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CQUniversity Australia
Student Advice Team
Level 1, Building 65
Bruce Highway
ROCKHAMPTON QLD 4702 Australia

About CQUniversity Australia

With so many options out there, choosing the right university for you isn’t an easy decision. At CQUniversity Australia, our students choose to study with us so they can be what they want to be. We have one of the largest footprints of any university in the country, proudly offering a wide variety of TAFE and university qualifications across more than 20 national locations. With seamless pathways between short courses, certificates and diplomas, through to undergraduate, postgraduate and research higher degrees, CQUniversity is proud to be a truly comprehensive university, and renowned as one of the nation’s most inclusive.

We’ve designed our qualifications alongside industry to prepare you with up-to-date, real-world skills – and we’ve been ranked in the top 2% of universities in the world (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2017-2018) based on our teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Our award-winning teaching professionals are widely experienced with a practical approach and dedication to continual program improvements. You can choose from a wide variety of programs and courses from areas including:

  • business, accounting and law
  • creative, performing and visual arts
  • education and humanities
  • engineering and built environment
  • engineering trades
  • English, work and study preparation
  • health
  • information technology and digital media
  • psychology, social work and community services
  • science and environment
  • service industries, and
  • transport and safety sciences.

With a national presence extending across five states and including 16 campuses and numerous Study Centres and Hubs, CQUniversity enables students throughout Australia to access quality education locally – whether you choose to study on campus at your local CQUniversity location, or online. This commitment to delivering flexible, accessible learning options has seen CQUniversity establish itself as a leader in distance education – so you can study when you want, where you want, knowing you have access to nearby facilities, supportive staff and the latest in online learning.

CQUniversity has a diverse student body that comes from both local and global communities. We aspire to be the most engaged and connected university in Australia, and have a strong focus on social innovation – empowering our students, staff and communities to make a difference through developing novel solutions to social programs. In 2016, CQUniversity was recognised as Australia’s first and only Changemaker Campus by Ashoka U, an exclusive global social innovation group.

Providing positive graduate outcomes is our core focus. As one of Australia’s leading work integrated learning institutions, with many outbound mobility programs and close partnerships with industry, CQUniversity’s graduates are some of the most sought after in Australia. In fact, data released by the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website shows that CQUniversity outperforms the majority of Australian universities when it comes to study support, graduate employment and graduate salary outcomes.

Whether you are just finishing school or thinking of taking up a new challenge, CQUniversity can help you be what you want to be.

Campuses

CQUniversity has many locations, each with its own lively character and range of facilities and services as well as course offerings. CQUniversity now offers a more comprehensive approach to education and training and has one of the largest footprints of any tertiary education institution in Australia. This means whether you want to stay close to home or move somewhere new, whether you prefer the bustling city life or the relaxed pace of a regional location, we've got the perfect location for you.

CQUniversity has 16 campuses including newly merged regional Queensland campuses in Gladstone, Emerald, Mackay and Rockhampton along with existing campuses in Adelaide, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Rockhampton, Noosa, Sydney and Townsville.

Other locations for CQUniversity are currently established in Biloela, Broome, Busselton, Charters Towers, Cooma, Geraldton, Karratha and Yeppoon. These locations are a mix of Partner Study Hubs, Study Centres and Delivery Sites.

Open days

Brisbane 
Thursday, 9 August 2018
3–6.30pm

Bundaberg
Saturday, 11 August 2018
9am–1pm

Mackay
Saturday, 11 August 2018
9am–1pm

Rockhampton
Sunday, 19 August 2018
9am–1pm

Cairns
Sunday, 12 August 2018
9am–1pm

Adelaide 
Thursday, 30 August 2018
3–6pm

Emerald
Saturday, 1 September 2018
9am–1pm

Gladstone
Thursday, 30 August 2018
4–8pm

Noosa
Tuesday, 31 July 2018
5–8pm

Sydney
Thursday, 23 August 2018
5–8pm

Melbourne
Thursday, 16 August 2018
5–8pm

Perth 
Thursday, 23 August 2018
4–7pm

Townsville 
Sunday, 26 August 2018
9am–1pm

Visit the CQUniversity website for more information on these and other CQUniversity events.

