very short timeframe to make your decision. So, discuss your options by immediately contacting a Study Success Adviser

What if I change my mind or my circumstances change?

If you change your mind about what you want to study or your circumstances change, you will need to discuss your options and next steps with a Study Success Adviser.

Do I need to attend Orientation and Academic Preparation Week?

Yes, but you may not need to attend all sessions. 

Orientation and Academic Preparation Week can often overlap with the final week of English programs. It’s important that you do not miss any of your classes, so make sure you only select sessions that do not overlap. You don’t need to attend sessions on what you already know about either – like finding your way around campus.

There are sessions you will be able to attend. 

There are social activities, as well as program-specific sessions you should attend to make sure you are properly prepared for your academic program. Sign up for these where possible. 

Alternatively, once you pass your exam on the final Thursday of your program, you can attend the full day of Orientation and Academic Preparation Week on Friday. This is when many Orientation and Academic Preparation Week information sessions are repeated for English language students. 

If you miss any important Orientation and Academic Preparation Week information, catch-up sessions are scheduled for the first two weeks of the semester. 

How is academic study different to English study?

When you begin your academic program, there will be a few new things to get used to. 

Studying English is more like studying at school. Studying an academic program is more like studying at university: 

  • Students generally have more freedom to choose their timetable, which means you will meet different students in different classes.
  • There will be fewer and shorter classes, but you will be expected to spend more time studying outside of the classroom.
  • Your assignments will be different and might include essays and exams.
  • You will usually need to attend lectures with all students in your program – not just those in your class (tutorial).  

What support is there for transferring into academic study?

Transfer sessions are run regularly for students about to transition into an academic program. These cover important information about what to expect, how to choose subjects, how to enrol and more. 

If you are likely to achieve the grades you need and you are set to move into academic studies, you will be invited to attend. 

Find out about upcoming transfer sessions.

Tips for study success

Finding the best way to manage your studies can help you learn more effectively and stay on track to achieve the results you want. At UTS College, you’ll be supported to achieve your best.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Teachers, tutors, lecturers and in-class peer helpers are there to help you during class and in lectures. 

Make use of study support services. If you need more general study advice, tips and study tools, you can turn to our helpful team of Study Success Advisers

Get study tips online. We have some useful links with tips to get you started: