CQUniversity

CQUniversity
Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Noosa, Townsville, Online

About

With so many options out there, choosing the right university for you isn’t always an easy decision.

At CQUniversity, we believe higher education should be for everyone – no matter your postcode or educational background.

Our accessibility, flexibility, student support and wide range of more than 300 TAFE and university courses offered online and on-campus help our students 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 courses 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 worldwide (The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2019).

We’ve also been awarded five-star ratings by The Good Universities Guide 2019 for its ratio of first-generation students, full-time employment, overall experience, social equity, starting salary and teaching quality, placing us in the top 20 per cent of Universities in Australia in these categories.

Our award-winning teaching professionals are widely experienced with a practical approach and dedication to continual course improvements. You can choose from a wide variety of courses from areas including:

  • allied health
  • business and accounting
  • creative, performing and visual arts
  • digital media, communication and arts
  • education, teaching and childcare
  • engineering, built environment and aviation
  • English and study pathways
  • law, criminology and justice
  • nursing, paramedicine and health
  • information systems and technology
  • psychology, social work and community services
  • science, environment and agriculture
  • service industries
  • trades, and
  • transport and safety sciences.

With a national presence extending across five states and including 16 campuses and numerous Distance Education Study Centres, Partner Study Hubs and Study Centres, CQUniversity enables students throughout Australia to access quality education locally – whether you choose to study on campus at your local CQUniversity location, or online via distance education.

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 supportive lecturers 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.

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, our graduates are some of the most sought after in Australia.

In fact, current Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) results show that CQUniversity has some of the best graduate outcomes in Australia when it comes to important measures such as full-time domestic undergraduate employment and median salaries..
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

Whether you choose to study close to home or spread your wings further afield, CQUniversity offers the best of both worlds, with 16 campuses and a range of study hubs and centres to choose from.

CQUniversity brings you a truly all-inclusive approach to education and training, featuring the largest footprint of any tertiary education institution in the country.

Each campus comes with its own unique character and charm, offering an assortment of on- and off-campus facilities and services, coupled with carefully planned course offerings.

Live and study in a capital city at one of our CBD locations in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Or enjoy the Queensland lifestyle and study at one of our locations in Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Cairns, Townsville or Noosa.

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

Open days

Brisbane
To be confirmed

Bundaberg
To be confirmed

Mackay
To be confirmed

Rockhampton
To be confirmed

Cairns
To be confirmed

Emerald
To be confirmed

Gladstone
To be confirmed

Noosa
To be confirmed

Sydney
To be confirmed

Melbourne
To be confirmed

Perth 
To be confirmed

Townsville 
To be confirmed

Visit the CQUniversity website for more information about open days.

Important dates

View our academic calendars for information on enrolment, teaching, semester start and end, and other important academic dates.

View our important dates page for other key University dates.

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

Admission criteria

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 (ATAR/selection rank) and, for some courses, course specific requirements. The entry requirements for CQUniversity courses are listed on the CQUniversity website.

Applicants are selected on the basis of their ATAR 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.

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 your prior study.

You can be assigned more than one selection rank, for study and experience you hold such as your Year 12 results, vocational education and training, higher education study and even your employment history.

If you have been assigned more than one selection rank, you will generally be considered for admission based 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).  If your course of interest has additional entry requirements these must also be satisfied.

At CQUniversity, we recognise a number of tertiary preparation, bridging, enabling and foundation programs offered by higher education providers across Australia. If you have completed a bridging or enabling course, contact CQUniversity for more information about how your prior preparatory study may apply to your course of interest.

As a dual-sector university, CQUniversity offers a wide range of qualifications including Vocational Education and Training (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.

You can be assigned more than one selection rank for study and experience you hold such as your Year 12 results, vocational education and training, higher education study and even your employment history.

If you have been assigned more than one selection rank, you will generally be considered for admission based 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). Subject prerequisites are not generally able to be met through certificate level study.

If your course of interest has additional entry requirements, these must also be satisfied.

Credit transfer

You may be eligible for credit from previous study, or for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL). Applications for credit are assessed following acceptance of an offer. This means you must first apply for your course of interest, receive an offer and then accept the offer before apply for credit.

If you would like to review possible credit based on dedicated pathways and articulations, view our Credit Calculator.

Year 12 results (ATAR/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, and 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 been assigned more than one selection rank, you will generally be considered for admission based 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 successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent).  Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

Current Queensland Year 12 ATAR-eligible students are considered for an offer based on their ATAR (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 been assigned more than one selection rank, you will generally be considered for admission based 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).

If your course of interest has additional entry requirements, these must also be satisfied.

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 10 selection 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 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 (QTACUACVTAC 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 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 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.

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 10 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 (QTACUACVTAC 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 twp (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 apply individually to their relevant tertiary admissions centre (QTACUACVTAC, 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.

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.

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.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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.

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 February and June and Term 3 offers between July 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.

Credit transfer

You may be eligible for credit from previous study, or for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL). Applications for credit are assessed following acceptance of an offer. This means you must first apply for your course of interest, receive an offer and then accept the offer before applying for credit.

If you would like to review possible credit based on dedicated pathways and articulations, view our Credit Calculator.

Fees and charges

Visit the CQUniversity website for information about fees associated with studying at CQUniversity.

Commonwealth Assistance (HELP loans)

For more information visit https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/student-finances/fees-and-charges/degree-level-students/commonwealth-support-and-hecs-help

Tuition fee concession (vocational education students only)

Students who hold a Health Care Card, Pensioner Card or are named on the card as a dependant child/spouse, or who hold a Veterans’ Gold Card may be eligible for a concession on their tuition fees depending on their level of study.

Financial assistance

Youth and student allowance

For details on Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY, visit humanservices.gov.au.

Scholarships

All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships to help manage the cost of university. Visit http://www.edu.au/courses/scholarships for a list of scholarships.

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, 2019 including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

STUDENT PROFILE
Applicant background Semester one intake 2019
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
966 27.69%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 642 18.41%
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
953 27.32%
(D) Recent secondary education:

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

540

15.48%

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) 90 2.58%
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) 19 0.54%
(E) International students 278 7.97%
All students 3488 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

CQUniversity offers a range of campus facilities and services such as libraries, lecture theatres and other learning spaces, student advice centres and commercial outlets such as food and beverage vendors. These facilities and services are available for all students to access, whether they are studying online or on-campus.

Scholarships

All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships to help manage the cost of university. Visit http://www.edu.au/courses/scholarships for a list of scholarships.

Student accommodation

We offer on-campus accommodation options at our Mackay and Rockhampton campuses.

CQUniversity Mackay student residences

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

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. Find more information about our range of services.

Career Advice

CQUni Careers supports prospective, current and graduate CQUniversity students in achieving their career development and professional aspirations through career education, guidance and information.  We are about building employability and job search skills as students prepare to be work ready in their chosen career.

Work integrated learning

Many of our courses incorporate work-integrated-learning opportunities that allow students to gain experience, build connections and network with industry. Work-integrated learning takes many forms within our courses from project-based assignments, internships, research projects, industry nights, guest speakers, clinical placements or practicums. These work-integrated-learning opportunities prepare students with relevant skills, connections and partnerships to enhance their career opportunities upon graduation.

Overseas study

CQUGlobal Outbound programs allow current CQUniversity students to experience life and study from a choice of over 30 countries across six continents.

Course admissions information

For course admission information (including the OP/selection rank profile for term 1, 2020 admissions) please refer to the individual course entry in Course Search.

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

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