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Tertiary Preparation Program (ACEQorPREPorTPPG) - TPP

 On-campus*Online
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Campus: Toowoomba, Springfield, Ipswich -
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
Fee exempt places
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration: 1 semester full-time, 2 semesters part-time 

Notes

The Tertiary Preparation Program is a non-award program.

Footnotes
*Semester 3 intake is only available at the Toowoomba campus.

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Future Australian and New Zealand students  Future International students  Current students 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 269 500
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 5315
Email: study@usq.edu.au  
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Phone: +61 7 4631 5543
Email: international@usq.edu.au 
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Freecall (within Australia): 1800 007 252
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
Email usq.support@usq.edu.au 

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Program aims

The Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) has two general aims. One of these is to enable people to achieve equitable access to tertiary studies to gain entry to an undergraduate program. The other general aim is to assist people to adequately prepare themselves to successfully undertake undergraduate study. Achievement of the first general aim is supported by the University’s policy under which people who successfully complete the TPP are admitted to specified undergraduate award programs of the University. Both general aims are served through achievement of the more specific program aim of enabling students to achieve mastery of the generic skills and knowledge that are essential for the successful undertaking of studies in undergraduate programs.

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Program objectives

The general objectives of the program are to increase:

  • the numeracy, literacy, digital literacy and study management skills of people who want to gain entry to tertiary education

  • the student’s knowledge of the academic discipline which the student aspires to study at the higher education undergraduate level

  • the student’s core academic skills to enable the student to meet entry requirements and transition successfully to tertiary education programs

  • the capacity for people to make an informed choice when contemplating a career requiring study in a tertiary education program

  • the individual and social competencies required within an academic environment for students seeking to undertake formal study in a higher education program.


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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 the program a person will have attained an age of at least 18 years in the year of the proposed enrolment.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to complete Tertiary Preparation Program placement tests in mathematics and English communication skills. Applicants will then be directed into the most appropriate courses in the TPP. Students who do not undertake these tests will be enrolled in TPP7111 Communicating at University A and/or TPP7180 Preparatory Mathematics during their first semester of study. For students who did not complete schooling in Australia these tests are mandatory.

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 English communication skills placement test, alternative entry approval may be given.

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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 Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

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 Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP 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 FEE-Help.

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 on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Fee exempt places

All domestic students are offered a fee-free place provided they meet the citizenship and residency requirements as follows:

  • Australian citizens

  • holders of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa (and resident in Australia)

  • holders of a Permanent Resident Visa (and resident in Australia)

  • New Zealand citizens (resident in Australia).


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Program structure

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

Upon successful completion of TPP, eligible students will articulate into undergraduate study at USQ.

The compulsory components consists of a minimum of four (4) unit points made up of:


It is strongly recommended that all applicants initially enrol in TPP7122 Study Management. Applicants will also be directed to enrol initially either in TPP7111 Communicating at University A or in TPP7123 Communicating at University B on the basis of results of their TPP academic literacy placement test.

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. 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:


Students who are directed to enrol in TPP7111 Communicating at University A are required to successfully complete the course before they will be enrolled in TPP7123 Communicating at University B.

Students who are directed to enrol in TPP7180 Preparatory Mathematics are required to successfully complete the course before they will be enrolled in any other TPP mathematics course.

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Program completion requirements

To successfully complete the core component of the Tertiary Preparation Program students are required to successfully complete the following courses, consisting of a total of four (4) unit points:


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Required time limits

Students may take a maximum of three (3) semesters in total to complete the compulsory component of the program.

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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.

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Program articulation map

The articulation map which follows provides a guideline for the selection of TPP courses in order to best prepare for each undergraduate program.

TPP students choose four courses and should prioritise the following categories of courses:

  1. Mandatory Pre-requisites – these must be completed to be eligible to apply for entry into specified undergraduate programs (the prerequisite TPP7111 Communicating at University A may be waived depending on the outcome of academic literacy placement test.

  2. 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.

  3. Other recommended electives – these courses provide valuable knowledge and skills that will increase success in undergraduate study.


Program   TPP courses that will meet the requirements of QTAC (A or R) or TPP completion  
MandatoryPre-requisites  Assumed knowledge (A) Recommended Study (R) To complete TPP  
Associate Degree of Business and Commerce  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123 
TPP7181(A)  TPP7165   
Associate Degree of Criminology and Criminal Justice (All Majors)**  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123 
  TPP7181  TPP7165 
Bachelor of Aviation (Aviation Management)
Bachelor of Aviation (Flight Operations)  
TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7181  TPP7165  TPP7182 
Bachelor of Business and Commerce (All Majors)**  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7181 (A)  TPP7165  TPP7182  
Bachelor of Information Technology (Applied Computer Science)
Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Security)  
TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7181 (R)  TPP7165  TPP7182 
Bachelor of Information Technology (Data Analytics)   TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7181 
TPP7182 (R)  TPP7165  TPP7182 
Bachelor of Information Technology  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7180  TPP7165  TPP7182 
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Business and Commerce  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7183 
TPP7160(R)  TPP7165   
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Business and Commerce  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7183 
TPP7160(R)  TPP7165   
Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Information Technology  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7183 
TPP7182 (R)  TPP7165   
Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Science**  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7183 
TPP7155 (R)     
Diploma of Arts  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7180  TPP7145  TPP7165 
Bachelor of Arts**  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7180  TPP7145  TPP7165 
Bachelor of Communication and Media  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7180  TPP7145  TPP7165 
Bachelor of General Studies  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7180  TPP7145  TPP7165 
Bachelor of Creative Arts**  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7180  TPP7145  TPP7165 
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7182 
TPP7155 (R)     
Bachelor of Early Childhood**
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) **
Bachelor of Education (Primary) ** 
TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7181
TPP7155 
     
