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0.5 year/s full-time


Semester 1, Semester 2


Not available to international students.

Credit points required


Course code



The Preparatory Studies program provides the opportunity for students to develop knowledge & skills to prepare for CDU undergraduate courses (assumed knowledge).

The preparatory studies program, commencing in January or June each year, currently includes a bridging mathematics unit (PRP001 Preparatory Studies Mathematics) designed to prepare students who need to complete mathematics as part of their degree. PRP001 is especially useful for students who are considering enrolling into the undergraduate units SMA101 Mathematics 1A and SMA104 Concepts of Mathematics but may also be valuable preparation for other undergraduate courses requiring a higher level of mathematical knowledge and skills, such as Engineering, Information Technology, Applied Sciences and Education.


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Why study enabling courses at CDU?

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What will I study?

The Preparatory Studies program is a six-week intensive course run prior to Semester 1 and Semester 2 in Intensive Periods 1 and 4 each year to prepare students for subsequent higher education studies.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete 10 credit points as detailed below.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
Specialist Elective
(1 unit)


Specialist Elective unit totalling 10 credit points as detailed below.

PRP001 Preparatory Studies Mathematics

Total Credit Points


Study plan

The preparatory studies program is delivered across six weeks, in Intensive Period 1 (January - February) and Intensive Period 4 (June - August) each year.

In 2022 the unit PRP001 Preparatory Studies Mathematics will be offered as follows:

Teaching Period  Scheduled

Intensive Period 1

10 January - 18 February 2022

Intensive Period 4
27 June - 5 August 2022


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

This course is available to applicants who require a higher level of assumed knowledge to meet the entry requirements for undergraduate study at CDU.

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?
College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
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: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

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Domestic applications

Applying for ZPREP1 at CDU is a simple two-step process. Applications close on the 6th of January 2022, with classes commencing on the 10th of January.

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