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Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP)

Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) (ACEQ)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
  • Ipswich
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba
  • 3-4 semesters (maximum)
  • Feb, Jul, Nov
Note: International students may only undertake this program via online study.


  • Ready to start a new career, or don’t have the relevant entry requirements for your chosen degree? If you have not completed year 12 or it has been a while since you studied, UniSQ’s Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) is your pathway to uni.
  • Study when and where you want, online or on-campus while receiving personalised support from UniSQ’s dedicated TPP team. Successfully completing TPP makes you ready to apply for a range of UniSQ undergraduate degrees. 
  • Learn how to write academic assignments and build your confidence for further studies. Study subjects to develop your reading, writing, maths, and study skills and successfully prepare yourself for university studies.
  • Choose to study specialised subjects to gain entry to the degree you wish to study.

Further study

What if you’re not quite ready for a bachelor degree, or want a qualification sooner? Our Certificate of University Studies (4 courses) or Diploma of University Studies (8 courses) are the perfect next steps on your university journey.

Career outcomes

  • As part of this program you'll enhance your core academic skills to think critically and write academically, providing you with everything you need to succeed at university, and the confidence to follow your dream career.
  • As a stepping stone to further university study, successfully complete TPP and be ready to apply for a range of UniSQ undergraduate degrees, with endless career opportunities.
  • Preparing you for a future full of possibilities, our TPP program provides you with the opportunity to receive personalised career advice from one of our own Career Development Practitioners. You’ll get help in working out what your career dreams are for the future as well as setting goals to achieve them. 

Entry requirements

  • 18 years or older

To assist staff in determining your existing skill in reading comprehension, written expression and mathematical understanding, it is recommended you complete a short placement test and Academic Literacy Test prior to receiving an offer from UniSQ. 

These only take a short amount of time to complete (around 1.5 hours), and the result helps us tailor a personalised pathway for you. Our staff can provide advice on which UniSQ pathway program best suits you or the most appropriate starting level within the Tertiary Preparation Program. 

While these tests are not compulsory (please note, for students who did not complete schooling in Australia these tests are mandatory), doing them helps us find your best starting point. If you would like to be considered for the fast-track pathway, you will need to submit these tests as part of your application.

Study with the experts - we’ve been offering TPP for over 30 years and we know what we’re doing. Chat to us before finalising your decision on courses (subjects), as your choice may have an impact on your future studies. 

English language requirements

Students need to satisfy English Language requirements. This program normally requires a minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent through study or employment. In exceptional circumstances, based on results of the communication skills tests, alternative entry approval may be given.

Other pathway options

At UniSQ, we understand the path to University is different for everyone. There are many pathways programs available to fast-track your way to a UniSQ degree, and gain the confidence to study along the way.

Need help deciding which pathway is right for you? Contact our friendly team who can assist with any questions you might have.

Degree structure

The program consists of a compulsory component and a chosen specialisation course.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses
Specialisation courses at least 1
Total 4-8 (maximum)

UniSQ requires successful completion of particular courses of specialisation as a condition for entry to particular undergraduate programs. Please consult the UniSQ Handbook for courses to be studied, recommended enrolment patterns, and the program articulation map to identify which courses you will need to study in order to enter your chosen degree.

UniSQ undergraduate degree entry requirements

At UniSQ, most undergraduate programs have a minimum rank (ATAR) and entry requirements, such as subject pre-requisites. The Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) can help you get a rank and meet subject pre-requisites, so you can start in your dream degree!

I don’t have an ATAR/rank.
If you complete 2 or more TPP courses you will get a rank. The higher your grades, the higher your rank.

I don’t have an ATAR/rank or meet any subject pre-requisites.

Follow the full TPP Program articulation map, relevant to the program you want to study, to make sure you can apply for your degree. You will need to successfully complete 3 compulsory courses and 1 elective course to be ready to apply to the degree.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

For international students the approximate fee1 per unit for this program is: AUD 1580

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2022. 

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to UniSQ.

Note: International students may only study the Tertiary Preparation Program via online study.

The University accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 3, 2022 starts on Monday 14 November, 2022.
  • Semester 1, 2023 starts on Monday 20 February, 2023.
  • Semester 2, 2023 starts on Monday 10 July, 2023.
  • Semester 3, 2023 starts on Monday 13 November, 2023.

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