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Domestic Recruitment and Admissions Centre
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University of Southern Queensland
West Street, TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350 Australia

About USQ

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is a leading provider of professionally-focused higher education. Members of the Toowoomba community founded USQ out of their passion to provide the best possible educational opportunities for local students. USQ is ranked number one in Queensland for graduates in full-time work. (Graduate Destinations Survey, 2014–2016).

Almost 28,000 students from across Australia and around the world choose to study at USQ online and across three locations in Toowoomba, Springfield and Ipswich. They are taught by lecturers who are leaders in their fields, and like USQ’s programs, are kept up to date with the constantly changing face of the sector.

Students benefit from a more personal student experience, with small classes, a high level of support and the flexibility to study full-time or part-time, on campus or online, or any combination that fits in with each student’s life. There is also the option to fast-track most degrees by studying over summer.

Campuses

Toowoomba

USQ Toowoomba provides a perfect sanctuary for study, offering the benefits of a city environment in a relaxed country atmosphere. With over 3,500 students enrolled, it is located in one of Australia’s largest inland cities, just a two-hour drive west of Brisbane and close to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport. USQ Toowoomba offers the full on-campus experience with residential college accommodation, sporting and social clubs, a 24 hour-access gym and a world class tennis centre, to complement the academic programs. Students enjoy contemporary lecture halls, a performing arts theatre and collaborative science laboratories. The campus also features two beautiful landscaped parks including one of Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese Gardens, Ju Raku En and the Gumbi Gumbi Gardens which acknowledge the Giabal and Jarowair people as traditional custodians of the site. USQ Toowoomba offers degrees in business and commerce, creative arts and media, education, engineering and built environment, health and community, humanities and communication, information technology, law and justice, sciences, English language programs and pathway programs.

Springfield

USQ Springfield is one of Australia’s youngest, but fastest growing campuses, located in the heart of one of Queensland’s fastest growing regions. The campus offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate options in a vibrant modern setting, just 20 minutes from the Ipswich CBD, 35 minutes from Brisbane city and an hour from the Gold Coast. A hub for digital production and performance, the campus includes a state-of-the-art television studio, radio station and rehearsal spaces, as well as collaborative teaching rooms, laboratories for science and engineering, its own fitness and recreation centre, and relaxed spaces for students to work, rest and play. USQ Springfield’s world-class flight simulator is the first of its kind in Queensland. USQ’s simulator is a narrow body jet, where aviation students can replicate an entire flight, both normal and abnormal scenarios, while completing checks and procedures just like airline pilots do.

Close industry links in the thriving community offer students exceptional work experience opportunities. Springfield is well-served by bus services, and has a return train service extending to Brisbane CBD.

Ipswich

USQ Ipswich has been a part of Ipswich since 2006 and as the region grows, the University is expanding its commitment to the region. USQ Ipswich’s campus has a stunning library featuring a living rainforest. Home to USQ’s health programs, USQ Ipswich includes custom-built paramedical training facilities and clinical nursing laboratories, sports fields, a café and gym. USQ Ipswich offers degrees in paramedicine, nursing, psychology, counselling, health and the Tertiary Preparation Program.

Online study

Online study at USQ is designed for students who like the idea of studying on the go, fitting study around their job and family while learning the same courses as on-campus students. Over 75% of USQ students study online and receive the same study materials and support as those who study on campus. USQ is ranked in the top three universities in Australia for online education (Online Study Australia, 2016).

Open days

Toowoomba: Sunday, 13 August 2017
10am–2pm

Springfield: Sunday, 20 August 2017
10am–2pm

Ipswich: Saturday, 2 September 2017
10am–2pm

Visit the USQ website for more information.

Important dates

Visit the USQ website for information on enrolment, teaching, semester start and end, and other important academic dates. For program application closing dates visit the When to apply page.

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

Admission criteria

General admission information

To be eligible for admission to a USQ course, you are required to satisfy all entry requirements. These requirements include an age requirement, English language proficiency, and for most courses subject prerequisites, entry score (OP/selection rank) and, for some courses, course specific requirements. The entry requirements for USQ programs are listed on USQ’s website.

