If you’re a current Year 12 student or completed Year 12 within the last two years, you're considered a recent school-leaver. For most of our courses, your entry will be based on your past academic achievement, represented by your ATAR or selection rank. Some courses may have additional entry requirements, like an audition, portfolio, interview or written statement.

Year 12 results don't expire after you finish school. They are converted to a selection rank and you can continue to use them to get into university in the future. After two years, they'll form part of your work and life experience.

Each university has their own entry requirements. Make sure you check the course's entry requirements to be sure you can get in.

Minimum entry requirements

To meet the minimum requirement for entry in 2022, you must have completed Year 12 and have one of the following:

  • an ATAR
  • a completed International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD)
  • a vocational education and training (VET) qualification completed at school (certificate IV or above).

You’ll still need to meet course thresholds, subject requirements and any additional entry requirements where applicable.

I did VET study at school

You can receive a separate selection rank for your school VET qualification. We will use the strongest of your ranks for entry, which may be from your VET qualification, ATAR or IBD.

If you completed Year 12 in 2020 or 2019, you can also take advantage of this relaxation for entry in 2022.

VET qualifications we will consider

To be eligible for a selection rank, your completed school VET qualification must be an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF):

  • certificate IV
  • diploma
  • advanced diploma.

We no longer accept the following VET qualifications for entry:

  • certificates I, II, or III
  • incomplete certificate IV (with the exception of Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation with completion of at least three specialisations)
  • non-AQF performing arts qualifications, such as AMEB, Trinity College.

When to apply with VET study

If you're in Year 12 now and want to take a gap year before you start uni, you should still apply for 2022 and then defer your offer. Standalone school VET qualifications will be not be considered for entry beyond 2022.

If you want to study at QUT in 2023 or beyond, we encourage you to undertake an ATAR pathway or complete an IB diploma, as entry may not be available based on a completed VET qualification.

Get an early offer

If you're a current Queensland Year 12 student, you may be eligible to receive an offer to study at QUT before you receive your ATAR or selection rank.

Find out more about the QUT Year 12 Early Offer Scheme

A guide to entry

Course thresholds can change from year to year. A course may be harder or easier to get into, depending on its popularity and how many places we have available.

You can use our published thresholds as a guide. In some years, not everyone who achieves the guide threshold may get in, and in other years people who don't meet the guide threshold may be offered a place.

Higher thresholds don't mean a course is more difficult.

I'm eligible for or have an ATAR

Use the past ATAR or selection rank as a guide to which courses you may be able to get into. This also applies to students who've completed interstate ATAR studies.

I'm completing a certificate or diploma at school but won't have an ATAR

Standalone school VET qualifications (certificate IV and above) will be considered for entry in 2022 only, provided you graduate with a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) or equivalent, or an ATAR or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD).

If you want to take a gap year, you should still apply for 2022 and then defer your offer.

I'm eligible for or have an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD)

QTAC will convert your result into a selection rank. You'll be considered for an offer based on this selection rank, or other recognised qualifications that you studied while at school.

Use QTAC's conversion tables to estimate what your selection rank will be and use the past selection rank threshold as a guide to which courses you may be able to get into. Failed or incomplete IBD studies will not receive a selection rank.

From 2022 entry, new conversion tables will be introduced for completed IBD studies. Find more information about International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) studies via the QTAC website.

I'm studying non-standard Year 12

You're considered a non-standard Australian Year 12 student if you don't study the Queensland Senior and interstate equivalents or the IB Diploma.

Non-standard Year 12 includes:

  • Accelerated Christian Education (ACE)
  • some Rudolph Steiner Education schools, including those issuing a New Zealand Certificate of Steiner Education
  • some home schooling.

For non-standard Year 12 students, QTAC will convert your results into a selection rank. To maximise your opportunity to get into your course, you are strongly encouraged to undertake an approved examination like the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) and American Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). If you want to study an education single or double degree, you'll need satisfy the prerequisites by passing the approved bridging subjects.

New Zealand Certificate of Steiner Education with University Entrance is currently being reviewed. Please visit this website after 18 December to view what selectin ranks will be provided for this qualification.

Offer guarantee

Most QUT courses across a range of study areas are guaranteed at certain ATAR or selection rank, so you can assess your eligibility for an offer as soon as you know your ATAR or selection rank.

Check if your course is included.

