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University Skills for Community


This free course is for anyone thinking of taking the first steps in returning to study at TAFE or university and is run over 2 consecutive days.

The course is facilitated by experienced USC advisers and is especially designed for adults of all ages who have not undertaken formal study for some years, or who did not finish high school.

About the course

The course aims to:

  • introduce participants to key concepts and structures of writing for a higher education environment
  • enhance capacity around career pathway decision-making
  • demystify higher education
  • create a cooperative group environment for learning
  • build your confidence and skills in a supportive environment
  • turn your current formal and informal learning abilities gained from work and life experience into academic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills


  • there are no tuition fees for this course


  • 18+ years, during the year in which the course is held


  • workbooks are provided for the duration of the course, free of charge

There are no tests, assignments or exams.

This course cannot be used towards gaining admission into a USC program.

For further information on USC's bridging program, visit Tertiary Preparation Pathway.

2018 program

USC Sunshine Coast (Sippy Downs)

Dates: Tuesday 26–Wednesday 27 June 2018
Time: 9am–3pm

Dates: Tuesday 27–Wednesday 28 November 2018
Time: 9am–3pm

Room:  J Block, Level 2, Room J2.03

USC Fraser Coast

Dates: Tuesday 12–Wednesday 13 June 2018
Time: 9am–3pm

Room:  F Block, Level 1, Room FCA1.22

Dates: Tuesday 13–Wednesday 14 November 2018
Time: 9am–3pm

Room:  F Block, Level 1, Room FCA1.22

USC Gympie

Dates: Tuesday 3–Wednesday 4 July 2018
Time: 9am–3pm
Room:  G Block, Ground Floor, Room GYG.16

Dates: Tuesday 20–Wednesday 21 November 2018
Time: 9am–3pm
Room:  G Block, Ground Floor, Room GYG.19

USC Caboolture

 Dates: Tuesday 19–Wednesday 20 June 2018
Time: 9am–3pm
Room:  J Block, Level 2, Room J2.02

Dates: Tuesday 4 –Wednesday 5 December 2018
Time: 9am–3pm
Room:  J Block, Level 2, Room J2.02

Courses will run subject to final number of registrations. Please register to avoid disappointment.

Course details

During this program, you will produce a short piece of academic writing.

Starting with a personal point of view on a topical issue, you will develop your skills as a researcher and writer as you turn those initial thoughts into a well-crafted, defensible statement on the topic.

You will also further develop your existing understanding of potential career and study pathways, through developing your understanding of career development, and exploring your interests, values, and transferable skills.

USC Career Development staff will available for individual consultations on completion of the course. Speak to your facilitator for further information.

Are you interested in being contacted about the University Skills course?

If you are interested in being involved in current or future courses please complete the form below or contact the Access and Diversity unit of Student Services and Engagement on:

Telephone: +61 7 5430 2893

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