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.

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 study Number of subjects (credit points) Range of rank you can achieve
Full-time or equivalent university study: one year in a bachelor degree course 8 subjects (96 credit points) or equivalent with GPA 4.0 to 7.0 93-99
Full-time or equivalent university study: three quarters of one year in a bachelor degree course 6 or 7 subjects (72 credit points) or equivalent with GPA 4.0 to 7.0 84-94
Part-time study at QUT only 2 or 3 subjects (24-36 credit points) with GPA 4.0 to 7.0 75-85
Part-time study at QUT only 4 or 5 subjects (48-60 credit points) with GPA 4.0 to 7.0 77-88
TAFE Queensland advanced diploma Complete 93-98
TAFE Queensland diploma Complete 87-91

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.

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 diploma/degree (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 receive automatic 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.

What will I pay?

For the QUT degree you will be offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) and depending on your citizenship/residency, you can apply for a HELP loan.

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.

Bachelor of Business

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

  • Diploma of Accounting
  • Diploma of Business
  • Diploma of Marketing.

This diploma was previously offered by QTAC and there are current dual award students studying it:

  • Diploma of Music Business.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)

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

  • Associate Degree in Civil Engineering.

Bachelor of Games and Interactive Entertainment

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

  • Diploma of Information Technology Networking
  • Diploma of Interactive Digital Media (Games)
  • Diploma of Interactive Digital Media
  • Diploma of Website Development.

This diploma was previously offered by QTAC and there are current dual award students studying it:

  • Diploma of Screen and Media.

Bachelor of Human Services

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

  • Diploma of Community Services Work.

Bachelor of Information Technology

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

  • Diploma of Information Technology Networking
  • Diploma of Website Development.

Bachelor of Nursing

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).

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).

Bachelor of Social Work

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

  • Diploma of Community Services Work.

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 conditional letter to offer you a place in your nominated QUT course. Once you complete your TAFE course, you need to submit copies of your official diploma certificate and transcript of results to us. You will be able to accept our offer soon after we receive these documents.

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.

The special entry programs do not apply to the TAFE Queensland Brisbane/QUT dual awards.

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, Physics, 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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