• 10397NAT
  • 081849B

Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation

At a glance

At a glance

Take the leap into further tertiary study. This course is ideal for people who have been away from formal education for several years looking to learn and develop essential study skills.

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10397NAT Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation

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Course overview

Course overview

Set yourself apart from the crowd and gain specialised skills and knowledge required to enter into an undergraduate tertiary course.

Whether you are looking to gain entry to university via an alternate pathway or increase your Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) ranking, this course will equip you with life-long learning skills specific to tertiary education.

This course is recognised by Queensland universities as a high-quality academic pathway and is facilitated by industry recognised, expert teaching staff. You will develop a broad range of skills relevant to tertiary education including advanced literacy, numeracy and digital literacy skills, time management, problem solving, mathematics, research and assignment writing skills, exam strategies and seminar presentation skills. Take your pick of the many electives in biology, chemistry, computing, mathematics, legal or physics.

Recognised as a Year 12 alternative, you will be be able to apply to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) for a ranking on completion, gaining access to university or other tertiary education institutions.


The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 6 elective units from the list below.

Research, plan and present academic essays, reports and reflections
Write academically to persuade/argue and critically analyse, and present academic speeches
Plan and prepare for study

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

Gold Coast
Investigate, analyse and evaluate archaeology and ancient civilisations
Identify and investigate societal groups and ideas in ancient civilisations
Demonstrate the practical and theoretical application of introductory chemistry
Apply theory relating to thermochemistry, kinetics and equilibrium to chemical systems
Demonstrate the application of theory relating to electrochemistry and organic chemistry
Use software to create academic documents, presentations and spreadsheets
Use advanced computer technology skills to research online and create complex academic documents
Identify and investigate human impact on ecosystems and resources
Analyse and mitigate the environmental impact of human needs and wants
Use and apply mathematics in real world applications
Use and apply financial mathematics, probability and statistics in real world applications
Solve pure mathematics problems involving trigonometry and algebra
Solve pure mathematics problems involving statistics and functions
Solve pure mathematics problems involving calculus
Other regions
Apply theory relating to organisms, their cells and physiology, and scientific method in Biology
Apply theory relating to ecology, classification, genetics and evolution and in Biology
Apply theory and practices of good nutrition to promote health in individuals, families and society
Apply concepts of family and culture to understand family relationships in contemporary society
Apply knowledge of the living environment and its impact on individuals, families and society
Apply knowledge of the skeletal, muscular and articular systems to human movement applications
Apply knowledge of body systems and energy pathways to health maintenance and physical training
Apply the legal principles of Commonwealth and State Criminal Law to legal problems
Apply the principles of Australian civil, tort and contemporary law to legal problems
Demonstrate the application of measurement, wave motion, optics and electricity theory in physics
Demonstrate the application of kinematics, dynamics and gravitational forces in physics
Demonstrate the application of theory relating to electronics, magnetism and nuclear physics
Apply contemporary approaches and knowledge of biological influences to understand human psychology
Apply theories relating to development, behaviour and society to understand human psychology
Analyse and evaluate the historical development of Australian society, culture and identify
Analyse and evaluate political and contemporary social issues in Australian society
Conduct an individual academic research project
Apply historical methodology to the analysis of events, issues and concepts of Modern History
Apply historical methodology to analyse historical issues and events of the 20th and 21st centuries

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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 may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Applying for a course does not guarantee you a place in that course. Your place is only guaranteed once you enrol into units. Enrolling means that you are committing yourself to study, and to paying the associated fees. The tuition fees and applicable charges are required to be paid at enrolment or by scheduled instalment dates either by yourself, a nominated third party (e.g. your employer), or as identified within a contract for delivery of TAFE Queensland training.

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If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information

Selection criteria

As part of the selection criteria for this program a student must be a minimum of 18 years of age or be turning 18 within the first semester of study.

Entry into this program is via an interview with a teacher that includes a literacy and numeracy assessment.

Domestic Students
There are no other Selection criteria requirements for Domestic Students

International Students
The following Selection criteria requirements apply only to International Students:

  • 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.

Resources required

It is recommended that you 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 use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.


All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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Get started with TAFE Queensland

If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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 may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland