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University of the Sunshine Coast
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MAROOCHYDORE DC QLD 4558 Australia

About USC

USC is one of Australia’s fastest growing regional universities, and one of the world’s top 150 young universities. As a USC student, you’ll be part of a community that drives innovation and helps to build better lives.

We offer flexible study options at a network of teaching locations between Brisbane and the Fraser Coast. Our programs include a strong focus on the core skills you’ll need in the future workplace: no matter what you study, you’ll learn to communicate well, solve problems and think creatively. 

All programs include hands-on training, practical experience and internships.

USC is home to some of the most advanced learning facilities in Australia, including simulated nursing and paramedic labs, a high-performance sport precinct, advanced engineering technologies, and a state-of-the-art CAVE2TM 3D visualisation studio.

At USC, we are working to create a better future for our communities. From climate change adaptation to regional health care, renewable energy to young driver safety, our students and researchers tackle problems that directly impact our regions.

Why choose USC

A five-star student experience

Every student matters to us, which is why we’re rated one of Australia’s best universities for overall student experience.

USC students come from diverse backgrounds but share the same goals: to discover their future path, to become the best they can be, and to make their mark on the world.

Career-focused learning

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at USC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on your career goal, whatever it may be.
Our approach to learning is hands-on, with lots of opportunities to engage with your lecturers and fellow students on campus.

World-ready graduates

As one of the world’s top 150 young universities, we’re not limited by tradition or old ways of thinking. We encourage our students to challenge convention and to always ask the next question.

USC graduates are highly sought after and valued by employers: we ranked in the top three universities in Australia in the 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey. Nine out of 10 graduates are employed within four months of finishing their degree, and our graduates are currently using their skills and expertise to drive change in more than 5000 communities worldwide.

A high-performance culture

We are committed to unlocking innovation and helping every student reach their full potential. Alongside their studies, our students excel in sport, music, entrepreneurship, performing arts, social change and more.

We encourage and support high achievers through initiatives like the USC High Performance Sport Program, which helps athletes achieve sporting and academic excellence.

Flexible study locations

No matter where you are, there’s a USC experience close to you. We offer flexible study options at a network of locations across coastal South East Queensland. Our next campus at Petrie in Moreton Bay will open in 2020, and will cater for up to 10,000 more students with a comprehensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs.

We’re proud to have some of the most environmentally sustainable campuses in Australia, and work hard to take care of our beautiful natural spaces.

Overseas study

You can apply for up to two semesters of study at a variety of partner institutions around the world, and earn credit towards your degree through USC’s Study Overseas program. Scholarships are available for eligible students. Find out more about overseas study through USC.

Campuses

USC Sunshine Coast

USC's flagship campus is located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs. The only full‐service university campus on the Sunshine Coast, it offers more than 120 degree programs and features a range of immersive teaching spaces, interactive learning technologies and hands‐on simulation labs designed to build students' practical skills.

USC Sunshine Coast includes a high-performance sport precinct with Olympic-standard swimming pool, fully equipped gym, AIS-accredited sport science labs and the 2000-seat USC Stadium, which is home to the Sunshine Coast Lightning netball team.

Campus facilities include a $37m Engineering Learning Hub with advanced 3D visualisation facilities; simulated nursing and paramedic labs; immersive digital technologies; specialised computer, manufacturing and design labs; an award-winning library and art gallery; and shops and cafes.

Fraser Coast

USC Fraser Coast is located in the heart of Hervey Bay, with easy access to USC’s Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre. Campus facilities include interactive learning technologies, a student library, collaborative study areas and computer labs.

USC Fraser Coast offers full degree programs in animal ecology, business, commerce, human services, sports studies, nursing and education. Students can also study first-year courses across a selection of additional programs, including environmental science and secondary teaching.

Gympie

USC Gympie is located in beautiful natural surrounds and connects to USC Sunshine Coast via a daily shuttle bus. Campus facilities include interactive learning technologies, collaborative study areas and computer labs.

USC Gympie offers full degree programs in business management, marketing, commerce, accounting, nursing and education, along with first-year courses across a selection of additional programs.

South Bank

USC SouthBank is located in the South Bank Parklands, Brisbane’s premier lifestyle and cultural precinct. Easily accessible by public transport, the campus offers a vibrant and personalised study experience in the heart of the city.

