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). 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. Successful completion of the Tertiary Preparation Pathway with a grade of Credit (CR) or better in TPP101 meets the English language entry requirements for most USC undergraduate programs.
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.
- 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).
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.
For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.
Application and admission advice
One (1) required course:
TPP101 Academic Skills for Success
Plus select three (3) courses from:
TPP102 Digital Futures
TPP106 An Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Societies
TPP107 Australian Society and Identity
TPP108 An Introduction to Working within the Community
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.
- To submit an application, go to the How to apply tab. Please refer to Application dates to apply before cut-off dates.
- Program fees:there are no tuition fees for Australian or New Zealand citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or Holders of Humanitarian Visas. Fees for international students can be found at USC International fees and costs.
- International students are non-Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian Permanent Residents. Summer Session and part-time options are not available to International students.
- Program details are subject to change.
- For important semester dates see Academic Calenders.
- Read the Student rules, policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Refer to the Student Fees and Charges - Governing Policy for information about administrative fees that may apply.
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements outlined on the program summary
- Confirm that you meet the English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
Apply online through Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) using QTAC code 019901 (as specified on the program summary)
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.
- Applicants who have had an enrolment at USC within the past two years should contact Student Central for advice about the appropriate application process for their circumstances
- Students holding a deferred place apply direct to USC by submitting an Application to take up a deferred place form.
Apply direct to USC International
If you have questions about domestic applications and admissions:
- Search for answers and ask questions in askUSC
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tel: Student Central on +61 7 5430 2890
- In person: Student Central, Building C, Sippy Downs Campus
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:
- Check the open enrolment dates and the academic calendar for key dates
- Refer to your Study Plan to plan your courses for the study period
- Find your courses and decide on your classes in the class timetable
- Log on to USC Central and enrol in courses and classes
- Getting Started Guide
- USC Central Guide
- Class timetables
- Academic Calendar
- Student-related policies, plans and procedures
- Regional Access, Inclusion and Success in Education (RAISE)
- Welcome Week (your USC Orientation)
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway Educational Access Grant
- Study locations
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: