What will I learn?

How to be an independent learner 

Develop skills to be an independent learner by:

  • Experiencing what it's like to study at university
  • Enjoying face-to-face contact with lecturers in a limited numbers environment
  • Experiencing an integrated curriculum where one subject links directly to another in a real-world context
  • Be supported to learn with online teaching tools
  • Experiencing different forms of assessment
  • Learning to work with others.

What can I do to prepare for TEP?

  • Read - practice reading by reading the newspaper or online blogs
  • Talk - practice talking about current affairs and what they mean to you
  • Write - practice writing down your thoughts on a topic.

TEP subjects

Each subject is delivered during a two-hour teaching session per week with one hour of tutorial support per contact day. All subjects are organised into four modules, each designed to scaffold learning across the program as well as within the subject.

Academic Communication

  • Explore and learn the difference between academic communication and other forms of communication.
  • Examine the purpose of academic communication and culture and the requirements of an academic audience.
  • Develop the skills of note-taking, effective written communication, online research, referencing and presentation of information in a variety of formats.
  • Investigate the structure and purpose of different writing genres which culminate in the submission of an academic essay.

Critical Thinking

  • Introduces the principles of critical thinking through a diverse range of societal issues and arguments.
  • Provides opportunities to develop and apply critical analysis and creative problem solving skills, engages with differing viewpoints, questions knowledge and recognises higher order thinking.
  • Provide opportunities to develop capacity for reasoning and argument within written and verbal presentation formats.

Maths Foundations

  • A comprehensive introduction to the spectrum of mathematic skills required for future study of most tertiary courses.
  • Develops conceptual knowledge and procedural skills in a range of topics and ability to apply mathematical concepts and knowledge to real world situations.
  • Online and class based learning and assessment supports the development of skills across a range of topics including arithmetic, calculus, measurement and data, algebra, probability, graphs and statistics.
  • Teaches strategies for studying maths in the future.

Science Foundations

  • Develop core knowledge and skills required for future study of science through a range of practical applied learning activities and online learning tools.
  • Discover the method of science as a process for experimentation and research.
  • Gain an understanding of science from the smallest particle through to the impact of global systems.
  • Experience practical laboratory sessions and in class activities to demonstrate the application of science to the world around you.

What is the end result?

  • TEP is an enabling pathway program into La Trobe University aiming to develop understanding, knowledge and skills for successful entry into tertiary study. 
  • It is a non-award program – which means you receive a certificate of completion. Though not a qualification, it will enable you to access tertiary education through La Trobe.
  • It will equip you to make decisions about future learning and if you achieve grading requirements it will provide you with an entry pathway into numerous La Trobe courses.