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Starting uni in 2021 and beyond

If you are planning to apply for entry to QUT for 2021 or beyond, there are some changes to subjects and the qualifications we'll consider.

Each university will have their own policies for entry in relation to VET qualifications and subjects. Make sure you check with each institution.

High school students

In 2020, the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) will replace the Overall Position (OP) as the pathway to tertiary study for Queensland Year 12s. The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) will calculate ATARs for graduating students. A new curriculum is also in place.

Check the QTAC website for details about the ATAR and the new curriculum

How do I get into QUT from 2021?

If you’re finishing high school and you want to get into QUT, you must have an ATAR or a completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma as the minimum entry requirement.

You’ll still need to meet course thresholds, subject requirements and any additional entry requirements in the usual way.

I don't have an ATAR or IB Diploma. How do I gain entry to QUT?

QUT will continue to recognise other qualifications for entry to ensure pathways exist for all students. Other admission pathways that you can undertake after school include other university study, VET study and work experience.

I completed a VET qualification while I was at school

A VET qualification such as a Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma can be included as one of your five subjects for calculation of your ATAR. QUT will recognise your ATAR regardless of what study pattern is used to achieve it.

You can also use a completed Certificate IV or Diploma completed at school as a separate pathway for entry to QUT, as long as you also have an ATAR or completed IB Diploma.

In this case, you will be assigned a selection rank for your completed VET qualification, and you will be assessed for entry on your selection rank, ATAR or IB Diploma, whichever is stronger.

If you didn’t achieve an ATAR or complete an IB Diploma, you cannot use your VET qualification completed at school for entry to QUT until two years have passed after Year 12, unless you've undertaken other study or paid employment.

VET studies must be Certificate IV or above. Certificates I, II and III will not be accepted as a separate qualification for entry.

What are the selection ranks for completed VET qualifications?

The current QUT schedules of selection ranks allocated to completed Certificate IV, Diploma, and Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications will continue to be used for 2021 and onwards.

VET qualifications completed in school will have the same selection ranks as those completed after school. The selection rank will be decimalised in 2021 just a like an ATAR. For example, the current selection rank 87 will become selection rank 87.00 in 2021.

What will be the minimum ATAR to be considered for a QUT Excellence Scholarship?

From 2021, the minimum unadjusted ATAR for the QUT Excellence Scholarship will be a 98.00.

How will the changes affect entry to the Foundation Program for Year 12 International students?

International students without an ATAR can use a Certificate III qualification (or higher VET qualification) to be considered for entry to international foundation programs.

Subjects for assumed knowledge or prerequisites

Which new Queensland senior subjects will satisfy QUT prerequisites, assumed knowledge and Year 12 subject adjustments?

If you graduated before 2020, we’ll still count your equivalent subjects towards assumed knowledge and any prerequisites for your course.

The table below shows the current subjects for assumed knowledge or prerequisites alongside the new Queensland curriculum subjects.

Current (OP) subject 2021 (Qld ATAR) subject
English (4, SA) English, or Literature, or English and Literature, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)
Maths A, B or C (4, SA) General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)
Maths B (4, SA) Mathematical Methods or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)
Maths C (4, SA) Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)
Biology (4, SA) Biology (Units 3 & 4, C)
Chemistry (4, SA) Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C)
Physics (4, SA) Physics (Units 3 & 4, C)
Any Science (4, SA) One of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Marine Science, Physics, or Psychology (Units 3 & 4, C)
Any LOTE (4, SA) Any language other than English (LOTE) will qualify for a subject adjustment
Aerospace Studies (4, SA) Aerospace Systems (Units 3 & 4, C)
Engineering Technology (4, SA) Engineering (Units 3 & 4, C)

Adjustment schemes

The Educational Access Scheme, Elite Athlete Entry Program and Year 12 subject scheme will continue and provide the same selection rank adjustments to eligible students. In 2021 it will be decimalised the same as ATAR. For example, an adjustment of 6 selection ranks will become an adjustment of 6.00 selection ranks.

Read more about adjustment schemes

Students completing Year 12 in 2019

I want to defer my offer

If you accept a QUT offer to study in 2020 and defer your offer to enter in 2021, you won't have to meet the new requirements. However, if you change your deferred course to a new course, you will need to apply via QTAC and will be subject to the 2021 entry rules. Unless two years have elapsed since you left school, you will need an OP or completed IB Diploma for entry to QUT.

I don't plan to go to uni straight after school

If you aren't planning to study at QUT in 2020 but are considering study at QUT in the future, you will be subject to the 2021 entry rules. Unless two years have elapsed since you left school, you will need an OP or completed IB Diploma for entry.

All applicants

What VET qualifications will be accepted?

For entry from 2021, the only VET qualifications that will be accepted for entry to QUT are AQF Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diplomas or Associate Degrees.

We will not accept the following for entry, whether you are a current or recent Year 12 student, or you left school some time ago:

  • Certificates I, II, or III
  • incomplete Certificate IV (with the exception of Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation with completion of at least 3 specialisations)
  • non-AQF performing arts qualifications, such as AMEB, Trinity College.

We'll assign a selection rank if you have completed a Certificate IV or higher and you meet one of the following criteria:

  • you also obtained an ATAR (or completed International Baccalaureate Diploma)
  • you undertook the VET qualification after you completed Year 12
  • you did not obtain an ATAR and completed Year 12 more than two years ago
  • you did not obtain an ATAR but you have undertaken further VET or higher education study since leaving school.

We can also assign you a selection rank based on paid employment experience that you’ve earned after leaving school.

We'll continue to provide a selection rank for the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary preparation if you have completed at least three specialisations.

Is there any change to selection ranks?

The current QUT schedules of selection ranks allocated to completed Certificate IV, Diploma, and Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree qualifications will continue to be used for 2021 and onward.

The selection rank will be decimalised in 2021 just a like an ATAR. For example, the current selection rank 87 will become selection rank 87.00 in 2021.

How selection rank thresholds for courses are determined will not change. Thresholds are determined by the number of places in a course, the number of applicants for the course and the academic standard of those applicants, and can change from year to year. We will no longer publish an OP threshold from January 2021.

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