James Cook University creates a brighter future for the Tropics through graduates and discoveries that make a difference. As a JCU student, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge, skills and experience to make a positive impact in urban, regional, rural and remote communities.
More than 21,000 students, including 6,600 international students, are enrolled in a variety of programs at JCU. Courses have a strong focus on producing career-ready graduates. Throughout your degree, you’ll develop professional skills and gain in-depth knowledge through a wide range of practical, hands-on learning experiences. Small class sizes provide access to world-class lecturers and researchers, giving you the support to succeed.
JCU’s comprehensive range of courses span a diverse set of study areas at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Our study areas include:
- Arts and Social Sciences
- Environmental Management
- Healthcare Sciences
- Information Technology
- Marine Science
- Nursing and Midwifery
- Occupational Therapy
- Public Health and Tropical Medicine
- Social Work
- Speech Pathology
- Sport and Exercise Science
- Veterinary and Animal Science
Courses in tropical health and medicine encourage the development of skills in serving regional and remote communities across Australia and the world. Courses in tropical environments and societies equip graduates to develop stronger economies and to pioneer innovation for a range of communities.
There’s a place for you at JCU
JCU offers a range of flexible study options available across main campuses in Brisbane, Cairns, Singapore and Townsville. Options are also available to study at our campuses in Mackay, Mount Isa, Rockhampton and Thursday Island.
JCU Cairns, Nguma-bada campus, Smithfield and JCU Townsville, Bebegu Yumba campus, Douglas offer access to spectacular natural wonders, including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and the Outback. You’ll get to dive into hands-on learning, placements and projects in some of the most fascinating locations on Earth. You could travel to remote communities in a light aircraft, learn in our Classroom on the Reef or conduct research in the rainforest with the richest biodiversity in Australia.
With a picturesque river precinct and an array of cultural and entertainment options, Brisbane is regarded as one of the most liveable cities in the world. JCU Brisbane students receive a world-class education in Australia’s fastest growing capital city for employment.
A constantly evolving city, Singapore is at the forefront of global health, technology and economic advancement. JCU Singapore boasts cutting edge facilities, collaborative learning spaces and internationally renowned lecturers to help you succeed every step of the way.
A five-star experience
We are independently rated five stars for full-time employment outcomes, starting salary, and student–teacher ratio for undergraduate and postgraduate students*. Excel in your studies and future career through the support of academics and staff committed to student success. The careers team at JCU provide knowledge and support for your dream career, from seeking out positions to helping with your resume and applications throughout your studies.
*Good Universities Guide 2023
This is Uni… but not as you know it
Field trips, clinical placements, practicums, and internships — no matter what you study, JCU provides opportunities to build your knowledge and skills base. Gain hands-on experience in outback cattle stations, remote health clinics, the heart of the Daintree Rainforest and the depths of the Great Barrier Reef.
Ready today, for tomorrow
Kickstart your career through study incorporated with real-world practice. JCU prioritises practical experience and our academics maintain strong industry links that provide you with extensive placement opportunities. You’ll gain valuable work experience and build a network of leading industry professionals in your field. Transition into the workplace with the practical skills and knowledge you need to succeed.
Whether you’re local to Brisbane, Cairns or Townsville or live further afield, JCU hosts a series of events every year to meet with students like you, to discuss your career aspirations and study plans to become ready today for tomorrow. Find out more on our website.
Visit the JCU website for information on enrolment, teaching, semester start and end, and other important academic dates.
Visit key dates for information on important QTAC dates.
Applicants are required to meet the course entry requirements for direct entry into a course. Entry requirements can include a combination of the following:
- English Language Proficiency,
- Subject Pre-requisites,
- Entry Score (ATAR /Selection Rank)
- Age requirements
- Course specific entry requirements.
JCU Guaranteed Admission:
JCU guarantees entry to a majority of courses for current year 12 applicants based on the final ATAR result.
ATAR of 90 or above recipients are guaranteed entry into most JCU courses with all subject prerequisites waived.
Applicants awarded an ATAR of 73 or above will be guaranteed entry into most JCU courses, though must meet the course subject pre-requisites.
