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
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 2013: 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.
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 you plan to study at.
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 Administration. The form is available from Application forms page.
International students should go to the Applying for admission page for more information and to download the application form.
- Contact Student Administration for application and admission information
- Contact the Faculty of Arts and Business or Faculty of Science Health Education and Engineering for program advice
- Coordinator, Enabling Programs
Tel: +61 7 5430 2890
- To submit an application: refer to How to apply. 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 policy for information about administrative fees that may apply.
One (1) required course:
TPP101 Academic Skills for Success
Plus select three (3) courses from:
TPP102 Computer Literacy
TPP106 An Introduction to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Societies
TPP107 Contemporary Australia
TPP108 An Introduction to Working within the Community
TPP111 Business Study Skills
For further details about locations and semesters that each TPP course is offered refer to the class timetable.
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 programs
- Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering programs
- Combined programs
|Program||Recommended TPP courses|
|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
|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
|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
|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|
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.
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.
If you have more questions, personalised advice and assistance is available by contacting:
Coordinator, Enabling Programs
Tel: +61 7 5430 2890
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)
- Open Day and information events
- Tertiary Preparation Pathway Educational Access Grant
- Study locations
Where can I ask more questions?
If you have more questions about how to enrol:
If you have questions about your program:
Coordinator, Enabling Programs, Student Administration
Tel: +61 7 5430 2890