See the guaranteed offer ATAR/selection ranks

Converting your results to a selection rank

You may be able to work out your own selection rank based on your past OP. You can then compare it with the current selection rank threshold of your preferred course to see if you're likely to be eligible for entry.

If you have sat the Queensland Senior External examination and have complete or partial results, contact QTAC to estimate your selection rank.

For NCEA (Level 3) results completed in New Zealand, you can contact QTAC for an assessment of your qualifications to estimate your selection rank. QTAC will complete an assessment of your qualifications as part of your application.

We also accept overseas Year 12 qualifications. Contact HiQ at askqut@qut.edu.au for more information. Sub-Year 12 qualifications (e.g. O Levels) are not acceptable for tertiary entrance and will not be allocated a selection rank.

You may also have selection ranks from VET, higher education study, past school results or paid work experience. Past school and post-secondary results don't expire when you've finished studying , and you can use them to get into uni for many years afterwards. We’ll generally use your best selection rank when considering your application.

Senior (Year 12) results from Queensland (Queensland OP)

Selection rank OP 2019 OP 2018
99.00 1 1
98.00 - -
97.00 2 2
96.00 3 3
95.00 - -
94.00 4 4
93.00 - -
92.00 5 5
91.00 - -
90.00 - -
89.00 6 6
88.00 - -
87.00 7 7
86.00 - -
85.00 - -
84.00 8 8
83.00 - -
82.00 9 9
81.00 - -
80.00 - -
79.00 10 10
78.00 - -
77.00 11 11
76.00 - -
75.00 12 12
74.00 - -
73.00 - -
72.00 13 13
71.00 - -
70.00 14 14
69.00 - -
68.00 15 15
67.00 - -
66.00 16 16
65.00 17 17
64.00 18 18
63.00 19 19
62.00 20 20
61.00 21 21
60.00 22 22
59.00 23 23
58.00 24 24
57.00 25 25
56.00 - -
55.00 - -
54.00 - -

International Baccalaureate (IB) studies

IB score in completed diploma QTAC selection rank 2020
45 99.95
44 99.75
43 99.55
42 99.20
41 98.70
40 98.05
39 97.30
38 96.45
37 95.45
36 94.05
35 92.80
34 91.50
33 90.00
32 88.15
31 86.40
30 84.30
29 81.90
28 79.25
27 77.40
26 75.10
25 72.00
24 69.10

Selection ranks for 2021 IB Diplomas will be available mid-December 2021. Find out more about the International Baccalaureate via QTAC.

Completed US Year 12 and non-standard Year 12 (e.g. Accelerated Christian Education (ACE))

Selection rank Composite SAT score, from March 2016 Composite ACT score, 36 scale USA advanced placements (APs)
99.95 1590 36 19
99.50 1540 35 18
99.00 1460 34 17
98.00 1440 3 -
97.00 1420 - -
96.00 1400 32 -
95.50 - - 16
95.00 1380 - -
94.00 1360 31 -
93.00 1350 30 -
92.00 1330 - 15
91.00 1310 29 -
90.00 1290 - -
89.00 1270 28 -
88.00 1250 - 14
87.00 1230 - -
86.00 1210 27 -
85.00 1190 - -
84.50 - - 13
84.00 1170 26 -
83.00 1150 - -
82.00 1130 25 -
81.00 1120 - 12
80.00 1100 24 -
79.00 1080 - -
78.00 1060 23 11
77.00 1040 - -
76.00 1020 22            20 10            -
75.00 1000 - -
73.00 - - 9
70.00 980 21 8
68.00 - - 7
65.00 960 - 6
60.00 940 20 -
55.00 920 19 -
50.00 900 18 -

More information

  • Incomplete Year 12 is not accepted.
  • If you completed school in January 2016 and earlier, the composite SAT-1 score is the total of SAT 1: Critical Reading, SAT 1: Mathematics and SAT 1: Writing.
  • If you completed school in March 2016 and later, the composite SAT-1 score is total of SAT-I: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and SAT-I: Mathematics
  • The Enhanced ACT Assessment was first introduced in October 1989 and may also be known as ACT Assessment or just ACT. Results prior to October 1989 cannot be used.
  • Where SAT-1 and ACT achievement tests have been taken more than once, the best results will be used.
  • Minimum of two and a maximum of 4 advanced placements (APs) may be used. The aggregate will be determined from the numerical values allocated to subjects where: A=5, B=4, C=3 (Pass), D=2, E=1. Where more than four APs have been taken, the aggregate will be determined using the best four results. Aggregate scores below 6 are not accepted.