Important dates

Visit the CQUniversity website for information on enrolment, teaching, semester start and end, and other important academic dates.

Visit key dates and fees for information on important QTAC dates.

Admission criteria

General admission information

To be eligible for admission to a CQUniversity course, you must satisfy all entry requirements. These requirements include English language proficiency, subject prerequisites, entry score (OP/selection rank) and, for some programs, program specific requirements. The entry requirements for CQUniversity courses are listed on the CQUniversity website.

Applicants are selected on the basis of their OP or selection rank for most courses. A selection rank can be assigned to a range of recognised qualifications as well as admission pathways such as paid work experience and special admissions tests.

CQUniversity will generally use the best of the ranks assigned (age restrictions and other requirements may apply for some qualifications and entry pathways, and course exceptions may also apply).

For more information, visit the CQUniversity website

Applicants with higher education study

If you have undertaken previous recognised higher education level study (e.g. AQF bachelor degree level and higher) this will be assigned a selection rank based on the level, duration and Grade Point Average (GPA) of the study.  

If you have several selection ranks calculated (e.g. ranks based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank. Exceptions may apply to some courses and courses with additional entry requirements.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for.  This will be satisfied by successful completion of Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent).  Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

Completed bridging or enabling course

CQUniversity recognises a number of tertiary preparation, bridging and enabling and foundation programs offered by higher education providers across Australia. Contact CQUniversity for more information.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer from previous study and Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications can be made once a successful applicant has accepted their offer. Prospective students can review CQUniversity’s Credit Calculator for advice on possible credit that may be granted.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

As a dual-sector university, CQUniversity offers a wide range of qualifications including VET qualifications such as certificates and diplomas. Visit the CQUniversity website for more information.

Competency-based and graded AQF Certificates III and IV (completed) and diplomas and sub-degree level study (e.g. associate degrees) will be assigned a selection rank.

If you have several selection ranks calculated (e.g. ranks based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank. Some course exceptions may apply.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for.  This will be satisfied by successful completion of Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent).  Subject prerequisites are not generally able to be met through Certificate level study.

Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer from previous study and Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications can be made once a successful applicant has accepted their offer.  Prospective students can review CQUniversity’s Credit Calculator for advice on possible credit that may be granted.

Applicants with work and life experience

Year 12 results (OP/selection rank) do not expire once you have left school. Whether this result is considered for an offer to a course will depend on whether you have additional qualifications (including other recognised qualifications completed while at school or post school).

This includes formal qualifications such as Senior External Examination results, higher education study (e.g. Bachelor degree level and higher), VET study such as competency-based and graded AQF Certificates III and IV (completed), diplomas and sub-degree level study and bridging and preparation courses. Other post-secondary professional and paraprofessional qualifications (including some creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications, memberships of professional associations for which qualifying exams are undertaken and police, emergency defence force service will be also considered.

You may also use admission pathways such as employment experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) (age restrictions apply).  

If you have several selection ranks calculated (e.g. ranks based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for.  This will be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent).  Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

Bridging and enabling course entry

Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS)

Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) is an enabling program that provides a pathway for people wishing to gain entry to and excel in higher education. 

The program helps you gain the personal and academic skills necessary for successful tertiary study. 

Offering one core and 11 elective courses, STEPS can be tailored to you. It can also help you meet prerequisites or assumed knowledge. 

You can study internally or by distance education. You can choose to study full-time or part-time in Terms 1, 2 or 3, depending on course availability. 

On successful completion of STEPS, you are eligible to apply for direct entry to an undergraduate program at CQUniversity.

Find out more about STEPS or phone CQUniversity on 132 786 for more information.

Applicants with recent secondary study (within the past two years)

Current Queensland Year 12 OP-eligible students are considered for an offer based on their OP (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school). Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements.

Current Queensland Year 12 students’ ineligible to receive an OP will be assigned a QTAC selection rank based on this study and be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school). Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements.

Current Interstate Year 12 students will be assigned a selection rank based on their ATAR and considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school). Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements.

Current International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students will be assigned a selection rank based on their score from their completed IB Diploma. As agreed by admissions centres around Australia, the IB score is converted to a 'combined rank'. The combined rank is on the same scale as the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank). This is then converted to QTAC selection rank. For more information, visit International Baccalaureate (IB) studies. IB Diploma students will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school). Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements.

