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An undergraduate degree – also called a program – is usually your first university degree, such as an associate or bachelor's degree.

Choose a category that best describes you. It doesn’t have to match perfectly – it’s just a guide to help us find the most appropriate information so we can help you rise, and shine.

special considerations

In some cases, you might be eligible for an ATAR or selection rank adjustment if you meet certain criteria under our Access USC scheme.

Check out the adjustment schemes we have available.

If you’re about to complete, or you’ve completed high school in the past two years, click on the link to find out how to apply for study at USC.

Steps to apply

Choose your degree

USC has more than 100 undergraduate degrees. An undergraduate program is usually your first university degree. For most people, this is a bachelor's degree.

Not sure what to study? Learn more about how to choose a degree.

Check entry requirements

QTAC assesses domestic undergraduate applications on USC’s behalf. To be eligible to receive an offer from QTAC, you must meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

You must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age, or have completed Year 12 or equivalent
  • Meet the minimum English language requirements for your degree (if English is not your first language)
  • Have completed any subject prerequisites for your degree
  • Be eligible for an ATAR or selection rank equal to or above the minimum selection threshold for your degree
Minimum selection threshold explained

The minimum selection threshold is the minimum ATAR or selection rank required to be considered for a degree.

Each year, USC calculates minimum selection thresholds based on a range of factors. These include the number of places available in a degree, the number of applicants who apply for those places, and the standard of applicants.

Thresholds can vary from semester to semester and offer round to offer round. The minimum selection thresholds are only a guide for applicants.

To receive an offer from USC, you must be eligible for an ATAR or selection rank equal to or above the minimum selection threshold for your degree at the time you are applying for it.

For more detailed information on ATARs and selection ranks, and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

If you don’t have an ATAR, QTAC may be able to calculate your selection rank based on your OP, Year 12 results, study from other education providers such as a TAFE or another university, or relevant work experience.

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete a bridging/enabling course such as USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP).

Access USC

You may be eligible for adjustment factors that could increase your chance of receiving an offer through the Access USC scheme.

Additional entry requirements

Some degrees have additional entry requirements. Check your chosen degree’s webpage for more information.

Apply through QTAC

Once you've chosen your degree and you’ve met the entry requirements, you're ready to apply.

Before you apply through QTAC, you’ll need to know:

  • The names and QTAC codes of the degrees you want to apply for. Write down the correct QTAC code for your study location because the code is different for each USC campus.
  • The semester or study period you’re applying for (ie when you want to start your study).

Order your preferences

You can include up to six preferences in your QTAC application. Your first preference should be the degree you really want to study.

Your lower preferences are your back-up options.

It’s good to choose less competitive degrees, in case you don’t receive an offer for your first preference.

You can also include related degrees or pathway programs that will help you upgrade into the degree you really want to study.

Apply through the QTAC website

Submit your application online via the QTAC website. You’ll need to create a QTAC applicant account, enter all required information and pay the application fee.

It’s important to include as much information as possible in your application (including supporting documentation, where relevant). This will help QTAC process your application.

What happens next?

You can view or update your completed application through QTAC's Application Services. QTAC might contact you to ask for more information or give you an update on your application.

Once an offer round has occurred, you will be contacted by email to advise whether you have been made an offer and what to do next.

Even if you finished high school a while ago, you can still use your OP or ATAR to apply for study at USC.
Your OP/ATAR never expires - it just gets converted to a selection rank.

If you’ve done any study or work that matches content in your degree, you can apply for credit too – reducing the cost and time it takes to complete study.

Steps to apply

Choose your degree

USC has more than 100 undergraduate degrees. An undergraduate program is usually your first university degree. For most people, this is a bachelor's degree.

Not sure what to study? Learn more about how to choose a degree.

