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Helping you get into your course

If you don't think your OP or selection rank is high enough to get into the course you want, you may be able to improve your chances by:

  • upgrading through a degree course or diploma
  • upgrading through a TAFE and QUT combined qualification (dual award)
  • applying for an entry program.

When you're preparing your QTAC application, you should consider including courses that will lead you to your dream course in your 6 QTAC preferences.

Upgrade through a degree course or diploma

Upgrading through another degree course or diploma will help you to get the highest possible selection rank.

You can upgrade through any:

  • bachelor degree course
  • TAFE Queensland diploma
  • TAFE Queensland advanced diploma.

We recommend that you study something related to your preferred course. Depending on what you study, you might be eligible for advanced standing (credit), which means you could complete your course more quickly.

To help you choose the right type of study to get into your dream course, you can check the selection rank achievable through other types of study. Make sure you check your course information to know what selection rank you need to get.

Keep in mind that selection rank thresholds are only a guide, as they can change from year to year, depending on the popularity of the course and the results of the students we accept.

Type of study Number of subjects (credit points) Range of selection rank you can achieve
Full-time or equivalent university study: one year in a bachelor-degree course 8 subjects (96 credit points) or equivalent with GPA 4.0 to 7.0 93-99
Full-time or equivalent university study: three quarters of one year in a bachelor-degree course 6 or 7 subjects (72 credit points) or equivalent with GPA 4.0 to 7.0 84-94
Part-time study 2 or 3 subjects (24-36 credit points) with GPA 4.0 to 7.0 75-85
Part-time study 4 or 5 subjects (48-60 credit points) with GPA 4.0 to 7.0 77-88
TAFE Queensland advanced diploma Complete 93-98
TAFE Queensland diploma Complete 87-91

Complete a TAFE and QUT combined diploma/degree dual award

You can apply for a dual award, which lets you graduate first with a diploma or associate degree from TAFE, and then a bachelor degree from QUT.

You can apply for a dual award through QTAC.

If you’re offered a place in a dual award, you’ll start your TAFE course first and then automatically be offered a place in your QUT course after your first semester of enrolment at TAFE. You can accept the offer when you’ve successfully completed your TAFE course. You’ll also automatically receive advanced standing for your TAFE studies, which means you won’t have to complete all the units in your QUT course, and you might be able to graduate sooner.

Dual award study options

What can I study?

Completing one of these TAFE Queensland Brisbane courses gives you guaranteed entry into one of our eligible dual-award courses.

Bachelor of Business

You can get into a Bachelor of Business with one of these TAFE courses:

  • Diploma of Business/Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • Diploma of Marketing and Communication/Diploma of Business.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)

You can get into a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) with the Associate Degree in Civil Engineering, offered at TAFE.

Bachelor of Human Services

You can get into the Bachelor of Human Services with a Diploma of Community Services, offered at TAFE.

Bachelor of Information Technology

You can get into the Bachelor of Information Technology with one of these TAFE courses:

  • Diploma of Information Technology Networking
  • Diploma of Website Development.

Bachelor of Nursing

You can get into the Bachelor of Nursing with a Diploma of Nursing, offered at TAFE.

Bachelor of Social Work

You can get into the Bachelor of Social Work with a Diploma of Community Services, offered at TAFE.

More ways to get in

Adjustment schemes

You may be eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank, which can help you get into the course you want. We offer adjustment schemes for students with difficult circumstances and elite athletes.

Explore adjustment schemes

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Our Centralised Assessment Selection Program (CASP) makes it easier for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students to come to uni, whatever your educational background.

About CASP

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When you’re ready to apply for a course, follow our step-by-step applying guide.

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