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.

Selection criteria

The aim of TPP is to facilitate your 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 the 31st of December in the year prior to commencing in the program.
  • be a Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or Permanent Australian Resident.
  • have English entry level IELTS score of 6, or equivalent (if English is your second language).
  • have a readiness to learn.

Learning outcomes

You will gain strong foundation skills that will allow you to learn and prepare for University, specifically:

  • an academic skill-set
  • study confidence
  • decision making skills, and
  • a pathway to continuing education.

This is a non-award program, so while you can get an academic transcript, you won't get a course statement.

Program structure and availability

To successfully complete the program you need to pass 60 Credit points of study. Each of our subjects are worth 5 credit points in value, so you need to complete and pass 12 subjects to complete the program.

With full time study mode you need to complete 4 subjects per study period across 3 study periods.

With part time study mode you need to complete 2 subjects per study period across a maximum of 6 study periods – you can manage this in a combination that suits you. For example you may choose to complete 2 subjects per study period for 6 study periods, or you may choose to complete 3 subjects in 2 study periods and 2 subjects 3 study periods.

You can take a Leave of Absence from the program for up to 12 months.

Subject code

Subject name

7th January - 24th February (online SP1)

4th March - 21st April (online SP2)

29th April - 16th June (online SP3)

8th July - 25th August (online SP4)

2nd September - 20th October (online SP5)

28th October - 15th December (online SP6)

EDU0AC1

Academic Culture

YesNoYesYesYesYes

EDU0AC2

Academic Writing

YesYesYesYesYesNo

EDU0AC3

Academic Presentations

NoNoYesNoYesYes

EDU0CT2

Thinking Critically

YesNoNoYesNoNo

EDU0CT3

Critical Reasoning

NoYesNoNoYesNo

EDU0CT4

Critical Inquiry

NoNoYesNoNoYes

EDU0DL1

Digital Literacy

YesNoYesYesYesYes

EDU0DL2

Academic Digital Literacy

NoYesNoNoYesNo

EDU0DL3

Professional Digital Literacy

NoNoYesNoNoYes

EDU0MA1

Thinking Mathematically

YesNoYesYesYesYes

EDU0MA2

Foundation Algebra

YesNoYesYesNoYes

EDU0MA3

Foundation Statistics

NoYesNoNoYesNo

EDU0SC2

Human Body Systems

YesNoNoYesNoNo

EDU0SC3

Foundation Cell Biology

NoYesNoNoYesNo

EDU0SC4

Foundation Chemistry

NoNoYesNoNoYes

EDU0ST2

Thinking Scientifically

YesNoNoYesNoNo

EDU0ST3

Mathematical Communication

NoYesNoNoYesNo

EDU0ST4

World Changing Science

NoNoYesNoNoYes

How do I apply for the tpp program?

Once you are sure you have met the selection criteria, you can start your application by submitting an expression of interest. If you are unsure about what to write - contact our team for further information.