Oncampus  Online  
Start:  Block 2 (March) Block 3 (May) Block 4 (July) Block 5 (September) Block 6 (October)  Block 2 (March) Block 3 (May) Block 4 (July) Block 5 (September) Block 6 (October) 
Campus:  Toowoomba, Springfield, Ipswich   
Fees:  Commonwealth supported place Domestic full fee paying place International full fee paying place  Commonwealth supported place Domestic full fee paying place International full fee paying place 
Standard duration:  1 to 4 Blocks 
Notes
In 2023 the programs follows the Blocks calendar. The Academic
Calendar and Important Dates webpage will allow you to view
and download a copy of the important dates for the Blocks calendar.
The Tertiary Preparation Pathwayis a nonaward program.
Contact us
Future Australian and New Zealand students  Future International students  Current students 
Ask a question Freecall (within Australia): 1800 269 500 Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315 Email: study@usq.edu.au 
Ask a question Phone: +61 7 4631 5543 Email: international@usq.edu.au 
Ask a question Freecall (within Australia): 1800 007 252 Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285 Email usq.support@usq.edu.au 
Program aims
The Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) is committed to an inclusive and sociallyjust approach to learning and teaching that aims to broaden access to higher education by recognising and supporting diverse learners on their individual pathways to university study and their life goals. To these ends, the Pathway has two general aims. The first is to provide equitable access to tertiary studies. The second is to assist our students to succeed in undergraduate study. Both general aims are served through achievement of the more specific Pathway aims of developing confident, critical, curious, and reflective learners capable of success in undergraduate programs.
Program objectives
Knowledge:
Students who have completed the courses required for entry to their chosen undergraduate studies will have the knowledge required to gain entry to and succeed at undergraduate level, which may include, depending upon the entry requirements, knowledge relating to:

numeracy, academic literacy, digital literacy, and specific disciplinary knowledge;

study management strategies;

academic conventions;

the values and processes underpinning knowledge use and creation at university including those of academic integrity; and

culturally diverse learning environments.
Skills:
Students who have completed the courses required for entry to their chosen undergraduate studies will have the cognitive, technical, and communicative skills required to gain entry to and succeed at undergraduate level, including the abilities to:

select, evaluate, and analyse information for a chosen purpose;

design, develop, and communicate solutions in response to study tasks;

communicate information effectively;

participate successfully in academic communities;

manage study projects independently.
Application of knowledge and skills:
Students who have completed the courses required for entry to their chosen undergraduate studies will have the confidence and capacity to apply the knowledge and skills required to gain entry to and succeed at undergraduate level, including the confidence and capacities to:

select and apply methods and technologies appropriate to study tasks;

demonstrate autonomy, judgement, and defined responsibility appropriate to the study context;

employ individual, social, and career related capacities appropriate to the undergraduate study context;

make informed study and career choices;

participate respectfully and productively within a culturally diverse learning environment.
Admission requirements
To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
There is no specified minimum educational achievement entrance standard.
Normally, to be eligible for enrolment in TPP a person will have attained an age of at least 18 years in the year of the proposed enrolment.
Applicants who intend to enrol in a mathematics and/or a Communicating at University course are strongly encouraged to complete Tertiary Preparation Pathway placement tests in Mathematics and Academic Literacy levels. Applicants will then be directed into the most appropriate courses in the TPP. For students who did not complete schooling in Australia these tests are mandatory. Students who do not undertake these tests and who wish to enrol in a Communicating at University and/or a mathematics course will be able to enrol in TPP0111 Communicating at University A and/or TPP0180 Introductory Mathematics during their first block of study.
This program normally requires a minimum of IELTS 5.5. English language proficiency or equivalent through study or employment. In exceptional circumstances, based on results of the TPP Academic Literacy Levels (ALL) placement test, alternative entry approval may be given.
Program fees
Commonwealth supported place
A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Schedules.
Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECSHELP.
Domestic full fee paying place
Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Schedule
Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEEHELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.
Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEEHelp.
International full fee paying place
International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied oncampus, external or online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Schedules.
Program structure
The Tertiary Preparation Pathway is designed flexibly to support each student to meet the entry requirements for their desired undergraduate degree program. Therefore, there is no single prescribed structure. Each applicant will enrol in the courses they require to satisfy their undergraduate program entry requirements.
It is strongly recommended that all applicants who intend to enrol in TPP0122 Study Management do so during their initial block.
An applicant's eligibility for initial enrolment in a particular TPP mathematics course will be determined from the results of their TPP placement test in mathematics, with the exception of TPP0180 Introductory Mathematics, which a student may enrol in without completing the mathematics placement test. A student’s eligibility to enrol in a TPP mathematics course subsequent to the student’s initial enrolment in a TPP mathematics course will be determined by the highest level TPP mathematics course that the student has successfully completed.
The optional additional courses are:

