Applying for an Undergraduate Certificate

You can apply directly for our 2021 Undergraduate Certificates via our online application form. If you’d like any help with your application, you can call the UTS College team on free call 1800 896 994 or email

You can apply if you completed your Year 12 (HSC or equivalent) two or more years ago and received a 75% average subject mark (based on English plus three best board-developed courses). Proof of other post-school qualifications such as VET or TAFE certificates, and work experience will also be considered.

We will ask you to submit your HSC results, a short personal statement (no more than two A4 pages) which covers your work and life experience, and any post-secondary studies or short courses that you have completed since leaving high school.

Once you have submitted your application, it will be assessed by our Admissions team. If you have met the entry requirements, you will receive either a full offer to accept and enrol in your course, or a conditional offer with a request for further information. You will also be given instructions on how to accept your offer, how to pay your student contribution up front, or how to defer your fees by completing a Request for a Commonwealth Supported Place and HECS-HELP Loan form.

Once you have accepted your offer, paid your fees (if applicable) or used HECS-HELP to defer your fees, you will be provided detailed information on how to enrol in your course, when to attend our orientation, and much more.

2021 Undergraduate Certificates are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs), which means the Australian Government is partially funding the course for you. Your student contribution (out-of-pocket fees) are as follows:

Course Student Contribution Amount
Undergraduate Certificate in Design Practice $3,975
Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology $3,975
Undergraduate Certificate in Business Essentials $7,250
Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Literacy $5,490

If you need help paying the student contribution amount and are eligible, you can access HECS-HELP to study now and pay later.

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the Australian Government. If you are enrolled in a CSP, you only pay the ‘student contribution’ amount for your study (as shown above). All domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian Permanent Resident (PR) visa holders and New Zealand citizens) can accept a CSP place, but CSP places are limited.

If you are eligible for HECS-HELP you can pay your student contribution in full upfront (and receive a 10% discount of the total fee). Refer to HECS-HELP up-front discount | StudyAssist for more information.

Or, you can pay some of your student contribution upfront (pay $500 or more and receive a 10% discount based on the amount you pay).

Or, you can pay no fees upfront (defer payment of your whole student contribution amount) and use HECS-HELP to defer payment of your student contribution until later. Your student contribution will be repaid through the Australian tax system once you earn above the compulsory repayment threshold.

If you are not eligible for HECS-HELP, you will need to pay your student contribution amount upfront prior to course commencement. Your offer letter will provide a list of payment options for you to use. 

To get a HECS-HELP loan, you must:

  • Be studying in a Commonwealth supported place
  • Be an Australian citizen and meet the residency requirements (you must study at least part of your course in Australia)
  • Be a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder or permanent humanitarian visa holder and meet the residency requirements
  • Submit the Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form prior to course commencement
  • Be enrolled in each unit/subject at UTS College by the census date
  • Have an available HELP balance.

See the HECS-HELP website for more information on how to apply.
You must also:

  • Provide your Tax File Number (TFN)
  • Provide your USI (a Unique Student Identifier is compulsory for all new students commencing a course of study on or after 1 January 2021).

As these are Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs), subsidised by the Australian Government, our 2021 Undergraduate Certificates are open to domestic students only. To apply and receive a CSP, you must be one of the following:

  • An Australian citizen, who will be a resident in Australia for at least one unit of study contributing to their course of study
  • A New Zealand citizen, who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of their unit(s) of study
  • An Australian Permanent Resident (PR) visa holder, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit(s) of study.


No. These short courses are only available for non-recent school leavers - those who completed their HSC or equivalent two or more years ago and have some work experience. As a recent school leaver, if you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply directly for one of our diploma courses

Yes. If you have previously completed a degree in a different field, you may apply for an Undergraduate Certificate. For example, you may have completed a Science degree, and wish to undertake an Undergraduate Certificate in Business Essentials. 
  • An accountant (member of a recognised professional accounting body or a Registered Tax Agent)
  • A person listed on the roll of the Supreme Court of a State or Territory or the High Court of Australia as a legal practitioner
  • A barrister, solicitor or patent attorney
  • A police officer
  • A postal manager
  • A principal of an Australian secondary college, high school or primary school or the Student Centre
  • A medical practitioner
  • A Justice of the Peace (with a registration number in the State in which they are registered)
  • A minister of religion (registered under Subdivision A of Division 1 of Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961)
You can easily apply for a Unique Student Identifier within five minutes.
Accepting your offer is easy. All you need to do is:
  1. Read your offer letter and all attached documentation
  2. Accept your offer by completing the Acceptance Form attached to your offer letter and returning it to UTS College at
  3. Fees can be paid via the payment options listed in your offer letter or you can defer fee payment via HECS-HELP (if eligible). We will provide you with a Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form in this case.
UTS College was approved by the Australian Government to offer short courses (Undergraduate certificate courses) during 2021 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Commonwealth funding for this short course initiative was only available in 2021 as part of the Job-ready Graduates Package. At this stage, our short courses are not available after 2021, however we are accepting enquiries for these courses via our enquiries form. Should the situation change, and we are able to acquire new Commonwealth funding in 2022 to continue our short courses, we will inform anyone who has registered their interest of the change. 

Qualifications and credits

On successful completion of your short course, you will receive an Undergraduate Certificate from UTS College. This is a stand-alone AQF 5 level qualification that you can add to your CV to improve your career prospects. To be awarded an undergraduate certificate, you’ll need to complete (and pass) all units of the program. You must also complete your studies and be awarded the certificate before the end of 2021.