General Certificate of Education (since 2010) or comparable qualifications (A levels)

Selection rank 1 A Level subject or 2 AS Level subjects Aggregate of best 2 A Level subjects or a combination of A and AS Level subjects equivalent to 2 A Level subjects Aggregate of best 3 A Level subjects or a combination of A and AS Level subjects equivalent to 3 A Level subjects
99.95 - - 17.5
99.75 - - 17
99.55 - - 16.5
99.35 - - 16
99.15 - - 15.5
99.00 - - 15
97.50 - - 14.5
96.00 - - 14
94.50 - - 13.5
93.00 - - 13
91.50 - - 12.5
90.00 - - 12
88.50 - - 11.5
87.00 - 11
85.50 - - 10.5
84.00 - 10 10
82.50 - 9.5 9.5
81.00 - 9 9
80.00 - 8.5 8.5
79.00 - 8 8
78.00 - 7.5 7.5
77.00 - 7 7
76.00 - 6.5 6.5
75.00 6 6 6
74.00 5.5 5.5 5.5
73.00 5 5 5
72.00 4.5 4.5 4.5
71.00 4 4 4
70.00 3.5 3.5 3.5 
69.00 3 3 3
68.00 2.5- 2.5 2.5
67.00 2 2 2
66.00 1.5 1.5 1.5
65.00 1 1 1

More information

Qualifications deemed comparable with the GCE include:

  • Cambridge Higher School Certificate and overseas derivates (Principal Level passes are required)
  • West African General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level)
  • East African Advanced Certificate of Education
  • Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education
  • Tanzanian Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education
  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (Principal Level passes are required)
  • University of Malta Advanced Matriculation examinations
  • Zimbabwe ZIMSEC A Levels
  • Malaysian STPM
  • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (results in the University of London GCE may be taken into account)
  • Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) (Level H1=AS Level; Level H2=A Level)

Qualifications deemed to be comparable with GCE A Level where A is the maximum graded awarded (ie A* grade is not used) cannot be assessed on these schedules.

Advanced Level: ranks are calculated on the basis that A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1 and must include results in not more than three subjects at Advanced Level or the equivalent comprising a combination of Advanced, Advanced in Applied subjects, Advanced Subsidiary, and Advanced Subsidiary in Applied subjects.

Where results in the same subject are awarded at both Advanced and Advanced Subsidiary level, only one result in the subject will be counted in the aggregate, and this shall be the result that contributes the highest points value to the aggregate.

Advanced Subsidiary level results may be included in the aggregate and contribute the equivalent of half of a subject taken at Advanced Level A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5.

A Level in Applied subjects/AS Level in Applied subjects: ranks are calculated on the following basis:

  • A Level in Applied subjects (Double Award) [12 units]: the sum of the two letter grades where: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.
  • A Level in Applied subjects [6 units]: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.
  • AS Level in Applied subjects (Double Award) [6 units]: the sum of the two letter grades where A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5.
  • AS Level in Applied subjects [3 units]: A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5.

Cambridge Pre-U Principal subjects & Global Persepectives and Independent Research Report (GPR): D1,D2=6, D3=5, M1,M2=4, M3=3, P1=2, P2,P3=1.

Cambridge Pre-U Short Courses (Languages) result may be included in the aggregate and contribute the equivalent of half of a subject taken at Principal Level D1,D2,D3=2.5, M1,M2=2, M3=1.5, P1=1, P2,P3=0.5.

Progression/Advanced Diploma award: These awards can only be assessed on Schedule S4023 where: A*=15, A=12.5, B=10, C=7.5, D=5, E=2.5.

Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE): ranks are calculated on the basis that A=2.5, B=2, C=1.5, D=1, E=0.5 and must include results in not more than six subjects.

Assumed knowledge and prerequisites

Most of our courses have assumed knowledge, and our Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) has prerequisites that must be met.

Find out more about assumed knowledge and prerequisites

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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, elite athletes, and students who’ve studied certain subjects at school.

Explore adjustment schemes

Worried you won’t get in?

If you’re concerned that your OP or 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.

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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 high school 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
  • study at a higher education provider
  • 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

Higher education study

If you've done any bridging or enabling courses at any institution, or any higher education before, you can use this to apply

Apply with higher education 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.

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Contact us

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