Tertiary Preparation Program


course duration

32 weeks



March – November
Key dates



$0 tuition fee


entry criteria

Entry criteria
Language Literacy and
Numeracy Test



Applications for the 2022 Start of Year Intake have closed


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.

Applications open in June of each year. You can commence your pathway in March the following 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.








Language Literacy and Numeracy Test

The Language Literacy and Numeracy Testing is conducted for all applicants.

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.
  • You can commence your pathway in March the following year.
Start of study March
End of study November
Contact hours 20 hours per week
Duration 30 Weeks + 2 exam weeks


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

You may be placed in a morning or afternoon session based on your course and class level



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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%




How to apply

To start your journey of becoming a UQ College student:


Download application form

Download the Application Form and complete all sections.

Sign your application form

Your typed name is acceptable as a signature

Save as PDF

Save the form as a PDF file

Email your documents

Email your completed application form, including a copy of your photographic ID and any qualifications if relevant, to info@uqcollege.uq.edu.au



LLN test

Once your application is received you will be advised of the relevant dates that you can select for your Language Literacy and Numeracy Test. 

Need help applying?

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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