Preparing for Success Progression into Undergraduate Southern Cross Courses

The SCU College offers several paths to university study, including the award-winning, fee-free, tertiary Preparing for Success at SCU Program (PSP).

The PSP is open to those who may not meet the formal entry requirements for university study and want to build their study skills prior to commencing an undergraduate course. Successful completion allows you to progress into an undergraduate course at SCU.

The PSP provides:

  • an alternative pathway to achieving higher education and professional goals;
  • the opportunity to grow in confidence in a highly supportive learning environment;
  • an excellent introduction to university culture, experiences and technologies; and
  • the opportunity to learn the academic skills necessary for success at university.

Pathway options beyond PSP

Within the PSP, students will complete four units of study, one of which is an elective. Students choose the elective appropriate for the Southern Cross University course they would like to pursue.

The Studying Science elective prepares students with the foundations to undertake courses in the fields of education, health, science and engineering.

The Issues and Enquiry in Arts and Business elective prepares students with the foundations to study arts, tourism or business-based courses.

Gaining entry to your next Southern Cross University course

Did you know that students who successfully complete the PSP (pass all four units) are guaranteed a place of study in a Southern Cross University course.

After successful completion of the PSP you should apply directly with the University within My Enrolment to study your next Southern Cross degree — not through a tertiary admission centre such as UAC or QTAC. It’s always best to discuss your individual situation, career goals and the timing of your next application with the Southern Cross team in person, over the telephone or via email.

Still have questions? Contact us.

What do PSP graduates say?

Past students are enthusiastic about the skills they learn and the confidence they gain from completing the PSP program.

Hayley John

Hayley John says:

“The PSP course gave me the opportunity as a mature age student, to reconnect with study. I can’t stress enough how valuable this course was for me. It has given me confidence and was instrumental in my preparation for future learning. The teachers were fantastic and the friends that I made continue with me now on my journey to becoming a registered nurse. I have just finished my first year of nursing and I know I wouldn't have survived without having done the PSP first.”

Jackson O Keefe

Jackson O'Keefe says:

“Prior to PSP, I was working part time as a cleaner with different employers.

I didn’t have much hope or goals for the future. I felt as though I had limited options due to an unsatisfactory HSC mark. An old friend of mine explained the PSP to me one day, so I came in to Southern Cross University and asked a few questions. The next semester, I was enrolled and studying.

Twelve months later, I am studying full time in an Associate degree in Paralegal (law studies) and I have been receiving above satisfactory grades. I now plan to transfer into a Bachelor of Laws next semester.”