Offering Info

Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

  • National Course Code: 10767NAT
  • TAFE NSW code: 10767NAT-01V01-20CHE-120

Location – Coffs Harbour Education CHEC

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

03 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



34 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Fully Subsidised Course

Course Details

This Tertiary Preparation Course (TPC) is intended to provide participants with the following general education outcomes:

  • Year 12 equivalent qualification
  • Tertiary Entrance Score (TES) for those seeking entry to university
  • entry to further study at diploma level and above in the Vocational Education and Training sector
  • entry to careers requiring a year 12 equivalent qualification, including Australian Defence Force
  • research and high level written skills
  • critical thinking and academic learning skills
  • the ability to engage with and use a range of technologies
  • preparation for further study in science, technology, engineering and maths vocational areas.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Certificate II or equivalent skills and knowledge

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This is a full time, face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 16 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 34 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 2.4hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6.6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including prescribed homework activities.

Supervised and unsupervised hour totals are based on typical learner experience and may differ for each individual learner.


This course offering is accepted as a NSW Year 12 equivalent qualification. This course provides pathways for people who were unable to undertake study to achieve a NSW Higher School Certificate. A TES is calculated and issued on completion. The course provides an alternate entry pathway to universities. Universities recognise the TES as an alternative to the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) issued by NSW High Schools as the university entrance mark.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Counsellor
  • LLN specialists
  • Disability support
  • Student Support Officers
  • Teaching support
  • Disability learning support
  • Aboriginal suport
  • Disability equipment request support
  • Library services

    We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

    As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

    • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
    • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
    • Easy computing online short courses
    • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is currently scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 3pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

You may be eligible for a concession and/or exemption. This will be confirmed during the enrolment process.

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
TPCEGL002 Apply critical language and research skills for further study purposes
ECSDIG401 Develop e-learning skills for academic study
TPCEGL001 Produce written and spoken texts for further study purposes
Elective Units
Number Title
TPCSCN006 Analyse and apply chemical processes
TPCSCN005 Analyse biological processes
TPCHMN006 Analyse contemporary issues in the Asia Pacific region
TPCSCN008 Analyse health issues in a global context
TPCHMN004 Analyse historical concepts and issues in context
TPCHMN005 Analyse influences on political change
TPCHMN003 Analyse legal concepts, issues and processes
TPCSCN007 Analyse physics phenomena in mechanics and electromagnetism
TPCMTH002 Apply advanced algebra and trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms to solve problems
TPCMTH001 Apply mensuration, algebra and trigonometry skills to solve problems
TPCHMN001 Assess contemporary Australian social perspectives
TPCEGL005 Critically analyse film and media for further study purposes
TPCEGL004 Critically examine literary texts for further study purposes
TPCEGL003 Critically interpret forms of creative art for further study purposes
ECSLRN401 Develop academic learning skills
ECSCRT402 Examine ethical practices for study
TPCHMN002 Examine human rights issues, breaches and responses in Australian and international contexts
TPCSCN001 Investigate biological processes
TPCSCN003 Investigate physics concepts
TPCSCN002 Investigate the chemical nature of matter
TPCSCN004 Investigate the nature and functioning of ecosystems
FSKLRG15 Manage own work-related learning
FSKLRG14 Manage strategies for career progression
ECSLRN403 Participate in academic group research
TPCMTH004 Solve applied mathematical problems using calculus techniques
TPCSTT002 Solve applied problems using inferential statistics
TPCMTH003 Solve mathematical problems using monetary and spatial calculations
TPCSTT001 Solve statistical problems using data analysis and probability
FSKDIG03 Use digital technology for routine workplace tasks

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

This course may lead to a career in the Australian Defence Forces or employment requiring a Year 12 equivalent qualification.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

Coffs Harbour Education CHEC
363 Hogbin Drive, Coffs Harbour
Phone 131 601

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