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University Certificate in Tertiary Preparation for Undergraduate Studies

This one semester program will help you meet the entry requirement for an undergraduate degree program that requires an IELTS 6.5.
This course is only available for international students.
This course is only available for international students.
Kelvin Grove
13 weeks full-time
February, July and October



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

Why choose this course?

The University Certificate in Tertiary Preparation (UCTP) for Undergraduate Studies is designed to help you meet the English language requirements for a QUT undergraduate 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

What to expect

Real-world facilities

UCTP is taught at QUT International 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 undergraduate students only. If you are looking for a pathway program into our postgraduate programs, we recommend the University Certificate in Tertiary Preparation for Postraduate Studies.

Career outcomes

Course articulation

To progress into a QUT undergraduate 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.


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

Minimum academic requirements

Successful completion of Year 12 or overseas equivalent at the required level.

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, Singapore, 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.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge Advanced English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Cambridge English Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
169 154 162 162 154
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6 5 5.5 5.5 5
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. Please assign your test to QUT in your Pearson profile.
50 38 46 46 38
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
71 10 14 18 14

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.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre


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

2020 fees

2020 fees

2020: $10,050 per course (48 credit points)

2019 fees

2019 fees

2019: $9,675 per study period (48 credit points)

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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QUT International College Director's Award for Community Contribution

An award for students currently studying academic or English pathway programs at the college who have made an exceptional contribution to the QUTIC community.

Scholarship eligibility

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