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Assumed knowledge

You don't need to have studied specific subjects at school to apply for our undergraduate courses, except for our Bachelor of Education courses, which have specific prerequisite subjects that you must have studied.

For all our other courses, we assume you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain subject areas before you start your course. We call this 'assumed knowledge'.

You can still apply if you don't have the assumed knowledge for your course, but we strongly encourage you to undertake bridging courses to get the knowledge you'll need.

What's the assumed knowledge for my course?

All of our courses have English (which includes English for ESL learners) as assumed knowledge.

For some courses you need knowledge in one or more of:

  • Maths A
  • Maths B
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Check your course information to find out what the assumed knowledge is for your course.

If you're currently in high school and set to finish school in 2020 or later, there will be some changes based on the new Queensland senior subjects.

Starting uni in 2021 and beyond

Bachelor of Education courses

Our Bachelor of Education courses have prerequisite subjects instead of assumed knowledge.

That means you must have studied the required subjects to gain entry to these courses.

Prerequisite subjects for the Bachelor of Education

How much knowledge do I need?

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with at least Sound Achievement (SA).

You'll see this in course information as (4, SA).

I don't have the assumed knowledge for my course

If you don't have the assumed knowledge you might have trouble keeping up in your classes.

You can do extra studies to help you catch up on what you've missed.

For English

You can successfully complete a year of vocational or tertiary study (university or TAFE) or complete one of the other options listed in our assumed knowledge equivalent subjects.

For Maths, Chemistry and Physics

We recommend that you complete bridging or preparatory studies before or during your first semester.

We offer paid bridging courses through our Continuing Professional Education (CPE) unit, or you can complete one of the other options listed in our assumed knowledge equivalent subjects.

Recommended study

Some courses also list subjects as recommended study.

If you've completed these subjects at school it may help you understand the material in your course.

But if you haven't, you won't be disadvantaged or need to catch up on anything.

I didn't complete Year 12 in Queensland

Check our assumed knowledge equivalent subjects to see if you have equivalent knowledge if you've completed:

  • Year 12 in another state
  • the International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • studies at university or TAFE.

Assumed knowledge equivalent subjects

If you plan to complete preparatory studies before your course commences, or want to make sure your previous studies meet our assumed knowledge guidelines, check our guide to assumed knowledge equivalent subjects for secondary school subjects, tertiary and bridging studies.

English equivalent subjects

Secondary school studies

Qualification/StateEquivalent
International Baccalaureate

One of:

  • English A1
  • English A2
  • English B
  • English A: Language and Literature
  • English A: Literature.
ACT

One of:

  • English
  • Language and Literature
  • World Literature
  • English A: Language and Literature
  • English A: Literature
  • English as a Second Language (ESL).
NSW

One of:

  • English Standard
  • English Advanced
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • English Extension 1
  • English Extension 2.
SA and NT

One of:

  • English
  • English Studies
  • English Communication
  • English as a second language studies
  • English as an Additional Language.
TAS

One of:

  • English Literature
  • Writers Workshop
  • World Literature
  • English Studies
  • English Communications
  • English Writing.
VIC

One of:

  • English
  • English (ESL)
  • Literature
  • English Language.
WA

One of:

  • English (ESL) General
  • English Course
  • English Literature
  • English for ESL students
  • English as an Additional Language or Dialect (Stage 3)
  • English (Stage 2 or Stage 3).

Tertiary and bridging studies

InstitutionEquivalent
QUT Completion of at least 1 year full-time (or equivalent) of study at degree level with a passing grade point average (GPA).
TAFE Queensland Completion of at least 1 year full-time (or equivalent) of study at diploma or advanced diploma level with a passing grade point average (GPA).
Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation

Before October 2013, successful completion of both Language and Learning units:

  • ATP400 Language and Learning Skills 1
  • ATP401 Language and Learning Skills 2.

From October 2013 onward, successful completion of both Language and Learning units:

  • ATPALS401A Research, plan and present academic essays, reports and reflections
  • ATPALS402A Write academically to persuade/ argue and critically analyse, and present academic speeches.
Unilearn/Open Universities Australia (OUA) UNL14 Senior English
CQUniversity

One of:

  • Language and Learning
  • Both of:
    • LNGE40049 Essay Writing for University
    • LNGE40064 Technical Writing for University
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

One of:

  • Focus on Study
  • Studying to Succeed.
Griffith University College

One of:

  • COM200A Communication Skills 1 and COM201A Communication Skills 2
  • FND101 Academic Communication Skills 1 and FND102 Academic Communication Skills 2.
UQ College UPRENG401 Employ English language skills commensurate with academic purpose
Other tertiary institutions Completion of at least 1 year full-time (or equivalent) of study at degree, diploma or advanced diploma level with a passing grade point average (GPA) within Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom or United States of America (USA).

