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