Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)

  • Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed at university
  • TPP is an alternative entry pathway to undergraduate degree study
  • Use TPP to update your study skills, even if you qualify for university entry
  • TPP courses completed are free for domestic Commonwealth-supported students

Program title: Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) (Program code: TP000)
QTAC code: 019901 (Sippy Downs)
Duration: 1 semester full-time or 2 semesters part-time
Commence: Semester 1, Semester 2 or Session 8 (Summer semester)
Study mode: On campus
Fee type 2014: Commonwealth supported places, International fee-paying places
CRICOS code: 058561K Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa.

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 Administration. 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.

 

Enquiries

Program structure

Program notes
Program structure

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

Plus select three (3) courses from:
TPP102 Computer Literacy
TPP103 Chemistry
TPP104 Mathematics
TPP105 Statistics
TPP106 An Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Societies
TPP107 Contemporary Australia
TPP108 An Introduction to Working within the Community
TPP109 Biology
TPP111 Business Study Skills

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

Study Plan

Below you will find a 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.

Reading the course outlines will provide you information such as the directed study hours (details regarding your lectures/tutorials/workshops). This information is useful to know when working out your enrolment on USC Central.

Once you know the courses you would like to enrol into please visit the USC Central Guide, here you will find resources on how to navigate your way around USC Central which is the online system you use to manage your enrolment. 

Faculty of Arts and Business
ProgramRecommended TPP courses
Associate Degree in Arts TPP101 plus select 3 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107 and TPP108
Associate Degree in Business TPP101, TPP105, TPP111 plus select 1 course from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108
Bachelor of Arts

TPP101 plus select 3 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107 and TPP108

Bachelor of Business TPP101, TPP105, TPP111 plus select 1 course from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108
Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning) TPP101, TPP105, TPP111 plus select 1 course from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) TPP101, TPP105, TPP111 plus select 1 course from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108
Bachelor of Communication TPP101 plus select 3 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107 and TPP108
Bachelor of Computer-Based Design TPP101 plus select 3 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107 and TPP108
Bachelor of Counselling TPP101, TPP108 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP106 or TPP107
Bachelor of Creative Writing TPP101 plus select 3 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107 and TPP108
Bachelor of Design and Communication TPP101 plus select 3 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107 and TPP108
Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology TPP101, TPP105, TPP111 plus select 1 course from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108
Bachelor of International Studies TPP101 plus select 3 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107 and TPP108
Bachelor of Human Services TPP101, TPP108 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP106 or TPP107
Bachelor of Journalism TPP101 plus select 3 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107 and TPP108
Bachelor of Justice and Legal Studies TPP101 plus any other three TPP courses

Bachelor of Laws

TPP101, TPP106, TPP107 plus select 1 course from TPP102, TPP111

Bachelor of Property Economics and Development

TPP101, TPP105, TPP111 plus select 1 course from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108
Bachelor of Public Relations TPP101 plus select 3 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107 and TPP108
Bachelor of Regional and Urban Planning (Honours) TPP101, TPP105 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107 or TPP108
Bachelor of Social Science TPP101 plus select 3 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107 and TPP108
Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) TPP101, TPP105 plus any other two TPP courses
Bachelor of Social Work TPP101, TPP108 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP106 or TPP107

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Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering
ProgramRecommended TPP courses

Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science

TPP101, TPP103 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP104, TPP105 or TPP109
Associate Degree in Science TPP101, TPP103 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP104, TPP105 or TPP109
Bachelor of Biomedical Science TPP101, TPP103 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP104, TPP105 or TPP109
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours)

TPP101, TPP104, TPP105 plus one of the following: TPP102 (recommended for Construction major), TPP103 (recommended for Environment and Water major). Please note: TPP104 does not meet the Maths B prerequisite required for this program. Students lacking this mathematics prerequisite may be offered a place in the Bachelor of Science program.

Please seek advice from the Admission Officer Tel: 61 7 5430 2890
Email: information@usc.edu.au

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science TPP101, TPP109 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP103, TPP104 or TPP105
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education TPP101, plus select 3 courses from TPP102, TPP104, TPP106, TPP107 or TPP108
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Honours)

TPP101, TPP104, TPP105 plus one of the following: TPP102, TPP103. Please note: TPP104 does not meet the Maths B prerequisite required for this program. Students lacking this mathematics prerequisite may be offered a place in the Bachelor of Science program.

Please seek advice from the Admission Officer Tel: 61 7 5430 2890
Email: information@usc.edu.au

Bachelor of Environmental Health Science TPP101, TPP103 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP103, TPP104, TPP105, TPP106, TPP107 or TPP108
Bachelor of Environmental Science TPP101, TPP103 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP104, TPP105 or TPP109
Bachelor of Health Promotion TPP101, TPP102 plus select 2 courses from TPP103, TPP104, TPP105 or TPP109
Bachelor of Nursing Science TPP101, TPP103 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP104, TPP105 or TPP109
Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery TPP101, TPP104, TPP109 and either TPP102 or TPP108
Bachelor of Nutrition TPP101, TPP103 and TPP109 plus select 1 course from TPP102, TPP104 or TPP105
Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics TPP cannot meet the entry rank required for direct entry into the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics. For information about an alternative pathway please seek advice from the Admissions Office Tel: 61 7 5430 2890
Email: information@usc.edu.au
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy TPP101, TPP109 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP103, TPP104, TPP105, TPP106, TPP107 or TPP108
Bachelor of Paramedic Science TPP101, TPP103 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP104, TPP105 or TPP109
Bachelor of Primary Education TPP101, plus select 3 courses from TPP102, TPP104, TPP106, TPP107 or TPP108
Bachelor of Science TPP101, TPP103 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP104, TPP105 or TPP109
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science TPP101, TPP109 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP103, TPP104 or TPP105

