University of Southern Queensland

University of Southern Queensland

About

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) provides quality, workplace-ready degrees that are tailored to the needs of our students in a flexible and supportive learning environment.

We are also proud to be the best in the country for graduate starting salary (Good Universities Guide, 2022), offering over 110 degrees across a wide range of study areas.

We’ve been delivering flexible study options for over 40 years, so we know what we’re doing and how to support you achieve your learning goals. You can study from anywhere with our flexible study options, or you can join our students on-campus at Toowoomba, Springfield or Ipswich. There is also the option to fast-track most degrees by studying over summer.

Scholarships

At USQ, we are about people following their dreams. We offer scholarships to outstanding students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and contributed to the wider community. Scholarships are also available to students whose ability to experience a university education is affected by financial hardship.

The best part? You can apply for more than one, so be sure to apply for all that you are eligible for. Find your scholarship at usq.edu.au/scholarships

Set your path to University with Support

We understand that everyone’s path to university is different. If it’s been some time since you studied, your goals have changed, or you didn’t study for an ATAR, our pathway programs can get you your place at university.
At USQ, your pathway to uni is tailored to your skills, experience and the degree you want to study. We have various entry pathways to reach your dream degree, whether you don’t meet entry requirements, are studying later in life, or are from a non-English-speaking background.
Find your pathway to uni at usq.edu.au/pathways

Student Life

There’s more to university than study. Get involved, build your skills, and connect with your fellow students with over 100 student events each year. You can also choose from over 34 clubs and societies to join, or create your own based on your interest area. Learn more at usq.edu.au/life

Student Accommodation

Enjoy the full on-campus experience with Residential College accommodation at our Toowoomba campus. You can choose from three different colleges, each with different living arrangements, such as meals provided, or shared kitchen facilities. The Residential Colleges provide convenient and affordable accommodation for both long and short stay periods.
Greater Springfield’s Education City Residential Village provides student accommodation close to USQ’s Springfield campus.
Staff at our Ipswich campus can assist students in finding a place to live nearby, with a range of off-campus accommodation options readily available.
For more information, visit usq.edu.au/accommodation

Online Study

At USQ, we believe that you can fit study into life – from wherever you are, visiting your online classroom 24/7. As the experts in delivering over 100 online university degrees, our high-quality education and learning opportunities have supported thousands of students for over 40 years.
You won’t be alone in your online learning journey – over 75% of USQ’s students study online. Tailored support is right at your fingertips with the iConnect support staff, USQ’s Student Advice line, free online Library learning services and our online student peer-support community.
Your subject enrolment can also be adjusted to meet your needs. Take one subject at a time, study over summer, or take extra subjects when your life allows it.
Discover more about online learning at usq.edu.au/online

Campuses

Toowoomba

USQ Toowoomba is located in one of Australia’s largest inland cities, just a two-hour drive west of Brisbane and close to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport. Enjoy the full on-campus experience with residential college accommodation, sporting and social clubs, a 24 hour-access gym and a world class tennis centre, to complement your academic program. Experience contemporary lecture halls, a performing arts theatre and collaborative science laboratories, as well as two beautiful landscaped parks including one of Australia’s largest and most traditionally designed Japanese Gardens, Ju Raku En, and the Gumbi Gumbi Gardens which acknowledge the Giabal and Jarowair people as traditional custodians of the site.

Springfield

USQ Springfield is a vibrant, modern campus, just 20 minutes from the Ipswich CBD, 35 minutes from Brisbane city and an hour from the Gold Coast. A hub for digital production and performance, the campus includes a state-of-the-art television studio, radio station and rehearsal spaces, as well as collaborative teaching rooms, laboratories for science and engineering and fitness and recreation centres. USQ Springfield’s world-class flight simulator, supporting our aviation programs, is the first of its kind in Queensland.

Ipswich

Home to USQ’s health programs, USQ Ipswich includes custom-built paramedical training facilities and clinical nursing laboratories, sports fields, a café and gym. USQ Ipswich offers degrees in paramedicine, nursing, psychology, counselling, health and the Tertiary Preparation Program.