Check entry requirements

QTAC assesses domestic undergraduate applications on USC’s behalf. To be eligible to receive an offer from QTAC, you must meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

You must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age, or have completed Year 12 or equivalent
  • Meet the minimum English language requirements for your degree (if English is not your first language)
  • Have completed any subject prerequisites for your degree
  • Be eligible for an ATAR or selection rank equal to or above the minimum selection threshold for your degree
Minimum selection threshold explained

The minimum selection threshold is the minimum ATAR or selection rank required to be considered for a degree.

Each year, USC calculates minimum selection thresholds based on a range of factors. These include the number of places available in a degree, the number of applicants who apply for those places, and the standard of applicants.

Thresholds can vary from semester to semester and offer round to offer round. The minimum selection thresholds are only a guide for applicants.

To receive an offer from USC, you must be eligible for an ATAR or selection rank equal to or above the minimum selection threshold for your degree at the time you are applying for it.

For more detailed information on ATARs and selection ranks, and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

If you don’t have an ATAR, QTAC may be able to calculate your selection rank based on your OP, Year 12 results, study from other education providers such as a TAFE or another university, or relevant work experience.

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete a bridging/enabling course such as USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP).

Access USC

You may be eligible for adjustment factors that could increase your chance of receiving an offer through the Access USC scheme.

Additional entry requirements

Some degrees have additional entry requirements. Check your chosen degree’s webpage for more information.

Apply through QTAC

Once you've chosen your degree and you’ve met the entry requirements, you're ready to apply.

Before you apply through QTAC, you’ll need to know:

  • The names and QTAC codes of the degrees you want to apply for. Write down the correct QTAC code for your study location because the code is different for each USC campus.
  • The semester or study period you’re applying for (ie when you want to start your study).

Order your preferences

You can include up to six preferences in your QTAC application. Your first preference should be the degree you really want to study.

Your lower preferences are your back-up options.

It’s good to choose less competitive degrees, in case you don’t receive an offer for your first preference.

You can also include related degrees or pathway programs that will help you upgrade into the degree you really want to study.

Apply through the QTAC website

Submit your application online via the QTAC website. You’ll need to create a QTAC applicant account, enter all required information and pay the application fee.

It’s important to include as much information as possible in your application (including supporting documentation, where relevant). This will help QTAC process your application.

What happens next?

You can view or update your completed application through QTAC's Application Services. QTAC might contact you to ask for more information or give you an update on your application.

Once an offer round has occurred, you will be contacted by email to advise whether you have been made an offer and what to do next.

If you've completed prior study or have relevant work experience, you may, under specified conditions, be eligible for credit towards your UniSC degree.

Receiving credit for previous study or experience may reduce the cost and time it takes to complete your UniSC degree and means you won't have to repeat similar courses.

UniSC offers credit for prior learning consistent with the Australian Qualifications Framework and general practice in the Australian Higher Education sector.

Important:

Visit How to apply for credit for more details.

Credit can be awarded based on

Credit for previous study

If you have a degree, or part of a degree, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a UniSC qualification if your previous studies demonstrate substantial equivalence with course(s) in your UniSC program. The amount of credit is determined on a case by case basis and will depend on the degree you are studying at UniSC and the level, content and completion status of your previous studies.

If you have successfully completed a senior secondary school program that includes a special arrangement with UniSC, such as Headstart, your relevant credit will be applied after the admission process.

Students with a completed Cert IV and higher TAFE / VET qualifications, from Australia or a comparable overseas qualification, may be eligible to receive credit towards a UniSC qualification. Use the credit transfer calculator to find out which areas the credit may be awarded in and the amount of credit.

Please visit How to apply for credit for more information.

Credit for previous experience

You may be eligible to have your relevant experience, such as work experience, recognised as credit towards a UniSC qualification. Some programs have credit restrictions due to accreditation requirements.

International Baccalaureate

UniSC offers credit into a range of undergraduate degree programs to students who have successfully completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Students may gain up to four courses of credit depending on the IB subjects completed and their choice of UniSC degree program.

