Tertiary Preparation Program


course duration

32 weeks full time



Next Intake
Start Date: 7 October 2024
Applications Close: 26 August 2024


Enrolments are fully funded by the Federal Government.

There is no cost to students. 


entry criteria

Entry criteria
Language Literacy and
Numeracy Test

At least 18 years old or completed Year 12



The Tertiary Preparation Program is delivered over three terms (32 weeks) and enables students to learn the core academic skills required for entry into undergraduate study at The University of Queensland. The Tertiary Preparation Program is delivered face to face on St Lucia Campus.

Tertiary Preparation Program teachers are highly qualified, and through innovative courses and the latest technology, our students learn in a relaxed and supportive environment.

You can commence your pathway in February each year.


Who is this program for?

Our Tertiary Preparation Program is designed for students who are 18 years or older or have completed Year 12, but not achieved their desired ATAR. With small class sizes, our teachers are able to provide a high level of personal attention, helping you develop the confidence and study structure for academic success. So, you’ll be able to hit the ground running when you progress to your undergraduate degree.








Eligibility Criteria

  • Be at least 18 years old or have completed Year 12 in an Australian High School
  • Completion of a Language Literacy and Numeracy Test
  • Interview (face to face or via Zoom)

What is the purpose of the LLN test?

The purpose of the Language, Literacy and Numeracy test is to assess a students current level of competency in English and Mathematics, alongside providing an indication of a students ability to flourish within the learning environment of the Tertiary Preparation Program.

Special Consideration is a College equity measure to ensure that appropriate allowances are made for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, if the LLN test may impact negatively on the students’ ability to demonstrate their learning achievements. Students are asked to self-identify for special consideration.

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Course information

Students in the Tertiary Preparation Program will study two core courses and three elective courses. You can choose your electives to meet the entry requirements for your chosen undergraduate program. A Humanities stream is also recommended for students who intend to study in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

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Your teachers will monitor your academic progress throughout the program and provide you with regular feedback and guidance. Students also have full access to the University’s excellent learning support services.

Assessment items may include exams, individual and group assignments, research projects, laboratory practicals, and seminar presentations. Your final result in a course will be based on all assessment items. All courses are graded on the UQ 7–point scale:

7 High distinction 85 – 100%
6 Distinction 75 – 84%
5 Credit 65 – 74%
4 Pass / Competent 50 – 64%
3 Marginal Fail 47 – 49%
2 Fail 25 – 46%
1 Low fail 0 – 24%




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