CQUniversity

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

About

At CQUniversity Australia, we believe higher education should be for everyone—no matter your postcode or educational background. That’s why we offer a wide range of up-to-date, industry-aligned courses, from TAFE certificates right through to research degrees, online and across our many locations nationally.

Real-world opportunities

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 two per cent of universities globally for graduate employability*. Our award-winning teaching professionals are widely experienced with a practical approach and dedication to continual course improvements.

250+ course options

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
  • information systems and technology
  • law, criminology and justice
  • nursing, paramedicine and health
  • psychology, social work and community services
  • safety sciences
  • science, environment and agriculture
  • service industries
  • trades.

Excellent graduate outcomes

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, we’re rated five stars for undergraduate full-time employment and ranked in the top five Australian unis for undergraduate starting salaries by Good Universities Guide 2022.

Changemaker Campus

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. CQUniversity is recognised as Australia’s first and only Changemaker Campus by global social innovation group Ashoka U.

Campuses

At CQUniversity, we’re truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It’s why we have locations throughout every mainland Australian state and are pioneers in distance education – now with 40 years experience providing high quality online learning experiences. So, whether you prefer to learn face-to-face, on-campus by attending lectures, tutorials, and workshops, or like to study when it suits you, with access to the latest in online learning techniques, CQUniversity has you covered.

CQUniversity has campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Rockhampton, Sydney, and Townsville. CQUniversity also partners with Regional University Centres in many locations across Australia to provide more study options to regional students. Our partner centres include a mix of study hubs, and regional university centre partnerships and delivery sites.

Open Days

2022 Open Day Sessions

Online

Interactive Virtual Open Day

Saturday, 27 August 2022

9am-1pm AEST

Open Day Online Chat Session

Thursday, 28 July 2022

3-6pm AEST

On Campus

Mackay

Saturday,  6 August 2022

9am–12pm AEST

Bundaberg

Thursday, 11 August 2022

4-6pm AEST

Cairns

Sunday, 14 August 2022

9am–11am AEST

Rockhampton

Sunday, 21 August 2022

9am–12pm AEST

Townsville

Thursday, 18 August 2022

4-6pm AEST

Gladstone

Thursday, 25 August 2022

4pm–6pm AEST

Student and campus services

Student facilities and 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.

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.

Student accommodation

CQUniversity offers on-campus accommodation options at the Mackay and Rockhampton campuses.

CQUniversity Mackay student residences

Boasting modern residential facilities, students 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 CQUniversity 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.

Work integrated learning

Many CQUniversity 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.

Entry Pathways

At CQUniversity, our enabling and entry pathway options can help you gain entry into your preferred course. If you’ve studied a certificate III, IV or diploma qualification, you may meet specified entry score requirements for many of CQUniversity’s degrees. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for their course can apply to study Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS), a free enabling course that provides a pathway to gain entry into and succeed at university.
cqu.edu.au/pathways.

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 based on 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 applying for credit.

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

Year 12 results (ATAR) 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 (such as Bachelor degree level and higher), VET study such as competency-based and graded AQF Certificates III and IV (completed), diplomas and sub-degree level study, and bridging and preparation courses. Other post-secondary professional and paraprofessional qualifications (including some creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications, memberships of professional associations for which qualifying exams are undertaken and police, emergency defence force service) will be also considered.

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

If you have 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 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 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 a 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, 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 CQUniversity for more information.

Applicants with Overseas Year 12 Study

CQUniversity will consider equivalent overseas Year 12 qualifications for admissions purposes. Contact CQUniversity 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 (except the Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) which has a cap of 5 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 (QTAC, UAC and VTAC ) 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 (QTACUAC, or VTAC) for a confidential assessment of their circumstances. Overall adjustments are capped at a maximum of 10 selection ranks from these schemes (except the Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) which has a cap of 5 selection ranks.)

Assistance Schemes – Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine)

When applying for the Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine), applicants may be eligible to receive adjustments for CQUniversity’s Subject Incentive Scheme and Rural Access Scheme.

*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 (QTACUAC, and VTAC ) 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 2 (two) selection ranks.

Equity Schemes*

CQUniversity’s Equity Schemes are designed for prospective students who may have experienced difficult circumstances that have adversely impacted on previous or current studies. To be considered applicants apply individually to their relevant tertiary admissions centre (QTACUAC, or VTAC) 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.

Start Uni Now (SUN) Program

The SUN Program allows students in Year 10*, 11 and 12 to enrol in units from a wide range of course areas available at CQU. SUN units can be studied either on-campus (internal) or online allowing students to choose a way of studying that suits them best. Students gain university experience, QCE credits and may receive credit 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 courses that 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. They must be achieving an average B grade as per their most recent report card and passing all subjects. It is highly recommended that 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 apps@cqu.edu.au.

*Year 10 students are eligible for Term 3 enrolment only.

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 units from a wide range of course areas available at CQU. SUN units can be studied either on-campus (internal) or online allowing students to choose a way of studying that suits them best. Students gain university experience, QCE credits and may receive credit 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 courses that 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. They must be achieving an average B grade as per their most recent report card and passing all subjects. It is highly recommended that 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 apps@cqu.edu.au.

*Year 10 students are eligible for Term 3 enrolment only.

Privacy

 For more information visit: CQUniversity’s privacy statement.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Students who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin can access support through the Office of Indigenous Engagement.

Inherent Academic Requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a course or unit.  Students can view the inherent requirements for their course of interest on the course webpages on the CQU website.

Domestic students with overseas qualifications

Domestic students with overseas qualifications should contact CQU 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 CQU’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

Once you have formally accepted an offer, you will not be able to defer admission, however some courses may allow you to start a later term by enrolling into a later term of study. Not all courses will permit you to commence at a later date including competitive courses, requiring a new admission application or change of preference.

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 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 Services Australia.

Scholarships

All students are encouraged to apply for scholarships to help manage the cost associated with studying at university. For more information, including scholarships available, visit CQU’s scholarships webpage.

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 semester 1, 2022 including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

STUDENT PROFILE
Applicant background Semester 1, 2022
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
1309 38.49%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 595 17.49%
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
355 10.44%
(D) Recent secondary education:

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

384

11.29%

Admitted where both ATAR/selection rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR/selection rank) 88 2.59%
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR/selection rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, school recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR/selection rank requirement, VET qualification completed during school) 409 12.03%
(E) International students 261 7.67%
All students 3401 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 undergraduate students apply to the relevant TAC for the state. If the program is not listed, apply through QTAC.

Visit CQU’s Undergraduate Study page for more information.

TAFE course students apply directly to the university or via a TAC depending on the course. Visit our TAFE Courses page for more information.

For all other courses refer to CQU’s How to Apply webpage for more information.

International students apply direct to CQU.

In most instances, students considering postgraduate study will apply directly to the university. Postgraduate courses that are Commonwealth supported may require an application via a TAC. Visit CQU’s How to Apply webpage for more information.

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Mail

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

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Course Admissions Information Semester 1, 2022

For course admission information (including the selection rank profile for term 1, 2022 admissions) please refer to the individual course entry in Course Search.

 

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