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Course summary

Unleash your potential with our Preparing for Success at SCU Program. It doesn’t matter if you’re seeking a career change or didn't graduate from high school; university is a real option for you.

This flexible, fee-free course has been designed with you in mind. Open to Australian residents over the age of 18, you can study on campus or online, full-time over three months or part-time over a year. The course is taught in six week blocks so you can focus on one or two units at a time. Graduates gain direct entry into a range of Southern Cross University degrees.

This award-winning program teaches you how to manage your time, write essays, undertake research and apply mathematical concepts, providing the skills you need to succeed at university and progress towards a new career. 

Apply online today for this fee-free course.

DurationLocationStudy Period


Coffs Harbour2, 4, 6
Gold Coast2, 4, 6
Lismore2, 4, 6
Online2, 4, 6

The course comprises four units. Three compulsory units focus on individual and group management skills essential for successful university performance, effective research strategies and written communication, and practical numeracy skills. The fourth unit provides a choice of developing research and writing skills in the arts and business, or in the sciences.

The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and may include essays, reports, presentations and group work.

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including tutorials, online activities and video-linked or podcast virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Our online study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive a combination of podcast or video-linked tutorials, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

This course is taught in six week blocks. You can focus your learning by studying one or two units at a time in each block.

This program provides an alternative entry pathway into Southern Cross University. The course is suited to school leavers or TAFE students who have taken the vocational strand of learning but would now like to go to university. The course is also valuable for those who have spent time away from the academic environment for family, career or personal reasons and who wish to revise their skills before undertaking a university degree.

Students who successfully complete the Preparing for Success at SCU Program are guaranteed a place in a Southern Cross University course.

Please note that some degrees have extra application requirements such as an interview or audition. Check the individual degree you are interested in for details.


The information on this page may be subject to change over time. Please check this web page again before acting and see our disclaimer

From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'