Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I work while undertaking TEP?
Yes. TEP is currently being redesigned to provide more flexibility for students who have work and other life commitments. However, if you undertake TEP full-time you need to consider this a full-time commitment each week and allow the necessary time for study. Please discuss your work commitments with the TEP team and we can help you decide whether full-time or part-time study will work best for you
What if I fail (an assignment, a subject, the course)?
TEP is an enabling program and while failing is not the desired outcome, it is considered part of the learning process.
If you fail an assignment, on some occasions and at the discretion of the Senior Academic Coordinator/Subject Lecturer, work deemed unsatisfactory may be resubmitted to provide a further learning opportunity. In such cases, the maximum obtainable grade is a "C".
If you fail a subject, you may be able to repeat the subject the following year. Attempting the subject for a second time is a possibility though this will be determined on a case by case basis and consideration given to the reasons for failing.
If you fail the course – you may find that a different mode of study is required or you may decide to have a break from study and reassess your goals. Attempting the course for a second time is a possibility though this will be determined on a case by case basis and consideration given to the reasons for failing.
To pass TEP you need a minimum accumulated mark of 50 per cent in all four TEP subjects. This is the minimum requirement for entry into undergraduate courses however some courses have higher entry requirements.
For full information on general assessment grades please refer to the following link: University Assessment Guidelines
What if I move?
TEP is offered in five different locations across Victoria. Depending on class numbers you may be able to attend classes at a different campus, or transfer to that program.
If you need to withdraw from the program it will be recorded as such and will not prevent you from studying TEP in the future.
What if I get sick?
Occasionally, due to sickness or unforeseen circumstances, you may be unable to attend classes. Please notify your lecturer of your absence.
The Learning Management System (LMS) will enable you to access learning materials if you are unavoidably absent and it is your responsibility to ensure that you keep up to date with class content, current assessment tasks and learning resources that may be distributed during lectures.
Your attendance will be reviewed at the end of Week 9 to ensure satisfactory progress. If attendance is unsatisfactory you will be required to attend a meeting with the Academic Coordinator.
If your illness is ongoing, and you are unable to continue, you are able to change your enrolment to withdraw from a subject, or the course, or defer your enrolment to the following year. If you need to withdraw from the program it will be recorded as such and will not prevent you from studying TEP in the future.
What if I don't like it or I'm not good at it?
We select students on the capacity to achieve within the program. If you have concerns during the program please discuss these with your lecturer and program coordinator. They will work with you to resolve the concerns and advise you on your options.
As the program is free of course fees, you will not incur a debt if you decide not to continue and it will not prevent you from studying TEP in the future. You should try to view the situation as a learning experience
What if I don't get good enough marks for my course?
TEP is structured to develop skills for learning and to improve knowledge on specific study areas. It encourages you to apply for your preferred course. Program staff will spend time having individual pathway discussions to ensure you are realistic about your options.
If you are concerned about your marks at any time during the course you can request support and guidance from your lecturer to improve your learning.
There is a range of resources relating to study skills at the Student Learning website.