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

USQ will generally use the best of the ranks assigned (age restrictions and other requirements may apply for some entry pathways and graduate entry programs); contact USQ for more information.

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

Current Year 12 applicants

Current Queensland Year 12 OP-eligible students will be considered for an offer based on their OP (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Current Queensland Year 12 students who are ineligible to receive an OP will be assigned a QTAC selection rank based on this study and will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Current Interstate Year 12 students will be assigned a selection rank based on their Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) and will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Current International Baccalaureate (IB) students will be assigned a selection rank based on the score from the 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. This is then converted to QTAC selection rank. Visit IB studies for more information. IB Diploma students will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Results from home schooling, accelerated Christian education 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 (see below). Contact USQ for more information.

Other recognised qualifications completed when at school such as completed competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV, diplomas, higher education study, and some music, dance and speech qualifications will also be assigned a selection rank.

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

Completed Year 12 (within the past two years)

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, and professional registrations) and defence force service will be also considered.

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

If you have several selection ranks (e.g. 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. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

Completed Year 12 (more than two years ago)

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, and professional registrations) and defence force service will be also considered.

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

If you have several selection ranks (e.g. 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. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

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 (e.g. 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. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

Applicants with a completed bridging or enabling course 

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

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for. These can be satisfied by successful completed Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent).  You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV (completed), AQF diplomas and sub-degree level study (based on level, duration, Grade Point Average (GPA)) will be assigned a selection rank.

If you have several selection ranks (e.g. 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. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). Not all subject prerequisites can be met through certificate-level study.

You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

Applicants with work and life experience

Post-secondary professional and paraprofessional qualifications and service will be considered, including:

  • some creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications
  • memberships of professional associations for which qualifying exams are undertaken
  • police, defence and emergency services experience.

You may also use alternative entry pathways such as employment experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); age restrictions apply.  STAT results are not accepted for current Year 12 students or for applicants under the age of 18.  STAT results are not accepted for graduate entry courses.

If you have several selection ranks (e.g. 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. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). You must also satisfy any additional entry requirements.

Bridging or tertiary preparation course entry

USQ offers a range of bridging and enabling course options if your previous studies or experience don’t meet the entry requirements. Programs may assist in developing your English language skills, academic skills and confidence. Check USQ’s website for more information about the programs available.

OP/selection rank-related adjustments – current Year 12 applicants

There are a number of special entry schemes for admission. Applicants can be allocated a maximum bonus of ten ranks (5 OPs) across all schemes.

Year 12 bonus scheme

Applicants may be awarded bonus ranks for passing Maths C (two ranks), a language other than English (two ranks), Chemistry (two ranks), or has tertiary study (one rank). If eligible, bonus ranks are automatically applied to your QTAC application.

Elite Athlete Program

USQ’s Elite Athlete Program assists our student athletes in balancing their sporting and academic commitments. USQ has dedicated support staff for students considering and continuing in the Elite Athlete Program to ensure that they find the right fit.

Special consideration may be given for entry to USQ programs once eligibility for the Elite Athlete Program has been confirmed by USQ. Special consideration of admissions criteria will be assessed on request on a case-by-case basis.

Some scholarships are also offered for students studying at USQ who are registered or eligible to register as a member of the USQ Elite Athlete Program. For an athlete to be recognised by USQ as an elite athlete, you must be identified by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), state or territory institute or academy of sport or a relevant national association as outlined in the AIS Guiding Principles. If your circumstances fall outside these guidelines, you may still apply for consideration as USQ will consider all sports and sporting commitments. For more information, contact USQ.

Regional Preference Scheme

USQ recognises the educational challenges faced by students from regional, rural and remote Australia. If you live in an eligible area, your rank may be adjusted by two ranks for entry into USQ courses. This scheme applies to people living in areas classified as "Outer Regional", "Remote" or "Very Remote" under the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) Remoteness Areas. If eligible, ranks are automatically applied to your USQ preferences.

