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Is TEP for me?

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 perfect for you.

Benefits of TEP

  • TEP is free for Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens (residing in Australia), permanent residents and Humanitarian Visa holders (there may be some costs for textbooks and stationery, depending on the units you study).
  • Prepares you and enables you to be qualified to apply for entry into CDU
  • You can choose to study on campus, online or a bit of both with mixed mode study
  • TEP can be completed in as little as 14 weeks
  • You can study part-time or full time.

Entry requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must not be an International Student Visa Holder

What is expected of me as a TEP student?

As a TEP student, on a regular basis you'll be expected to:

  • attend on-campus or online classes
  • participate in classes
  • ask your lecturers questions when you aren't clear or run into problems
  • access resources online
  • read set texts/documents in your own time
  • work on subjects outside of class times
  • complete assignments and submit these on time
  • communicate with your lecturers and other students.

Preparing for TEP

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Planning and preparation will help you on your journey into university life. We've identified seven questions you should consider before enrolling into the TEP program.

Q 1: Do you have the time to study?

The first factor to consider when deciding to study is 'How much time do I have for study?'.

Add all your commitments to a weekly calculator (32KB)  and see how much time you can commit to studying.

The dot points below outline some of the time factors you may want to consider.

Time factors to consider

  • How many hours do I work? Do I need to account for overtime?
  • How much time is spent travelling to and from work?
  • How much time do I need to commit to my family and children's needs?
  • Sporting commitments?
  • Social commitments?
  • How much time do I need to take for myself?
  • What other commitments do I have each week?
  • Can I change my commitments to accommodate more study time?
  • How many hours can I realistically commit to my studies each week?
Q 2: Should you study part time or full time?

One unit = approximately 8-10 hours study per week

Part-time studyFull-time study
One or two units a semesterThree or four units a semester
Approximately 10 to 20 hours per weekApproximately 30 to 40 hours per week
Recommended if you're working full time or if you haven't studied for a while.Not recommended if you're working full time or at home with young children.
Q 3: Should you study on campus or online?
Internal study (on campus)Online study (external)Mixed study mode
Internal study is available at  Alice Springs and Casuarina campuses. TEP2 is available at Sydney campus.Study is completed online via Learnline so reliable internet access is essential.You can choose to study some units internally and others online based on their individual needs.
Each unit requires between three to six hours of class time per week.Online study is more flexible and you can choose to study at times that suit your needs. 
80% attendance is required to pass.Ideal if you are working full time and are unable to attend classes. 
Class sizes are limited so internal classes can't be guaranteed.When you choose to study online, it's assumed you have some basic computing skills. 
Q 4: What units could you choose to study?

Recommended study plans

TEP1 – Orientation to Tertiary Study

With effect from semester 1 2017, TEP1 will no longer be available for new students. Continuing students can complete this course online by enrolling in semester 1 and/or semester 2, 2017.

Continuing TEP1 - Orientation to Tertiary Study stydents must successfully complete all four units of TEP1 to receive a place in TEP2 - Preparation for Tertiary Study.

Recommended study plan 

Summer Semester, 2016 (external only)
Full timePart time
Full-time study involves up to 40 hours work per week.
Please consider this when choosing your study load.
TEP001 Study SkillsTEP001 Study Skills
TEP002 Introductory ComputingTEP002 Introductory Computing
TEP003 Reading and Writing for Further Education
TEP004 Mathematics for Further Education 
Semester 1, 2017 (external only)
N/ATEP003 Reading and Writing for Further Education
N/ATEP004 Mathematics for Further Education

TEP2 – Preparation for Tertiary Study

You must successfully complete four units in TEP2 to fulfil the requirements of the course.

Recommended study plan 

Semester 1, 2017
Full timePart time
Full-time study involves up to 40 hours work per week.
Please take this into consideration when choosing your study load.

TEP021 Computing for Tertiary Study

TEP021 Computing for Tertiary Study


and either


TEP022 Academic Language and Learning (plus a specialist unit)




TEP023 Foundation Mathematics

TEP022 Academic Language and Learning (plus a specialist unit)


TEP023 Foundation Mathematics


Specialist Elective (choose one from the below options)

TEP025 Bioscience




TEP026 Historical and Contemporary Issues




TEP024 Advanced Foundation Mathematics *

(* see information below on selecting mathematics units)


Please note: TEP024 unit will not be available for new students in 2017.

Semester 2, 2017



TEP023 Foundation Mathematics




TEP022 Academic Language and Learning

and a specialist elective (choose from the below options)

TEP025 Bioscience




TEP026 Historical and Contemporary Issues

Elective and mathematics units

Mathematics units
(You can't enrol in both units IN the same semester)

TEP023 Foundation Mathematics

Foundation mathematics is the minimum required level of mathematics to be achieved for successful completion of TEP2.

TEP024 Advanced Foundation Mathematics

Students wishing to study engineering or science fields should study this unit to ensure they have the mathematics knowledge required for these degrees.

Students who achieve greater than 75 per cent in the initial mathematics diagnostic test may enrol directly into TEP024.
Students who achieve less than 75 per cent in the initial mathematics diagnostic test will need to complete TEP023 first.

Elective Units
(choose 1 unit only)

TEP025 Bioscience

Suitable for students wishing to study in areas such as nursing, science, health and fitness.

TEP026 Historical and Contemporary Issues

Suitable for students wishing to study in areas such as education, law, arts and humanities.

For further information and advice on selecting and enrolling into units, please contact the TEP admissions advisor.
T: 08 8946 6021

Q 5: Do you have the right level of English language skills to study TEP?

If English is not your first language, you'll need to decide whether your level of English language skill is at the right level for study at university.  There's a lot of reading, writing, listening and speaking required to be successful at university. 

Read through the following statements and answer YES or NO to each one to help guide you.

I can read popular magazines and stories which interest me
I can read newspaper articles on current affairs and understand the writer's view

I can write clearly about my life, interests or work
I can write my opinion on a topic and explain my reasons

I can talk to people about my life experiences
I can discuss ideas about books, films or current affairs with other people and explain my views

I can understand a talk on a familiar topic
I can understand televisions news, programs about current issues, and most movies

If you answered No to any of these statements, this may be telling you that you need to develop your English language further before applying to study in TEP.  To help you make this decision, you can discuss this with the TEP Theme Leader. There are English language courses available at some CDU VET campuses, TAFE campuses in different states and territories, or at some community education centres.  See below for contact details.

English Language skills courses

Northern Territory         

Adult Migrant English Program      

T: (08) 8946 6578
Adult Migrant English Program  website

Other states or territories

My Skills website 

Literacy (reading and writing) courses

Northern Territory           

Adult Literacy & Numeracy Top End

T: (08) 8946 7529
Adult Literacy & Numeracy Top End website

Other states or territories 

My Skills website

Reading Writing Hotline

Q 6: Do you have the right computer for study?

You'll need the following software to successfully participate in and complete your TEP study.

  • PC
    • Windows 7, 8 or 10
    • Microsoft Office 365
  • Apple Mac
    • Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Surface Pro
    • Windows 8 or 10
    • Microsoft Office 365

CDU provides computer facilities at the Casuarina, Alice Springs and Sydney campuses.

Find out more about system requirements on Learnline.

Q 7: Do you know about the disability support for CDU students?

CDU provides assistance to anyone enrolled in a learning program at the University who may have a disability or condition that could impact on their success in their study. This could be a permanent or a temporary disability, and the disability or condition could include:

  •     physical (for example, sight, hearing, limb)
  •     psychological or mental health issues (for example, anxiety, depression)
  •     learning differences (that is, a different way of processing information).

Get more information disability support services available.

Important dates

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Semester 1, 2017

Semester 1, 2017
Applications open Applications are now clsoed.
Applications close

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Offer rounds

4 January 2017

11 January 2017

18 January 2017

25 January 2017

1 February 2017

8 February 2017

15 February 2017

22 February 2017

Final date to enrolFriday, 10 March 2017
Teaching commencesMonday, 27 February 2017
Census datesFriday, 31 March 2017
Teaching endsFriday, 26 May 2017
Revision29 May 2017 - 5 June 2017
Exam period6 June 2017 - 19 June 2017
Grade releaseTuesday. 4 July 2017

Semester 2, 2017

 Semester 2, 2017
Applications openApplications are now open.
Applications closeTuesday, 11 July 2017
Offer roundsCommence weekly on a Wednesaday from 18 April, 2017

Final date to enrol

Friday, 28 July 2017

Teaching commences

Monday, 17 July 2017

Census dateThursday, 31 August 2017
Teaching endsFriday, 13 October 2017

16 October - 20 October 2017

Exam period23 October - 3 November 2017
Grade Release dateTuesday, 21 November 2017


TEP general enquiries
Student Central
  • T: 1800 061 963 (freecall)


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