Information on the credit available for IB subjects can be found at Credit for International Baccalaureate students.

Types of credit and credit restrictions

Specified and elective credit

Credit Transfer may be granted for specific courses or elective courses.

  • Credit Transfer for specified courses may be granted where the content of courses studied elsewhere is assessed as demonstrating substantial equivalence in the level of study, learning outcomes, and study duration of the courses required to be completed in the program of study at UniSC. Specified credit can only be granted for studies completed within ten years of the time of application for credit.
  • Credit Transfer for unspecified courses may be granted where the content of courses studied elsewhere are assessed as demonstrating equivalence to the level of program and study duration, but do not specifically match the content of courses required to be completed in the program of study at UniSC.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of assessing knowledge and skills developed through other learning, informal studies or work-related learning, to determine whether the skills and knowledge contribute to meeting the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of a course or program at UniSC.

Block credit

Credit transfer for block courses may be granted where the content of the courses studied elsewhere are assessed as demonstrating equivalence in the level of program and study duration to whole stages or components in the program of study at UniSC.

Exemptions

Exemption may be granted where the content of courses studied elsewhere is largely similar, but not identical, to the content of courses required to be completed in the program of enrolment at UniSC. Exemption constitutes the waiver of the requirement to complete a specific required course(s) but requires you to complete another course towards your program.

Credit restrictions
  • Credit restrictions may apply for certain programs due to accreditation implications which limit the amount of credit and/or exemptions approved based on prior study and/or work experience.
  • Qualifications used as the basis of entry into a program of study may limit the amount and type of credit that can be awarded on the basis of that same qualification.
  • Students may not complete an award program, other than “nested programs”, solely on the basis of credit transfer or a combination of both credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.
  • The Academic Board will determine the amount of credit that may be granted and transferred to each award program as outlined in the Credit Transfer – Procedures: https://www.usc.edu.au/about/policies-and-procedures/credit-transfer-procedures
If you’ve done any vocational education and training, you could be eligible for a selection rank – the score used to determine whether you can get into a university program.

You’re eligible for a selection rank through QTAC if you have:

Completed or partially completed an Associate Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or a minimum of two courses (subjects) of a degree

A TAFE/AQF (Australian Qualification Framework) Certificate III or IV, a RATE (Register of Australian Tertiary Education) Certificate or Advanced Certificate

When you apply to study a program, your grades will be automatically converted to a selection rank during the application process through QTAC.

In some cases, you might be eligible to apply for credit for prior learning too – but only after you’ve completed the QTAC application process. You can apply for that directly through USC.

Steps to apply

Choose your degree

USC has more than 100 undergraduate degrees. An undergraduate program is usually your first university degree. For most people, this is a bachelor's degree.

Not sure what to study? Learn more about how to choose a degree.

Check entry requirements

QTAC assesses domestic undergraduate applications on USC’s behalf. To be eligible to receive an offer from QTAC, you must meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

You must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age, or have completed Year 12 or equivalent
  • Meet the minimum English language requirements for your degree (if English is not your first language)
  • Have completed any subject prerequisites for your degree
  • Be eligible for an ATAR or selection rank equal to or above the minimum selection threshold for your degree
Minimum selection threshold explained

The minimum selection threshold is the minimum ATAR or selection rank required to be considered for a degree.

Each year, USC calculates minimum selection thresholds based on a range of factors. These include the number of places available in a degree, the number of applicants who apply for those places, and the standard of applicants.

Thresholds can vary from semester to semester and offer round to offer round. The minimum selection thresholds are only a guide for applicants.

To receive an offer from USC, you must be eligible for an ATAR or selection rank equal to or above the minimum selection threshold for your degree at the time you are applying for it.

For more detailed information on ATARs and selection ranks, and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

If you don’t have an ATAR, QTAC may be able to calculate your selection rank based on your OP, Year 12 results, study from other education providers such as a TAFE or another university, or relevant work experience.