Strengthening Communities Scheme

USQ supports strong and resilient local communities and may adjust your rank by two ranks to those who live in one of USQ’s local communities. If you haven’t previously studied at university and live in Ipswich, Springfield or Toowoomba and elect to study on-campus, you’ll be eligible for this scheme. Ranks are automatically applied to your QTAC application.

Educational Access Scheme

The Educational Access Scheme us for current and former students who have experienced difficult circumstances that have adversely impacted their studies. Visit Educational Access Scheme for more information.

High Achievers Scheme

USQ recognises academic excellence and ensures students who achieve an OP 1-5, and who meet all other admission criteria are guaranteed entry into any of USQ programs. This is automatically applied to your USQ preferences.

For more information about USQ's special admissions schemes, visit the USQ website

Selection rank-related adjustments – non-Year 12 applicants

There are a number of special entry schemes for admission. Applicants can be allocated a maximum bonus of ten ranks across all schemes.

Elite Athlete Program

USQ’s Elite Athlete Program assists our student athletes in balancing their sporting and academic commitments. USQ has dedicated support staff for students considering and continuing in the Elite Athlete Program to ensure that they find the right fit.

Special consideration may be given for entry to USQ programs once eligibility for the Elite Athlete Program has been confirmed by USQ. Special consideration of admissions criteria will be assessed on request on a case-by-case basis.

Some scholarships are also offered for students studying at USQ who are registered or eligible to register as a member of the USQ Elite Athlete Program. For an athlete to be recognised by USQ as an elite athlete, you must be identified by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), state or territory institute or academy of sport or a relevant national association as outlined in the AIS Guiding Principles. If your circumstances fall outside these guidelines, you may still apply for consideration as USQ will consider all sports and sporting commitments. For more information, contact USQ.

High Achievers Scheme

USQ recognises academic excellence and ensures students who achieve an OP 1–5, and who meet all other admission criteria are guaranteed entry into any of USQ programs. This is automatically applied to your USQ preferences.

Educational Access Scheme

The Educational Access Scheme us for current and former students who have experienced difficult circumstances that have adversely impacted their studies. Visit Educational Access Scheme for more information.

For more information about USQ's special admissions schemes, visit the USQ website.

Other admission options

USQ’s Head Start program allows eligible Year 10, 11 and 12 students to study university courses while at school. Students who successfully complete a Head Start course receive an OP/rank guarantee when applying for a related program to their Head Start course if they don’t achieve the required OP/rank published for entry. This guarantee applies when all other admission criteria (including English language proficiency) for the program are met.

Criteria that may apply in addition to OP/selection rank

Bachelor of Creative Arts may have audition/portfolio requirements.

Bachelor of Education, from semester 1, 2018, will require a personal statement to address non-academic entry criteria in addition to satisfying other entry requirements and the OP/selection rank threshold.

Bachelor of Business and Commerce requires completion of a relevant recognised diploma for the Tourism and Events and Management and Marketing and Hospitality Management majors. 

Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) GPA from completed bachelor degree only used. Requires Registered Nurse (Division 1) Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) GPA from completed undergraduate degree in arts or social science.

Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) GPA from completed undergraduate degree in creative arts.

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) GPA from completed undergraduate degree in law.

Bachelor of Science (Honours) GPA from completed undergraduate degree in area of Honours study.

Diploma of English for University Studies requires students to be 18 years of age and completion of the Certificate of English for University Studies.

Diploma of University Foundations requires students to be 18 years of age.

Foundation Diploma of University Studies requires students to be 18 years of age.

Additional information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

USQ's College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research (CISER) is located across USQ’s three campuses. The main purpose of the college is to encourage and assist the further education of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

USQ’s Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) has been developed to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the academic skills needed for university study. For more information about IHEPP, visit USQ’s website or contact USQ.

Domestic applicants with overseas study

USQ will consider equivalent overseas qualifications for admissions purposes. 

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.

