Offering Info

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

03 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



36 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


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.

It's all happening at TAFE NSW InfoFest. Register for an information session to broaden your skills set to get ahead. Can't find an Information Session for you? Enquire Online or call 131601.


You will have an interview with a member of the teaching staff to discuss your learning plans and ensure the selected subjects will meet your planned career needs. After completion of the interview you will be given information about the processes required to complete the enrolment process.

Date: Monday 25 November, 2019
Time: 2:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Gymea Campus, Building A, Ground Floor, Room AG.12

Date: Tuesday 10 December, 2019
Time: 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Gymea Campus, Building A, Ground Floor, Room AG.12

Date: Tuesday 21 January 2020
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Gymea Campus, Building A, Ground Floor, Room AG.17

Date: Tuesday 28 January 2020
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: Gymea Campus, Building A, Ground Floor, Room AG.12

Outside these sessions applicants should 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

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.


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

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
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

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

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

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