USC SouthBank offers full degree programs in business, commerce and accounting, and tourism, leisure and event management.

Caboolture

USC Caboolture offers a hands-on campus experience halfway between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.

The campus includes collaborative learning spaces, interactive technologies, computer labs, student common rooms, sporting facilities, a campus library, and the Health Learning and Simulation Centre, where nursing students build practical skills and work with industry-standard equipment in a simulated hospital environment.

USC Caboolture offers full degree programs in business, commerce, education and nursing, along with first-year courses in creative industries.

Other Locations

USC has study hubs at Noosa and North Lakes, and specialist international teaching sites in the Melbourne and Sydney CBDs.

USC also has purpose-built teaching facilities at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute, Sunshine Coast University Hospital and Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute, all located a short drive from the USC Sunshine Coast campus.

USC Moreton Bay (coming soon)

USC is currently progressing toward the opening of a new flagship campus at Petrie in Moreton Bay. The new campus will open in 2020 and is expected to cater for 10,000 students by 2030. Its comprehensive range of programs will include undergraduate, postgraduate and research study options.

Open days   

Fraser Coast: Saturday, 23 June 2018

Sippy Downs: Sunday, 22 July 2018

Caboolture: Sunday, 5 August 2018

USC holds regular on-campus events where prospective students can take a campus tour and get all their study questions answered.

For information about on-campus events, including open days and our regular Meet USC events, visit the USC website.

Important dates

Visit the USC 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 USC course, you are required to satisfy all entry requirements. These requirements include an age requirement, English language proficiency and for most courses subject prerequisites and an entry score (OP/selection rank), and for some courses additional course specific entry requirements. Course-specific information can be found on the USC 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 (minimum 0.25 full-time equivalent study) 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.

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.

Applicants with a completed bridging or enabling course

USC accepts a number of other tertiary preparation, bridging and enabling and foundation programs offered by higher education providers across Australia. This will be assessed on the basis of the Grade Point Average (GPA) achieved and the duration of study. Contact USC for more information.

Credit transfer

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit. Visit USC’s website for more information.

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 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 may be satisfied by successfully completing 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.

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 admission 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 is not accepted for graduate entry programs.

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). Subject prerequisites generally cannot be met through certificate-level study.

Bridging and enabling course entry

Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)

USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in undergraduate degree studies.  TPP provides a pathway to a degree course.  Upon successful completion of TPP you will be assessed on the basis of your Grade Point Average and the number of TPP units you have completed.  

Tertiary Support Option (TSO)

USC’s Tertiary Support Option (TSO) assists undergraduate students to successfully progress in their studies.  The Tertiary Support Option uses Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) units to assist students to gain the academic skills and knowledge to become more effective learners.  Students can be enrolled in a TPP unit(s) alongside units required for their undergraduate course, with the Tertiary Support Option appearing on their academic transcript as a separate course heading.  Grades for TSO units will not count towards a student’s undergraduate course Grade Point Average (GPA).

Credit transfer

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit. Visit USC’s website for more information.

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

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 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) Diploma 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 (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). Students who have successfully completed an International Baccalaureate Diploma may receive credit towards a USC qualification. The amount of credit is determined on a case by case basis. For more information, visit the USC website.

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 (refer below). Contact USC for more information.

Applicants with Overseas Year 12 Study

USC will consider equivalent overseas Year 12 qualifications for admissions purposes. Contact USC 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.

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

USC encourages participation from eligible applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage and/or who have excelled in academic and sporting endeavours.  Eligible domestic students applying for undergraduate programs are eligible for adjustments to be applied to their OP score or selection rank for tertiary entrance to most USC courses.  All adjustments are applied at QTAC.  Applicants may be awarded a maximum adjustment of three (3) OP scores or six (6) ranks across all USC adjustment schemes.

QTAC Educational Access Scheme

The QTAC Educational Access Scheme (EAS) is for current and former students who experience difficult circumstances that adversely impact on their studies.  Applicants can apply for EAS as part of their QTAC application.  Applicants assessed under the Educational Access Scheme will be eligible for adjustments of up to six (6) ranks or three (3) OP scores.