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Combined programs
ProgramsRecommended TPP courses
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Business TPP101, TPP105 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108 or TPP111
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Business (Design and Marketing) TPP101, TPP105 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108 or TPP111
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Business (Marketing Communication) TPP101, TPP105 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108 or TPP111
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Business (Psychology and Human Resource Management) TPP101, TPP105 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108 or TPP111
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Health (Human Services and Health Promotion) TPP101, plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP103, TPP105 or TPP109, plus select 1 course from TPP106, TPP107 or TPP108
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science TPP101, plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP103, TPP105 or TPP109, plus select 1 course from TPP106, TPP107 or TPP108
Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Exercise Science) TPP101, TPP109 plus select 1 course from TPP102, TPP103, or TPP105, plus select 1 course from TPP106, TPP107 or TPP108
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) TPP101, TPP105 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108 or TPP111
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning) TPP101, TPP105 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108 or TPP111
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Science TPP101, TPP105 plus select 2 other TPP courses
Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Science (Sport Management) TPP101, TPP109 plus select 2 courses from TPP102, TPP103, TPP104, TPP105 or TPP111
Bachelor of Education / Bachelor of Arts TPP101 plus select 3 other TPP courses
Bachelor of Education / Bachelor of Business TPP101, TPP111 plus select 2 other TPP courses
Bachelor of Education / Bachelor of Science TPP101, TPP103, TPP104 and TPP109
Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts

TPP101, TPP106, TPP107 plus select one of the following TPP102, TPP108

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Business

TPP101, TPP111, TPP105 plus select one of the following TPP106, TPP107

 Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting)

TPP101, TPP111, TPP105 plus select one of the following TPP106, TPP107

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Creative Writing

TPP101, TPP106, TPP107 plus select one of the following TPP102, TPP108

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Journalism

TPP101, TPP106, TPP107 plus select one of the following TPP102, TPP108

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science

TPP101, TPP103 plus select two of the following TPP102, TPP104, TPP105, TPP106, TPP107, TPP108, TPP109, TPP111

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Social Science

TPP101, TPP106, TPP107 plus select one of the following TPP102, TPP108

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All domestic students are required to submit their TPP application through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) to gain a place at USC.

Assistance with completing your TPP application is available from QTAC and USC.

The QTAC website offers information about how to apply, ordering your preferences and responding to your offer. Video demonstrations are available to guide you through the application process.

You are able to contact Student Administration for help with your application. Phone, email or make an appointment to have our staff assist you.

Step 1: Submit your application
  • Apply online via QTAC for TPP.
  • On the QTAC website click on Online services
    • Current Year 12 students should select Twelve to Tertiary Instructions
    • All other applicants should select Non Year 12 Students – Apply by Web instructions
  • You have the option to try a demonstration application
  • When you are ready to complete your applications click on Apply Now
    • Use the QTAC code for TPP: 019901
  • International students must complete an International Student Application Form.
TPP Educational Access Grant

When applying via QTAC there is an application fee which may be reimbursed.

TPP applicants who are experiencing financial difficulty that may inhibit them from applying via QTAC may be eligible for a TPP Educational Access Grant. The Grant will reimburse the cost of the QTAC application fee for eligible students.

Step 2: Assessment of application

QTAC will assess your application and your status can be tracked using the Current Applicant Online Services.

Step 3: Offers

QTAC will notify successful applicants of their offer to study by email and SMS.

Successful applicants will also receive an offer pack in the mail from USC within three business days of the QTAC offer rounds.

The offer pack provides information about how to access USCCentral to accept your offer and enrol in your TPP courses.

To choose your courses, please refer to the recommended TPP courses for USC programs.

Deferring your TPP place

Successful TPP applicants can defer the commencement of their studies for up to two years. This means your place can be held for you until you are ready to commence.

After the two year period has elapsed applicants must reapply via the QTAC process outlined above.

For more details on how to defer your offer of a place or information about how to take up your deferred place go to How to defer.

More information

If you have more questions, personalised advice and assistance is available by contacting:

Coordinator, Enabling Programs
Student Administration
Tel: +61 7 5430 2890
Email: information@usc.edu.au

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?

If you have more questions about how to enrol:

Online: Refer to the USC Central Guide
Email: information@usc.edu.au
Tel: Student Administration on +61 7 5430 2890
In person: Student Central, Building C

If you have questions about your program:

Coordinator, Enabling Programs, Student Administration
Tel: +61 7 5430 2890
Email: information@usc.edu.au