School leavers get head start for uni
THE University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is offering Year 12 school leavers the opportunity to gain entry into selected USQ degrees by applying for its Tertiary Preparation Program Intensive Pathway (TPPIP).
Jessica Suffolk is in her first year of a Bachelor of Nursing after successfully completing the program at USQ Ipswich last year.
Miss Suffolk said that the TPPIP gave her the chance to get a feel for university life and gain the confidence and study skills required to succeed at university.
"I enjoyed the program because I got to meet some of my fellow nursing students who I am still friends with," she said.
"The program allowed me to learn about my degree while using the skills I developed from the program, such as the USQ StudyDesk and referencing.
"I would highly recommend the program for those wanting to enter tertiary education."
USQ Open Access College lecturer Charmaine Davis said TPPIP was one of the best ways to make the transition from high school to university, and adjust to the new experiences and challenges of tertiary study.
"TPPIP opens the door to school leavers wanting to take the first steps towards university without the worry of having the right level of qualification," she said.
"Apart from being a reliable and proven entry pathway into university, the program also helps participants feel confident and prepared for university life, and introduces them to the online study environment."
Starting November 30, TPPIP participants must attend two, two-week on-campus workshops at USQ Ipswich or USQ Springfield with private at-home online study in between.
Once students successfully complete the free pathway program, USQ will help them apply directly to an undergraduate degree.
To apply for TPPIP or for more information, visit usq.edu.au/tppintensive