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete a bridging/enabling course such as USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP).

Access USC

You may be eligible for adjustment factors that could increase your chance of receiving an offer through the Access USC scheme.

Additional entry requirements

Some degrees have additional entry requirements. Check your chosen degree’s webpage for more information.

Apply through QTAC

Once you've chosen your degree and you’ve met the entry requirements, you're ready to apply.

Before you apply through QTAC, you’ll need to know:

  • The names and QTAC codes of the degrees you want to apply for. Write down the correct QTAC code for your study location because the code is different for each USC campus.
  • The semester or study period you’re applying for (ie when you want to start your study).

Order your preferences

You can include up to six preferences in your QTAC application. Your first preference should be the degree you really want to study.

Your lower preferences are your back-up options.

It’s good to choose less competitive degrees, in case you don’t receive an offer for your first preference.

You can also include related degrees or pathway programs that will help you upgrade into the degree you really want to study.

Apply through the QTAC website

Submit your application online via the QTAC website. You’ll need to create a QTAC applicant account, enter all required information and pay the application fee.

It’s important to include as much information as possible in your application (including supporting documentation, where relevant). This will help QTAC process your application.

What happens next?

You can view or update your completed application through QTAC's Application Services. QTAC might contact you to ask for more information or give you an update on your application.

Once an offer round has occurred, you will be contacted by email to advise whether you have been made an offer and what to do next.

If you've completed prior study or have relevant work experience, you may, under specified conditions, be eligible for credit towards your UniSC degree.

Receiving credit for previous study or experience may reduce the cost and time it takes to complete your UniSC degree and means you won't have to repeat similar courses.

UniSC offers credit for prior learning consistent with the Australian Qualifications Framework and general practice in the Australian Higher Education sector.

Important:

Visit How to apply for credit for more details.

Credit can be awarded based on

Credit for previous study

If you have a degree, or part of a degree, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a UniSC qualification if your previous studies demonstrate substantial equivalence with course(s) in your UniSC program. The amount of credit is determined on a case by case basis and will depend on the degree you are studying at UniSC and the level, content and completion status of your previous studies.

If you have successfully completed a senior secondary school program that includes a special arrangement with UniSC, such as Headstart, your relevant credit will be applied after the admission process.

Students with a completed Cert IV and higher TAFE / VET qualifications, from Australia or a comparable overseas qualification, may be eligible to receive credit towards a UniSC qualification. Use the credit transfer calculator to find out which areas the credit may be awarded in and the amount of credit.

Please visit How to apply for credit for more information.

Credit for previous experience

You may be eligible to have your relevant experience, such as work experience, recognised as credit towards a UniSC qualification. Some programs have credit restrictions due to accreditation requirements.

International Baccalaureate

UniSC offers credit into a range of undergraduate degree programs to students who have successfully completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Students may gain up to four courses of credit depending on the IB subjects completed and their choice of UniSC degree program.

Information on the credit available for IB subjects can be found at Credit for International Baccalaureate students.

Types of credit and credit restrictions

Specified and elective credit

Credit Transfer may be granted for specific courses or elective courses.

  • Credit Transfer for specified courses may be granted where the content of courses studied elsewhere is assessed as demonstrating substantial equivalence in the level of study, learning outcomes, and study duration of the courses required to be completed in the program of study at UniSC. Specified credit can only be granted for studies completed within ten years of the time of application for credit.
  • Credit Transfer for unspecified courses may be granted where the content of courses studied elsewhere are assessed as demonstrating equivalence to the level of program and study duration, but do not specifically match the content of courses required to be completed in the program of study at UniSC.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of assessing knowledge and skills developed through other learning, informal studies or work-related learning, to determine whether the skills and knowledge contribute to meeting the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of a course or program at UniSC.

