These pages give you information on ways to meet entry requirements and improve your chances of getting an offer. Here, you can:
- explore upgrading options
- investigate alternative pathways to tertiary study
- find out your selection rank by having your qualifications assessed
- check if you're eligible for assistance schemes
- find out about disability services.
New to tertiary study?
Are you new to tertiary study and don’t know where to start, or want to change careers but don’t know what you need to study?
Here are some tips:
Not sure what the terms mean?
Here’s the meaning of some common terms we use:
Tertiary study: After high school there’s different levels of study. Certificates, like Cert III or IV are called ‘postsecondary’ and usually involve quite short periods of study. Tertiary study refers to levels that come after that starting with diploma, then advanced diploma, and associate degree and bachelor’s degree (with or without honours, which usually involves an extra year of study). Qualifications that come after a degree are called postgraduate and include masters, graduate certificate, graduate diploma and PHD.
What is the difference between applying for and enrolling in a course? To actually get into a course, you need to apply either through an admissions centre like QTAC or directly to an institution for those courses that don’t come through QTAC. This involves giving information about yourself and your qualifications so as to check if it’s possible for you to get into the course. If you are accepted you then need to enrol with the institution which means things like getting a student number, signing up for classes, organising how you intend to pay for the course (eg HECS, VET FEE-HELP), etc.
A selection rank is a score between 99 (highest) and 1 (lowest) used to compare people applying for a course. When you apply for a course and inform us about your qualifications, and after receiving required documentation (if any), we will assess your qualifications and assign a section rank. Important note: not all qualifications can be given a rank. A cut-off is the selection rank needed for entry to a course in its major offer round for a particular year or semester.
Remember to use our online dictionary if you need more help.
Page last updated: 03 Feb 2017