University Access Program

University Access Program

Your alternative entry into UOW Shoalhaven campus

The University Access Program (UAP) at the Shoalhaven campus is a part time 14 week program designed to prepare students for University.  

After successful completion^ of the course, you are guaranteed entry into a range of undergraduate degrees at the UOW Shoalhaven Campus. 

Location: Shoalhaven Campus
Enrolment: Autumn Session
Classes commence: TBA
Applications Close:TBA
* Late applications will be considered where places are available.
Times: 9.30 – 12.30 3 days per week. Days to be confirmed
Duration: 14 weeks
9 hours per week (3 days x 3 hour classes)
Financial Support: Commonwealth Supported Places + FEE-HELP

**UAP applicants are encouraged to apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) to cover the cost of the courses tuition fees.

Course Description

The University Access Program (UAP) prepares you fundamental skills required to succeed at university and in your chosen career. This course is delivered by UOW College on behalf of the University of Wollongong.

UAP will help you:

  • Develop study skills habits including time management, essay writing, referencing your work and learning skills.
  • Become familiar with the academic standards and expectations at university.
  • At successful completion, UOW College guarantees you entry into first year of your nominated UOW Shoalhaven degree.

The UAP at the Shoalhaven Campus is a joint initiative of the UOW Shoalhaven Campus and the UOW College.

Guaranteed^ Entry in to UOW Shoalhaven

After successful completion^ of the program, you are guaranteed entry into the below UOW Undergraduate degrees at the UOW Shoalhaven Campus or our other Regional campuses in Batemans Bay, Bega or Moss Vale.

These include:

If you are interested in studying a different University degree on the Wollongong campus, you can read about the UAP Wollongong campus by visiting the UOW College website.

Entry Requirements

  • Entry is dependent on your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) or equivalent.
  • If you are applying for the UAP and do not have an ATAR, you will need to sit a Literacy and Numeracy Test in order to assess your suitability for the program.
  • Any work experience or other formal qualification you may have received may also be considered in your application.

When you receive your offer for the UAP, you also receive your offer for your chosen university of Wollongong degree. Given this, you will need to choose your university degree at the UOW Shoalhaven campus prior to starting the UAP program.

Progression to UOW

You need to achieve the required Weighted Average Mark (WAM) in order to successfully complete the UAP. Upon successful completion of the course, you can start your chosen UOW degree in its next available session.

Progression to other Australian Universities

If you intend to seek progression to another Australian university you will need to discuss entry requirements with the relevant university prior to accepting a place in the UAP at the Shoalhaven Campus.

Payment Method

FEE-HELP is also available to eligible students to cover all or part of the tuition fees. Click on these links for further information on CSP or FEE-HELP. Alternatively contact UniAdvice on 1300 367 869

How to Apply

OPTION 1: Apply Online

OPTION 2: Apply through the University Admissions Centre (UAC)
(Guaranteed Pathway Courses Only)
Current HSC students and Mature Age applicants can select the following UOW College pathway programs as a preference in the UAC system. These courses can then be used as an alternative offer to their preferred UOW Bachelor degree (where applicable). Programs include:
• University Entrance Certificate (Wollongong)
• University Access Program (Liverpool & Shoalhaven)
• Diploma of Business (Wollongong & Liverpool)
• Diploma of Information Technology (Wollongong & Liverpool)
• Diploma of Social Sciences (Wollongong)
Those eligible for a UOW College offer through UAC will be advised of the outcome in the Main Round Offers on the 20th of January.
Further information about applying through UAC can be found at the Universities Admissions Centre website.

Step 1: Complete the Application Form
Download, print and sign the UOW College Application Form and return to us.


Special Tertiary Entrance Program

If you are applying for the Special Tertiary Entrance Program, STEP to UOW you only need to complete the STEP to UOW application form below. You can find out more information to assist you complete the application form and inform you of the application process.


If you are applying for a IN2UNI or Smart & Skilled scholarship program, see this page.

Step 2: Submit your application by the closing date
Applications close approximately 4 weeks prior to the start of the session. To view keys days including application closing dates, visit the key dates page of our website.

Late applications will only be considered if places are available.

Step 3: Email notification
You will be notified via email of the outcome of your application 2-3 weeks after the application closing date.

Step 4: Offer Acceptance and Payment
If you are a successful applicant and receive an offer you must return your Offer Acceptance and Payment advice by the date specified in your offer.

Step 5: Orientation
You will be notified via email with the date for orientation and enrolment. Be sure to make time to attend orientation and enrolment where you will sign up for your classes. Late enrolment may not be permitted.

Need Help?

Pathway programs to UOW
Phone: 1300 367 869

Vocational Education
Phone: 1300 885 395.

STEP to UOW and IN2UNI & Smart and Skilled Scholarship
Phone: 1300 885 395

Note that in some instances, where there are limited places available and there is very high demand for UOW College pathway programs, applications for a session may close early. If the closing date is brought forward due to high demand, applicants will be advised that they will be considered for the next available intake. 

Postal Address for applications

Future Students - Admissions
Building 36
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522 Australia


"I found the 14-week bridging program that I attended at UOW College invaluable to my degree, especially the advice, guidance and enthusiasm shown by my lecturers.

As I left school in 1976, the UOW College subjects taught were extremely helpful in assisting me with writing essays and certainly prepared me for University
study. I chose UOW College because of its outstanding reputation. The flexibility of the program allowed me to return to study, even though I still had work and family commitments.

I graduated from UOW with Distinction and now am completing a postgraduate degree at UOW. UOW College is certainly the best possible pathway to University."

Christine Hamilton
University Access Program - Wollongong
Wollongong College Australia (UOW College)
Bachelor of Arts (History) with Distinction

More Information

Contact us at Future Students on 1300 367 869, email or visit the Shoalhaven Campus in person. 

^You must achieve the required Weighted Average Mark (WAM) and any other states requirements in the UAP to progress to your university degree.

Last reviewed: 17 November, 2017