Tertiary Preparation Program

These programs provide a university experience within a supported and safe learning environment. Along with the opportunity to develop your study fitness, you will build your academic skills, share ideas and overcome challenges.

The Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) is a free program that provides an accessible and scaffolded pathway into La Trobe University for individuals who:

  • Have not completed high school
  • Completed high school some time ago
  • Completed high school without an ATAR
  • Were home-schooled
  • Are considering a career-change and a pathway to university study

You will gain strong foundation skills that will prepare you for university study, including an academic skill-set, learner confidence, decision making skills, and a pathway to continuing education at La Trobe University.

The TPP is a non-award program that can provide you with a pathway into La Trobe University courses. Although you will not be given a course statement, your final grades will determine you eligibility into La Trobe University's diplomas and bachelor degree courses.

Applications are now closed.

2022 Calendar

La Trobe TermDates
OL-LT2 28 February - 10 April Semester 1 intake commences
OL-LT3 2 May - 12 June  
OL-LT4 18 July - 28 August Semester 2 intake commences
OL-LT5 5 September - 16 October  
OL-LT6 31 October - 11 December

The TPP consists of online ‘micro-units’ of study across a broad range of subject areas. Each micro-unit takes around 50 hours to complete over a six week La Trobe term and your learning is supported by our academic staff who are with you each step of the way.

Students undertaking the TPP usually study three micro-units per term (this meets Centrelink study requirements) over four terms (totalling 12 micro-units), however there are some circumstances where this could be reduced:

  • If you left school in Year 10, have not studied for many years, went to school in another country quite different to Australia, or simply wish to make sure you access the full foundation program:
    • Complete 12 micro-units. This will take 18 weeks studying three micro-units per term, over four La Trobe terms.
  • If you left school in Year 11, finished Year 12 many years ago, completed VCAL:
    • Complete 6 micro-units. This will take 12 weeks studying three micro-units per term, over two La Trobe terms.
  • If you completed secondary school in the last few years (including unscored VCE), or are quite confident with study:
    • Complete 3 micro-units. This will take six weeks studying three micro-units over one La Trobe term.

When the university receives your application, an assessment is made to determine the best Study Plan for you based on the information you provide. You will be given an option to choose between a Humanities-based plan and a STEM-based plan. Click on the links to learn more about our TPP subjects:

Access the La Trobe University Course Handbook and investigate the degrees that are of interest to you. You’ll be eligible to apply for most undergraduate programs excluding some courses that have limited places like Bachelor of Dentistry and Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical).

Make note of any additional requirements (for example, CASPer test for Education degrees; specific English language requirements for Nursing). Participating in the TPP satisfies the study score of 25 in VCE English you will see as a prerequisite for many courses.

We will convert the average marks you receive across all your TPP subjects into a La Trobe Entrance Score. When you look at potential courses, you will see an Aspire ATAR; these also apply to TPP student La Trobe Entrance Scores.

The table below shows what average grades you need in your La Trobe pathway studies to gain a La Trobe Entrance Score.

Average MarkLa Trobe Entrance Score
50-72 Diploma
73 50.46
74 52.93
75 55.39
76 57.85
77 60.31
78 62.77
79 65.27
80 67.7
81 70.16
82 72.62
83 75.08
84 77.55
85 80.01
86 82.47
87 84.93
88 87.4
89 89.86
90 92.32
91 94.78
92 97.24
93 99.71
94 - 100 99.95

Note: this table shows the La Trobe Entrance Scores for 2022. These are updated regularly as we compile more data about course outcomes each year.

Connect with us to find out subject choices that will suit you, or for answers to other questions you might have about the TPP, you can contact our Future Students Centre on 1300 135 045 or talk to us via live chat.

You’ll get access to online orientation, Studiosity and the Learning Hub. Our staff will be there to answer your questions and guide you through.

The Tertiary Preparation Program is completely free.

The aim of TPP is to support your educational pathway into La Trobe University, TAFE and the workforce. There are some selection guidelines for entry into the program. You must:

  • be over 18 years of age by 31 December in the year prior to commencing in the program, or 17 years of age with a Year 12 completion
  • be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or Permanent Australian Resident.
  • have completed a minimum year 10 secondary school studies or equivalent,
  • have English entry level IELTS score of a minimum of 6 across all bands, or equivalent, if English is your second language

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions about the selection criteria or want to submit an expression of interest please contact tep@latrobe.edu.au. Please be sure to include your full name and your most recent educational qualification including the year of completion/attempt.

Do you want to know more? Contact our Future Students Centre on 1300 135 045, check our FAQs or talk to us via live chat for more information.