Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation

Course Code4966
CRICOS Code111574E
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: One semester full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus

LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Avondale Campus - Sydney - for those students planning to enroll in Bachelor of Nursing 100 level units
Fee Support

Commonwealth Supported Place available for Semester 2, 2022 only.

FEE-HELP* *for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au



The Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation is a tertiary pathway course for students seeking alternative entry into the degree course of their choice. It may be suitable for recent school leavers who have not achieved the required entry-level ATAR, including those with no ATAR. The course assists with the development of tertiary literacy skills, especially English language skills in writing and communicating, and employment skills.

It may also be suitable for mature-age students seeking alternative entry to a bachelor's degree.

The course enables students to develop the generic academic skills needed for higher education.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation, graduates will be able to:
  • demonstrate skills and literacies appropriate for further education.
  • demonstrate knowledge and concepts with depth in the chosen areas of learning;
  • demonstrate effective research and communication skills and the capacity to respond critically (showing ability to analyse and evaluate) to information and ideas from a range of sources in solving problems;
  • work effectively with others, demonstrating initiative and independence as well as a capacity to function collegially;
  • demonstrate an informed respect for individual worth, cultural and social diversity, and environmental sustainability;
  • demonstrate the capacity to make ethical decisions that are linked to Christian values;

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion in the one semester (minimum of three units) of the Undergraduate Certificate inTertiary Englishcourse,students may apply to enrol in an Avondale undergraduate degree. Students may receive credit from this course towards their chosen degree.   

Admission Criteria


To qualify for admission, you must meet one of the following criteria:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study
  • An Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 3 qualification or higher; or
  • A New Zealand Qualifications Framework NZQF Level 3 qualification or higher

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Applicants with work and life experience
Applicants with overseas qualifications
  • An overseas qualification comparable to an Australian Qualifications Framework AQF Level 3 or higher


The Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation is available to domestic students and international students studying outside of Australia. The course is currently unavailable to international students in Australia on a student visa.


International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the ways outlined in Appendix 2 of the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy.

Course Structure

Course duration: 6 months full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Study mode: On-campus, and online for approved students (online units will vary from those available for on-campus study). Students wishing to study online may be required to undertake an interview with the Course Convenor.

Maximum Time to Complete: Three years

Course Structure

For students commencing Semester 1

WHPE10101 Foundations of Wellbeing

ARTS11110 The Art of Scholarship

100-level unit elective/unit in your proposed area of study

100-level unit elective/unit in your proposed area of study


For students commencing Semester 2

GSTL15000 Tertiary Writing

ARTS11100 Interpreting Media Messages

100-level unit elective/unit in your proposed area of study

100-level unit elective/unit in your proposed area of study


To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.


Avondale is a self-accrediting Higher Education Provider, and the Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation is offered within the terms of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). In 2014 Avondale was granted self-accrediting status by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

Where to get further information

Course Enquiries

Student Administration Services

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: [email protected]
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon


Commonwealth Supported Place available for Semester 2, 2022 only.

FEE-HELP* *for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au

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There are no scholarships available for this course.

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"This course provides the foundation you will need as a student to successfullystudy at tertiary level." Paul Race, Executive Dean.