• Complete in one semester full-time.
  • Pathway to postgraduate programs that have an IELTS entry requirement of 6.5 (no sub-scores below 6).
  • Study one faculty unit that counts towards your chosen QUT postgraduate program while developing your English language capability and academic literacy.

Why choose this course?

The University Certificate in Tertiary Preparation (UCTP) for Postgraduate Studies is designed to help you meet the English language requirements for a QUT postgraduate degree that requires an overall IELTS score of 6.5 for entry. During this one semester program, you will study one faculty unit while developing your:

  • academic English language
  • lateral thinking
  • research skills
  • presentation skills

This program will move you beyond vocabulary, syntax, and grammar, to cognitive, conceptual knowledge, and formal academic language.

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What to expect

Real-world facilities

UCTP is taught at QUT College which is located at QUT's Kelvin Grove campus. The College is where you will spend most of your time going to classes and getting to know other international students. You will also receive a QUT Student ID card so you can access all of QUT's outstanding facilities, and enjoy a fun and exciting university experience right from the start.

Course dates

We have 3 start dates a year. Check here for our course start dates.

Note: This pathway is for postgraduate students only. If you are looking for a pathway into our undergraduate programs, we recommend our other University Entry Programs.

Careers and outcomes

Course articulation

To progress into a QUT postgraduate degree program that has an IELTS entry requirement of 6.5, you will need to successfully complete University Certificate in Tertiary Preparation with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale.

Details and units


Course code
  • Kelvin Grove
13 weeks full-time
February, July and November

A completed recognised Bachelor degree.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
TOEFL iBT / Home / Paper 71 10 14 18 14
IELTS Academic / IELTS Online 6 5 5.5 5.5 5
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
169 154 162 162 154
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 50 38 46 46 38
Duolingo English Test (DET)
You must share your results with QUT through the Duolingo online website.
100 and Production Score of 80 -- -- -- --

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.


Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2022 fees

2022 fees

2022: $10,050 per course (48 credit points)

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How to apply

You can apply to study this pathway program only, or as a package with a QUT degree.

You must apply directly to QUT for the pathway program or degree package that you want to study.

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