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

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Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)

TPP gives you the study skills and knowledge to succeed at university, and provides a pathway to a USC degree.

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 locations
  • Sippy Downs
  • Moreton Bay
  • Fraser Coast
  • Gympie
  • Caboolture
Refer to the program footnotes
CRICOS code
058561K
Commence
Semester 1, Semester 2 or Session 8 (Summer semester)
Program length (full-time)
6 months
Semester tuition fee 2022
A$10,600
Estimated total tuition fee *
A$10,600
Footnotes
  • Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
  • * Estimated tuition fees are based on 2022 rates. Refer to international fees for more information.
  • Not all majors/minors and elective options are available at every campus. You should refer to the What Can I Study tab, and the proposed study sequence for your chosen campus and intake for further information.
Study locations QTAC code
  • Sunshine Coast 019901
  • Moreton Bay 019961
  • Caboolture 019941
  • Fraser Coast 019921
  • Gympie 019911
USC program code
TP000
Commence
Semester 1, Semester 2 or Session 8 (Summer semester)
Duration
1 semester full time or 2 semesters part time
Study mode
On campus
TPP gives you the study skills and knowledge to succeed at university, and provides a pathway to a USC degree.

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.

After you successfully complete TPP, you will be able to gain direct entry into most USC degrees.

Flexible study options

You can study up to four TPP courses (or subjects) overall. TPP 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.

(Note: International TPP students must enrol full time.)

All courses have an online study option for greater study flexibility (see course list below).

Fees

TPP courses are free for domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and Australian Permanent Humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens). TPP courses are Austudy approved.

Indigenous TPP students may be eligible for an Indigenous Commonwealth scholarship.

For International TPP fees, visit International student fees.

Entry requirements
  • 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
Using TPP as a pathway into a degree

To receive an offer into your chosen degree, you need to be eligible (meet any subject prerequisites) and competitive (with a selection rank that meets the minimum selection threshold for the program).

Your selection rank will depend on how many TPP courses you complete and the grades you achieve in your TPP courses. As a result, we recommend you complete the full four TPP courses, to give yourself the best chance of success.

For details on how your selection rank will be calculated, visit TPP and selection ranks.

Note: TPP will not meet the minimum selection threshold for direct entry into some high-demand degree programs, and is not accepted for admission to graduate entry bachelor's degrees or postgraduate programs.

Check the list of recommended TPP courses to help you choose the correct courses to meet subject prerequisites.

If you are from a non-English speaking background, you will also be required to meet the English language requirements for your chosen USC program.

Please note that completed TPP courses cannot be used as credit towards a degree.

For more information on the application process including how a selection rank is calculated for the TPP, visit Apply for an undergraduate program from TPP.

What will I study?

Select your location, starting year and starting semester below to display your program structure and study sequence.

The study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students MUST follow their commencing structure and use this study sequence to guide enrolment.

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