TPP0165
Students who are directed to enrol in TPP0111 Communicating at University A are required to successfully complete this before they will be enrolled in TPP0123 Communicating at University B.
Students who are directed to enrol in TPP0180 Introductory Mathematics are required to successfully complete this before they will be enrolled in any other TPP mathematics course.
Program completion requirements
A student has successfully completed the pathway when they have attained the entry requirements for their desired undergraduate degree.
IT requirements
Students who enrol in the online mode are required to have reliable and ready access to email and the Internet. For information technology requirements, please see the minimum computing standards.
Recommended enrolment pattern
Recommended enrolment pattern
Program articulation map
Students enrolling in the TPP should seek advice regarding the
entry requirement for their desired undergraduate program based upon
their individual circumstances. The articulation map which follows
provides a guideline for the selection of TPP courses in order to
gain entry to and best prepare for each undergraduate program.
To complete TPP, students enrol in and complete the Required
Courses for the undergraduate program of their choice. Enrolment in
further TPP courses may help students prepare themselves for success
in their undergraduate program.:

Required Courses – these must be completed to be eligible to apply for entry into specified undergraduate programs (TPP0111 Communicating at University A may be waived depending on the outcome of academic literacy placement test).

Assumed knowledge (A) and Recommended Study (R) – successful completion of these courses is highly recommended as the skills and knowledge gained through these courses is required for successful completion of undergraduate courses in specified undergraduate programs.

Other electives – other TPP courses (not shown on the table) may provide further valuable knowledge and skills that will increase success in undergraduate study.
Students who successfully complete the TPP courses as specified
in the table below will be considered for direct entry into their
undergraduate program.
Students who select TPP courses that vary
from the table below will be assessed for undergraduate entry based
on their performance (GPA) in their selected TPP courses.
Footnotes  
*  Students may need to complete TPP0111 Communicating at University A before enrolling in TPP0123 subject to placement testing (Academic Literacy Level Test). 
^  Students may need to complete prerequisite mathematics study before enrolling into a mathematics course, subject to placement testing (Mathematics Literacy Level Test). The mathematics courses are normally completed in the following order TPP0180 Introductory Mathematics, TPP0181 Elementary Mathematics, TPP0182 General Mathematics, TPP0183 Mathematical Methods. Students should refer to the required mathematics course for their program to determine their required prerequisites. 
Students may need to complete prerequisite mathematics study before enrolling into a mathematics course, subject to placement testing (Mathematics Literacy Level Test). The mathematics courses are normally completed in the following order TPP0180 Introductory Mathematics, TPP0181 Elementary Mathematics, TPP0182 General Mathematics, TPP0183 Mathematical Methods. Students should refer to the required mathematics course for their program to determine their required prerequisites. 
TPP Course Offerings 2023
Course  B1  B2 20 Mar — 5 May 
B3 8 May — 30 June 
B4 10 July — 29 Aug 
B5 4 Sept — 20 Oct 
B6 30 Oct — 15 Dec 
TPP0111 Communicating at University A  Online  Online On Campus_— Springfield and Toowoomba 
Online On Campus_— Ipswich 
Online On Campus_— Springfield and Toowoomba 
Online On Campus_— Ipswich 

TPP0122 Study Management  Online  Online On Campus_— Springfield and Toowoomba 
Online On Campus_— Ipswich 
Online On Campus_— Springfield and Toowoomba 
Online On Campus_— Ipswich 

TPP0123 Communicating at University B  Online On Campus_— Springfield and Toowoomba 
Online On Campus_— Ipswich 
Online On Campus_— Springfield and Toowoomba 
Online On Campus_— Ipswich 
Online On Campus_— Springfield and Toowoomba 

TPP0145 Introduction to the Humanities  Online  Online  
TPP0155 General Science  Online  Online  
TPP0160 Preparatory Physics  Online  Online  
TPP0165  Online  Online  
TPP0175 Introduction to Psychology and Counselling  Online  Online  
TPP0180 Introductory Mathematics  Online  Online On Campus_— Springfield and Toowoomba 
Online On Campus_— Ipswich 
Online On Campus_— Springfield and Toowoomba 
Online On Campus_— Ipswich 

TPP0181 Elementary Mathematics  Online On Campus_— Springfield and Toowoomba 
Online On Campus_— Ipswich 
Online On Campus_— Springfield and Toowoomba 
Online On Campus_— Ipswich 
Online On Campus_— Springfield and Toowoomba 

TPP0182 General Mathematics  Online On Campus Springfield 
Online On Campus Toowoomba 

TPP0183 Mathematical Methods  Online Semester 1  Online Semester 2 
Students studying over two semesters
Example enrolment patterns for completion of the TPP within two (2) blocks are as follows (please note that enrolment patterns are individual and will vary depending upon prior qualifications and knowledge and desired future study. Students should seek advice based upon their individual circumstances) :
Students who are directed to initially enrol in TPP70111 Communicating at University A
First block of enrolment  Second second of enrolment  Special enrolment requirements 
TPP0122 Study Management and TPP0111 Communicating at University A  TPP0123 Communicating at University B  
One other TPP course as required  Students enrolling in TPP0160 Preparatory Physics must enrol in TPP0182 General Mathematics as a pre or corequisite. 
Students who are eligible to initially enrol in TPP0123 Communicating at University B
First block of enrolment  Second block of enrolment  Special block requirements 
TPP0122 Study Management and TPP0123 Communicating at University B 
Two other TPP courses as required  Students enrolling in TPP0160 Preparatory Physics must enrol in TPP0182 General Mathematics as a pre or corequisite. 