Alternative pathways

Alternative pathways

Alternative pathways are alternative qualifications you can use to show that you are ready to start tertiary study, and can improve your chances of getting into a course. 

There are two options:

When to use alternative pathways

If you did not complete Year 12, or do not have any formal academic qualifications, alternative pathways might be a good option for you.

You might not need alternative pathways though if you have:

  • completed Year 12 or its equivalent
  • undertaken Senior External Examination subjects
  • studied at university, TAFE, or a registered training organisation
  • completed an approved bridging course
  • completed a professional registration
  • served in the defence force.

If you are not sure if your qualifications are enough to get into the course you are interested in, contact us before applying.

Each institution has their own policy for whether they will accept alternative pathways for their courses. Using STAT and employment is generally not acceptable for current Year 12s. Check the table below for institution policies on the use of alternative pathways. As this table might change you should also check with the relevant institution admissions office about using alternative pathways before you submit your QTAC application.

Prerequisites

If you use alternative pathways, you still need to meet subject prerequisites and any other entry requirements for each course. If you are not sure if you meet the prerequisites, check with the relevant institution before submitting a QTAC application.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

You can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test to demonstrate if you are capable of undertaking tertiary study, and help institutions make selection decisions. 

Usually you can use a STAT result on its own, or combine it with other qualifications, but this depends on each institution's policies on STAT.

You might also be able to use STAT to meet some entry requirements like subject prerequisites or English language proficiency.

Employment experience

Find out more about using your employment experience on your QTAC application. Your employment does not need to relate to the course you want to study.

Institution policies - 2016/2017 admissions

Important notes about this table:

Key

  • TBC - to be confirmed
  EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE STAT ON ITS OWN STAT WITH EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
Australian Catholic University (ACU)
 

Yes

Age requirement: nil

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

Yes

Age requirement: 21

Australian Maritime College (AMC)

Yes

Age requirement: 21

Not accepted for entry to engineering courses.

 

Bond University

Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) (Graduate Entry):

No

Christian Heritage College (CHC)

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to CHC courses.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

CQUniversity Australia

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to CQUniversity programs.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

Note: CQUni does NOT accept alternative pathways for entry to:

  • B Music (Specialisation)
  • B Theatre (Specialisation)
  • D Music
  EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE STAT ON ITS OWN STAT WITH EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE
Griffith College

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

Griffith University (GU)

Yes

Age requirement: nil

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s (even if 18)

Note: GU does NOT accept alternative pathways for entry to:

  • B Medical Science (MD Provisional Entry for School Leavers)
  • B Oral Health in Dental Science
  • B Biomedical Science with Honours
  • all graduate and masters education programs
  • all law programs (undergraduate, graduate and combined)
James Cook University (JCU)

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s.  

JCU does NOT accept alternative pathways for entry to:

  • B Medicine, B Surgery
  • B Dental Surgery
  • B Physiotherapy
  • B Veterinary Science.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

 

 

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to QUT programs.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

No

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to QUT programs.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

Note: QUT does NOT accept alternative pathways for programs with special entry requirements: Dean's Scholars, fine arts and music (courses requiring auditions, portfolios or interviews), and graduate and diploma entry programs.
SAE Creative Media Institute

Not applicable. Entry to SAE courses is by interview. Contact SAE on (07) 3850 2000 for more information.

Age requirement: for entry to SAE courses applicants must have completed Year 12 or be 17

Southern Cross University

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted if employment experience is less than one full-time year equivalent.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: Not accepted if STAT results are more than 10 years old.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

No
TAFE Queensland

Yes

Age requirement: although TAFE Queensland does not have an age requirement for using alternative pathways, for entry to courses applicants must have either completed Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age (16 years for some Certificate IV courses).

Note: TAFE Queensland does NOT accept alternative pathways for entry to performing and visual arts diplomas and bachelor degrees.

  EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE STAT ON ITS OWN STAT WITH EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

The University of Queensland

 

 

Yes

Age requirement: 18

No

Note: UQ does NOT accept alternative pathways if you have undertaken the equivalent of one year full-time bachelor or higher-level study.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

University of New England

Yes

Age requirement: 17 is the minimum age required for entry to UNE courses

Note: 

Not accepted for entry to:

  • B Laws (4 Years)
  • B Laws (3 years) (Graduate entry)
  • B Pharmacy with Honours
  • B Psychology with Honours.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

Yes

Age requirement: 17

Note:

  • Not accepted for B Laws (3 years) (Graduate Entry).
  • Not accepted if STAT results are more than 3 years old.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s

 

 

University of Southern Queensland Yes
University of the Sunshine Coast

Yes

Age requirement: 18

Note: USC does NOT accept alternative pathways for graduate entry programs.

Note: Not accepted for current Year 12s.

 

Institution age requirement dates - 2016/2017 admissions

You must meet the institution age requirements by these dates for each semester.

INSTITUTION SEMESTER 3, 2016 SEMESTER 1, 2017 SEMESTER 2, 2017
Australian Catholic University Not applicable 1 January 2017 1 July 2017
Australian Maritime College Not applicable 1 January 2017 1 June 2017
Christian Heritage College Not applicable 31 January 2017 30 June 2017
CQUniversity Australia 1 November 2016 31 January 2017 1 July 2017
Griffith College 31 October 2016 1 March 2017 1 June 2017
Griffith University 1 August 2016 1 January 2017 1 June 2017
James Cook University Not applicable 1 February 2017 1 July 2017
Queensland University of Technology Not applicable 1 February 2017 1 July 2017
SAE Creative Media Institute 21 September 2016 8 February 2017 1 June 2017
Southern Cross University 1 March 2016 1 March 2017 1 March 2017
TAFE Queensland Not applicable 1 January 2017 1 July 2017
The University of Queensland Not applicable 1 February 2017 1 July 2017
University of New England 1 November 2016 1 February 2017 30 June 2017
University of the Sunshine Coast 1 November 2016 31 December 2016 30 June 2017

 

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