Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation

CRICOS Code: 081849B

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An ideal qualification for those who've been away from formal education for several years, this course will prepare you for studying in an Australian tertiary institution. Our supportive teachers will help you expand your reading, writing and numeracy skills; teach you fundamental computer skills; and help build your confidence. Learn how to plan, research and present academic arguments in writing and speeches; develop time management and problem solving skills; and gain useful exam strategies. You'll graduate with the confidence to tackle tertiary assessments with ease and a clear knowledge of expectations.

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Key Dates

Location Workload Delivery Key Date
South Bank, Brisbane Full Time Classroom 22/01/2018
Southport, Gold Coast Full Time Classroom 29/01/2018

Entry requirements

  • Learners entering this course must be at least 18 years of age
  • English Language Proficiency: Academic IELTS 5.5 (no individual band less than 5.0) or ISLPR 2+ on all skills or other - For a list of all English Language test accepted by TAFE Queensland International
  • Academic Requirements: Completion of Year 10 (or equivalent). Non school-leavers must have relevant work experience or qualification that indicates likely success of course completion. For more information on the international education achievement levels equivalent to Year 10 and 12.


Gold Coast - Southport
91-99 Scarborough Street
Southport QLD 4215

South Bank
66 Ernest Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

Resources required

It is recommended that students have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for students to use at all TAFE Queensland locations;

  • Some units will require textbooks and/or a scientific calculator depending on subject selection

Courses may require different resources, depending on your study location.


Timetables may be available online or may be provided to you at your program orientation.

Your timetable may change every semester and you must be able to manage your commitments to ensure attendance at all your classes.

Timetables will be different across TAFE Queensland locations. This is an example of what a course timetable could look like -  

Monday and Tuesday 8.00 am - 4.45 pm and Wednesday 8.00 am - 12.00 pm.


Wednesday and Thursday 8.00 am - 4.45 pm and Friday 8.00 am - 12.00 pm.

Important Information

This program is not designed to replace senior studies year 11 & 12, but to help contribute to overall ranking and assist with increasing entry requirements for further studies at TAFE and University.

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Unit Introduction

To achieve the qualification 10397NAT Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation, students must complete three (3) core units and six (6) elective units.

​The three core units are:

  • ATPPRE401A Plan and prepare for study (which should be completed at the commencement of the course)
  • ATPALS401A Research, plan and present academic essays, reports and reflections
  • ATPALS402A Write academically to persuade/argue and critically analyse, and present academic speeches.

The remaining six elective units may be completed in any of the following combinations:

  • Two specialisations which require the completion of 3 elective units, such as Mathematics (Pure), Chemistry or Physics specialisations
  • Three specialisations which required the completion of 2 elective units
  • Two specialisations which require the completion of 2 elective units and two other elective units from any other specialisation

A range of assessment methods are used to assess competence, and assessment may be designed against specific requirements of a single unit, or a cluster of units (using a holistic approach). Students are assessed formatively on course work, assignments in progress, completion of workbooks and tests throughout delivery and summative through formal examinations, with written questions and observations.



Not all electives available at all campuses

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The course cost indicated is for students on an international student visa. If you are visiting Australia on a non-student visa, (e.g. partner visa, working holiday, employer sponsor etc.) please contact us directly for the price applicable to you.

Location Cost Duration
South Bank, Brisbane $7,000 6 Months
Southport, Gold Coast $7,000 6 Months

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10397NAT Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation 081849B

Job Prospects

  • Further education at TAFE or University
  • Year 11 & 12 Equivalent

University Pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas will give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities. That means cutting down the amount of time you need to complete your degree, or even enrolling straight into the second year of your university course.

Our pathway partners include:

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Application Process

Applying to TAFE Queensland International is easy. You can submit an application at any time, but get in early as positions are limited. Follow the steps below to apply to study at TAFE Queensland.

Before you apply

  1. Check the evidence required to apply for your visa

    Before you apply to study at TAFE Queensland, you should check what documents and evidence you will need to provide to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to support your visa application.

    How to check what evidence you will need to provide to obtain a visa:

    • Visit the Student Visa (subclass 500) page on the DIBP website
    • Scroll down to the Document Checklist Tool
    • Select the country listed on your passport
    • Enter 03020E in the Education Provider CRICOS code field
    • Answer the final question: I am one of the following
    • Click the Display Evidence button
    • Read through the Documentary Evidence List to find out what you will need to submit with your visa application

  2. Review Admissions criteria and key dates

    Some courses require you to meet additional entry requirements eg. Submit a portfolio or artwork with your application. Please check individual course requirements via the Course page.

  3. Prepare your certified supporting documents

    If you are an international student applying directly to TAFE Queensland, you will need to include certified copies of the following documents to support your application:

    • Copy of passport
    • Educational certificate and academic records
    • English language test results

  4. Applying as a mature aged student

    Mature age students (at least 21years of age and with work experience/other qualifications) may be admitted into a program without meeting the formal academic requirements.
    The following documentation is required to support your application:

    • Current CV
    • References on company letterhead from current or previous employers

    Where previous study/employment was conducted in English, submit a certified letter from the educational institution/employer confirming the language of instruction/employment was English.
  5. Under 18 students

    International student visa applicants under the age of 18 will only be accepted where they demonstrate that they will be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or a suitable relative who is aged 21 or over. For more information visit Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

  6. Submit your application

    Submit your application and supporting documents through TAFE Queensland's online application portal or through a TAFE Queensland Registered Agent who can guide you through the enrolment process.

    Receive your Letter of Offer

    Accepting your Letter of Offer

    Note the expiry date for acceptance.

    • Meet all conditions as outlined in your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read and agree to the Terms and Conditions of your Letter of Offer and Acceptance
    • Read the International Student Refund Policy
    • Read the TAFE Queensland student rules
    • Pay the tuition fees as stated in your Letter of Offer
    • Pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) as stated in your Letter of Offer, or arrange your own OSHC for the duration of your visa.

    Next Step

    Receive your Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE -required for visa lodgement). You will use this document to apply for your student visa.

    Apply for your visa

    To apply for your student visa, visit the DIBP website and click Apply Now. Follow the steps to create your ImmiAccount and apply for your visa.

    Travel to Queensland and attend Orientation

    Once you have received your student visa, you can travel to Queensland ready to attend the TAFE Queensland International Orientation.


At the beginning of each semester orientation events are hosted across TAFE Queensland locations.

TAFE Queensland recommends you arrive two weeks prior to your course start date to allow time to organise and settle into your accommodation and prepare for your studies.

International Orientation details are emailed to you prior to commencing your studies or they can be accessed via the Orientation Schedule.

Program specific orientations are also conducted one week prior to the start of study. This is an opportunity for you to meet your teachers and classmates, get to know your campus, and familiarise yourself with your study schedule. 

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