Tertiary Preparation Pathway - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Tertiary Preparation Pathway

Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) is a bridging program that allows you to experience university life before jumping into a full degree. If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP helps you brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing. It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science, business or maths.

Study up to four TPP courses (or subjects) from a range of options. Courses are offered in Semester 1 (February), Semester 2 (July) and Session 8 (intensive summer session, in November). You can study full time (four courses over one semester) or part time.

In this program you will:

  • Study TPP courses for FREE as a domestic student (Australian citizens, permanent residents and Australian Permanent Humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens). TPP courses are Austudy approved
  • Study skills and knowledge to succeed at university, and provides a pathway to a USC degree.
  • Brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing
  • Commence at the start of the year, midway through the year, or conduct an intensive course over summer
  • Gain direct entry into most USC degrees on successful TPP completion

Location

CRICOS code

058561K

Duration

1 semester 1 semester Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$0 Fee-paying
Fee-paying
A$10,600 Estimated total fee
Estimated total fee

QTAC code

019901 019911 019921 019941 019961

Start

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Session 8
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

Start
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Session 8
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Duration
1 semester 1 semester
CRICOS code
058561K
USC program code
TP000
Program structure

To assist with your course selection, refer to the list of the study plans (recommended TPP courses) for USC programs. We highly recommend that prior to enrolling you read the courses synopsis and course outlines by clicking onto the TPP course codes below.

One (1) required course:

CourseSemester of offerUnitsRequisites
TPP101 Academic Skills for Success
  • Sunshine Coast: Session 8, Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Caboolture: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Fraser Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Gympie: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 1, Semester 2
12Pre: Enrolled in Program TP000

Plus select three (3) courses from:

CourseSemester of offerUnitsRequisites
TPP102 ICT for Academic and Professional Applications
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Caboolture: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Fraser Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 1, Semester 2
12Pre: Enrolled in Program TP000
TPP103 Chemistry
  • Sunshine Coast: Session 8, Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Caboolture: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Fraser Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Gympie: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 1, Semester 2
12Pre: Enrolled in Program TP000
TPP104 Mathematics
  • Sunshine Coast: Session 8, Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Caboolture: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Fraser Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Gympie: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 1, Semester 2
12Pre: Enrolled in Program TP000
TPP105 Statistics
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Fraser Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 1, Semester 2
12Pre: Enrolled in Program TP000
TPP107 Critical Thinking in Society
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Fraser Coast: Semester 2
  • Gympie: Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 1, Semester 2
12Pre: Enrolled in Program TP000
TPP108 Professional People Skills for Study, Community and Society
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Fraser Coast: Semester 1
  • Gympie: Semester 1
  • Online: Semester 1, Semester 2
12Pre: Enrolled in Program TP000
TPP109 Biology
  • Sunshine Coast: Session 8, Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Caboolture: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Fraser Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Gympie: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 1, Semester 2
12Pre: Enrolled in Program TP000
TPP111 Business Study Skills
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Online: Semester 1, Semester 2
12Pre: Enrolled in Program TP000
TPP115 Maths for Science and Engineering
  • Sunshine Coast: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Moreton Bay: Semester 1, Semester 2
12Pre: Enrolled in Program TP000


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

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  • You must be at least 17 years of age at time of entry (International students must 18 years of age).
  • If English is not your first language, you 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.
  • International applicants’ academic history will be assessed for entry into TPP
Program requirements
Program notes

Career opportunities

  • Pursue more than 150 courses of study at USC alone, covering an immense range of professions.

You can apply for TPP via QTAC using the QTAC code for your preferred location.

If you have applied for the Tertiary Preparation Pathway or are ready to commence in this program, please find essential information below. For more information, contact Student Central or visit the TPP essentials page.

Indigenous TPP students may be eligible for an Indigenous Commonwealth scholarship to support study costs.

Choosing which TPP courses to study

Before you decide which TPP courses you should study, consider where you would like the TPP program to take you. Start by referring to the undergraduate programs that are offered at USC and decide which program you would like to study once you have completed TPP.

Once you establish which undergraduate program you are interested in, check the recommended TPP courses for USC programs.

If you are uncertain of which career path or undergraduate program you would like to take, please contact Student Central.

QTAC code

Location QTAC code
Sunshine Coast 019901
Gympie 019911
Fraser Coast 019921
Caboolture 019941
Moreton Bay 019961
5 stars for student support
Domestic students study free
Flexible learning options
Christina Buchan Graduate

Student story

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