Assumed knowledge and recommended study

You don't need to have studied specific subjects at school to apply for our undergraduate courses, apart from Bachelor of Education courses. Our Education courses have prerequisite subjects that you must have studied to gain entry.

For all 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'.

If you don't have the assumed knowledge for your course you can still apply, but we strongly encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge.

What's the assumed knowledge for my course?

All of our courses have English as assumed knowledge.

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

  • Maths A
  • Maths B
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

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

Bachelor of Education courses

From 2016, 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.

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.

English is not my first language

If English is not your first language, and you have not previously undertaken either senior schooling or higher study in the English language, you must do a test to demonstrate your English proficiency. We accept a range of tests.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the accepted English Language tests. We have an IELTS testing centre at our Kelvin Grove campus.

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.

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

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.
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

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)
No equivalent subject.
CQUniversity
Language and Learning
University of Southern Queensland (USQ
One of:
  • Focus on Study
  • Studying to Succeed.
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
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.

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

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
No equivalent subject.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Maths Tertiary Preparation Level D
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.

QUT
One of:
  • MZB101 Modelling with Introductory Calculus
  • QUT CPE course Mathematics Bridging.
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)
One of:
  • UNL31 Introductory Mathematics
  • UNL32 Senior Mathematics.
CQUniversity
One of:
  • Transition Maths 1
  • Transition Maths 2.
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Maths Tertiary Preparation Level C for Business courses
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

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

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
Other tertiary institutions
Any physics subject at degree or advanced diploma level.

Chemistry equivalent subjects

Secondary school studies

International Baccalaureate
Chemistry (Subsidiary Level)
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

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
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

Tertiary and bridging studies

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

Science equivalent subjects

Secondary school studies

International Baccalaureate
One of:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Marine Science

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