Programs excluded from these guarantees are:
- Bachelor of Advanced Science
- Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
- Bachelor of Education (Primary)
- Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
- Bachelor of Dental Surgery
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy
- Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
- Bachelor of Nursing Science (Pre-Registration)
- Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery
- Bachelor of Clinical Science
If you finish Year 12 with a Certificate III or a Certificate IV qualification you are guaranteed entry into a number of JCU undergraduate courses. Some courses require additional subject prerequisites are met.
These prerequisites may include subjects such as English, Maths or Science. For more details, click the link for more details about our Guaranteed Admission Plan.
Applicants with previous Higher Education study (Diploma or higher), will be assigned a selection rank determined by the level, duration, and Grade Point Average (GPA) of the study.
Higher education study can grant credit toward a degree course. For more information, visit the JCU Credit Calculator.
JCU recognises many tertiary preparatory, enabling, foundation and bridging programs provided by higher education institutions throughout Australia. This study is assessed on the basis of the GPA and the duration of study.
JCU accepts a number of VET qualifications to meet tertiary access ranks and/or subject prerequisites including completed Certificate III and IV qualifications and complete and incomplete diploma and advanced diploma qualifications.
AQF Certificate III qualifications are typically not accepted to satisfy prerequisites.
A Certificate III or a Certificate IV qualification you are guaranteed entry into a number of JCU undergraduate courses. Some courses require additional subject prerequisites are met.
These prerequisites may include subjects such as English, Maths or Science.
JCU will accept the Certificate III in Education Support to meet the ATAR/rank requirement for all Bachelor of Education courses.
JCU will accept the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to meet the ATAR/rank requirement for Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) only.
JCU recognises many admission pathways including employment experience, the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (age restrictions apply), post-secondary professional, and paraprofessional qualifications.
Applicants who have more than one selection rank will generally be considered on the highest of those ranks.
Current Year 12 applicants
Current ATAR-eligible Year 12 students will be considered for entry based on their ATAR and ability to meet the entry requirements including age and subject pre-requisites.
International Baccalaureate (IB)
JCU accepts the International Baccalaureate (IB) as meeting our course entry requirements. Your final IB Diploma score will then be translated into a QTAC selection rank. Some subjects completed as part of the IB Diploma will meet the subject pre-requisites required for entry into our Undergraduate degrees. Students who have completed particular IB subjects may be eligible for credit.
Overseas Year 12 Study
Students who have completed Year 12 or equivalent study overseas can be considered for admission to JCU. The final results of these studies will be assessed for comparability to Australian Secondary Studies and converted into a QTAC selection rank. Some subjects studied as part of overseas senior secondary education can be eligible to meet the subject pre-requisite entry requirements to our courses.
Applicants with completed year 12 (more than two years ago)
Year 12 results (OP/ATAR) don’t expire and may be considered, along with further post-secondary studies, when an application is assessed.
Regional Preference Scheme
This scheme assists residents of regional and remote areas of Queensland to gain entry into JCU through an automatic adjustment of an applicant’s ATAR by two ranks.
The Regional Preference Scheme is open to domestic applicants who reside in regional and remote Queensland (postcodes 4306 through to 4895). The scheme cannot be used for entry to postgraduate degrees, graduate entry programs or courses with special application requirements (including Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Dental Surgery and Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)).
Applicants do not apply for this scheme. The bonus ranks are automatically applied to the application.
Educational Access Scheme
JCU participates in QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS) which recognises applicants who have been educationally disadvantaged due to: financial hardship, home environment and responsibilities, English language difficulty, personal illness and disability or educational disruption.
This scheme is open to domestic applicants who apply through QTAC but does not apply to courses with special application requirements.
Applicants apply for the Educational Access Scheme through QTAC.
Subject Adjustment Scheme
This scheme allows for an automatic adjustment for subjects that require a high level of skill and knowledge that are successfully completed in high school.
The Subject Adjustment Scheme is open to all domestic and international applicants completing Year 12 and can’t be used for entry to postgraduate degrees, graduate entry programs and courses with special application requirements.
Applicants do not apply for this scheme. The bonus ranks are automatically applied at the time of application.
