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Tertiary Orientation Program (TOP)

TOP is for students who have a full offer from UNSW but wish to boost their English language skills to succeed in university.


Why study TOP?

  • TOP prepares you to confidently and effectively participate in academic discussions

  • It helps you adapt to the Australian academic environment

  • It enhances your campus experience at UNSW Sydney

  • It is taught by highly qualified and experienced teachers

Course Content

The Tertiary Orientation Preparation (TOP) program is a 5 week course for students who have a full offer from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). The course provides an introduction to the culture of tertiary study. It is designed to support your first Semester at UNSW and to provide an overview of the skills needed to succeed in your tertiary studies.

The course aims to help you:

  • develop an understanding of learning in an Australian tertiary academic community
  • make connections with peers
  • work collaboratively in groups
  • select, use and reference research resources appropriately
  • develop critical evaluation skills
  • develop an awareness of essay structure
  • understand the features of an effective presentation
  • understand your lecturers’ expectations
  • recognise different assessment requirements




Listening 1

  • Identifying specific information and supporting ideas

Reading Skills

  • Locating specific information in a text
  • Developing comprehension skills

Entry Requirements

You will need either:

  • A full offer to a UNSW degree or
  • Successful completion of UEEC

Dates and Fees

EnrolmentUNSW Start Date
19 Apr 2021Term 2 2021
02 Aug 2021Term 3 2021
Indicative tuition feesAUD $2,825

Entry requirements

You will be placed in an appropriate class based on a test score under the following conditions:

  1. IELTS, TOEFL and PTE tests must have been taken within 12 months of the enrolment date.
  2. If you have variations in test subscores, you may be assessed individually for placement and may require additional weeks of study.
  3. UNSW Global reserves the right to require you to undertake our placement test to confirm appropriate course placement.
  4. UNSW Global reserves the right to make changes to this course placement guide without notice.
  5. Progression into the next English course level depends on your achievement in course assessments. You may progress more quickly or slowly than the indication in weeks provided in this table.
  6. UNSW Global also accepts Cambridge Advanced English (CAE).
  • Please note that Commonwealth financial support is not available for Non-Award programs including Global’s Foundation programs and all language courses

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