Bachelor of Education (Secondary) **  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7181 
Choose a TPP Elective based on selected Secondary teaching area/s      
Bachelor of Engineering Science
Bachelor of Spatial Science Technology
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours) 
TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7183 
TPP7160 (R)  TPP7165  TPP7155 
Bachelor of Construction (Honours)  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7182 
TPP7183 (R)  TPP7165  TPP7160 
Associate Degree of Construction
Associate Degree of Engineering
Associate Degree of Spatial Science  
TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7182 
TPP7183 (R)  TPP7165  TPP7160 
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Information Technology
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Business and Commerce  
TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7183 
TPP7160 (R)  TPP7165  TPP7155 
Diploma of Science**  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7181 (R)  TPP7182   
Diploma of Human Services and Development  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7180  TPP7175  TPP7165 
Bachelor of Human Services  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7180  TPP7175   
Bachelor of Laws**  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
  TPP7181  TPP7165 
Bachelor of Nursing**  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7181 (R)
TPP7155 (R) 
TPP7165  TPP7182 
Bachelor of Paramedicine  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7155 (R)
TPP7160 (R)
TPP7181  
TPP7182  TPP7185 
Bachelor of Science (Astronomical and Space Sciences)   TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7183 
TPP8155 (R)
TPP8160 (R) 
   
Bachelor of Science (Biology)**  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7181 
TPP7182 (R)
TPP7155 (R) 
TPP7183   
Bachelor of Science (Counselling)   TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7181 (A)  TPP7175  TPP7182 
Bachelor of Science (Computing)   TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7181 
TPP7182 (R)  TPP7182 (R)   
Bachelor of Science (Environment and Sustainability)   TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7181 
TPP7182 (R)
TPP7155 (R) 
TPP7183   
Bachelor of Science (Food Science)   TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7181 
TPP7182 (R)
TPP7183 (R)
TPP7155 (R) 
   
Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) **  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7183 
     
Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7183 
     
Bachelor of Science (Physical Sciences)  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7183 
TPP7160
TPP7155 (R) 
   
Bachelor of Science (Information Technology)  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7181 
TPP7182 (R)  TPP7183   
Bachelor of Science (Plant Agricultural Science)   TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7181 
TPP7182 (R)
TPP7155 (R) 
TPP7183   
Bachelor of Science (Psychology)  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7181 (A)  TPP7175   
Bachelor of Science (Wine Science)  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7181 
TPP7155 (R)
or
TPP7160 (R)
TPP7182 (R) 
TPP7183   
Bachelor of Science (Human Physiology)  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7181 
TPP7182 (R)
TPP7155 (R) 
TPP7183   
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Applied Sport and Exercise) (Sport and Exercise Science)  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123  
TPP7181  TPP7182  TPP7160 
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Bachelor of Science  TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7183 
TPP7155 (R)
TPP7160 (R) 
   
Diploma of University Studies    TPP7111*
TPP7122
TPP7123
TPP7180 
Choose a TPP Elective based on selected Diploma of University Studies Major    

Footnotes
*This requirement is waived for students placed in TPP7123 on the basis of their completed Academic Literacy Level Placement Test (ALLTest) are exempt from this course.
**Additional entry requirements or course enrolment requirements apply to this program. Please consult the program Handbook entry for further details.

Students studying over two semesters

The recommended enrolment patterns for completion of the compulsory components of the TPP within two (2) semesters are as follows:

Students who are directed to initially enrol in TPP7111 Communicating at University A

First semester of enrolment   Second semester of enrolment   Special enrolment requirements 
TPP7122 Study ManagementTPP7111 Communicating at University A  TPP7123 Communicating at University B  Students are usually required to enrol in either TPP7111 or TPP7123 concurrent with their enrolment in TPP7122
TPP mathematics course, as directed  TPP7145 Introduction to the Humanities
or
TPP7155 General Science
or
TPP7160 Preparatory Physics
or
TPP7165 Digital Literacy
or
TPP7175 Introduction to Psychology and Counselling
or
a second TPP mathematics course as permitted 
Students enrolling in TPP7155 require TPP7181as a pre or co requisite.
Students enrolling in TPP7160must enrol in TPP7182 as a pre or co requisite. 

Students who are eligible to initially enrol in TPP7123 Communicating at University B

First semester of enrolment   Second semester of enrolment   Special enrolment requirements 
TPP7122 Study Management and
TPP7123 Communicating at University B 
TPP7145 Introduction to the Humanities
or
TPP7155 General Science
or
TPP7160 Preparatory Physics
or
TPP7165 Digital Literacy
or
TPP7175 Introduction to Psychology and Counselling
or
a second TPP mathematics course as permitted 
Students who initially enrol in TPP7122 are usually required to concurrently enrol in TPP7123 in the same semester.
Students enrolling in TPP7155require TPP7181as a pre or co requisite.
Students enrolling in TPP7160must enrol in TPP7182as a pre or co requisite.

 
TPP mathematics course, as directed     

Students studying over one semester only

Students who are initially directed to enrol in TPP7123 Communicating at University B may choose to complete TPP in one semester by undertaking the four required courses during a single semester. The recommended enrolment patterns for completion of the compulsory components of the TPP within one (1) semester are as follows:

First semester of enrolment  Special enrolment requirements 
TPP7122 Study Management and TPP7123 Communicating at University B   
TPP mathematics course as directed   
One of the following: 
TPP7145 Introduction to the Humanities   
TPP7155 General Science  Students enrolling in TPP7155require TPP7181as a pre or co requisite 
TPP7160 Preparatory Physics  Students enrolling in TPP7160 must enrol in TPP7182 as a pre or co requisite. 
TPP7165 Digital Literacy   
TPP7175 Introduction to Psychology and Counselling