Preparing for Success at SCU Program

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 10:26 AM on Mon, 29 November

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

ATAR
N/A
Duration
0.5 years full-time
0.5 years full-time
Location
Coffs Harbour, Gold Coast, Lismore, Online
Start date
March, July, November
Course code
2307160
Course abbreviation
PSP
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
4
CRICOS
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Fees
Commonwealth supported
Fees
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Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

Unleash your potential with our Preparing for Success 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.

*Some courses also have additional entry requirements such as an interview, refer to the relevant course page for further information.

Unleash your potential with our Preparing for Success 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.

*Some courses also have additional entry requirements such as an interview, refer to the relevant course page for further information.

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To satisfy both general admission and English Language Proficiency Requirements, applicants must have achieved one of the following;

  1. successful completion of Australian year 10 or equivalent taught and assessed in English in one of the Recognised Countries* or higher; or
  2. achieved an International Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test score equal to or above IELTS 5.5 with no band less than 5.0 or comparable as determined by the Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic Quality)(see ELP IELTS Equivalency Schedule);
  3. Applicants may be required to:
    1. submit a Personal Competencies Statement addressing specific criteria as detailed on the Southern Cross University website; and or
    2. attend an interview; and or
    3. provide any additional documentation requirements as specified by the Director of SCU College.

Note: Applicants who already hold a Bachelors or higher level qualification (greater than or equal to AQF 7) are not eligible for admission into the program.

* Recognised Countries;

Australia, American Samoa; Botswana; Canada; Fiji; Ghana; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; Kenya; Lesotho; Liberia; New Zealand; Nigeria; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Tonga Trinidad and Tobago; United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland); United States of America; Zambia; Zimbabwe

About the course

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.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
Coffs HarbourStudy Period  2, Study Period  4, Study Period  6
Gold CoastStudy Period  2, Study Period  4, Study Period  6
LismoreStudy Period  2, Study Period  4, Study Period  6
OnlineStudy Period  2, Study Period  4, Study Period  6

International students

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

Coffs Harbour
Gold Coast
Lismore
Online
View domestic application details View international application details

Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.


Assessment methods

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

Teaching methods

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.

Career opportunities

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 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.

*Some courses also have additional entry requirements such as an interview, refer to the relevant course page for further information. 

Ask a question

Domestic future
students

Call 1800 626 481 during business hours.

International future
students

Call +61 2 6620 3876 during business hours.

Current
students

Email: enquiry@scu.edu.au
Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To meet the requirements of this course students must complete the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points) comprising:

Participation

Students who do not participate in a unit before the census date will be deemed to be inactive and un-enrolled from the unit. Participation is determined by presence on the online learning site, and by submitting their first assessment (Assessment 1).

Exclusion

The Chair of the College Board may exclude a student for a maximum of one (1) study period where a student has received Absent Fail Grades for all units attempted in a period of study.


Course structure


Schedule of units

Unit CodeUnit TitleLevel of learningNotes

Core Units

UNIP1001Managing Your StudyIntroductory
UNIP1002Communicating at UniversityIntroductory
UNIP1003Applying Quantitative ConceptsIntroductory

Elective Unit

One (1) unit from the following:
UNIP1004Studying ScienceIntroductory
UNIP1005Issues and Enquiry in Arts and BusinessIntroductory


Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableLevel of learningNotes
For Part-time, complete one unit per study period, in this recommended order
UNIP1001 -  Managing Your Study

Available SP 2
Introductory
UNIP1003 -  Applying Quantitative Concepts

Available SP 3
Introductory
UNIP1002 -  Communicating at University

Available SP 4
Introductory
UNIP1004 -  Studying Science OR UNIP1005 -  Issues and Enquiry in Arts and Business

Available SP 5
Introductory

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableLevel of learningNotes
For Full-time, complete two units per study period, in this recommended order.
UNIP1001 -  Managing Your Study

Available SP 2, 4 & 6
Introductory
UNIP1002 -  Communicating at University

Available SP 2, 4 & 6
Introductory
UNIP1003 -  Applying Quantitative Concepts

Available SP 3 & 5
Introductory
UNIP1004 -  Studying Science OR UNIP1005 -  Issues and Enquiry in Arts and Business

Available SP 3 & 5
Introductory

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableLevel of learningNotes
UNIP1001Managing Your Study
Study Period2,4,6
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Lismore
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Online
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
UNIP1002Communicating at University
Study Period2,4,6
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Lismore
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Online
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
UNIP1003Applying Quantitative Concepts
Study Period3,5
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period3,5
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period3,5
N/A
Lismore
Study Period3,5
N/A
Online
Study Period3,5
N/A
UNIP1004Studying Science
Study Period3,5
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period3,5
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period3,5
N/A
Lismore
Study Period3,5
N/A
Online
Study Period3,5
N/A

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableLevel of learningNotes
UNIP1001Managing Your Study
Study Period2,4,6
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Lismore
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Online
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
UNIP1002Communicating at University
Study Period2,4,6
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Lismore
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Online
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
UNIP1003Applying Quantitative Concepts
Study Period3,5
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period3,5
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period3,5
N/A
Lismore
Study Period3,5
N/A
Online
Study Period3,5
N/A
UNIP1004Studying Science
Study Period3,5
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period3,5
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period3,5
N/A
Lismore
Study Period3,5
N/A
Online
Study Period3,5
N/A

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableLevel of learningNotes
UNIP1001Managing Your Study
Study Period2,4,6
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Lismore
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Online
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
UNIP1002Communicating at University
Study Period2,4,6
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Lismore
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Online
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
UNIP1003Applying Quantitative Concepts
Study Period3,5
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period3,5
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period3,5
N/A
Lismore
Study Period3,5
N/A
Online
Study Period3,5
N/A
UNIP1005Issues and Enquiry in Arts and Business
Study Period3,5
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Study Period3,5
N/A

Unit CodeUnit TitleAvailableLevel of learningNotes
UNIP1001Managing Your Study
Study Period2,4,6
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Lismore
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Online
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
UNIP1002Communicating at University
Study Period2,4,6
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Lismore
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
Online
Study Period2,4,6
N/A
UNIP1003Applying Quantitative Concepts
Study Period3,5
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs Harbour
Study Period3,5
N/A
Gold Coast
Study Period3,5
N/A
Lismore
Study Period3,5
N/A
Online
Study Period3,5
N/A
UNIP1005Issues and Enquiry in Arts and Business
Study Period3,5
Introductory
LocationDomesticInternational
Online
Study Period3,5
N/A