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 free, and provides a scaffolded and accessible pathway into La Trobe University for individuals who are seeking to undertake university study. This may be because you have not completed high school, completed high school without an ATAR (unscored or VCAL) or were home-schooled.

  • The TPP is 100% free and online
  • Use your TPP La Trobe Entrance Score to access a broad range of courses
  • Gain the skills you'll need to succeed at university, studying at your own pace
  • Our staff will support you every step of the way. And you'll get access to online orientation, Studiosity and the Learning Hub, as well as all La Trobe University student services.

You will gain strong foundation skills that will prepare you for university study, including an academic skill-set, learner confidence, decision-making skills, and support in understanding your options for future degree-level study at La Trobe.

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.

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), however you can take fewer subjects per term if you wish. We have three study plans to choose from, depending on your educational background. If you feel you would benefit from a longer program than the one you are qualified for, that's fine too – please apply for the program that suits you:

  • TPP Foundation: 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 (three micro-units per term, over four La Trobe terms)
  • TPP Intermediate: If you left school in Year 11, finished Year 12 more than 5 years ago, or completed VCAL/VCE VM:
    • TTP Intermediate: Complete 6 micro-units (three micro-units per term, over two La Trobe terms)
  • TPP Advanced: If you completed VCE (including unscored)/HSC less than 3 years ago, or have strong professional experience in writing and critical thinking skills and are confident with study:
    • Complete 3 micro-units (three micro-units per term, over one La Trobe term).

Depending on the study plan you choose, you will study a series of units designed to build your learning skills. The calendar below shows the Semester 1 2023 entry-point study plans – click on hotlinks to see more detail for each subject. The calendar will be updated for Semester 2 entry after this intake has closed:

Foundations entry point Intermediate entry point Advanced entry point

Term 2
27 February – 7 April

Academic Culture - EDU0AC1

Academic Writing - EDU0AC2

Academic Presentations - EDU0AC3

Academic Culture -

EDU0AC1

Academic Presentations - EDU0AC3

Thinking Mathematically - EDU0MA1

Thinking Critically - EDU0CT2

and either:

Academic Writing - EDU0AC2

Critical Inquiry - EDU0CT4

Or

Mathematical Communication - EDU0ST3

World Changing Science -

EDU0ST4

Term 3
24 April - 2 June

Thinking Mathematically - EDU0MA1

Foundation Algebra - EDU0MA2

Foundation Statistics - EDU0MA3

Thinking Critically - EDU0CT2

and either:

Academic Writing - EDU0AC2

Critical Inquiry - EDU0CT4

Or

Mathematical Communication - EDU0ST3

World Changing Science - EDU0ST4

 

Term 4
31 July - 8 September

Thinking Critically - EDU0CT2

Critical Reasoning - EDU0CT3

Critical Inquiry - EDU0CT4

  

Term 5
18 September - 27 October

Thinking Scientifically - EDU0ST2

Mathematical Communication - EDU0ST3

World Changing Science - EDU0ST4

 

Your average grades will be used to calculate a La Trobe Entrance Score, which you can use at La Trobe University just like an ATAR. When you look at potential courses, you will see an Aspire ATAR; these also apply to TPP student La Trobe Entrance Scores.

Of course, you'll also need to meet any other requirements for entry such as prerequisites or additional entry criteria (e.g., completion of the CASPer test for teaching courses). You'll be able to apply for all undergraduate courses, except:

  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours), (Regional Entry), Bendigo
  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours), Bendigo
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical), Bendigo
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical), Albury-Wodonga

Access the La Trobe University Course Handbook and investigate the degrees that are of interest to you. 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.

The table below shows the conversion of your Course Weighted Average to a La Trobe Entrance Score:

Average MarkLa Trobe Entrance Score
50-72 Diploma offer
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.

The Tertiary Preparation Program is taught online, and you can study at your own pace. Our academic staff are with you all the way to answer questions and provide feedback on your work to support your learning. You'll also get access to online orientation, Studiosity and the Learning Hub.

The Tertiary Preparation Program is completely free.

The aim of the 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.

If you did not complete schooling in Australia, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland you must hold one of the below*:

  • IELTS (Academic or General Training): 6 in each band; or
  • Occupational English Test (OET): B Pass in each band; or
  • Pearson (PTE Academic): overall average of 50 with at least 36 in each band; or
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test): total score of 64, with at least 4 in Listening and Reading, and at least 14 in Writing and Speaking; or
  • Cambridge (CAE): 169 overall average with at least 154 in each band or
  • Cert IV in EAL (Further Study)

* Applicants should note, there may be further language requirements into courses after completion of the TPP for students that did not complete schooling in Australia, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland. See here about English requirements for specific courses (scroll down and expand "Courses with Specific English Test Requirement"):

English requirements

Application for the 2023 Semester 1 intake is now open. Applications for the Semester 2 intake will open early in 2023.

2023 Calendar

Study periodDatesIntakes
Term 1 09 January  - 17 February  
Term 2 27 February - 07 April Semester 1 intake commences
Term 3 14 April - 02 June  
Term 4 31 July - 08 September Semester 2 intake commences
Term 5 18 September - 27 Octobeer  
Term 6 06 November - 15 December  

Eligibility

Review the selection criteria above. You will need to attach proof of your highest educational attainment and/or English skills if you did not complete schooling in Australia, United Kingdom, the United States of America, Canada, New Zealand or the Republic of Ireland. It’s a good idea to have all the documents you need ready before starting your application.

Applying

  1. Read through the Tertiary Preparation Program How to Apply Guide [PDF 2.0 MB] to make sure you are familiar with all requirements for your application.
  2. Once you are familiar with the process and meet all requirements, click the link below and follow the steps in the guide to help you apply.
  3. Apply now

Wait for the offer

Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive an outcome shortly after application dates have 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