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
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 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 and QUT combined qualification (dual award)
You can apply for a dual award, which lets you graduate first with a diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree from TAFE Queensland, and then with a bachelor degree from QUT.
You start your TAFE course first, and when you successfully complete it, you'll automatically be offered a place in your QUT 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 can study TAFE courses that lead to bachelor degrees in:
- civil engineering
- corporate systems management
- games and interactive entertainment
- human services
- information technology
- social work.
For a full list of dual award courses, download 'TAFE Queensland Dual Awards' from TAFE Queensland's TAFE and university pathways page.
How to apply
You apply for dual awards online through QTAC.
Use the QTAC code listed in TAFE Queensland's 'TAFE Queensland Dual Awards' booklet, which you can download from their TAFE and university pathways page.
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
When you've successfully completed your TAFE course we'll send you a letter offering you a place in your QUT 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.
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