Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)

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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.

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

Upon successful completion of the TPP, you will be able to gain direct entry into most USC degree programs through the standard USC direct entry application process. You will be required to meet any subject prerequisites for the undergraduate degree you want to study so check these before enrolling in your TPP courses to make sure you choose the right courses.

TPP will not meet the entry rank required for direct entry into some high demand degree programs including the Bachelor of Midwifery and the Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery. Your entry rank will depend on how many TPP courses you complete and the grades you achieve in your TPP courses. Your entry rank must be high enough to meet the program cut off in order to gain direct entry.

If selecting 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.

Please note that courses completed through TPP cannot be used as credit towards a degree.

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 currently including Sippy Downs, Gympie, Noosa, North Lakes, Caboolture and Fraser Coast.

Recommended TPP courses for USC programs

A list of the study plans (recommended TPP courses) for USC programs for 2016 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).
  • International applicants academic history will be assessed for entry in to TPP.
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 should visit Apply for an undergraduate program from TPP for instructions to submit an online application.

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 2016 brochure (PDF 357KB)

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

 

Application and admission advice

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Contact Student Central

information@usc.edu.au
+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. 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 Critical Thinking: 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

Available courses Semester 2, 2016

Course Locations Entry requirement
TPP101 Academic Skills for Success Sippy Downs, Northlakes, Gympie, Noosa, Fraser Coast              Nil
TPP102 Digital Futures Sippy Downs, Caboolture, Gympie, Noosa, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP103 Chemistry Sippy Downs, Northlakes, Gympie, Noosa, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP104 Mathematics Sippy Downs, Northlakes, Gympie, Noosa, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP105 Statistics Sippy Downs, Noosa, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP106 An Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Societies Sippy Downs Nil
TPP107 Critical Thinking: Australian Society and Identity Sippy Downs Nil
TPP108 An Introduction to Working within the Community Sippy Downs Nil
TPP109 Biology Sippy Downs, Northlakes, Gympie, Noosa, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP111 Business Study Skills Sippy Downs, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP115 Mathematical Methods for Science and Engineering Sippy Downs Nil

Available courses Session 8, 2016/2017

Course Locations Entry requirement
TPP101 Academic Skills for Success Sippy Downs, Gympie, Fraser Coast                Nil
TPP102 Digital Futures Sippy Downs Nil
TPP103 Chemistry Sippy Downs, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP104 Mathematics Sippy Downs Nil
TPP105 Statistics Sippy Downs Nil
TPP107 Critical Thinking: Australian Society and Identity Sippy Downs Nil
TPP109 Biology Sippy Downs, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP111 Business Study Skills Sippy Downs Nil

Available courses Semester 1, 2017

Course Locations Entry requirement
TPP101 Academic Skills for Success Sippy Downs, Northlakes, Gympie, Noosa, Fraser Coast              Nil
TPP102 Digital Futures Sippy Downs, Caboolture, Gympie, Noosa, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP103 Chemistry Sippy Downs, Northlakes, Gympie, Noosa, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP104 Mathematics Sippy Downs, Northlakes, Gympie, Noosa, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP105 Statistics Sippy Downs, Noosa, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP106 An Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Societies Sippy Downs Nil
TPP107 Critical Thinking: Australian Society and Identity Sippy Downs Nil
TPP108 An Introduction to Working within the Community Sippy Downs Nil
TPP109 Biology Sippy Downs, Northlakes, Gympie, Noosa, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP111 Business Study Skills Sippy Downs, Fraser Coast Nil
TPP115 Mathematical Methods for Science and Engineering Sippy Downs Nil

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

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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.

Exceptions
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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