Results from home schooling, Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) and other non-standard Year 12 programs (with SAT tests) may also be assigned a selection rank and considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school). Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements. Contact CQU for more information.

Applicants with Overseas Year 12 Study

CQU will consider equivalent overseas Year 12 qualifications for admissions purposes. Contact CQU for more information. If you have secondary or tertiary qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Other Qualifications Completed in Year 12

Other recognised qualifications completed when at school such as completed competency-based and graded AQF Certificates III and IV (completed), diplomas, higher education study, and some creative arts qualifications (in the areas of music, dance, and speech) will also be assigned a selection rank.

If you have several selection ranks calculated (e.g. ranks based on year 12 results, VET study), you are generally considered on the highest rank (age restrictions and other requirements may apply for some qualifications and entry pathways, and course exceptions may also apply).

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for.  This will be satisfied by successful completion of Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent).  

Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

OP/selection rank related adjustments – current Year 12 applicants

CQUniversity caps the overall number of adjustments applied for all applicants regardless of the combination of educational access or special entry admission schemes to which they are entitled.  The maximum adjustment that may be applied is five (5) OPs or ten (10) ranks.

Regional Schools

CQU recognises some regional schools that have been designated as disadvantaged.  Current Year 12 applicants from these schools will receive an adjustment equivalent to one (1) OP or two (2) selection ranks.

Regional Adjustment Factor Scheme*

CQUniversity recognises that applicants from regional and remote Australia may not always have the same opportunities as applicants from capital cities. The Regional Adjustment Factor Scheme is currently administered through the tertiary admissions centres (QTAC, UAC, VTAC and SATAC) and is open to applicants who currently reside outside an Australian capital city. If you meet this criteria you will automatically receive an adjustment equivalent to one (1) OP or two (2) selection ranks.

Equity Schemes*

CQUniversity’s Equity Schemes are designed for prospective students who may have experienced difficult circumstances that have adversely impacted on previous or current studies. To be considered applicants must apply individually to the relevant Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC, UAC, VTAC, and SATAC) for a confidential assessment of their circumstances. Overall adjustments are capped at a maximum of five (5) OPs or ten (10) selection ranks from these schemes.

*Bachelor of Education courses do not have any adjustment factors applied from either of the above schemes.

Contact CQUniversity for more information about these schemes.

Selection rank-related adjustments – non-Year 12 applicants

CQUniversity caps the overall number of adjustments for all applicants regardless of the combination of educational access or special entry admission schemes to which they are entitled.  The maximum adjustment that may be applied is ten (10) ranks.

Regional Adjustment Factor Scheme*

CQUniversity recognises that applicants from regional and remote Australia may not always have the same opportunities as applicants from capital cities. The Regional Adjustment Factor Scheme is currently administered through the tertiary admissions centres (QTAC, UAC, VTAC and SATAC) and is open to applicants who currently reside outside an Australian capital city. If you meet this criterion you will automatically receive an adjustment equivalent to 1 (one) OP or 2 (two) selection ranks.

Equity Schemes*

CQUniversity’s Equity Schemes are designed for prospective students who may have experienced difficult circumstances that have adversely impacted on previous or current studies. To be considered  applicants apply individually to their relevant tertiary admissions centre (QTAC, UAC, VTAC, and SATAC) for a confidential assessment of their circumstances. Overall adjustment factors are capped at a maximum of 10 selection ranks from these schemes.

*Bachelor of Education courses do not have any adjustment factor points applied from either of the above schemes.

Contact CQUniversity for more information about these schemes.

Other admission options

Start Uni Now (SUN) Program

The SUN Program allows students in Year 10*, 11 and 12 to enrol in CQUniversity units in a wide range of course areas.  SUN units can be studied either on-campus (internal) or online by online study. You can choose a way of studying that suits you best.  Students gain university experience, QCE credits and may receive credit transfer towards a relevant CQUniversity undergraduate course.  Students may also be eligible for direct entry into relevant CQUniversity undergraduate course/s provided they have met the prerequisites, have a QCE and pass at least one SUN unit. Direct entry is not available for admission into Bachelor units which are quota managed. The first unit is offered free (new students only) with subsequent units offered at a subsidised rate.

