Tertiary Entry Program - CL47

The Tertiary Entry Program (TEP) is an enabling program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to undertake university study. At CQUniversity, your TEP learning experience is designed to be personally and culturally affirming. We value the diverse skills and experiences of our students, and we have made them central to your study. Teachings focus on developing student's skills in problem-solving, task evaluation, and information technology, giving TEP graduates the edge when commencing undergraduate and postgraduate study.






0.5 years full-time, 1 years part-time




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The TEP course involves studying units that embrace an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus to prepare you for successful participation in university study.

In TEP, we tailor your learning to suit your career aspirations in undergraduate study and there are a wide range of study areas to choose from. Plus, you may have the option to study some units from within our Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) course via cross enrolment. There are introductory units, more advanced units, Indigenous-specific units, and specialised units in mathematics, the sciences, computing and academic writing. The units available are listed below.
You will complete two core units:

  • Culture and Learning
  • Independent Learning.

In addition, you will complete electives from the following list. The electives you complete will depend on the course you intend to study after completing TEP:

  • Indigenous Australians and Education
  • Indigenous Australians and Health
  • Indigenous Australians: Business and Economy
  • Indigenous Australians: The Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Law in Australia
  • Preparation Skills for University
  • Introductory Biology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Computing Skills for University
  • Essay Writing for University
  • Technical Writing for University
  • Fundamental Mathematics for University
  • Intermediate Mathematics for University
  • Technical Mathematics for University
  • Introductory Physics
  • Foundation Science
  • Positive Learning for University.

Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS)
The Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) provides funding to engage Learning Advisors to tutor Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in many approved units throughout the course of their study. Depending on the units you choose to study within TEP, you may be eligible to receive tutoring as part of the IAS.
If you would like to request tutoring, or for further information, please contact CQUniversity on (07) 4930 9250 or email

Core Units 2 Major Units None
Electives 1 Minor Units None

To view the full list of units available to TEP students please visit the TEP brochure or the handbook, click on the 'course structure' tab.

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2020Available Online
Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Term 2 - 2020Available Online
Term 2 - 2021Available Online
Term 3 - 2020Available Online
Term 3 - 2021Available Online

TEP is delivered online, so you can study from anywhere in Australia. All that is required is access to a computer and the Internet.

TEP Application Closing Dates
Term 2 2020 - COB 24 June 2020

Term 3 2020 - COB 28 October 2020

Term 1 2021 - COB 24 February 2021

Residential Schools
Residential school attendance is a compulsory requirement for TEP. Residential schools require you to attend a designated campus for up to five days to undertake group work, lecturers, tutorials, presentations and individual tuition.
For more information regarding residential school attendance, please email or phone 1800 651 891.

No information available at this time.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
One (1) compulsory Residential School is held each term.
Entry scores are not applicable for this course.

Applicants must be:

  • An Australian or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent resident or humanitarian visa
  • Be at least 18 years of age in the academic year of enrolment

Applicants will be required to undertake:

  • a TEP Skills Assessment for computing, numeracy and literacy competencies; and
  • a person-to-person or phone interview with the TEP Head of Course

The assessment and interview will guide the planning of an individual program of study which will meet the minimum entry requirements for the student's preferred CQUniversity undergraduate course.

Security Requirements

No information available at this time.

Health Requirements

No information available at this time.

Assumed Knowledge

Students have the choice of studying full-time or part-time. The full course requires completion of three units; however, on Head of Course approval, recognition of prior learning can result in the reduction in the number of units required. Recommended study for each unit is 12.5 hours per week.

The Tertiary Entry Program (TEP) embraces an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus to prepare students for successful participation in undergraduate and postgraduate university degree courses. Students who successfully complete the full course gain a Tertiary Entry Ranking (TER) which provides them access to Undergraduate courses at Australian universities.

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This course is free of tuition fees, however, there are minimal costs associated with textbooks, stationery, photocopying and printing.

The TEP course is a Centrelink approved course. You may be eligible for various forms of financial support while undertaking the course. For more information, call Centrelink on 1800 132 317 or visit

As a TEP student, you can apply for scholarships to assist with the financial cost of study.

Tertiary Admission Centre codes are not applicable for this course.

Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.


In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.


A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.


CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.


CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

1. To enrol in TEP please apply online. Once you have submitted your application we will then send you information about the TEP diagnostic entrance assessment.

2. Complete the diagnostic entrance assessment for literacy, numeracy and computing competence. 

3. Once we receive your online assessment, we will contact you to arrange a one-on-one interview to finalise your application. 

For more information on our TEP course please contact CQUniversity on 1800 651 891 or email

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