Block credit

Credit transfer for block courses may be granted where the content of the courses studied elsewhere are assessed as demonstrating equivalence in the level of program and study duration to whole stages or components in the program of study at UniSC.

Exemptions

Exemption may be granted where the content of courses studied elsewhere is largely similar, but not identical, to the content of courses required to be completed in the program of enrolment at UniSC. Exemption constitutes the waiver of the requirement to complete a specific required course(s) but requires you to complete another course towards your program.

Credit restrictions
  • Credit restrictions may apply for certain programs due to accreditation implications which limit the amount of credit and/or exemptions approved based on prior study and/or work experience.
  • Qualifications used as the basis of entry into a program of study may limit the amount and type of credit that can be awarded on the basis of that same qualification.
  • Students may not complete an award program, other than “nested programs”, solely on the basis of credit transfer or a combination of both credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.
  • The Academic Board will determine the amount of credit that may be granted and transferred to each award program as outlined in the Credit Transfer – Procedures: https://www.usc.edu.au/about/policies-and-procedures/credit-transfer-procedures
In some cases, you can apply to study directly through USC if you’re already studying with us.

You can apply directly if you are a:

Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) student who is has been enrolled in the program within the past two years

USC student who has completed one of our undergraduate degrees within the last two years or you’re due to finish a degree before the next degree you’re applying for starts

USC student who is currently enrolled in one program and wants to study another degree at the same time

Former USC student who has been excluded from study at USC

However, if you’ve studied at university through another institution, whether that was recently or a long time ago, you need to apply by following the steps below.

You might be able to apply for credit too, reducing the cost and time it takes to complete study, if you’ve done any study or work that matches content in your degree.

Steps to apply

Choose your degree

USC has more than 100 undergraduate degrees. An undergraduate program is usually your first university degree. For most people, this is a bachelor's degree.

Not sure what to study? Learn more about how to choose a degree.

Check entry requirements

QTAC assesses domestic undergraduate applications on USC’s behalf. To be eligible to receive an offer from QTAC, you must meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

You must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age, or have completed Year 12 or equivalent
  • Meet the minimum English language requirements for your degree (if English is not your first language)
  • Have completed any subject prerequisites for your degree
  • Be eligible for an ATAR or selection rank equal to or above the minimum selection threshold for your degree
Minimum selection threshold explained

The minimum selection threshold is the minimum ATAR or selection rank required to be considered for a degree.

Each year, USC calculates minimum selection thresholds based on a range of factors. These include the number of places available in a degree, the number of applicants who apply for those places, and the standard of applicants.

Thresholds can vary from semester to semester and offer round to offer round. The minimum selection thresholds are only a guide for applicants.

To receive an offer from USC, you must be eligible for an ATAR or selection rank equal to or above the minimum selection threshold for your degree at the time you are applying for it.

For more detailed information on ATARs and selection ranks, and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

If you don’t have an ATAR, QTAC may be able to calculate your selection rank based on your OP, Year 12 results, study from other education providers such as a TAFE or another university, or relevant work experience.

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete a bridging/enabling course such as USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP).

Access USC

You may be eligible for adjustment factors that could increase your chance of receiving an offer through the Access USC scheme.

Additional entry requirements

Some degrees have additional entry requirements. Check your chosen degree’s webpage for more information.

Apply through QTAC

Once you've chosen your degree and you’ve met the entry requirements, you're ready to apply.

Before you apply through QTAC, you’ll need to know:

  • The names and QTAC codes of the degrees you want to apply for. Write down the correct QTAC code for your study location because the code is different for each USC campus.
  • The semester or study period you’re applying for (ie when you want to start your study).

Order your preferences

You can include up to six preferences in your QTAC application. Your first preference should be the degree you really want to study.

Your lower preferences are your back-up options.

It’s good to choose less competitive degrees, in case you don’t receive an offer for your first preference.

You can also include related degrees or pathway programs that will help you upgrade into the degree you really want to study.

