Tertiary Preparation Program


course duration

32 weeks full time



2022: March - November
2022: September - June

2023: February - November
2023: October - July
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$220 enrolment fee


entry criteria

Entry criteria
Language Literacy and
Numeracy Test



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 either February or September each year.


Who is this program for?

Our Tertiary Preparation Program is designed for students who haven’t yet completed their high school education to Australian Year 12 standard, or equivalent. 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

  • Year 12 exit age (17 yo turning 18 yo in the year of the program commences).
  • Language Literacy and NumeracyTest
  • Interview

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.

Key Dates

Applications open on July 1 of each year.

Duration8 months
Contact hours per week25 hours 
Study Periods2022
March - November
September - June
February - November
October - July


Key dates

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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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contact hours

20 contact hours per week 

additional resources

Access to additional online and self-directed learning resources


Up to 18 students per class

session times

Lessons are scheduled between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Student timetables will vary depending on courses selected.



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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%




Need more information?

Get in touch

Phone: +61 7 3346 6770

Sir Llew Edwards Building (#14)
Cnr University Drive & Campbell Road
The University of Queensland
St Lucia QLD 4072 Australia

RTO Number: 32454


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