Entry options explained

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Entry options explained


Entry requirements — OPs and Selection Ranks

To make sure our students are ready for university study our programs have entry requirements. Students graduating from Year 12 can apply to university via the QTAC using their Overall Position (OP) or Selection Rank.

An OP is a student’s rank order position from 1 to 25 based on the results of the student’s best five Authority subjects. Students who do not complete the required number of Authority subjects in high school to gain an OP can apply to QTAC for a Selection Rank.

Additional entry pathways

If a student doesn't meet the entry requirements or would like to improve their academic skills before enrolling in a degree, we offer a Tertiary Preparation Pathway to help them access university study.

The Early Offer Guarantee enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at university on the basis of their Principal's recommendation. Also, if a student successfully completes two courses under the Headstart program they will be eligible for entry to most USC programs.

Useful links

QTAC website — to apply for entry to university

QCAA website — for more information on OPs and Selection Ranks

Access USC Scheme — students may be eligible for OP / Selection Rank adjustment factors

Application dates — for QTAC application deadlines and other important dates

USC Undergraduate guide — lists indicative OP / Rank entry for USC programs

Courses and programs — lists indicative OP / Rank entry for USC programs 

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

The Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) prepares you for award-based tertiary study at USC.

Learn more
Early Offer Guarantee

In Year 12? Earn an early and guaranteed place at USC in November thanks to the Early Offer Guarantee.

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Year 11 and 12 students can start studying USC courses while still completing high school.

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