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Tertiary Enabling Program

CDU's free Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) is an alternative pathway into uni (sometimes called a 'preparatory' or 'bridging' course) that helps you get into the swing of study. With TEP, you'll have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed at university.

You can complete the free course online or on campus, full time or part time, and in as little as 16 weeks you'll meet the requirements to apply for entry to most CDU undergraduate degrees.

Why choose CDU?

  • #4 Australian university for undergraduate employment outcomes

    According to The Good Universities Guide 2023 CDU ranks as a leader for undergraduate employment outcomes

  • 30 years' experience in distance and online education

    We have what it takes to support flexible study

  • #5 Australian university for first-in-family study

    The Good Universities Guide 2023 ranks CDU as a leader in providing first-generation university education

Need some help finding the right course or career path?
Is TEP for me?

Uni preparation courses, bridging courses, foundation courses, study pathways into uni... What does it all mean? And is it for you?

If you didn't complete Year 12 or didn't achieve the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) needed to get into your chosen university course, or even if you just haven't studied for a while, TEP is perfect for you.

Why should I do TEP?
  • TEP is a free program than can get you back into the swing of study
  • The course prepares you and enables you to start a degree with CDU
  • You'll build the study skills, knowledge and confidence needed to succeed at uni
  • You can choose to study full or part time
  • Studying TEP revolves around you; choose from on-campus, online or mixed-mode study options
  • TEP can be completed in as little as 16 weeks.
Where can I study TEP?

You can complete TEP online or at our campuses in Darwin, Alice Springs and Sydney.

Wherever and however you choose to study, you'll get the support you need.

What support is available?

As a CDU TEP student, you'll get access to the same support as our Higher Education and TAFE students.

Whether you're studying on campus or online, you'll always be able to contact your lecturers and tutors and be able to access your course materials online.

  • If you want to talk to someone about uni stuff, Student Central will help connect you to the right person
  • You'll have access to our disability support services
  • If you're looking for some extra study support, check out our workshop videos for information about writing, referencing, plus other study tips and tricks
How do I start?
  1. Complete the online enquiry/application form
  2. After you submit your online TEP application, we'll email you with a writing task to complete
  3. Once you've completed the writing task, you'll receive an email letting you know whether TEP is the right pathway to uni for you, and offering you a place of enrolment.
Ready to start?

Applications are now open.

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Launch into your new world of study with confidence

  • TEP student at CDU

    I'm the first in my family to go to uni

    Beth Cooper is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Canberra; passionate about Australian history, design, communication and solving community development issues. Last year, she moved to Darwin to pursue her life goals; kick-starting her study dreams with CDU's free Tertiary Enabling program.

    Coming from a line of strong women, Beth is the first person in her family to go to university and is currently pursuing a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws degree in the hope to become a workers’ rights advocate. We caught up with her to celebrate her first High Distinction grade and to hear about her story.

    Read Beth's story
  • From bridging course to Mechanical Engineering

    From bridging course to Mechanical Engineering

    My personal story began in 2012. Around this time, I felt that there was something empty bouncing around, unfulfilled with dead-end jobs. It was only after having my beautiful baby boy, Elijah, that I realised he deserved to have a better future. I deserved a better life.

  • How I got into the swing of study before starting uni

    How I got into the swing of study before starting uni

    Felex Oryema completed our Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) in order to gain the skills to succeed at university after moving from Uganda. We asked him about his experience studying TEP, VET and Higher Education with CDU.

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