Applicants must be enrolled in Year 10*, 11 or 12 (*Year 10 students are eligible for Term 3 enrolment only). They must be achieving an average B (HA) grade as per their most recent report card and passing all subjects.  It is highly recommend students are achieving a B in General English and undertaking senior studies that will support meeting course prerequisites.

Applicants must fill out the application form available on the CQUniversity website and return to sun@cqu.edu.au.

Criteria that may apply in addition to OP/selection rank

CQUniversity offers several courses where admission prerequisites may include an interview, folio, personal statement, previous completed study or other demonstration of practical skill or attribute.

Additional course entry requirements are listed under entry requirement information for each individual course on the CQU website.

Additional information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

During the acceptance process, students will be asked to nominate their Indigenous status. Students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin will be referred to the Office of Indigenous Engagement for support.

Domestic students with overseas qualifications

Domestic students with overseas qualifications should contact CQUni for information on how their qualifications will be assessed for entry.

English language proficiency

CQUniversity requires students to demonstrate that they can speak, write, read and comprehend English to a specified standard. Visit English language proficiency for information on CQUni's English proficiency requirements, including ways to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Enrolment

Timing of offers

CQUniversity makes year round offers for most courses. Term 1 offers will take place between August and February, Term 2 offers will occur between March and June and Term 3 offers between August and October. Check the course web page to identify when a course is available and applications are open.

Offers

QTAC applicants are notified of their CQUniversity offer by email and must respond to their offer online by the due date. Applicants accepting their offer can find enrolment information via a link in their QTAC application.

Deferment

You can defer eligible undergraduate courses offered through QTAC for up to one year, except where a course is being discontinued and in its final intake. Visit the CQUniversity website for more information.

Fees and charges

Visit the CQUniversity website for information.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at CQU. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date for Term 1, 2018 including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

Student profile
Applicant background Semester 1, 2018
Number of students % of all students
(a) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
3499 35.32%
(b) Vocational education and training (VET) study 721 7.28%

(c) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of OP/selection rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points

 

150

 

1.51%

Admitted where both OP/selection rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum OP/selection rank) 1641 16.57%
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/selection rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, school recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/selection rank requirement, VET qualification completed during school) 0 0%
(d) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
2312 23.34%
International students 1583 15.98%
All students 9906 100%
Notes:        <5 – The numbers of students is less than five.
                    N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
                    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than five students.

 

How to apply

Domestic students applying for undergraduate study apply through QTAC.

International students apply direct to CQUni.

Students considering postgraduate study should contact CQUni to find out how to apply for their chosen course.

Student and campus services

Student accommodation

We offer on-campus accommodation options at CQUniversity Mackay and Rockhampton, and provide assistance with off-campus options for all locations.

CQUniversity Mackay student residences – Canefield College

Boasting modern residential facilities, you can choose between a number of room options. All rooms are individually keyed, air conditioned and cleaned weekly. Internet access is available in each room and laundry facilities are located in each block. Common rooms are furnished with a television and DVD player, fridge, microwave and stove. Residential advisers live on-site and are available to assist.

CQUniversity Rockhampton student residences – Capricornia College

The student residential facilities at Rockhampton provide accommodation and meals for 320 students. Set in park-like surrounds, the college is an easy walk to all University facilities including the library and gym. Meals are provided and the facilities are fully maintained and cleaned weekly. All rooms are individually keyed, and the residence has an on-site manager and 24-hour live-in staff.  

Student support services

CQUniversity is widely renowned as one of the most accessible and inclusive universities in Australia. We believe that tertiary education can be for everyone. As a CQUniversity student we will help you succeed to be what you want to be.

Life as a university student can be both rewarding and challenging. As a student at CQUniversity, a range of support services is available to help you reach your academic goals, enjoy your time at university and assist you to grow professionally and personally. Whether you need to find accommodation, access financial support, gain advice on your career options, find support for your personal wellbeing or are keen to participate in social and sporting activities, CQUniversity is here for you. For more information on our range of services, visit the CQUniversity website.

Course admissions information

For course admission information (including the OP/selection rank profile for term 1, 2018 admissions) please refer to the individual course entry in Course Search.

Where to get more information

 

Page last updated: 14 Jan 2019