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Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

  • National Course Code: 10767NAT
  • TAFE NSW code: 10767NAT-01V01-20SUT-001

Location – Sutherland - Gymea

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

20 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Fully Subsidised Course

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation will prepare you for Diploma level and university study or entry into the Australian Defence Force. Recognised by educators and employers as an alternative pathway to Year 12, you will develop the technical, social and academic skills needed to perform at the next level of study.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Write non-academic and academic texts
  • Plan, research, draft and edit assignments
  • Present your ideas
  • Manage your time in an academic environment
  • Apply learning strategies
  • Collaborate with peers and professionals
  • Critically analyse and evaluate information


Develop the attributes needed to get ahead in study:

  • An analytical mind
  • The ability to source relevant information
  • The capacity to multi-task
  • Work as a team
  • Communicate effectively with teachers and peers


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at a Certificate IV level
  • A Tertiary Entrance Score (TES)
  • A year 12 equivalent qualification
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to enhance your career opportunities


You can continue on your education journey with:

  • Admission to university
  • Entry to the Australian Defence Force
  • Diploma or above qualifications


The Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation supports students to develop high level academic, social and technological skills that have been identified as essential for emerging careers of the future.

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.

To be eligible for this course, you will need to:

  • Provide evidence that you have a Certificate II qualification or equivalent skills and knowledge
  • Undertake a literacy and numeracy test and achieve a Level 3 or above in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF)
  • Participate in a phone interview with one of our teaching staff to make sure this is the appropriate course level for you


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • The ability to learn independently
  • The resources to research topics
  • Sound technology skills

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.


To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • Year 10 or equivalent. Prior to enrolment all students are required to attend an interview for subject selection and completion of the Individual Learning Plan. They must also complete a Maths and English screen to assess individual needs and to determine suitable Maths units.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To attend all your timetabled classes, participate fully in the course and complete all set homework/extra study.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

For more information about this course please contact TAFE NSW Gymea course information 9710 5020 or the Head Teacher of Gymea Educational Pathways 9710 5013 or


This is a Full Time Face to Face course. You will need to attend approximately 20 hours of class, over 4-5 days a week, for 36 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 9 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including activities include CLCs, reviewing classwork, research, exam preparation, and preparation of assessments, supervised study time.


This course is delivery designed for people who:
Are school leavers and mature-age students wishing to gain or improve their knowledge of a variety of subjects in preparation for university or higher level TAFE studies. The group includes students from CALD and ESB backgrounds.
Access and Equity Students. The Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation provides a pathway for people to achieve a year 12 equivalent and fosters the development of life-long learning, analytical thinking, problem solving, computer and technology skills. It is delivered at an Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) Level 4.

Students who successfully complete the TPC will be eligible to receive the scaled Tertiary Entrance Score (TES). The Universities Admission Centre (UAC) uses the TAFE calculated TES to assist universities in making offers of places to TPC graduates.
It is also possible to gain credit towards a vocational qualification if you choose to study vocational electives which are part of this course.
The TPC is generally accepted by universities for entry into most programs. The TPC is also recognised by the NSW Public Service, the Defence Forces, and the NSW Police.
This group will have varying levels of language, literacy and numeracy skills and distinctly different learning styles.
The group will have varying experience with education some of whom may not have attended formal education for many years.


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

  • CSO4444 Learner Support
  • 165-70093 Study Centre
  • Registration with relevant Disabilities Consultant and TAFE NSW Counselling

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
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

You will need to attend approximately 20 hours of class a week over 4 to 5 days per week, depending upon your individual learning plan. An indication of how your weekly timetable may look is: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4.30 pm

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

This course is fully government-subsidised for eligible students, meaning you will not have to pay any course fees. It is part of a program to help people develop the skills they need to get a job, undertake entry level qualifications or transition to a new job.

If you are not eligible for subsidised training, you can still choose to enrol in the course but will need to pay the full (non-subsidised) fee.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
-Students are to provide folders, basic stationery supplies and a Scientific Calculator (if Maths is studied) to successfully complete this course and will cost approximately $60.00.

Incidental Cost
  • Student Association - $20.00

Enquire now for Semester 2 2020 and be notified when enrolments open.

TAFE NSW is open for business so to find out more information on this course including when it will start and how it will be delivered (face-to-face, in a virtual classroom, self-paced, online or a mixture), submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page. You can also call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

* Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

Core Units
Number Title
ECSDIG401 Develop e-learning skills for academic study
TPCEGL001 Produce written and spoken texts for further study purposes
TPCEGL002 Apply critical language and research skills for further study purposes
Elective Units
Number Title
FSKLRG14 Manage strategies for career progression
TPCSCN001 Investigate biological processes
ECSLRN401 Develop academic learning skills
TPCHMN001 Assess contemporary Australian social perspectives
TPCHMN003 Analyse legal concepts, issues and processes
TPCMTH003 Solve mathematical problems using monetary and spatial calculations
TPCMTH004 Solve applied mathematical problems using calculus techniques
TPCSCN005 Analyse biological processes
TPCHMN004 Analyse historical concepts and issues in context
TPCMTH001 Apply mensuration, algebra and trigonometry skills to solve problems
TPCSCN006 Analyse and apply chemical processes
TPCEGL003 Critically interpret forms of creative art for further study purposes
ECSCRT402 Examine ethical practices for study
TPCEGL004 Critically examine literary texts for further study purposes
TPCMTH002 Apply advanced algebra and trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms to solve problems
TPCSCN002 Investigate the chemical nature of matter
TPCSCN008 Analyse health issues in a global context
TPCHMN002 Examine human rights issues, breaches and responses in Australian and international contexts
FSKLRG14 Manage strategies for career progression
TPCSCN003 Investigate physics concepts

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.

Course Location

Sutherland, Gymea
Corner Hotham Road & Kingsway, Gymea
Phone 131 601

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