Worried you won't get into the course you want?

If you don't think your OP or 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 a special entry program.

When you're preparing your application, you should consider applying for special entry programs and including courses as possible upgrading options 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 rank.

You can upgrade through any:

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

Choosing which course to upgrade from

It's usually a good idea to study something related to your preferred course.

For example, if you don't get into the Bachelor of Pharmacy, you could do a year of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. Or if you're aiming for the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics you could upgrade based on a year of the Bachelor of Nutritional Science.

You should consider if:

  • you'll be able to get a high enough rank to get into your preferred course in the future
  • you're likely to get credit for these studies towards your preferred course. This would mean that you wouldn't have to complete all the subjects listed for your preferred course and you may be able to graduate sooner
  • you'd be prepared to finish these studies if you weren't able to achieve a high enough rank to gain entry into your preferred course.

To get an idea of whether you're likely to receive credit, check whether the two courses have subjects in common, or contact the course coordinator or faculty student service office for your preferred course.

What rank can I get by upgrading?

This table gives you an idea of the rank you can achieve through different types of degree or diploma study.

Type of studyNumber of subjects (credit points)Range of rank you can achieve
Full-time or equivalent university study: one year in a bachelor degree course8 subjects (96 credit points) or equivalent with GPA 4.0 to 7.093-99
Full-time or equivalent university study: three quarters of one year in a bachelor degree course6 or 7 subjects (72 credit points) or equivalent with GPA 4.0 to 7.084-94
Part-time study at QUT only2 or 3 subjects (24-36 credit points) with GPA 4.0 to 7.075-85
Part-time study at QUT only4 or 5 subjects (48-60 credit points) with GPA 4.0 to 7.077-88
TAFE Queensland advanced diplomaComplete93-98
TAFE Queensland diplomaComplete87-91

If you're a school leaver, your OP will still be valid after you leave school, but you'll also receive a rank for your additional studies. We will use your best rank when you apply for a course.

If you're a non-school leaver, you might receive a rank for work experience or other qualifications.

How do I know what rank I'll need?

For each course, you'll find the OP and rank cut-off for the previous intake of applicants. This will give you an idea of the rank you need to be aiming for.

These cut-offs are only a guide, as they can change depending on the:

  • number of applications
  • applicants' OPs or ranks
  • number of places available in the course.

It's important to consider the order of your preferences so you don't miss out on an offer to study.

Ordering your preferences

How is my rank calculated?

Your rank is calculated based on your grade point average (GPA). Your grade point average is the sum of your grades divided by the number of subjects you've studied in the course.

Complete a TAFE Queensland Brisbane and QUT combined qualification (dual award)

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

You start your TAFE course first, and you'll automatically be offered a place in your QUT course. You'll be able to accept the offer when you successfully complete your TAFE course.

You'll also receive credit for your TAFE studies, which means you won't have to complete all of the subjects listed in your bachelor degree course structure and you may be able to graduate sooner.

You can't apply for these courses if you:

  • are studying or have previously started the QUT part (bachelor degree) of the dual award
  • have already completed the TAFE part (diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree) of the dual award.

What can I study?

You should apply for one of these TAFE Queensland Brisbane courses to receive guaranteed entry into one of our eligible dual-award courses. You must use the listed QTAC code when you apply and study at the correct TAFE Queensland Brisbane campus to continue your studies at QUT.

Bachelor of Business (QUT Gardens Point)

If you want to study a Bachelor of Business, apply for one of these diplomas offered by TAFE Queensland Brisbane at their South Bank campus:

  • Diploma of Accounting (partially government funded) - QTAC code 555720
  • Diploma of Accounting (full fee) - QTAC code 555722
  • Diploma of Business (full fee) - QTAC code 555632
  • Diploma of Marketing (full fee) - QTAC code 555932
  • Diploma of Music Business (full fee) - QTAC code 555060.

If you're studying the Bachelor of Business as part of a dual award, you must study at our Gardens Point campus.

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (QUT Gardens Point, full-time study only)

If you want to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), apply for this associate degree offered by TAFE Queensland Brisbane at their South Bank campus:

  • Associate Degree in Civil Engineering (full fee) - QTAC code 555948.

If you're studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) as part of a dual award, you must study full-time at our Gardens Point campus.

Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment (QUT Gardens Point campus only)

If you want to study the Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment, apply for one of these diplomas offered by TAFE Queensland Brisbane at their South Bank campus:

  • Diploma of Information Technology Networking (partially government funded) - QTAC code 555250
  • Diploma of Information Technology Networking (full fee) - QTAC code 555252
  • Diploma of Interactive Digital Media (Games) (full fee) - QTAC code 555243
  • Diploma of Interactive Digital Media (full fee) - QTAC code 555796
  • Diploma of Screen and Media (full fee) - QTAC code 555026
  • Diploma of Website Development (full fee) - QTAC code 555234.

If you're studying the Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment as part of a dual award, you must study at our Gardens Point campus.

Bachelor of Human Services (QUT Kelvin Grove campus only)

If you want to study the Bachelor of Human Services, apply for this diploma offered by TAFE Queensland Brisbane at their South Bank campus:

  • Diploma of Community Services Work (partially government funded) - QTAC code 555348
  • Diploma of Community Services Work (full fee) - QTAC code 555346.

If you're studying the Bachelor of Human Services as part of a dual award, you must study at our Kelvin Grove campus.

Bachelor of Information Technology (QUT Gardens Point campus only)

If you want to study the Bachelor of Information Technology, apply for one of these diplomas offered by TAFE Queensland Brisbane at their South Bank campus:

  • Diploma of Information Technology Networking (partially government funded) - QTAC code 555250
  • Diploma of Information Technology Networking (full fee) - QTAC code 555252
  • Diploma of Website Development (full fee) - QTAC code 555234.

If you're studying the Bachelor of Information Technology as part of a dual award, you must study at our Gardens Point campus.

Bachelor of Justice (QUT Gardens Point campus only)

If you want to study the Bachelor of Justice, apply for this diploma offered by TAFE Queensland Brisbane at their South Bank campus:

  • Diploma of Justice Studies (full fee) - QTAC code 555476.

If you're studying the Bachelor of Justice as part of a dual award, you must study at our Gardens Point campus.

Bachelor of Nursing (QUT Kelvin Grove or QUT Caboolture campuses only)

If you want to study the Bachelor of Nursing at our Kelvin Grove campus, apply for one of these diplomas offered by TAFE Queensland Brisbane at their South Bank campus:

  • Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing) (partially government funded) - QTAC code 555778
  • Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing) (full fee) - QTAC code 555776.

If you want to study the Bachelor of Nursing at our Caboolture campus, apply for one of these diplomas offered by TAFE Queensland Brisbane at their Caboolture campus:

  • Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing) (partially government funded) - QTAC code 543778
  • Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 nursing) (full fee) - QTAC code 543776.

Bachelor of Social Work (QUT Kelvin Grove campus only)

If you want to study the Bachelor of Social Work, apply for this diploma offered by TAFE Queensland Brisbane at their South Bank campus:

  • Diploma of Community Services Work (partially government funded) - QTAC code 555348
  • Diploma of Community Services Work (full fee) - QTAC code 555346.

If you're studying the the Bachelor of Social Work as part of a dual award, you must study at our Kelvin Grove campus.

How to apply

You apply for dual awards online through QTAC. Use the QTAC code for the TAFE Queensland Brisbane diploma you want to apply for and if a dual award option with QUT exists you can nominate it as your preferred study option.

If you're offered a place in one of these courses, you won't be able to defer and take a year off before studying.

Moving from TAFE to QUT

After you enrol in your TAFE course we'll send you a letter offering you a place in your QUT course. You can accept the offer after you successfully complete your TAFE course.

Special entry programs

Some of our special entry programs add bonus points to your OP or rank. You can receive as many of these bonuses as you're eligible for, up to a maximum of 5 OP bonus points or 10 bonus ranks.

You may need to apply separately for these programs, so make sure you check the details.

Students with difficult circumstances: Educational Access Scheme

Elite athletes: Elite athletes entry program, and OP or rank bonus

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: Centralised Assessment Selection Program (CASP)

Engineering Technology, Maths C, Languages other than English (LOTE) students: Entry bonus scheme

Contacts

Admissions

  • Postal address:
    QUT Admissions
    Level 6, F Block, Victoria Park Road
    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059

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