Preparation for Tertiary Success Program

Applications for Semester 2, 2016 will open Monday 2 May 2016

Our FREE PTS program has been especially designed for Indigenous students. If you have not studied in a while or completed year 12 and are unsure about whether you can succeed, our PTS program helps you to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to be successful at university.

Successful completion will give you the minimum entry requirements for most Diploma and Bachelor programs at the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), Charles Darwin University (CDU) and universities in South Australia.

Get started with PTS 

  • PTS has especially been designed for Indigenous students
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed at university
  • Ideal if you have not studied in a while or completed year 12
  • Successful completion will give you the entry requirements for most Diploma and Bachelor programs at ACIKE, CDU and universities in South Australia
  • Multi-mode delivery: face to face workshops followed by online work, completed at home - no need to move
  • Funding is available to cover travel and accommodation costs for eligible students
  • PTS is FREE – you pay NO fees

Get started with PTS

How to apply

    1. Applications are made by clicking on the "Get started with PTS" button above and filling in the application form.
    2. After we have received your application, the Coordinator of PTS will contact you about the free diagnostic task.
    3. The diagnostic task consists of multiple-choice and short answer questions covering literacy and numeracy skills.
    4. The diagnostic task is not a test, but helps us to determine whether PTS1 or PTS2 is the suited course for you.

Note: You can cancel the PTS application process at any time with no obligations.

PTS is delivered in workshop mode

The course is offered in workshop mode which consists of face-to-face workshops, followed by online work, completed at home.

Participants will receive assistance from a coach/tutor who will support them with tasks and assignments throughout the semester.

The course is available in Casuarina or Alice Springs Desert Peoples Centre. Funding is available to cover travel and accommodation costs for eligible students, if they are required to travel from their permanent home to undertake their studies (eg if you live outside of the NT or outside of the Alice Springs or Darwin areas).

PTS is your Pathway to a University Degree

As PTS gives you the minimum entry requirements to most ACIKE degrees, upon successful completion you will be ready to apply for admission to a wide range of ACIKE diploma and degree courses.

What's more, as many ACIKE courses are also available online, in areas like Indigenous Knowledges and languages, public policy, creative industries and education and health, you will be able to study from anywhere in Australia.

Eligibility

You are at least 18 years old and are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. You will need Year 10 or Year 11 standard. If you are a mature person without Year 10 or 11, you can apply on the basis of your skills and experience.

Diagnostic task and applying to study PTS

    • There is no fee to apply for PTS and applications are made by clicking on the "Get started with PTS" button above and filling in the application form.
    • After we have received your application, the Coordinator of PTS will contact you about the free diagnostic task.
    • The diagnostic task consists of multiple-choice and short answer questions covering literacy and numeracy skills and can be completed in less than an hour.
    • The diagnostic task is not a test, but helps us to determine whether PTS 1 or PTS 2 is the suited course for you. Once we have evaluated your diagnostic task, we will send you a 'Letter of Offer''.
    • In case the diagnostic task shows us that you need further qualifications before you can do the PTS course, we will contact you and talk to you about options of how to obtain those qualifications.
    • Providing your personal details does not oblige you to anything. You can cancel the PTS application process at any time.

Fully online university preparation alternative

If your personal commitments require you to study fully online, Charles Darwin University's Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) might be an alternative for you.

Alison Nannup,
PTS Graduate
and Bachelor of Indigenous Languages and Linguistics student

 


Learning about both-ways really stood out for me.  At school I kept my culture to myself as I was scared of being judged.  In PTS I fitted in and with the both-ways approach I was encouraged to share and it was like my knowledge was unlocked from within me.  The oral presentations helped to draw out my cultural knowledge; using that tradition of verbal communication and story-telling...

Read Alison's story

I wanted to get my skills up to go to uni as I didn't finish Year 12. Starting PTS I was scared...I liked the environment at Batchelor. I can ask lecturers questions and people don't talk down to me.  It's a safe environment for us Indigenous students. During PTS I have learnt the academic skills like how to write an essay and how to reference but I've also learnt social skills and that's made a really big difference in my life.

Read Jeffrey's story

You may have an idea about what you want to do at Uni... Or like me you may not even know what you want to do but want to try something new. If you take the same chance I did you will not be disappointed. It is hard work but at the same time there is so much support there and you get to meet new people from all over the country.

Read Jess's story

PTS helped me to build on my existing knowledge. I increased my skills especially in how to research – PTS really showed us how to do things, not just saying you need to do it.
I find the ACIKE model of learning with other Indigenous students that there is not too much judging of other's opinions and beliefs; there's more acceptance of different viewpoints. With ACIKE I feel comfortable to speak my mind.

Read Ceah's story