Maths equivalent subjects

Secondary school studies

Maths B
Qualification/StateEquivalent
International Baccalaureate
  • Mathematics
ACT One of:
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics II
  • Specialist Mathematics.
NSW

One of:

  • Mathematics 2, 3 or 4 unit
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Extension 1
  • Mathematics Extension 2.
SA and NT

One of:

  • Mathematics 1
  • Mathematical Studies.
TAS

One of:

  • Mathematics
  • Algebra and Geometry
  • Analysis and Statistics
  • Mathematics Stage 2 or 3
  • Mathematics Methods Senior Secondary 5C.
VIC
  • Mathematical Methods
WA

One of:

  • Applicable Mathematics
  • Calculus
  • Mathematics II.
Maths A

You can also meet the assumed knowledge requirements for Maths A by completing any of the studies listed for Maths B.

Qualification/StateEquivalent
International Baccalaureeate Mathematical Studies
ACT Mathematical Applications
NSW

One of:

  • General Mathematics
  • Mathematics in Practice
  • Mathematics in Society.
SA and NT

One of:

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Mathematical Methods.
TAS

One of:

  • Mathematics Applied
  • Maths Applied
  • Mathematics Applied Senior Secondary 5C.
VIC Further Mathematics
WA

One of:

  • Mathematics I
  • Modelling with Mathematics
  • Mathematics IV.

Tertiary and bridging studies

Maths B
InstitutionEquivalent
QUT

One of:

  • MZB101 Modelling with Introductory Calculus
  • QUT CPE course Mathematics Bridging.
TAFE Queensland

One of:

  • completed Diploma of Information Technology (for IT courses)
  • TPEEA002 Engineering Maths A and TPEEA003 Engineering Maths B (for all courses).
Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation

Before October 2013, successful completion of all three Pure Mathematics units:

  • ATP439 Mathematics (Pure) 1
  • ATP440 Mathematics (Pure) 2
  • ATP441 Mathematics (Pure) 3.

From October 2013 onward, successful completion of all three Pure Mathematics units:

  • ATPPMA401A Solve Pure Mathematics problems involving Trigonometry and Algebra
  • ATPPMA402A Solve Pure Mathematics problems involving Statistics and Functions.
  • ATPPMA403A Solve Pure Mathematics problems involving Calculus.
Unilearn/Open Universities Australia (OUA) UNL32 Senior Mathematics
CQUniversity MATH40252 Technical Mathematics for University
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

One of:

  • Maths Tertiary Preparation Level D
  • TPP7183 Mathematics Tertiary Preparation 3.
Griffith University Maths B Bridging Course
Griffith University College

One of:

  • BUS104 Mathematics
  • MTH001A Advanced Mathematics 1
  • FND105 Advanced Mathematics.
UQ College

One of:

  • Pre-University Mathematics B
  • QLD194MTH01A Apply Mathematical Concepts to Solve Problems.
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

One of:

  • TPP104 Mathematics
  • TPP115 Mathematical Methods for Science & Engineering.
Other tertiary institutions

One of:

  • any subject at degree or advanced diploma level containing algebra, calculus and statistics
  • any unit equivalent to the QUT unit MZB101.
Maths A

You can also meet the assumed knowledge requirements for Maths A by completing any of the studies listed for Maths B.

InstitutionEquivalent
TAFE Queensland A completed diploma in the same area. For example, a completed Diploma of Business (Accountancy) for business courses.
Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation

Before October 2013, successful completion of both General Mathematics units:

  • ATP437 Mathematics (General) 1
  • ATP438 Mathematics (General) 2.

From October 2013 onward, successful completion of both General Mathematics units:

  • ATPGMA401A Use and apply mathematics in real world applications
  • ATPGMA402A Use and apply financial mathematics, probability and statistics in real world applications.
Unilearn/Open Universities Australia (OUA)

UNL31 Introductory Mathematics

CQUniversity

One of:

  • Transition Maths 1
  • Transition Maths 2
  • MATH40237 Fundamental Mathematics for University.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

One of:

  • Maths Tertiary Preparation Level C for Business courses
  • TPP7181 Mathematics Tertiary Preparation
  • TPP7182 Mathematics Tertiary Preparation 2.
Griffith University College

One of:

  • BUS105A Statistics
  • FND104 Essential Mathematics.
UQ College Pre-University Mathematics A
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) TPP105 Statistics
Other tertiary institutions

One of:

  • any subject at degree or advanced diploma level containing algebra, calculus and statistics
  • any unit equivalent to the QUT unit MZB101.

