Enabling programs are a broad range of academic skills programs designed to prepare students for university study. UNSW recognises that university can be an unequal playing field and that people bring to the classroom many different types of skills, attitudes and backgrounds. In response, these programs offer a number of different pathways which focus on the academic skills required to study well at university. There are three major pathways: The University Preparation Program (UPP), The UNSW Prep Program, and the Indigenous Humanities Pathways program. Most are one-year programs and each contain compulsory Academic Skills components.
The UPP has run since 1989. It is designed for mature age students and involves part-time study which can be mostly done in the evenings. It is designed for people who would like to study but who also have a number of other commitments in their lives. The UPP has four separate streams:
Once the program is successfully completed, students receive an ATAR-equivalent ranking and can apply for entry to UNSW or a number of other universities.
The UNSW Prep Program began in 2013 and was based on diploma programs run in various faculties. It is designed for students between 17-19 years of age who have suffered some form of social and educational disadvantage in their final years of schooling. It is an equity based program which is studied on a full-time basis – students do three courses per semester. The UNSW Prep has four separate streams:
Once the program is successfully completed, students receive an offer to study at UNSW, if they fulfill the particular selection criteria for the degree program they have chosen.
The Indigenous Humanities Pathways program was first run in 2009. It is designed in conjunction with Nura Gili for Indigenous students who would like to begin a degree program in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences. Academic Skills courses are a key part of the program, as well as courses run by Nura Gili, and students can also choose elective courses in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences.
For further information about Enabling programs, please contact Dr Dominic Fitzsimmons