Open days

Visit the USQ website for more information open days.

New scholarships for school-leavers

Discover now what scholarships are available, and those coming soon.

The new scholarships are automatically awarded to students who place USQ as their first preference and meet the qualifying results.

Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship: awarded to 2021 school-leavers with an ATAR 97.00 or above. Total scholarship value of $24,000 over 4 years of study (or $18,000 over 3 years) including a $5000 Study Abroad package, participation in a leadership and development program, plus the opportunity to participate in the Student Ambassador program.

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship: awarded to 2021 school-leavers with an ATAR 88.00 or above. Total scholarship value of $20,000 over 4 years of study (or $15,000 over 3 years), plus the opportunity to participate in the Student Ambassador program.

Executive Dean’s Scholarship: awarded to 2021 school-leavers with an ATAR 84.00 or above. Total scholarship value of $6,000 over 4 years of study (or $4,500 over 3 years), plus the opportunity to participate in the Student Ambassador program.

Early Offer

Become a USQ student sooner with an offer to study an undergraduate degree based on an recommendation from your principal.

Eligible Year 12 graduating students can apply with support from their school principal to receive an early offer from USQ in November – before ATARs and results are released.

This enables students to plan for their future now and find out before the Year 12 exams where they will be studying the following year.

USQ listed as your first preference, a completed Early Offer application form and a letter of support from your principal are all that’s required; applications need to be lodged by 5 November 2021.

Important dates

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

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

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission to a USQ course, you are required to satisfy all entry requirements.

When applying you should consider:

  • entry score (ATAR/selection rank)
  • assumed knowledge of a subject area/and or subject prerequisites
  • English language proficiency
  • additional entry requirements such as auditions, interviews, diploma study, nursing registration and Initial Teacher Education statements.

The entry requirements for USQ programs are listed on USQ’s website.

You are selected based on an ATAR or selection rank for most courses. A selection rank can be assigned to recognised qualifications and admission pathways such as paid work experience and special admissions tests.

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

For programs that do not have listed subject prerequisites we assume you have a minimum level of knowledge before you start your program.

If you have undertaken previous recognised higher education level study (e.g. AQF Bachelor degree level and higher) this will be assigned a selection rank based on the level, duration and Grade Point Average (GPA) of the study.

If you have several selection ranks 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

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

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for. This will be satisfied by successful completion of Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent).  Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

Credit transfer

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

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 done through successfully completed Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent).  Not all subject prerequisites are able to be met through certificate level study.
Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

Credit transfer

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

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 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 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 successfully completing Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

Bridging or enabling course entry

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

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).

Results from Home Schooling, Accelerated Christian Education and other non-standard Year 12 programs (with SAT tests) may also be assigned a selection rank and considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school). Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements (see below). Contact USQ for more information.

Applicants with Overseas Year 12 Study

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

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

Year 12 Bonus Scheme

Current Year 12 students may be awarded an adjustment to their rank for passing a variety of Year 12 subjects.  A comprehensive list of these subjects can be found on our USQ website.  If eligible, rank adjustments are automatically applied to your USQ preferences in your QTAC application.

Bonus Schools Scheme

If you are a current year 12 graduating from one of our USQ Bonus schools you may be awarded 3 ranks.  If eligible, these adjustments are automatically applied to your USQ preferences in your QTAC application. Please see our USQ website for a full list of the eligible schools.

Elite Athlete Program

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

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

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

Regional Preference Scheme

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

Strengthening Communities Scheme

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

Educational Access Scheme

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

Visit the USQ website for more information about all USQ Special Admissions Schemes.

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

Elite Athlete Program

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

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

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

Educational Access Scheme

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

Visit the USQ website for more information about all USQ Special Admissions Schemes.

