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Higher education study

If you've done any previous higher education study (completed or partial), including bridging or enabling courses, this can help you get into the course you want. And you might be eligible for advanced standing (credit), which could let you finish your course faster.

For most of our courses, entry is based only on your past academic achievement, represented by your selection rank. Some courses have additional entry requirements. To see which courses you may be able to get into, use the past selection rank thresholds in your course information as a guide.

You may also have selection ranks from VET qualifications, past Year 12 results or work experience. We’ll generally use your best selection rank when considering your application.

I was studying at QUT before, and I want to come back

There are processes for students who’ve had a break or were excluded. If you used to study at QUT and want to come back and finish your course, you can apply to return to study.

Apply to come back to QUT

If you've previously studied at a different university, just follow the guidelines below.

OP or selection rank threshold

Courses may be harder or easier to get into each year, depending on their popularity and how many places we have available - it's about supply and demand. Thresholds from previous years should be used as a guide only. Higher thresholds don't mean that a course is more difficult.

We work out minimum thresholds based on the:

  • academic capability to succeed in tertiary studies
  • demand for places available within the course.

I've previously completed a degree. Should I apply for a postgraduate or undergraduate course?

If you're looking to continue your study in the field related to your undergraduate degree, you may be eligible for entry into the relevant postgraduate course.

If you're interested in moving into a completely different field, there are some courses that accept a range of undergraduate degrees for entry. However, for some fields of study, you might need to start at the undergraduate level. You can explore career change courses for more information.

Explore the study area you’re interested in and make sure you choose the right course for you.

Graduate entry courses

If you’ve already completed a tertiary qualification (including equivalent overseas qualifications as assessed by QTAC and QUT), you may be eligible for graduate entry into some undergraduate courses.

These courses are structured so you can complete the course more quickly.

Our graduate entry courses are:

OP Guarantee

If you’ve got an OP 1-5, selection rank of 93 or better (or equivalent ATAR), or International Baccalaureate Diploma score of 33 or better, you are guaranteed a place in some of our courses. Check your course information to find out if your course is included.

How can I use previous tertiary study to get into my course?

We’ll consider your application if you've completed at least one quarter of a year of full-time study (or equivalent) at any tertiary institution. A full-time year is defined as the standard credit point load that applies to a year of study in a course at your institution.

You can convert your results to a selection rank, which will give you an indication of what courses you can get into. You must have complete results for the units studied – a unit that you received an exemption or advanced standing for doesn’t count.

Degree study: one year full-time (or equivalent) graded degree

Grade point average Selection rank
6.5+ 99
6.25 - 6.49 98
6.00 - 6.24 98
5.75 - 5.99 97
5.50 - 5.74 97
5.25 - 5.49 96
5.00 - 5.24 96
4.75 - 4.99 95
4.50 - 4.74 95
4.25 - 4.49 94
4.00 - 4.24 93
3.75 - 3.99 88
3.50 - 3.74 85
3.25 - 3.49 82
3.00 - 3.24 79
2.75 - 2.99 76
2.50 - 2.74 72
2.25 - 2.49 67
2.00 - 2.24 60
Less than 2.00 45

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Refers to study at the level of bachelors degree (awarded without honours), graduate certificate, graduate diploma, postgraduate qualifying and comparable courses including incomplete coursework masters and coursework doctors degree level studies.

Degree study: 0.75 to 1 year full-time (or equivalent) graded degree

Grade point average Selection rank
6.5+ 94
6.25 - 6.49 93
6.00 - 6.24 92
5.75 - 5.99 91
5.50 - 5.74 90
5.25 - 5.49 89
5.00 - 5.24 89
4.75 - 4.99 88
4.50 - 4.74 87
4.25 - 4.49 86
4.00 - 4.24 84
3.75 - 3.99 78
3.50 - 3.74 76
3.25 - 3.49 74
3.00 - 3.24 73
2.75 - 2.99 71
2.50 - 2.74 66
2.25 - 2.49 64
2.00 - 2.24 57
Less than 2.00 45

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Refers to study at the level of bachelors degree (awarded without honours), graduate certificate, graduate diploma, postgraduate qualifying and comparable courses including incomplete coursework masters and coursework doctors degree level studies.

Degree (or higher) study: 0.25 to 0.75 year full-time (or equivalent) graded degree

Grade point average Selection rank 0.25 - 0.49 FTE Selection rank 0.50 - 0.74 FTE
6.5+ 85 88
6.25 - 6.49 84 86
6.00 - 6.24 83 85
5.75 - 5.99 82 84
5.50 - 5.74 81 83
5.25 - 5.49 80 82
5.00 - 5.24 79 81
4.75 - 4.99 78 80
4.50 - 4.74 77 79
4.25 - 4.49 76 78
4.00 - 4.24 75 77
Less than 4 No rank No rank

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Refers to study at the level of bachelors degree (awarded without honours), graduate certificate, graduate diploma, postgraduate qualifying and comparable courses including incomplete coursework masters and coursework doctors degree level studies.

