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There are many ways to dip your toe into university. Whether you're still in school or haven't studied in a while, USC offers a range of study options that can help you build your skills and confidence and make a start on your dream career.

University study can be truly life changing. For recent graduate Jason Carter, USC's Tertiary Preparation Pathway was the first step towards achieving his dream of studying to be a doctor.

Pathway diplomas.

A full-time, one-year program means you can get a taste for university, and have something to show for it, without the commitment of a full degree program. A USC pathway diploma is a stand-alone qualification that gives you direct entry and up to one year’s credit into selected bachelor’s degrees.

Start your career in Business InnovationCreative IndustriesScience and Technology, or Social and Human Services.

Pathway diplomas
Tertiary Preparation Pathway
  • If you don't have a selection rank, USC's Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) provides a pathway to a full degree program
  • TPP helps you build the skills and confidence to succeed at university
  • TPP can also be used to complete a subject prerequisite
Associate degrees
Headstart
  • USC's Headstart program is for students in Year 11 or Year 12
  • Study one or two USC courses (subjects) while still in high school
  • Attend classes at USC, with undergraduate students
  • Apply for Headstart through your school
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From TPP to medical school

Find out how TPP helped a former tradesperson who left school in Year 11 achieve his dream of becoming a doctor.

Read Kierans's story
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