Note:  The QTAC Education Access Scheme adjustment is not applied to the Bachelor of Medical Science program.

Regional Preference Adjustment

The Regional Preference Adjustment is awarded to applicants who reside in one of the following local council areas or in regions classified as “outer regional”, “remote” or “very remote” under the Australian Standard Geographical Remoteness Classification (ASGC):

  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council

Applicants assessed under the Regional Preference Scheme will be eligible for adjustments up to two (2) ranks or one (1) OP score. Applicants do not need to apply for the Regional Preference Adjustment.

Note: The Regional Preference adjustment is not applied to the Bachelor of Medical Science program.

Disadvantaged School Adjustment

Applicants who are current school leavers from a school that has been designated as disadvantaged will be awarded an adjustment of one (1) OP score or two (2) ranks.  Applicants do not need to apply for the Disadvantaged School Adjustment.

Note:  The Disadvantaged School adjustment is not applied to the Bachelor of Medical Science program.

Smith Family Adjustment

Applicants who are participants in the Smith Family Learning for Life program will be awarded an adjustment of one (1) OP score or two (2) ranks.  Applicants indicate that they are participants in the Smith Family Learning for Life program through the Educational Access Scheme section of their QTAC application.

Note:  The Smith Family adjustment is not applied to the Bachelor of Medical Science program.

Elite Athlete Adjustment

USC welcomes elite athletes and aims to accommodate the demands of their sport in relation to study.  USC has a Centre of Excellence in the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, accredited by the National Sport Science Quality Assurance Program (NSSQA).

In order to be eligible for this adjustment the applicant must be:

  • recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) or professional players’ association
  • a member of a national senior squad from an Athlete Career and Education (ACE) support sport
  • in a state or national level squad in open or age level competition
  • in a state or national level development squad
  • a coach or referee within national or international level competitions.

Applicants who are elite athletes may be awarded an adjustment of up to three (3) OP scores or six (6) ranks.  QTAC applicants apply for the scheme with their QTAC application; other applicants should apply directly to USC for this scheme. Note – application for any related elite athlete scholarship schemes are made directly to USC.  For more information visit usc.edu.au/accessusc.

Note: The Elite Athlete adjustment is not applied to the Bachelor of Medical Science program.

Year 12 Subject Adjustment

Current Year 12 school applicants who have completed either Queensland Mathematics C or a Language other than English (LOTE), or the International Baccalaureate or interstate equivalents, will be awarded an adjustment of one (1) OP score or two (2) ranks.  Applicants do not need to apply for the Year 12 Subject adjustment.

Note:  the Year 12 Subject adjustment is not applied to the following programs: Bachelor of Medical Science; Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science (Honours) Deans Scholars and Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated).

Completed bridging or enabling course

USC accepts a number of bridging and tertiary preparation programs for entry. This will be assessed on the basis of the Grade Point Average (GPA) achieved and the number of units you have studied.

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). Subject prerequisites generally cannot be met through certificate-level study.

Bridging or tertiary preparation course entry

Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)

USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) equips students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in undergraduate degree studies. TPP provides a pathway to a degree course. On successful completion of TPP, you will be assessed on the basis of your Grade Point Average and the number of TPP units you have completed. 

Tertiary Support Option (TSO)

USC’s Tertiary Support Option (TSO) assists undergraduate students to successfully progress in their studies. The Tertiary Support Option uses Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) units to assist students to gain the academic skills and knowledge to become more effective learners.  Students can be enrolled in TPP units alongside units required for their undergraduate course, with the Tertiary Support Option appearing on their academic transcript as a separate course heading. Grades for TSO units will not count towards a student’s undergraduate course Grade Point Average (GPA).

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

USC encourages participation from eligible applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage and/or who have excelled in academic and sporting endeavours.  Eligible domestic students applying for undergraduate programs are eligible for bonuses to be applied to their OP score or selection rank.  All bonuses are applied by QTAC.  Applicants may be awarded a maximum of three (3) OP scores or six (6) ranks across all USC bonus schemes.

QTAC Educational Access Scheme

The QTAC Educational Access Scheme (EAS) is for students who experience difficult circumstances that adversely impact on their studies.  Applicants can apply for EAS as part of their QTAC application.  Applicants assessed under the Educational Access Scheme will be eligible for up to six (6) bonus ranks or three (3) OP scores.