Physics equivalent subjects

Secondary school studies

Qualification/StateEquivalent
International Baccalaureate Physics
ACT Physics
NSW

One of:

  • Physics 2 unit
  • Physics
  • Science 3 or 4 unit.
SA and NT Physics
TAS

One of:

  • Physics
  • Applied Science - Physical Sciences.
VIC Physics
WA

One of:

  • Physics
  • Physical Science.

Tertiary and bridging studies

InstitutionEquivalent
QUT

One of:

  • PVB101 Physics of the Very Large
  • QUT CPE course Physics Bridging.
TAFE Queensland EA011 Science
Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation

Before October 2013, successful completion of all three physics units:

  • ATP448 Physics 1
  • ATP449 Physics 2
  • ATP450 Physics 3.

From October 2013 onward, successful completion of all three physics units:

  • ATPPHY401A Demonstrate the application of measurement, wave motion, optics and electricity theory in physics
  • ATPPHY402A Demonstrate the application of kinestics, dynamics and graviational forces in physics
  • ATPPHY403A Demonstrate the application of theory relating to electrics, magnetism and nuclear physics.
Unilearn/Open Universities Australia (OUA) UNL71 Physics
CQUniversity Introductory Physics
University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Preparatory Physics
Griffith University College

One of:

  • FND003 Physics
  • PHY0011 Physics A.
Other tertiary institutions Any physics subject at degree or advanced diploma level.

Chemistry equivalent subjects

Secondary school studies

Qualification/StateEquivalent
International Baccalaureate Chemistry
ACT Chemistry
NSW

One of:

  • Chemistry 2 unit
  • Chemistry
  • Science 3 or 4 unit.
SA and NT Chemistry
TAS Chemistry
VIC Chemistry
WA Chemistry

Tertiary and bridging studies

InstitutionEquivalent
QUT

One of:

  • CVB101 General Chemistry
  • QUT CPE course Chemistry Bridging.
TAFE Queensland No equivalent subject
Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation

Before October 2013, successful completion of all three chemistry units:

  • ATP412 Chemistry 1
  • ATP413 Chemistry 2
  • ATP414 Chemistry 3.

From October 2013 onward, successful completion of all three chemistry units:

  • ATPCHE401A Demonstrate the practical and theoretical application of introductory chemistry
  • ATPCHE402A Apply theory relating to thermochemistry, kinetics and equilibrium to chemical systems
  • ATPCHE403A Demonstrate the application of theory relating to electrochemistry and organic chemistry.
Unilearn/Open Universities Australia (OUA) UNL21 Chemistry
CQUniversity Introductory Chemistry
University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Chemistry: An Introductory Course
Griffith University College

One of:

  • CHE0001a Chemistry
  • FND002 Chemistry.
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) TTP103 Chemistry
UQ College UPRCHE401 Investigate chemical science problems (Chemistry)
Other tertiary institutions

One of:

  • any chemistry subject at degree or advanced diploma level
  • any unit equivalent to the QUT unit PCB140.

Biology equivalent subjects

Secondary school studies

Qualification/StateEquivalent
International Baccalaureate Biology
ACT

One of:

  • Biology
  • Human Biology
  • Biological Sciences
NSW Biology
SA and NT Biology
TAS Biology
VIC Biology
WA

One of:

  • Biology
  • Human Biology

Tertiary and bridging studies

InstitutionEquivalent
QUT BVB101 Foundations of Biology.
Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation

Before October 2013, successful completion of both biology units:

  • ATP410 Biology 1
  • ATP411 Biology 2.

From October 2013, successful completion of both biology units:

  • ATPBIO401A Apply theory relating to organisms, their cells and physiology and scientific method in biology
  • ATPBIO402A Apply theory relating to ecology, classification, genetics and evolution.
Unilearn/Open Universities Australia (OUA) UNL44 Biology
CQUniversity BIOL40108 Introductory Biology
Griffith University College

One of:

  • BIO001A Biology
  • FND001 Biology.
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) TTP109 Biology
UQ College UPRBIO401 Investigate biological science problems (Biology)