Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)

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Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)


Program summary

The Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in undergraduate degree studies. TPP provides a pathway to a degree program.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)

TPP allows you to experience university life before committing to a degree program, and courses completed as part of the TPP program are free-of-charge for Commonwealth-supported students (fees for international students can be found at USC International fees and costs). Please note that courses completed through TPP cannot be used as credit towards a degree.

Upon successful completion of the TPP, you will be able to gain entry into most USC degree programs through the standard USC direct entry application process.

If you are from a non-English speaking background you will be required to meet English language entry requirements for your chosen USC program.

To attend another university you will need to apply through the standard QTAC application process or via the admission procedures as outlined by the institution at which you plan to study.

Courses in the TPP are Austudy approved.

Indigenous TPP students may be eligible for an Indigenous Commonwealth scholarship.

Flexible study options

TPP courses are offered in Semesters 1 and 2 and Session 8 (Summer Session) and you can study full-time (four courses over one semester) or part-time. Only a full-time study option at Sippy Downs campus is available to international students on a student visa. Courses are offered at a number of study locations including Sippy Downs, Gympie, Noosa, North Lakes and Caboolture.

Recommended TPP courses for USC programs

A list of the study plans (recommended TPP courses) for USC programs for 2015 is available to assist with your enrolment. We highly recommend that prior to enrolling, you read the courses synopsis and course outlines by clicking onto the TPP course codes.

Admission requirements
  • Entry age: you must be a minimum of 17 years of age at time of entry (international students must be 18 years old).
  • TPP is taught in English (both in classes and in written material), therefore students from a non-English speaking background will need to have sufficient English skills to achieve an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in all subtests of an IELTS test. Upon completion of TPP and prior to being admitted into any USC program, applicants must satisfy the minimum entry English language requirements (eg English Language proficiency and subject prerequisites).
Upon completion of TPP

Domestic students (Australian citizens, Permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) who wish to apply for admission into an undergraduate degree program at USC after completing the TPP are required to lodge an Application — Undergraduate (Direct) form to Student Central. The form is available from Application forms page. More information is available at Apply for an undergraduate program from TPP.

International students should go to the Application forms for International students page for more information and to download the application form.

More information

Download the Tertiary Preparation Pathway 2015 brochure (PDF 749KB)

For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.


Application and admission advice

Contact Student Central

+61 7 5430 2890
Ground floor, Building C, Sippy Downs

What will I study

To assist with your course selection, refer to the list of the study plans (recommended TPP courses) for USC programs for 2015. We highly recommend that prior to enroling you read the courses synopsis and course outlines by clicking onto the TPP course codes below.



One (1) required course:
TPP101 Academic Skills for Success

Plus select three (3) courses from:
TPP102 Digital Futures
TPP103 Chemistry
TPP104 Mathematics
TPP105 Statistics
TPP106 An Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Societies
TPP107 Australian Society and Identity
TPP108 An Introduction to Working within the Community
TPP109 Biology
TPP111 Business Study Skills
TPP115 Mathematical Methods for Science and Engineering

For further details about locations and semesters that each TPP course is offered refer to the class timetable.

Program notes

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students

Apply online through Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) using QTAC code 019901.

When applying via QTAC there is an application fee. TPP applicants who are experiencing financial difficulty may be eligible for a TPP Educational Access Grant. The Grant will reimburse the cost of the QTAC application fee for eligible students.

International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

If you have questions about domestic applications and admissions:

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Once you have received your offer pack from USC make sure you read through the TPP essentials page before you start your enrolment process.

As a USC student, you will need to refer to your study plan to enrol in the appropriate courses each semester or session.

Find out more about how to enrol or follow these steps:

  1. Check the open enrolment dates and the academic calendar for key dates
  2. Refer to the study plans (recommended TPP courses) for USC programs to plan your courses for the study period
  3. Find your courses and decide on your classes in the class timetable
  4. Log on to USC Central and enrol in courses and classes
Useful links
Where can I ask more questions?

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC.

If you have more questions about your program or how to enrol:

Online: Refer to the USC Central Guide
Email: studentcentral@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5430 2890
In person: Student Central, Building C, Sippy Downs Campus

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