Regional Preference Bonus

The Regional Preference Bonus is awarded to applicants who reside in one of the following local council areas:

  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council

Applicants assessed under the Regional Preference Scheme will be eligible for up to two (2) bonus ranks or one (1) OP score. Applicants do not need to apply for the Regional Preference Bonus.

Disadvantaged School Bonus

Applicants who are current school-leavers from a school that has been designated as disadvantaged will be awarded a bonus of one (1) OP score or two (2) bonus ranks.  Applicants do not need to apply for the Disadvantaged School Bonus.

Smith Family Bonus

Applicants who are participants in the Smith Family Learning for Life program will be awarded a bonus of one (1) OP score or two (2) bonus ranks. Applicants indicate that they are participants in the Smith Family Learning for Life program through the EAS section of their QTAC application.

Elite Athlete Bonus

USC welcomes elite athletes and aims to accommodate the demands of their sport in relation to study. USC has a Centre of Excellence in the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, accredited by the National Sport Science Quality Assurance Program (NSSQA).

To be eligible for the Elite Athlete Bonus, the applicant must be:

  • recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) or professional players’ association
  • a member of a national senior squad from an Athlete Career and Education (ACE) support sport
  • in a state or national level squad in open or age level competition
  • in a state or national level development squad
  • a coach or referee within national or international level competitions.

Applicants who are elite athletes may be awarded a bonus of up to three (3) OP scores or six (6) bonus ranks. Applicants apply directly to USC for this bonus. For more information, visit the USC website.

Year 12 Subject Bonus

Current Year 12 school applicants who have completed either Queensland Mathematics C or a Language other than English (LOTE), or the International Baccalaureate or interstate equivalents, will be awarded a bonus of one (1) OP score or two (2) bonus ranks. Applicants do not need to apply for the Year 12 Subject Bonus.

Note: the Year 12 Subject Bonus is not applied to the following programs: Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Science (Honours) Deans Scholars and Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated).

Selection rank-related adjustments – non-Year 12 applicants

USC encourages participation from eligible applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage and/or who have excelled in academic and sporting endeavours.  Eligible domestic students applying for undergraduate programs are eligible for adjustments to be applied to their selection rank.  All adjustments are applied by QTAC. Applicants may be awarded a maximum of six (6) ranks across all USC adjustment schemes.

QTAC Educational Access Scheme

The QTAC Educational Access Scheme (EAS) is for current and former students who experience difficult circumstances that adversely impact on their studies.  Applicants can apply for EAS as part of their QTAC application.  Applicants assessed under the Educational Access Scheme will be eligible for up to six (6) bonus ranks.

Regional Preference Adjustment

The Regional Preference Adjustment is awarded to applicants who reside in one of the following local council areas or in regions classified as “outer regional”, “remote” or “very remote” under the Australian Standard Geographical Remoteness Classification (ASGC):

  • Sunshine Coast Regional Council
  • Fraser Coast Regional Council
  • Gympie Regional Council
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council
  • Noosa Council
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • South Burnett Regional Council

Applicants assessed under the Regional Preference Scheme will be eligible for an adjustment of up to two (2) bonus ranks. Applicants do not need to apply separately for the Regional Preference Adjustment.

Elite Athlete Adjustment

USC welcomes elite athletes and aims to accommodate the demands of their sport in relation to study. USC has a Centre of Excellence in the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, accredited by the National Sport Science Quality Assurance Program (NSSQA).

To be eligible for this adjustment, the applicant must be:

  • recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) or professional players’ association
  • a member of a national senior squad from an Athlete Career and Education (ACE) support sport
  • in a state or national level squad in open or age level competition
  • in a state or national level development squad
  • a coach or referee within national or international level competitions.

Applicants who are elite athletes may be awarded an adjustment of up to six (6) bonus ranks. QTAC applicants apply for the scheme with their QTAC application; other applicants should apply directly to USC for this scheme. Note: application for any related elite athlete scholarship schemes are made directly to USC. For more information, visit the USC website.

Criteria that may apply in addition to OP/selection rank

Undergraduate education courses require completion of a satisfactory personal statement.