English language proficiency

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

Enrolment

Timing of offers

USQ makes year round offers for most courses. In preparation for semester start, visit the USQ website for orientation and other important dates.

Offers

QTAC applicants are notified of their USQ 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 or via USQ’s website.

Deferment

Undergraduate programs can be deferred for up to two years provided deferment does not jeopardise the conduct of the program. Defer your QTAC offer through QTAC or email USQ to request deferment for your direct entry offer.

Credit transfer

USQ recognises prior study, however, program structure and availability of course electives will determine the amount of credit granted. Find more information about applying for credit.

Fees and charges

Visit the USQ website for information on fees and charges.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at USQ. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date for Semester 1, 2017 including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

Student profile
Applicant background Semester 1, 2017
Number of students % of all students
(a) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
1087 26.8%
(b) Past vocational education and training (VET) study 384 9.5%

(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

 

836

 

20.6%

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) 43 1.1%
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)
119

2.9%
(d) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
1423 35.1%
International students 158 3.9%
All students 4050 100%
Notes:        L/N – Low numbers: the numbers of students is less than five.
                    N/A – Data not available for this item.
                    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than five students. (The values of suppressed cells can be approximated by using the totals and subtracting the values of some other cells, but only to within five students of the actual number, thereby     retaining the confidentiality of the cells marked "L/N.)

How to apply

Domestic students applying for undergraduate study apply through QTAC.

International students studying Year 12 in Australia apply through QTAC.

All other international students contact USQ.

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

Student and campus services

Study areas

USQ offers degrees in business and commerce, creative arts and media, education, engineering and built environment, health and community, humanities and communication, information technology, law and justice, and sciences. Degrees are delivered with a focus on producing students ready to engage in professional roles upon graduation.

Flexible entry

For students who don’t have an OP/selection rank or don’t have the required OP/selection for the degree they want to study, USQ offers pathway options. Some of USQ’s degree programs have diplomas or associate degrees, where students can study the same courses as a first-year bachelor’s degree, but with lower entry requirements. Students who successfully pass these courses can then apply to transfer to their preferred degree in the following semester or year. USQ also offers pathway programs for students who do not have an OP or selection rank and want to study at university.

Student support services

Regardless of whether you study online or on-campus, USQ provides you with the best possible support to succeed. Each student has their own Student Relationship Officer (SRO) to support them on their journey, helping them through challenging moments and celebrating their successes. In addition, USQ offers services to assist students including career guidance and employment services, health and medical, counselling, disability support, orientation, financial assistance, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support, elite athlete support and academic learning services.

Courses available by direct entry

USQ accepts direct applications for bridging and enabling, postgraduate and research courses. USQ undergraduate transfer students and previous USQ students can also apply directly to USQ. Year 12 students and new to USQ undergraduate applicants apply through QTAC.

Study abroad

At USQ, students have the opportunity to travel and study overseas for one or two semesters, through Exchange and Study Abroad programs. The Exchange program allows students to participate in an overseas study experience with one of USQ’s Exchange Partner Universities. The Study Abroad program allows students to apply to a foreign university of their choice. Both programs allow students to balance study and travel with the continued benefit of USQ’s Student Support Services.

Student accommodation

USQ Residential Colleges provide stress-free and affordable accommodation for both long and short stay periods. Residents benefit from being close to the University, as well as the added bonus of an inbuilt community. The colleges are also safe and secure, with plenty of academic and social support to maximise the college life experience.

USQ Toowoomba students can live on campus at one of the three popular residential colleges, or choose from a range of off-campus accommodation options, many of which are located very close to the campus. Greater Springfield’s Education City provides student accommodation close to USQ’s Springfield campus. Staff at USQ Ipswich are able to assist students in finding a place to live nearby, with a range of off-campus accommodation options available. Find more information about on-campus accommodation.

Course admissions information semester 1, 2017 

View course offer information (PDF 1MB) (including the OP/selection rank profile for a course) for the semester 1, 2017 admissions period.

Where to get more information

 

 

Page last updated: 05 Sep 2017