Published on 15 November 2013
Adults of all ages across the Gympie region who want to study at university but aren’t sure if they have the skills can take advantage of a course available this summer at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Gympie campus.
USC Gympie is, for the first time, offering a summer session of the Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) subject Academic Skills for Success.
TPP is a four-subject program which provides an alternative pathway to a USC degree, allowing people to experience university life and gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed before they commit to a degree.
USC Gympie Manager Graham Young, who will teach the summer session from 26 November to late January, said a range of residents of different ages, backgrounds and circumstances had completed TPP subjects in 2013.
“We had a lot of mature-age students – people who have been out of school for years and want to change careers,” Mr Young said. “One wanted to be an engineer, another a nurse, but they were nervous about studying again.
“We take you step-by-step through the things you need to know, such as how to study and write academic essays, how to manage your time, work in a group and think critically, and how to research for journal articles.”
Mr Young said a big benefit of TPP was that it was free of charge for Commonwealth-supported students, which included most Australian residents.
USC Gympie is taking direct applications for the TPP summer course until Friday 22 November.
For details email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5456 5800.
— Julie Schomberg