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.
TPP Summer Term
If you have missed out on the ATAR you need and are planning to study Business, Education, Arts or Sciences in 2021, you can access an intensive four-week enabling program so you can start your degree on time in Semester 1.
TPP Summer Term runs from 11 January to 5 February 2021 in flexible mode with two courses studied on campus and two courses studied externally. Semester 1 starts on 22 February.
- Arts & Sciences or Business degrees – ATAR of 60-69
- Early Childhood or Primary Education – ATAR of 65-69
- Health Sciences or Nursing – you must undertake the Tertiary Pathway Program in Semester 1, 2021
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.
** Fremantle and Sydney campus only
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.
Broome Campus will offer External mode only.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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