CDU | Preparation for Tertiary Success

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CDU’s free Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) is an alternative pathway into university. With TEP, you’ll have the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed at university.

TEP is perfect 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 if you just haven’t studied for a while.

  • TEP is a free program to get you ready for university study (there may be some costs for textbooks and stationery, depending on the units you study).
  • You can study part-time or full-time, on campus, online or a bit of both with mixed-mode study.
  • Once you complete TEP you will be able to enrol in most undergraduate programs at CDU.
  • TEP can be completed in just 16 weeks.

Once you have successfully completed TEP you will be eligible to apply for most CDU undergraduate courses. Popular courses such as nursing, midwifery, education, law, psychology and engineering can all be applied for with a TEP completion.

Exceptions are the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences and any honours or post graduate courses.




To be eligible for the Preparation for Tertiary Success Program (PTS), you must be 18 or over by the census date of the relevant semester and of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. You will need Year 10 or Year 11 standard. If you are a mature person without Year 10 or 11, you can apply on the basis of your skills and experience.




Apply direct to CDU online.

See also Preparation for Tertiary Studies 2, a shorter course that can be completed in just 6 months.

Find out more





Full Time or Part Time


1 to 2 years




Online study not available

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