Tertiary Pathway Program

Notre Dame's Tertiary Pathway Program (TPP) is designed to prepare you for entry into the University’s undergraduate degree programs. The skills and attributes that you will develop during the semester are important for successful transition to university.

Following successful completion of the TPP, you may gain entry to undergraduate studies in the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Nursing & Midwifery and Philosophy & Theology.

The Tertiary Pathway Program is offered at our three Campuses in Broome, Fremantle and Sydney. Our online courses are available anywhere in Australia.

  • Program structure

    You will complete 5 courses. Each course is specifically designed to help develop key skills and attributes necessary for university studies.

    All students complete:

    • Learning for University
    • Academic Writing
    • Essential Mathematics
    • Research Skills and Information Literacy

    Then choose one of the following two courses:

    Course Name Intended Undergraduate School
    Foundations of Human Biology Nursing, Health Sciences
    Communication Skills Arts & Sciences, Business, Education*, Philosophy & Theology

    *The Tertiary Pathway Program is not a pathway to some undergraduate degrees in this school.

  • Mode of study and assessment

    Subject to COVID restrictions, courses in the Tertiary Pathway Program will be offered in both internal (on campus) and external (online) modes in Semester 1, 2021. You will have the opportunity to study online, on campus, or a combination of both. Some activities will be available online irrespective of the mode you choose.

    Please speak to our friendly Prospective Students Advisors to work out which delivery will suit you best.

    Internal Mode (subject to COVID restrictions)
    Internal mode (on campus) will provide you with immersive learning experiences that facilitate your engagement in the Notre Dame community. The structures provided by internal mode will help you establish routines that are necessary to navigate university successfully. Students attend face-to-face classes on campus, while also completing parts of their studies (e.g. pre-recorded videos, discussion boards, etc) online.

    External Mode
    External mode (online) will provide you with flexible learning experiences that allow you to engage at a time and place that suits you. You will complete all course activities online. You will attend online lectures and tutorial sessions, complete online activities, and work with your colleagues in online communities.

  • Assessment

    Learning is assessed through a variety of measures including:

    • examinations & quizzes
    • written assignments
    • oral presentations
    • reflective activities
    • group projects

    You will be given the opportunity to reflect on your personal learning needs and formulate relevant learning goals. You will receive regular feedback on your work and how you are progressing towards these goals.

  • Program completion

    Students who complete the Tertiary Pathway Program will be eligible to receive a Program Completion transcript, issued by the University, outlining their results at the end of the program. Successful completion of all the requirements of the Tertiary Pathway Program meets the minimum entry requirements for study in many undergraduate degrees. If a place is offered, the student can start their degree the following semester.

    Please note: Direct entry to a number of degree programs is not available through the Tertiary Pathway Program. Other pathways to these courses are available. Please speak to our friendly Prospective Students Advisors to confirm that the Tertiary Pathway Program is a pathway to your intended degree.

  • Course descriptions

  • Fees

    As a result of assistance provided by the Commonwealth Government for enabling programs, the Tertiary Pathways Program is a tuition-free program for Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, and holders of humanitarian visas.

  • Entry requirements

    Admission into the Tertiary Pathway Program is assessed on an individual basis. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirements for their intended undergraduate degree will need to demonstrate potential for success within the Tertiary Pathway Program.

  • How to apply

    Applications for the Tertiary Pathway Program follow the same admissions process as undergraduate applications. Simply submit an undergraduate application form noting Tertiary Pathway Program as one of your preferences.

    Visit our how to apply page for full details.

    For more information and to apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Fremantle Campus
    Phone: 08 9433 0533 
    Domestic email: future@nd.edu.au

    Sydney Campus
    Phone: 02 8204 4404 
    Domestic email: sydney@nd.edu.au

    Broome Campus
    Phone: 08 9191 0601
    Email: broome.courses@nd.edu.au

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