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Tertiary Preparation Program (ACEQ)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • Online

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • Minimum 4 units; maximum 8 units

  • 3-4 semesters (maximum)

  • Ipswich
  • Springfield
  • Toowoomba

International students may only undertake this program via online study.
View USQ Handbook

Want to study at university?

Even if you have not completed year 12 or it has been some time since you studied, USQ’s Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) is the perfect way to start studying at university.

You will study courses (subjects) to develop your writing, computing and general study skills and build your confidence for further studies. You may also study some specialised courses to prepare you for the degree you wish to study.

TPP is a flexible program usually studied over two semesters. However, you may be able to accelerate your learning and complete your courses in one semester, or you may prefer to study part-time and take a little longer.

It is best to have a chat to our Student Relationship Officers before finalising your decision on courses as your choice of courses may have an impact later.

Free program

TPP is a free program and it is available to everyone (as long as you are at least 18 in the year you begin your studies and meet the citizenship and residency requirements).

We’ll support you all the way

USQ wants to give you every opportunity to achieve your dreams, so we want to give you a helping hand on the journey to university study. You will have access to great teaching and support in a friendly caring environment.

Pathway to further study

TPP aims to prepare students for entry to Uni. When you successfully complete TPP you are guaranteed entry into selected USQ degrees, if you meet the English proficiency requirements. Now is the time to start your pathway to a career that you want. 

What if you’re not quite ready for a bachelor degree, or want a qualification sooner? Our Certificate of University Studies (4 courses) or Foundation Diploma of University Studies (8 courses) are the perfect next steps on your university journey.

Tertiary Preparation Program Intensive Pathway

Are you currently in year 12 and keen to start uni, but don’t think you’ll qualify? USQ’s Tertiary Preparation Program Intensive Pathway has been designed just for you and once successfully completed, provides you with guaranteed entry to selected USQ degrees. The school runs over the third semester (28 November - 9 December 2016 and 9 January - 20 January 2017) and is free for you to attend.

Courses to be studied Units
Core component courses 3
Courses of specialisation at least 1
Total 4-8 (maximum)

USQ requires successful completion of particular courses of specialisation as a condition for entry to particular undergraduate programs. Please consult the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied, recommended enrolment patterns, and the program articulation map to identify which courses you will need to study in order to enter your chosen degree.

How much will it cost?

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen (resident in Australia), holder of either Australian Permanent Residency or Australian Permanent Humanitarian visas, you have access to fee-free places in this program.

Fee-free places are granted for a period of three semesters. As a fee-free student, if you wish to continue your studies beyond three semesters you will need to complete a new application form.

If you do not meet the citizenship or residency requirements, you will be required to pay a fee.

Entry Requirements

  • 18 years or older


To assist staff in determining your level of reading comprehension, written expression and mathematical understanding, you may also choose to complete placement tests in mathematics and English communication skills, and the results of these tests may allow you to accelerate your learning journey:

Once you have completed these tests, please email them to

Note: If you wish to be considered for an accelerated pathway in TPP you must submit these tests.

English language requirements

Students need to satisfy English Language requirements. This program normally requires a minimum of IELTS 5.5. or equivalent through study or employment. In exceptional circumstances, based on results of the communication skills tests, alternative entry approval may be given.


How to apply

Note: Students can only commence study in semester 3 at Toowoomba campus or via distance education.

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 2, 2017 - applications close Monday 3 July, with Semester 2 commencing on 10 July 2017.
  • Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 7 November , with Semester 3 commencing on 14 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with Semester 1 commencing on 26 February 2018.

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