Bachelor of Creative Arts may have audition/portfolio requirements.
Bachelor of Education for semester 1, 2021 will require a personal statement to address non-academic entry criteria in addition to satisfying other entry requirements and the ATAR/selection rank threshold.
Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) GPA from completed Bachelor of Nursing degree used. Requires Registered Nurse (Division 1) Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) GPA from completed undergraduate degree in Arts or Social Science.
Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) GPA from completed undergraduate degree in Creative Arts.
Bachelor of Health (Honours) GPA from completed undergraduate degree in Health.
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) GPA from completed undergraduate degree in Law.
Bachelor of Science (Honours) GPA from completed undergraduate degree in area of Honours study.
Diploma of English for University Studies requires students to be 18 years of age and completion of the Certificate of English for University Studies.
Diploma of University Studies requires students to be 18 years of age.
Certificate of University Studies requires students to be 18 years of age.

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

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements are the necessary components of USQ’s programs and courses that ensure students are capable of achieving the designated learning outcomes. This includes giving consideration to students under various circumstances, including but not limited to disabilities and/or health conditions, to arrange reasonable adjustments and enable appropriate achievement of these requirements.

These requirements are not barriers to entering a program but are considered throughout the enrolment procedure.

Domestic Applicants with Overseas Study

USQ will consider equivalent overseas qualifications for admissions purposes. If you have secondary or tertiary qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

English language proficiency

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

Timing of offers

USQ makes year round offers for most courses. In preparation for semester start, refer to USQ’s website for orientation and other important dates.

Offers

QTAC applicants are notified of their USQ offer by email and must respond to their offer online by the due date. Applicants accepting their offer can find enrolment information via a link in their QTAC application or via USQ’s website.

Deferment

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

Credit Transfer

Students can apply to have prior courses completed at an external institution to be considered for credit into a USQ program. Courses completed internally at USQ can also be considered for credit or can be considered for transfer into a new USQ program where appropriate. Students are also encouraged to apply for credit based on work and life experience where they can show evidence of having met the learning objectives of individual USQ courses. For more information, view the Credit and Exemption Procedure.

Fees and charges

Visit the USQ website for information on fees and charges.

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at USQ. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date for Semester 1, 2021 including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

STUDENT PROFILE
Applicant background Semester 1 intake 2021
Number of students Percentage of all students
(A) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
1672 37.37%
(B) Vocational education and training (VET) study 678 15.15%
(C) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
613 13.70%
(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)

 

1005

 

22.46%

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) 201 4.49%
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) 304 6.79%
(E) International students 1 0.02%
All students 4474 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 USQ.

All other international students contact USQ.

Students considering postgraduate study apply directly to USQ.

Student and campus services

Study Areas

USQ offers degrees in Business and Commerce, Creative Arts and Media, Education, Engineering and Built Environment, Health and Community, Humanities and Communication, Information Technology, Law and Justice, and Sciences. Degrees are delivered with a focus on producing students ready to engage in professional roles upon graduation.

Flexible entry

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

Scholarships

USQ offers a vast range of Scholarships to Future and Current students. Eligibility rules for scholarships range across a number of individual student circumstances, including rewarding high achieving leaders to supporting students that may have experience financial hardship/s. More information about USQ’s Scholarships can be found on the USQ Scholarships page.

Student support services

Regardless of whether you study online or on-campus, USQ provides you with the best possible support to succeed. USQ’s Student Relationship Officers are on hand by phone, call, chat or email to help answer any questions students may have. In addition, USQ offers services to assist students including career guidance and employment services, health and medical, counselling, disability support, orientation, financial assistance, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support, elite athlete support and academic learning services.

Career Advice

USQ offers one-on-one career planning sessions through our Careers & Employability Team. The career planning advice that you will receive from these sessions will help you to understand how your values, attributes and life experiences contribute to your career goals. More information on accessing career advice and support at USQ can be found in the USQ Social Hub.

Work Integrated Learning

At USQ, we aim to offer a formal organised experience in which students participate in their industry environments to complete authentic work whilst supervised by industry staff. This mechanism is proven to improve graduate employability whilst best preparing USQ students to be effective when moving into the work force. USQ’s Work Integrated Learning model also offers financial assistance to USQ students attending a form of placement or internship through the WIL Bursary.

Study abroad

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

Student accommodation

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

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

Find more information about on-campus accommodation.

Course admissions information 

For course admission information (including the ATAR/selection rank profile for semester 1, 2021 admissions) please refer to the individual course entry in Course Search.

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