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This free university preparation program is an innovative and engaging course for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The program is designed to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence you need to succeed at university. It is delivered both in Alice Springs and in Darwin.

Students attend face-to-face workshops either in Alice Springs or Darwin followed by work to be completed at home. Travel and accommodation is arranged for students who don’t live in Alice Springs or Darwin.

While it is a pathway into university, it is more than just learning the required academic skills. Students also uncover the necessary dimensions of successful adult learning – such as confidence, resilience and the ability to learn new things. Students and staff bring together their Indigenous and academic knowledge systems to develop a strong ‘Both-ways’ learning identity.


Batchelor Institute provides a culturally safe learning environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all Australian states and territories. Students often speak of Batchelor Institute’s ‘Both-ways’ approach that brings together Indigenous Australian and Western academic Knowledges in a way that embraces respect, tolerance and diversity. Batchelor Institute courses are designed to incorporate Indigenous Knowledges and ways of learning in all aspects of the learning journey.


All Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people who are 18 years or older are eligible to apply. The PTS course is most suitable for people who have completed at least Year 10 at school or a Certificate III qualification.


There is no cost to apply. Once you have applied you will be sent academic activities which will show us the things that you can already do well and what you will be able to learn in the future. Your answers will help the lecturers work out if PTS is the best course or if there is a better course for you.

Applications for 2020 are currently OPEN