Other admission options

Headstart program

Headstart is a transition program that allows Year 11 and 12 students to study USC undergraduate courses on the university campus while still completing high school.  Students who successfully complete two (2) Headstart courses will be awarded a selection rank based on their Grade Point Average.

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

Students may receive credit for Headstart study towards a USC qualification.  The amount of credit is determined on a case by case basis. For more information, visit the USC website.

Early Offer Guarantee

The Early Offer Guarantee enables year 12 students to be offered an early place at USC prior to the release of Year 12 results.  Offers are made to students in November based on the recommendation of their School Principal.  Offers into programs with subject prerequisites are conditional on the student successfully meeting the required prerequisites.

Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS)

Applicants who identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person may be admitted to a program based on their potential to succeed through the Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme.  This scheme is for people who may not have received an OP, who received an OP that does not meet the entry requirement for their chosen course, or who might not have completed Year 12.  Applicants are considered on past experience in relation to study and employment, as well as potential to successfully complete University studies.  Community involvement, past achievements or awards and current employment information are also considerations.  Applicants who are eligible to apply through IDEAS will be provided with either direct entry to a suitable program, or a place in the Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP).

Applicants are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course they are applying for. This may be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent).

Additional information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

USC is committed to increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in programs across all areas of study. Applicants who identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person may be admitted to a program based on their potential to succeed through the Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). This scheme is for people who may not have received an OP, who received an OP that does not meet the entry requirements for their chosen course, or who might not have completed Year 12. Applicants are considered on past experience in relation to study and employment, as well as potential to successfully complete university studies. Community involvement, past achievements or awards and current employment information are also considerations. Applicants who are eligible to apply through IDEAS will be provided with either direct entry to a suitable program, or a place in the Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP).

Applicants must also meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course they are applying for. These can be satisfied by successfully completing Senior secondary subjects.

Inherent Academic Requirements

Inherent Academic Requirements (IAR) are the fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the course, while maintaining the academic integrity of that course. To successfully complete a course at USC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements. When applying for a course, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them. If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a USC Disability Adviser to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place that may enable you to meet the requirements. Visit Inherent Academic Requirements for more information.

Domestic students with overseas qualifications

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

English language proficiency

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

Enrolment

Timing of Offers

USC makes year round offers for most courses. Offers for semester 3, 2018 will commence in August 2018; offers for semester 1, 2019 will commence in October 2018; offers for semester 2, 2019 will commence in March 2019.

Offers

QTAC applicants are notified of their USC 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 most undergraduate courses or the Tertiary Preparation Pathway for up to two years.

Applicants offered a place in the Bachelor of Medical Science can apply for one year deferment.

You cannot defer postgraduate courses. Visit USC’s website for more information.

Credit transfer

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning (including formal, informal and non-formal learning) to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit. Visit USC’s website for more information.

Fees and charges

Visit USC's website for information on fees and charges. 

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at USC. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date for semester 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)
882 27.46%
(b) Vocational education and training (VET) study 373 11.61%

(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

 

1002

 

31.2%

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) 19 0.59%
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) 538 16.75%
(d) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
216 6.72%
International students 182 5.67%
All students 3212 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 studying Year 12 in Australia apply through QTAC.

All other international students should contact USC to find out how to apply.

Apply through QTAC for Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary) courses. 

Contact USC to find out how to apply for other postgraduate courses.

Student and campus services

Student support services

Students can access a range of support services including academic and study support; mentoring programs; careers and employment services; counselling; financial support services; sexuality and gender support; disability services; and health, wellbeing and welfare services. 

The USC Student Guild provides social events, a second-hand textbook hub, accommodation register, and funding for clubs and societies. USC’s Indigenous Services unit offers support programs and facilities tailored specifically to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

Find out more about student support.

Student accommodation

USC provides information, resources, advice and referrals for accommodation and tenancy matters. Students are also able to access a free off-campus accommodation vacancy register. 

USC Sunshine Coast has three privately-owned and operated student accommodation villages offering fully self-contained share accommodation just a short walk from campus, public transport and the local shopping centre.  

USC SouthBank is located close to several privately owned student accommodation complexes.

Where to get more information

Course admissions information 

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

 

 

Page last updated: 25 Jul 2018