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Key details

Duration

1 year/s full-time
2 year/s part-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2

Locations

Casuarina campus, DPC Alice Springs (Desert Peoples Centre)
Not available to international students.

Credit points required

80

Course code

ZPTS11

Overview

Preparation for Tertiary Success 1 (PTS) is a tertiary enabling course providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with a culturally supported pathway to university readiness. The course integrates Indigenous and Western knowledges and the development of life-long learning skills such as: coping with change, making meaningful links, asking critical questions, expressing creativity, strengthening learning relationships, building resilience and developing strategic learning awareness.

This program introduces you to the culture of higher education and builds the academic skills needed to achieve success in your studies.

This course is for you if:

  • you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
  • you have not completed year 12;
  • you have completed year 12 but did not receive the required ATAR score;
  • you have completed a Certificate III or IV course or can demonstrate sufficient skills and knowledge to undertake studies;
  • you have not studied for a long time and want to refresh your academic skills.

Fees

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Why study at CDU?

Whether you learn on campus or online, you will be studying with a proud multi-sector university that’s a leader in research and flexible study delivery. CDU is innovative, industry-relevant and student-centred. Our students are at the heart of all that we do.

  • Benefit from smaller class sizes for more personalised attention
  • Online learners receive the same support as their on-campus peers
  • Enjoy inclusive, welcoming learning environments
  • Utilise our deep connections with industry, businesses and communities in the Northern Territory, across Australia, and beyond

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Course structure


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


Preparation for Tertiary Success 1 (ZPTS01) consists of 80 credit points of study comprising five (5) core units and three (3) specialist electives. The electives provide the opportunity to focus on particular areas of interest. The course takes one year to complete.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(5 units)
50cpCompulsory Core units totalling 50 credit points as detailed below.

PTS001 Learning Identity
PTS002 Strength and Success
PTS004 Discipline Enquiry
PTS005 Reading and Reflection
PTS007 Introduction to Mathematics

Specialist Elective Units
(3 units)
30cp
Specialist Elective units totalling 30 credit points as detailed below.

PTS003 Learning in Communities
PTS006 Ways of Knowing
PTS009 Introduction to Science
PTS011 Advanced Mathematics

80cp
Total Credit Points

Study plan


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

 

Students commencing in Semester 1 - Full Time

Candidates must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points as detailed below. The recommended study plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time study load of 80 credit points per year. The course takes 2 semesters to complete.

Note: Students should attempt preliminary level units before attempting the advanced level units.

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
PTS001 Learning IdentityCOPTS004 Discipline EnquiryCO
PTS002 Strength and SuccessCOChoose 3 specialist electives from:
PTS003 Learning Communities
PTS006 Ways of Knowing
PTS009 Introduction to Science
PTS011 Advanced Mathematics
SE
PTS005 Reading and ReflectionCO
PTS007 Introduction to MathematicsCO

Students commencing in Semester 1 - Part Time

Candidates must successfully complete units totalling 80 credit points detailed below. The recommended study plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a part time study load of 40 credit points per year.
 

Legend:CO = Core UnitSE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
PTS001 Learning IdentityCOPTS002 Strength and SuccessCO
PTS005 Reading and ReflectionCOPTS007 Introduction to MathematicsCO
Year 2
PTS004 Discipline EnquiryCOChoose 2 specialist electives from:
PTS003 Learning Communities
PTS006 Ways of Knowing
PTS009 Introduction to Science
PTS011 Advanced Mathematics
SE
Choose 1 specialist elective from:
PTS003 Learning Communities
PTS006 Ways of Knowing
PTS009 Introduction to Science
PTS011 Advanced Mathematics
SE

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

To be eligible for the Preparation for Tertiary Success Program (PTS), you must be 18 or over by the census date of the relevant semester and 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.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

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Course details

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
No
Award
Faculty/College
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
Sector
HE
Area of study
Enabling Courses

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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