Postgraduate study: completed graded honours (2B or higher), masters and doctoral degrees accredited study

Grade point average Selection rank - 2B honours Selection rank - higher degrees (masters by coursework) Selection rank - 2A/1st class honours, masters by research and doctoral degrees
6.5+ 99 99 99
6.00 - 6.49 98 98 99
Less than 5.99 97 98 99

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3rd class honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, postgraduate qualifying and comparable courses are assessed on the schedules for degree level study.

Coursework component of incomplete qualifications is assessed on the appropriate schedule for degree level study.

Honorary awards are not eligible to be assessed on this schedule.

I'm failing at tertiary study but I want to change courses

We’ll always use your highest selection rank, unless the course you’re applying to study here is ‘like’ the course you’re failing. If you want to study a ‘like’ course, we’ll use selection ranks from your ‘like’ studies first.

I did better at school than in tertiary study

If you fail your first year and reapply for a completely different course, we will accept the OP or selection rank you received in Year 12, unless the new course is ‘like’ the course you failed. If you want to apply for a ‘like’ course, we’ll use the selection ranks from your ‘like’ studies first.

What if I've been suspended or excluded from tertiary study?

We will refuse admission if you're currently suspended from a higher education institution for reasons other than failure.

Special rules apply if you’ve been excluded from a study program that’s ‘like’ the QUT course you want to apply for. If it’s been at least one year since your exclusion, we will consider your application if you meet one of these criteria:

  • you’ve since passed ‘like’ study (either a completed ‘like’ diploma or one year of full-time ‘like’ degree study)
  • you have five years’ full-time (or equivalent) ‘like’ professional work experience.

If you're concerned about your eligibility to get in because of the 'like' rule, suspension or exclusion, contact us.

Bridging or enabling courses

Bridging and enabling courses can help you meet subject entry requirements, or get the right skills for success in higher education study. These courses can also give you a selection rank for entry to our courses.

You must have completed at least one semester of full-time study in one of these programs for it to count towards your selection rank for your QUT application.

If you haven't completed at least 2 semesters of full-time study in one of these program, you must be aged 17 or older when QUT classes start, or have completed Australian Year 12 (or equivalent) to be considered for our courses.

Tertiary preparation, bridging or foundation programs

Grade Point Average 1 semester full-time 1.5 semesters full-time 2 semesters or more full-time
6.5+ 82 86 88
6.25 - 6.49 81 85 87
6.00 - 6.24 80 84 86
5.75 - 5.99 79 83 86
5.50 - 5.74 78 82 85
5.25 - 5.49 77 81 84
5.00 - 5.24 76 80 83
4.75 - 4.99 75 79 82
4.50 - 4.74 74 78 81
4.25 - 4.49 72 77 79
4.00 - 4.24 70 75 76
Ungraded passes 70 75 76
3.75 - 3.99 67 70 71
3.50 - 3.74 62 66 67
3.25 - 3.49 56 62 63
3.00 - 3.24 51 58 59
2.75 - 2.99 45 54 55
2.50 - 2.74 45 50 51
2.25 - 2.49 45 45 46
2.00 - 2.24 45 45 45
Below 2.00 45 45 45

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  • Excludes the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation.
  • These domestic student bridging programs currently offered in Queensland are assessed as 2 semesters of full-time study if completed:
    • Bond University Preparation Program (BUPP)
    • CQUniversity Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP)
    • Griffith College Certificate IV Tertiary Preparation Program
    • Griffith University Preparation Program (GUPP)
    • UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program
    • University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Tertiary Preparation Program.
    These domestic student bridging programs currently offered in Queensland are assessed as 1 semester of full-time study if completed:
    • CQUniversity Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS)
    • USC Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP)
  • Contact HiQ to see how your interstate or prior Queensland bridging studies are recognised.

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

Worried you won’t get in?

If you’re concerned that your selection rank isn’t high enough for the course you want, don’t worry - there are other admissions pathways you can take to get to your dream course.

Helping you get into your course

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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Ready to apply?

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

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Other admission pathways

We believe that everyone should be able to continue their journey of lifelong learning. So we're committed to exploring all admission pathways to help you get into the course that you want.

Your higher education experience isn't the only way you can get into uni. Take a look at your options if you've done:

  • study at TAFE or other vocational education and training
  • recent secondary school study
  • any workplace experience.

VET study

If you've done any VET study, including study done at TAFE, you may be able to use that to get into uni.

Apply with VET study

Secondary study

If you've completed high school in the last two years, find out if your results can help you get into the course you want.

Apply with recent secondary study

Employment experience

You can also apply to uni based on work experience you've completed. Find out how your work and life experience can help you get in.

Apply with work experience

Contact us

Get in touch if you've got any questions about how to use your previous experience to get into uni.