Tertiary Preparation Program

University of Southern Queensland USQ

USQ's Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) is an ideal way to start studying at university for students who have not completed year 12 or for whom it has been some time since study has been completed. Students will study courses (subjects) to develop writing, computing and general study skills and build confidence for further studies. Students may also study some specialised courses to prepare them for the degree they wish to continue on and study. TPP is a flexible program usually studied over two semesters. However, students may be able to accelerate learning and complete their courses in one semester, or may prefer to study part-time and take a little longer.

Entry 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 Communicating at University A and/or 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.


The program consists of a compulsory component and a chosen specialisation course. Minimum of 4 units and maximum of 8 units.

Study Pathways:

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

Further information:

Students can only commence study in semester 3 at USQ Toowoomba or via online study. International students may only study the Tertiary Preparation Program via online study. The Tertiary Preparation Program is a non-award program. 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).

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Ipswich No info Yes Online 1 year
Toowoomba No info Yes Part time 1 year
Ipswich No info Yes Full time 0.5 year
Toowoomba No info Yes Full time 0.5 year
Toowoomba No info Yes Online 1 year
Springfield No info Yes Part time 1 year
Springfield No info Yes Online 1 year
Springfield No info Yes Full time 0.5 year
Ipswich No info Yes Part time 1 year

Why study with us

Redefining flexible and online study, we are determined to prepare you for today’s competitive workforce. We make it easier for you to fit study into your life and will support you through the challenges that life and study bring. 

Study options

Studying on-campus at one of our three locations (Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich) is a rewarding way to undertake a university degree in an innovative and friendly environment. Or, you can join more than 70 per cent of our students who choose to study online with us. There is also the option to fast-track most degrees by studying over summer.

We offer degrees in:

  • Business and Commerce
  • Creative Arts and Media
  • Education
  • Engineering and Built Environment
  • Health and Community
  • Humanities and Communication
  • Information Technology
  • Law and Justice
  • Sciences. 

If you’re looking to gain the skills and confidence to prepare for university study, look no further than one of our pathway programs.  

Make this year the start of something great with Queensland’s number one university for graduates in full-time employment*. With the option to study online or on campus, full-time or part-time, we’re ready to help you on your path to become more. 

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Phone: +61 7 4631 5315 
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Email: study@usq.edu.au   
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Monday to Friday (except public holidays)

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Fax: +61 7 4635 9225 
Skype: usq.international 
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