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There are a number of pathways to gaining entry into tertiary study.

Year 12

Applicants with an Australian Year 12 qualification or an international equivalent can apply for undergraduate study at USC via QTAC. For information regarding current Year 12 qualifications, please visit school leaver applications.

Regardless of when you completed Year 12 in Queensland (OP eligible or ineligible), interstate or overseas, your grades will be converted to a selection rank.

TAFE / vocational studies

A completed TAFE / AQF (Australian Qualification Framework) Certificate III or IV, a RATE (Register of Australian Tertiary Education) Certificate or an Advanced Certificate can also provide an entry pathway to USC. In some cases, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning.

Tertiary studies

If you have completed or partially completed an Associate Diploma, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or a minimum of two courses (subjects) of a degree, your grades will be converted to a selection rank. In some cases, you may be eligible for credit for prior learning.

Alternative entry

If you have not obtained a Year 12 qualification or completed tertiary or vocational studies, there are a number of other entry pathways to USC:

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you are unable to gain entry to university through QTAC without first gaining additional qualifications, the Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) can provide an alternative entry pathway. If you do qualify for entry, TPP can upgrade your skills and knowledge needed to succeed in university studies.

Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS)

If you identify as an Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander person, you may be given direct entry to a program based on your potential to succeed through IDEAS. To be eligible for IDEAS, applicants must complete the online form.

Headstart program

Headstart is a transition program that allows Year 11 and 12 students to study USC courses while still completing high school. You can work towards entry to a USC degree and prepare yourself for future study.

Integrated Learning Pathway (ILP)

Integrated Learning Pathway (ILP) provides Year 11 and 12 students, from participating schools, with an opportunity to study undergraduate courses.

Early Offer Guarantee

The Early Offer Guarantee enables year 12 students to be offered an early and guaranteed place at USC prior to the release of year 12 results. Offers are made to students in November based on the approval of their School Principal.

Access USC Bonus Scheme

If you are an eligible domestic student applying for undergraduate study, the Access USC Bonus Scheme can help you improve your rank to gain entry into your preferred program. Applicants may be awarded a maximum of six (6) bonus ranks or three (3) OP scores across all six of the following USC bonus schemes:

  • QTAC Educational Access Scheme
  • Regional Preference Scheme
  • Disadvantaged School Bonus
  • Smith Family Bonus
  • Elite Athlete Bonus
  • Year 12 Subject Bonus
More information

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