Tertiary Pathway Program

Notre Dame's Tertiary Pathway Program (TPP) is an enabling program designed for students who have not met the requirements for entry into the University’s undergraduate degree programs.

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

The Tertiary Pathway Program is offered at our three Campuses in Sydney, Fremantle and Broome.

  • Program structure

    Students complete a one-week intensive course during Orientation Week, Learning for University. This course is designed to facilitate your transition into university life and must be successfully completed before you progress to the remaining four courses:

    • Academic Writing
    • Communication Skills
    • Essential Maths
    • Research Skills and Information Literacy

    Students wishing to transition into the Bachelor of Nursing and/or Health Sciences programs will complete the following courses:

    • Learning for University (intensive one week unit in Orientation Week)
    • Academic Writing
    • Research Skills and Information Literacy
    • Essential Mathematics
    • Foundations of Human Biology

    Students wishing to transition into the Bachelor of Education (Primary and Early Child & Care; 0-8 years) complete the following:

    • Learning for University (intensive one week unit in Orientation Week)
    • Academic Writing
    • Research Skills and Information Literacy
    • Communication Skills
    • Essential Mathematics
  • Mode of study and assessment

    This course is only offered in internal mode which means students attend face-to-face classes, lectures and tutorials on campus. Students will be provided with the Course Outline for each course. This outline will provide the assessment method.

    Learning is assessed through a variety of measures including examinations, written assignments, individual and group oral presentations and reflective activities. Not all courses adopt the same assessment structure. Students receive regular feedback on their work and how they are progressing in the course. Students will also be given the opportunity to reflect on their personal learning needs and formulate relevant learning goals.

  • Program completion

    Students who complete the Tertiary Pathway Program will be eligible to receive a Course Completion transcript, issued by the University, outlining their results at the end of the course. Successful completion of all the requirements of the Tertiary Pathway Program will make a student eligible to interview for undergraduate study. If a place is offered, the student can start their degree the following semester.

    Please note: direct entry to a number of degree programs such as Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Education double degrees, Bachelor of Health and Physical Education (Secondary), Bachelor of Laws, Medicine, and Bachelor of Physiotherapy are not available through the Tertiary Pathway Program. Other pathways to these courses are available.

  • 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 will need to demonstrate potential for success within the Tertiary Pathway Program by outlining background experiences in a Personal Statement, as well as one of the following:

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education

    • Year 12 school results that do not meet the minimum academic entry requirement for undergraduate program entry

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET)

    • Completion of an AQF equivalent of Certificate III qualification or higher from a TAFE or other recognised Registered Training Organisation (RTO); or
    • Completion of TAFE or RTO qualifications which do not meet minimum academic entry requirements for undergraduate studies.

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    • A STAT score below 145; or
    • Other experience deemed relevant by the Manager, Admissions Office
    • Home-educated applicants and students from Montessori or Steiner schools may be considered for this program. An interview and literacy test may be requested. Students must be of school leaving age.
  • 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 your first preference.

    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
    International email: international@nd.edu.au

    Sydney Campus

    Phone: 02 8204 4404 
    Domestic email: sydney@nd.edu.au
    International email: sydney.international@nd.edu.au

    Broome Campus

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

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