Apply through the QTAC website

Submit your application online via the QTAC website. You’ll need to create a QTAC applicant account, enter all required information and pay the application fee.

It’s important to include as much information as possible in your application (including supporting documentation, where relevant). This will help QTAC process your application.

What happens next?

You can view or update your completed application through QTAC's Application Services. QTAC might contact you to ask for more information or give you an update on your application.

Once an offer round has occurred, you will be contacted by email to advise whether you have been made an offer and what to do next.

If you've completed prior study or have relevant work experience, you may, under specified conditions, be eligible for credit towards your UniSC degree.

Receiving credit for previous study or experience may reduce the cost and time it takes to complete your UniSC degree and means you won't have to repeat similar courses.

UniSC offers credit for prior learning consistent with the Australian Qualifications Framework and general practice in the Australian Higher Education sector.

Important:

Visit How to apply for credit for more details.

Credit can be awarded based on

Credit for previous study

If you have a degree, or part of a degree, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a UniSC qualification if your previous studies demonstrate substantial equivalence with course(s) in your UniSC program. The amount of credit is determined on a case by case basis and will depend on the degree you are studying at UniSC and the level, content and completion status of your previous studies.

If you have successfully completed a senior secondary school program that includes a special arrangement with UniSC, such as Headstart, your relevant credit will be applied after the admission process.

Students with a completed Cert IV and higher TAFE / VET qualifications, from Australia or a comparable overseas qualification, may be eligible to receive credit towards a UniSC qualification. Use the credit transfer calculator to find out which areas the credit may be awarded in and the amount of credit.

Please visit How to apply for credit for more information.

Credit for previous experience

You may be eligible to have your relevant experience, such as work experience, recognised as credit towards a UniSC qualification. Some programs have credit restrictions due to accreditation requirements.

International Baccalaureate

UniSC offers credit into a range of undergraduate degree programs to students who have successfully completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Students may gain up to four courses of credit depending on the IB subjects completed and their choice of UniSC degree program.

Information on the credit available for IB subjects can be found at Credit for International Baccalaureate students.

Types of credit and credit restrictions

Specified and elective credit

Credit Transfer may be granted for specific courses or elective courses.

  • Credit Transfer for specified courses may be granted where the content of courses studied elsewhere is assessed as demonstrating substantial equivalence in the level of study, learning outcomes, and study duration of the courses required to be completed in the program of study at UniSC. Specified credit can only be granted for studies completed within ten years of the time of application for credit.
  • Credit Transfer for unspecified courses may be granted where the content of courses studied elsewhere are assessed as demonstrating equivalence to the level of program and study duration, but do not specifically match the content of courses required to be completed in the program of study at UniSC.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the process of assessing knowledge and skills developed through other learning, informal studies or work-related learning, to determine whether the skills and knowledge contribute to meeting the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of a course or program at UniSC.

Block credit

Credit transfer for block courses may be granted where the content of the courses studied elsewhere are assessed as demonstrating equivalence in the level of program and study duration to whole stages or components in the program of study at UniSC.

Exemptions

Exemption may be granted where the content of courses studied elsewhere is largely similar, but not identical, to the content of courses required to be completed in the program of enrolment at UniSC. Exemption constitutes the waiver of the requirement to complete a specific required course(s) but requires you to complete another course towards your program.

Credit restrictions
  • Credit restrictions may apply for certain programs due to accreditation implications which limit the amount of credit and/or exemptions approved based on prior study and/or work experience.
  • Qualifications used as the basis of entry into a program of study may limit the amount and type of credit that can be awarded on the basis of that same qualification.
  • Students may not complete an award program, other than “nested programs”, solely on the basis of credit transfer or a combination of both credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.
  • The Academic Board will determine the amount of credit that may be granted and transferred to each award program as outlined in the Credit Transfer – Procedures: https://www.usc.edu.au/about/policies-and-procedures/credit-transfer-procedures