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. 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.

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 Applying for admission page for more information and to download the application form.

More information

Download the Tertiary Preparation Pathway 2014 brochure (PDF 613KB)

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



Program coordinator
Kerry Rutter

Kerry Rutter
Tel: +61 7 5456 5556
Email: krutter@usc.edu.au

Program structure

Program notes

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students

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.

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 your Study Plan 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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