Yes. On successful completion of your Undergraduate Certificate, you’ll receive 24 credit points towards the corresponding UTS College diploma and can move straight into the second (and final) semester of our accelerated diploma program. On completion of your diploma, after only one additional semester, you’re guaranteed* entry to the second year of a relevant UTS degree. You can also apply for FEE-HELP (if eligible) to complete the diploma.

*Subject to successful completion of the diploma with the required Grade Point Average (GPA) for domestic students.

Currently, Undergraduate Certificates are funded by the Australian Government until the end of 2021. Therefore, you will need to complete your studies and receive your certificate by the end of 2021. As a leading pathway provider, we offer significant academic support, monitoring and mentoring to ensure you succeed in your studies. Should you not pass all units of the course, you will have the option to complete those subjects (units) within the diploma course, however you will need to pay the full cost of the diploma subject (or defer your diploma fees via FEE-HELP (if eligible). To find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP when undertaking a UTS College Diploma check here.

On successful completion of your Undergraduate Certificate, you’ll receive 24 credit points towards the corresponding UTS College diploma. This means you’ll need an additional 24 credit points (3 or 4 subjects/units) to complete the diploma. Standard diploma prices apply to complete each unit (subject) of the diploma course. If you are eligible for FEE-HELP you will be able to defer payment of these units through the FEE-HELP loan scheme. If you are not eligible for FEE-HELP, you’ll need to pay the diploma fees up front.

No. CSPs (and HECS-HELP for eligible students only) are only available for the new Undergraduate Certificate courses, funded by the Australian Government in 2021 as part of the Job-ready Graduates Package. Diploma courses are covered by FEE-HELP, however, not all domestic students are eligible for FEE-HELP.

The testamur will state that you have been awarded an Undergraduate Certificate in (Design Practice) or (Digital Literacy) or (Information Technology) or (Business Essentials).  
Yes, you will be able to complete the diploma Live Online for as long as we are offering courses Live Online.

Studying at UTS College

Each week, for each subject, you can expect to undertake four hours of face-to-face classes (held Live Online) and an average of six hours per week for independent study, assessment tasks and assignments.

During both the face-to-face and independent study time, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss ideas and concepts with your teachers and peers, and be consistently guided and assisted throughout your course.

UTS College is the number one pathway provider to UTS, with more than 30 years’ experience providing support, guidance and assistance to students. We can help you succeed and meet your study goals.

All students undertaking a UTS College Undergraduate Certificate have access to our comprehensive academic and personal support services, including our Study Success Advisers, HELPS Centre for English language support, highly qualified teachers and Academic Coordinators, plus Studiosity – anytime anywhere online literacy, numeracy and study skills help. Find out more about our support services at UTS College.

Our courses are taught using the leading online education platform Canvas and the latest video technology including Zoom and RingCentral. We teach ‘Live Online’ meaning our classes are scheduled live, our teachers can answer your questions in real time, and you can learn and collaborate with your fellow students online from anywhere in Australia.

Outside class time, you can work both collaboratively and independently, with virtual access to teachers and learning support always at hand. You’ll develop future-ready skills for a changing world of study and work, with plenty of opportunities to engage in lively online social activities.
Learn more about Live Online or watch a demonstration class.

UTS College is the number one pathway provider for UTS. This means our programs are designed in partnership with UTS, so you’ll be receiving the same high-quality university education from day one of your studies.

Each course offers a range of relevant subjects which provide foundational level knowledge of the subject area, new skills to take into a new career, or the basis to go on to further study should you choose. For detailed course and subject outlines, see our website.

All UTS College students also have access to UTS’s world-class facilities, including the library and student hub located inside the brand new UTS Central building, 24-hour computer labs, student collaboration and study areas, and over 100 clubs and associations. Find out more on our website.

You will start with an online orientation (Welcome Week) to UTS College from 27 September 2021 and commence your Live Online classes from 5 October 2021.

Applications for Semester 3 will close 20 September 2021. The last date to accept your offer is 22 September 2021.

You can leave without penalty prior to the Census date – 29 October 2021 – and you will receive a full refund of any tuition fees you have paid providing UTS College receives written confirmation of your plan to withdraw on or before Census date. You will have no HELP debt if you chose to use HECS-HELP to pay your fees.

Our Live Online classes are small, with no more than 20 students per tutorial to ensure you receive personalised support and guidance.

Not in Semester 3 2021. The Commonwealth funding for this short course initiative is only available for 2021. This means students must complete their course full time and be awarded a certificate by the end of 2021. If short courses continue in 2022, we will look at a range of options including part time and block study modes.

Yes, where lectures from part of a subject they will be recorded. However, not all subject include traditional lectures. Instead, they use a more interactive method of introducing concepts and content which includes class discussions between teachers and students. We recommend that you attend your classes as per your timetable as much as possible to gain the full benefit of your course.  
The timetable will vary depending on which Undergraduate Certificate you are doing. Classes will generally be held in the afternoon, and will be between two and four hours long depending on the subject. Attendance will be taken for each session - this is mainly to provide support and outreach to our students to ensure you stay on track and reach your study goals.
The final day of the Undergraduate Certificate course is 24 December 2021. You will graduate and receive your qualification before the end of the year.