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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

Indigenous Pre-Accounting Enabling Program

Why study enabling courses at CDU?

Develop the skills and confidence you'll need to succeed at uni with our free TEP course. It's perfect if you didn't finish Year 12, if you didn't quite get the ATAR required for your course, or if it's just been a while since you last studied. Completing the course means you'll meet the requirements to apply for entry to most undergrad degrees at CDU.

  • You can complete the program in 16 weeks
  • Study online, on campus, full-time or part-time as it suits you
  • Study with a leader in providing first-generation university education

 

What will I study?

 

Course structure


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 type Credit Points Specific requirements
Core Units
(5 units)
50cp Compulsory 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

 

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 Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PTS001 Learning Identity CO PTS004 Discipline Enquiry CO
PTS002 Strength and Success CO Choose 3 specialist electives from:
PTS003 Learning Communities
PTS006 Ways of Knowing
PTS009 Introduction to Science
PTS011 Advanced Mathematics
SE
PTS005 Reading and Reflection CO
PTS007 Introduction to Mathematics CO

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 Unit SE = Specialist Elective

 

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PTS001 Learning Identity CO PTS002 Strength and Success CO
PTS005 Reading and Reflection CO PTS007 Introduction to Mathematics CO
Year 2
PTS004 Discipline Enquiry CO Choose 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.

If you haven't studied for a while or need to improve on your grades from high school, enrol in CDU's free Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP). This will help you lay the academic foundations to help you succeed as an undergraduate.

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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.au Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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