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Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS) program

Preparation for Tertiary Success is a free program specifically designed for Indigenous students. If you haven't studied in a while, or you didn't complete year 12, or feel unsure if you are prepared for tertiary stusy, PTS can help you 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 CDU and many 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

  • 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.
  • 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.