Adjustments are cumulative up to a maximum of ten (10) rankings and some exceptions apply
Courses with special entry procedures
Applicants for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) are required to apply online to QTAC by the due date, and submit a written application to JCU by 5pm, 30 September 2022.
Applicants for Education courses are required to meet a non-academic entry requirement.
Refer to privacy information on the JCU website.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Indigenous Education and Research Centre provides an environment that inspire you to grow personally, culturally and academically and deliver student support programs and services to assist throughout your studies. For more information, please visit the JCU website.
Inherent Academic Requirements
Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours necessary to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of JCU’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes.
Current and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree or course.
Reasonable adjustments may be implemented to assist students to manage additional circumstances which impact on their studies, provided these do not fundamentally change the academic integrity of the degree or course. For further detail visit our JCU Inherent Requirements.
English language proficiency
All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency requirements for the course they are applying for. For more information, please visit the JCU website.
Timing of offers
JCU will make offers to eligible applications throughout the year for most courses. Offers for Semester 1 commence in August through to February; offers for Semester 2 commence in March through to July. For further information on course availability visit the course webpage.
QTAC applicants are notified of their JCU offer by email and must accept the offer online by the lapse date. You will find details of how to respond in your offer letter. Once you have accepted your offer you will be able plan your studies and enrol in subjects.
Deferring an offer:
You can defer most courses for up to 12 months. Longer deferment may be considered in special circumstances.
If you have studied at another university, TAFE, or a private tertiary education provider in Australia or overseas, you may be able to transfer credit to your current degree.
For information on applying for Credit for Previous Study, visit the JCU website.
Fees and charges
Your fees could be determined by several factors. For information on fees and financial support, visit the JCU website.
Student facilities and services
JCU has several facilities dedicated to providing students with built-for-purpose spaces to facilitate their learning, from the LEED Gold Certified The Science Place to various research facilities.
Students can access academic support through The Learning Centre, with options to book one-on-one consultation sessions with a Learning Advisor.
Each year JCU offer scholarships to eligible new and current students. For more information, please refer to JCU Scholarships.
Student support services
Comprehensive support services include career advice and student employment services, chaplaincy, disability and accessibility support (AccessAbility) and personal counselling. Our award-winning student mentor program links new students with second and third year students who provide support and information about life at university. For more information, visit the JCU Student Support website.
JCU provides students with career advice right from their first year of study, from writing job applications and practising for job interviews to career planning and finding relevant experience. Students can book appointments with the Careers and Employability team and enrol in the Employability Edge program.
A range of quality on-campus and off-campus housing is available for rent around all four campuses. New on-campus Townsville accommodation opened in February 2022. Students can refer to JCU’s Accommodation Office for help with their living arrangements. Find out more about accommodation.
Work integrated learning
Certain study areas and courses offer a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program embedded in their subjects, with some subjects containing an application process for the WIL component. WIL programs are designed to develop and integrate employability skills into students’ study by allowing them to interact with industry through placements, internships or assessments that involve working with one of JCU’s industry partners. Find out more about placements at JCU.
Many JCU courses offer overseas study opportunities. Students can also consider spending a semester or year abroad with the JCU Global Experience program or find out if their course has opportunities for overseas placements.
The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students to JCU. It provides data on students who 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.
|Applicant background||Semester 1 intake 2022|
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
|(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study||83||4.28%|
|(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
|(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)
|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)||268||13.81%|
|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)||366||18.86%|
|(E) International students||165||8.50%|
|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.
Apply through QTAC for diploma and bachelor degree courses.
If you are applying for any of the following courses you will also need to submit a separate written application direct to JCU. Applications close on 30 September.
- Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery
- Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
- Bachelor of Dental Surgery
Apply direct to JCU if you are a current JCU student continuing study, and for the following courses:
- Tertiary Access Course
- Single subjects
- Postgraduate coursework degrees
- Cross-institutional study
Course Admissions Information
For course admission information (including the ATAR/selection rank profile for semester 1, 2022 admissions) please refer to the individual course entry using the Course Search section of QTAC’s website.
James Cook University
TOWNSVILLE QLD 4811 Australia