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10765NAT Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation

Program Overview

Study your way!

We know that life is busy, that’s why our program is designed for online delivery. You can complete the program online at a time that fits in with your lifestyle.

This qualification is delivered online giving you the opportunity to work and study in your own time to meet the requirements for university entry.

UQ College’ Online Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (CATP) is for anyone wanting to gain or improve their ranking in order to study at university. CATP is recognised as a Year 12 alternative and is ideal for adults who have been away from formal study.

Successful completion of this program will allow you to apply to QTAC for a tertiary ranking and will give you the university entrance prerequisites in English, Math and Science.

You will be able to apply to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) for a ranking on completion, or alternatively, you may just complete a specialised unit to meet prerequisite requirements for university.

**PLEASE NOTE: Chemistry and Biology Laboratory Practicals are delivered on St Lucia Campus – (Face to Face)

Timeframe: Up to 12 Months

Cost: $500 per unit of competency

CATP important information sheet

Issuance of Qualification


On successful completion of the training and assessment requirements for the 3 Core and 6 Elective Units of Competency, you will receive the nationally recognised qualification, 10765NAT Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation qualification issued by UQ College.

Statement of Attainment

To meet the university prerequisite requirements, you will be required to complete the training and assessment requirements of all elective units of competency within a subject cluster: E.G., Chemistry (ATPCHE001, ATPCHE002, ATPCHE003) you will then receive a Statement of Attainment issued by UQ College.


VET Student Handbook

Units of Competency

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a reference number allocated to each person undertaking recognised training courses. It is now a requirement to have a USI number to receive your Qualification or Statement of Attainment. If you don’t already hold a USI, you will need to go to www.usi.gov.au to create one.

Language Literacy and Numeracy Test (Online)

Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb) is an approved online skills review tool used by UQ College. It determines your reading and numeracy levels within the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).

We want to make sure you have the right skills and support to be successful in your course. The bksb helps us identify any areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

The bksb tool identifies your current working levels for English and Maths, as well as your learning style. This gives us an overview of your learning strengths, so we can best support you while you are studying in your UQ College program. The bksb tool also identifies gaps in your skills. For each skill gap, there is a learning resource that includes practical exercises and answers to help you find success.

Understanding your own skill and knowledge levels is an important step in commencing a new course of study. Therefore, we require that all new students undertake a bksb assessment before beginning any training.

All UQ College VET students applying for a qualification or subject specialisation must have achieved Exit Level 3 within BKSB which means that you are categorised within BKSB as a “Capable Performer” and that you are capable of working at Level 4 which is at Certificate IV level within the Vocational Education and Training Sector.

The following categories are listed within BKSB for your information.

  1. A Novice Performer (Certificate 1 entry)
  2. An Advanced Beginner (Certificate 2 - 3 entry)
  3. A Capable Performer (Certificate 4 entry)
  4. A Proficient Performer (Diploma entry)
  5. An Expert Performer (Diploma and above entry)

Subsidised Training

Are you eligible to participate?

The Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation Program provides eligible individuals with access to a subsidised training place, with a preapproved registered training organisation (UQ College).

The principal aim of subsidised training is to help student gain the higher-level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry or transition to university to continue their studies.

If you are considering enrolling in subsidised training please contact the College on 3346 8222 to ensure you are eligible.

Subsidised training is only for students wishing to enrol and study the full qualification.

Who is eligible to receive subsidised training?

To be eligible for subsidised training a student must be:

Concessional student status applies when:

  1. the student holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card;
  2. the student provides the College with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, his or her partner, or the person of whom the student is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card;
  3. the student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
  4. the student has a disability; or
  5. the student is an adult prisoner.

For concessional status, UQ College will verify through the enrolment process eligibility for co-contribution and concession fees, and will hold evidence of a student’s eligibility.

What level of subsidy is available?

The subsidy represents the level of government contribution for the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation.

A higher subsidy will also be paid to support participation by disadvantaged learners (concessional students).

More information on concessional student status is detailed in the Higher Level Skills program policy at www.desbt.qld.gov.au/training/providers/funded/higher-level-skills.

Student Contribution - Do you contribute to training costs?

Given the increased benefits that you can gain from higher-level training, you are required to contribute to the cost of your training through a co-contribution fee, payable UQ College.

The fee amount is listed in the table below.

The fee may be paid on your behalf by an employer or another third party but cannot be paid or waived by UQ College.

Full Fee-Paying Student Cost
Full Qualification 9 units (3 core units and 6 elective units) $4500
English 3 Units (core) $1500
General Mathematics 2 Units $1000
Pure Mathematics 3 Units $1500
Chemistry 3 Units $1500
Biology 2 Units $1000
Research 1 Unit (if prerequisite ATPPRE001 completed) $500
Psychology 2 Units $1000
Subsidised Training: Student Co-contribution Fee
If eligible with NO concession card
Full Qualification 9 units (3 core units and 6 elective units) $1724
English 3 Units (core)  
General Mathematics 2 Units  
Pure Mathematics 3 Units  
Chemistry 3 Units  
Biology 2 Units  
Research 1 Unit (if prerequisite ATPPRE001 completed)  
Psychology 2 Units  
Subsidised Training: Student Co-contribution fee
If eligible and have a concession card
Full Qualification 9 units (3 core units and 6 elective units) $1030
English 3 Units (core)  
General Mathematics 2 Units  
Pure Mathematics 3 Units  
Chemistry 3 Units  
Biology 2 units  
Research 1 Unit (if prerequisite ATPPRE001 completed)  
Psychology 2 Units  

More information:

For more information on the Higher Level Skills program, phone 1300 369 935 or visit www.desbt.qld.gov.au/training.

Documentation Required to Enrol

One form of photographic identification is required as part of your Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation program enrolment.

For Australian and New Zealand citizens

  1. A copy of your passport or driver’s licence or age card.

Holder of a permanent Visa including a Permanent Humanitarian Visa:

  1. A copy of your Passport or Immigration Card; AND
  2. A copy of your Visa or letter from the Dep. of Immigration and Citizenship.

Under 18 years of age

If you are under 18 years of age, parental signature approval is required to validate the application form.

Previous Qualifications

If you have undertaken additional studies or achieved qualifications after high school, we may need to assess the qualification. You may be asked to provide your Academic Record/Certificate/ Statement of Attainment with your enrolment.

Credit Transfer Rules

Credit transfer is a process that provides you with credit for previous formal study that is equivalent to a unit or units of competency in your nominated qualification.

Current and prospective students are eligible to apply for credit transfer when:

Credit Transfer Applications

To make a credit transfer application you will need to:

Along with this form, you should also submit any relevant qualification testamurs, Record of Results, statements of attainment, graduation statements, or a USI Transcript. These documents should either be copies certified by a Justice of the Peace, or originals for sighting by an appropriate UQ College staff member.

Credit Transfer Decisions

UQ College will advise you of the credit transfer decision in writing as soon as possible after your application and all relevant documentation is received.

Program Specialisation Streams

If you know what degree you wish to take at university, this table will assist you with the selection of specialisations.

CATP 2021 streams

How to Apply

As you go through the Online Enrolment Form, you will receive specific instructions on each page on how to successfully complete your enrolment.

A typed signature and date will be accepted on the completed enrolment form.

IT Support

UQ College provides an IT Support forum every Monday from 6pm - 6.30pm for our online students. Your Zoom link for this forum will be in your welcome email.

This is to assists all online students with their journey seeking advice and support to ensure the best quality educational outcome.

Areas that you may wish to discuss are:


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