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Application process

If you are an international applicant or wish to apply for interstate courses not offered through QTAC, the application process is different to the process below.

Step 1: Find out about OP/selection ranks

You can apply without knowing your OP or selection rank, but getting an estimate beforehand can help you decide what courses to apply for.

2015 Queensland Year 12 students

Talk to your school guidance counsellor to get an estimate of your OP or OP ineligible rank.

OP eligible students get their OP from the QCAA in December 2015. OP ineligible students who apply for study with us can find their OP ineligible rank in their application from late December 2015.

2015 interstate Year 12 students

Talk to your school guidance counsellor to get an estimate of your ATAR.

Everyone else

Call us on 1300 467 822 for information on selection ranks.

Step 2: Find courses, entry requirements and cut-offs

Use our Course Search to discover what courses are available for you to study.

Check out course entry requirements and the last two years' cut-offs in the course description. This will give you an idea of what is needed to get into the course. 

Make sure you also visit institutions' open days and career expos for more course advice.

Step 3: Discover ways to improve your application

If you don't meet the entry requirements or anticipated cut-off, then there are plenty of ways you can improve your chances of being accepted into a course.

These include:

Step 4: Find out about study costs

When you use the Course Search to find courses you're interested in studying, you will also find an estimate of your course's first year study costs. You'll be told full course costs and other costs by your institution once you've been accepted into a course.

We know that course costs can be expensive, but don't worry, there are financial assistance options if you need it.

Step 5: Get your documentation together

When you apply for a course, you may need to give us some documents that either prove you meet a course's entry requirements or get you a rank.

Giving us the correct documentation is vital in a smooth application process, so make sure you follow the documentation process correctly.

Step 6: Know your rights and responsibilities

Before you apply to study, you must know the rights and responsibilities you have as an applicant.

Step 7: Find out when to apply

We're open all year round, so you can apply throughout the year and for courses that start in three different semesters.

Our key dates & fees page tells you when you need to apply for courses, give us documentation and when you might receive an offer.

Step 8: Order your preferences correctly

You must order your preferences correctly so you don't miss out on an offer unnecessarily.

Refer to the preferences page for instructions, and use the preferences plan on the same page.

Step 9: Fill out your application

Once you're ready to go, you can apply for courses here.

It's here where you can:

  • track your application's progress
  • change your details
  • change your preferences.

Step 10: Respond to an offer

If you receive an offer, you'll have a set time to respond to it.  Our key dates and fees page tells you the offer round dates throughout the year. Course search tells you the major offer round date for your course. If any early offers are going to be made the dates will display in your application.  


Page last updated: 27 Apr 2015