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Preparing for Success at SCU Program

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The Preparing for Success at SCU Program (PSP) assists students to develop the academic skills needed to succeed at university. It also provides an alternative Southern Cross University entry pathway. This well-established higher education preparatory program has no HECS fees charged to students, so the course is fee-free.

The PSP can be studied in a variety of flexible ways to assist those juggling other commitments. The course is available on all three campuses as well as by distance education and runs full-time for one session. It can also be studied up to one year part-time. The course teaches skills in time management, practical essay writing, research, and numeracy, giving students the confidence to transition into a degree and pursue their academic studies successfully.

Entry into the PSP is by direct application to the University with no admission fee and no required formal entry qualifications. It is expected that students will have reasonable computer and information technology literacy, and ongoing access to an internet-connected computer capable of communicating with the SCU online environment.

The course comprises four units. Three compulsory units focus on individual and group management skills essential for successful university performance, effective research strategies and written communication, and practical numeracy skills. The fourth unit provides a choice of developing research and writing skills in the arts and business, or the sciences.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3 N/A N/A
Gold Coast Session 3 N/A N/A
Lismore Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3 N/A N/A
Tweed Heads - Riverside Session 1 , Session 2 N/A N/A
Online Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3 N/A N/A


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

To achieve satisfactory completion of the Program, a candidate shall successfully complete:

  1. All units listed in Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules; and
  2. One unit from Part B of the Schedule of Units.

Course structure

Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
1st Session of Study
EDU10445 -  Managing Your Study Introductory
EDU10446 -  Communicating at University Introductory
2nd Session of Study
EDU10447 -  Applying Quantitative Concepts Introductory
EDU10448 -  Studying Science OR EDU10449 -  Issues and Enquiry in Arts and Business Introductory

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A

EDU10445 Managing Your Study Introductory
EDU10446 Communicating at University Introductory
EDU10447 Applying Quantitative Concepts Introductory

Part B

One (1) unit from the following:
EDU10448 Studying Science Introductory
EDU10449 Issues and Enquiry in Arts and Business Introductory