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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 is a course designed to support students in developing the skills and knowledge needed to make a successful start to their journey through higher education.

Students select 10 credit points of bridging units to build on their existing knowledge and skills before undertaking their course. Areas of study include: 

  • preparation for study and life at university - focusing on study skills, academic resilience, and familiarity with the services and support available
  • digital literacy skills ¿ focusing on digital education technologies
  • academic reading, writing and research skills
  • advanced or general mathematics ¿ preparation for maths concepts required across a range of undergraduate courses including education, nursing, science, IT, education, and engineering
  •  humanities ¿ build knowledge, skills and critical thinking required for successful study in law, humanities, and social science studies
  • science ¿ develop critical thinking, science literacy and numeracy skills to study science


ZPREP is free for Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, and Humanitarian Visa holders.

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

Further information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.


Why study a pathway course at CDU

"At CDU, there is a study pathway for everyone. We strive to provide you with a range of alternative entry methods suitable for students at all levels of education and English proficiency.

  • Free 16-week Tertiary Enabling Program
  • Range of First Nations enabling and pre-enabling programs
  • #5 Australian university for first-in-family study (GUG 2023)"

Why study a pathway course at CDU

"CDU International College prepares you to study undergraduate and postgraduate programs at CDU.

  • Attend classes at the modern CDU Waterfront campus in Darwin City, with access to state-of-the-art facilities and comprehensive CDU student support
  • Specialised language development, a well-rounded curriculum and smaller class sizes provide the support necessary to meet your goals and prepare for the real world"

What will I study?

Students must choose 1-2 units to a total of 10 credit points.

Course structure

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

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Specialist Elective
(1-2 units)


Specialist Elective unit totalling 10 credit points as detailed below.

PRP001 Preparatory Studies Mathematics
PRP002 UniReady (5cp)
PRP003 DigiPrep (5cp)
PRP006 Human Body Essentials A (5cp) (new unit 2023)
TEP021 Foundations for Success
TEP022 Academic Language and Learning
TEP023 Foundation Maths
TEP025 Bioscience
TEP026 Perspectives in Humanities

Total Credit Points


Study plan

Students must choose 1-2 units to a total of 10 credit points. Unless indicated, all units are 10 credit points

Unit availability 2022:

INT-6  Summer Semester

PRP002 UniReady (5cp)

TEP021 Foundations for Success

PRP003 DigiPrep (5cp)
TEP022 Academic Language and Learning
 TEP023 Foundation Maths
 TEP025 Bioscience
 TEP026 Perspectives in Humanities

Unit availability 2023:

Intensive 1 (INT-1)  Semester 1 (SEM-1)Intensive 3 (INT-3)  Semester 2 (SEM-2)
PRP001 Preparatory Studies MathematicsTEP021 Foundations for SuccessPRP001 Preparatory Studies MathematicsTEP021 Foundations for Success
PRP002 UniReady (5cp)TEP022 Academic Language and LearningPRP002 UniReady (5cp)TEP022 Academic Language and Learning
PRP003 DigiPrep (5cp)TEP023 Foundation MathsPRP003 DigiPrep (5cp)TEP023 Foundation Maths
PRP006 Human Body Essentials A (5cp) TEP025 BiosciencePRP006 Human Body Essentials A (5cp) TEP025 Bioscience
 TEP026 Perspectives in Humanities TEP026 Perspectives in Humanities

* All deliveries of TEP available through Preparatory Studies Course pathway.

Please note that some of these teaching periods overlap with each other, please see our Important Dates page for more information.

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

This course is available to students who have met the minimum entry requirements for undergraduate study and have received an offer but require a higher level of mathematical assumed knowledge.

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?
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: 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

Domestic applications

Applying for ZPREP1 at CDU is a simple online process.

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