Preparation for Tertiary Success 1 - ZPTS11 - 2018

Course overview

The Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS) is an enabling course that provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with a smooth pathway into degree studies.

It provides a culturally supportive way to study, assists in the integration of Indigenous and Western knowledges and in the development of lifelong learning skills such as:

  • coping with change
  • making meaningful links
  • asking critical questions
  • expressing creativity
  • strengthening learning relationships, building resilience and developing strategic awareness.

PTS introduces the culture of tertiary education and provides students with the academic skills needed to achieve success in their studies. It helps integrate new academic skills with the knowledge and skills individuals bring to the learning situation and prepares students for the challenges of degree level study.

The PTS program is suitable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who:

  • have not completed year 12
  • have completed year 12 but did not receive the required ATAR score
  • have completed a Certificate III or IV course or can demonstrate sufficient skills and knowledge to undertake studies
  • have not studied for a long time and lack confidence in academic skills.


  • Full-time and part-time study options available.
  • This course is offered as a mixed-mode study plan in Darwin, or Alice Springs.

Sharna"At my age, lots of kids don't think they know what they want to do. But I reckon you make your own sense of direction. For me, being able to study the Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS) program on campus at ACIKE was perfect. It's great to be surrounded by other Indigenous people of different ages, all with the same dream to get into tertiary education. After completing PTS, I'm now enrolled in a Bachelor of Science degree and plan to take the knowledge back to help my community. You don't have to know what you want to do; just start doing it."

"Going to uni is something I really wanted to achieve. I just didn't feel I was ready for such a big step straight out of high school. So the PTS program at ACIKE was perfect for me. I didn't have to go straight into uni; I got a little time to prepare myself. I'm really excited to learn about Science and share the knowledge with my community."

"All I knew was that I wanted to go to uni, and that I wasn't ready to do it. So I looked around and found the PTS program. I came here straight out of high school, and everyone else was older, so there were lots of temptations. But I stayed focused because I knew what my goal was. I wanted to get into uni. And now I have. I'm doing a Bachelor of Science degree." - Sharna

More details about the course

Please visit the Course Catalogue for more information.

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