Undergraduate applying: a step-by-step guide

Follow these steps to apply for bachelor degrees including four-year honours degrees, and QUT dual awards with TAFE Queensland.

The steps can also help you with:

  • what to do if you don't have a current OP
  • improving your chances of getting into the course you want
  • ordering your preferences when you apply through QTAC
  • checking if you can defer your offer and take a year off before you start university.

Applying guide

Step 1: Find a course

You can apply for up to six courses at once. You need to list the courses on your QTAC application in order of preference.

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Step 2: Check important dates

You’ll need to meet certain dates for your application. Check our key dates to see what important dates are coming up.

Step 3: Entry requirements

You need to meet specific entry requirements to be considered for entry to each of our courses. Check the requirements tab in your course information for more details.

For all of our courses, you need to either have completed Australian Year 12 (or equivalent), or be aged 18 or older and be applying on the basis of your previous study or work experience.

For most of our courses, entry is based on your OP score or your selection rank, which is calculated based on your qualifications and experience. We first consider applicants with OP 1 (or rank 99), then OP 2 (or rank 98), and so on.

Some courses have other entry requirements, like auditions, interviews, portfolios or questionnaires. For these courses you usually need to apply to QUT as well as to QTAC, and the closing dates may be different. Make sure you check your course information for application requirements and closing dates.

How you can meet the requirements

You can apply based on your:

Make sure you read the relevant information for you, so you can maximise your chances of getting in.

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

If you're concerned that your OP or rank isn't high enough to get into the course you want, you should think about upgrading your selection rank or applying for a dual award as a way to get in.

Helping you get into your course

Adjustment schemes

You may be able to improve your OP or selection rank with an adjustment for:

  • difficult circumstances that have impacted on your studies
  • elite athletes
  • studying specific subjects at school.

Adjustment schemes

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

Our Centralised Assessment Selection Program makes it easier for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island students to come to uni, whatever your educational background.

Centralised Assessment Selection Program

Domestic applicants with overseas qualifications

We will consider equivalent overseas qualifications for admissions purposes. Please contact QTAC for more information about how overseas qualifications will be assessed for entry. If you have secondary or tertiary qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

English language proficiency

We require students to demonstrate they can speak, write, read and comprehend academic English to a specified standard. If you have an Australian Year 12 qualification, you meet the English proficiency standards excluding nursing courses.

Visit QTAC for information on QUT's English proficiency requirements, including ways to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Step 4: Fees and support

To get an idea of how much your course will cost, check the fees tab in your course information. Don't forget to also check the scholarships tab to see if you're eligible for a scholarship to help with costs.

Your actual fees will vary depending on which units you enrol in. You can check specific costs for units in the details and units tab in your course information.

Some courses have extra costs for things like field trips, equipment or practical training.

Financial support

You may be eligible for:

  • a HECS-HELP loan to help you pay your course fees
  • Centrelink payments to help with living expenses
  • scholarships to help with course fees and living expenses.

If you study at QUT, you'll also have access to services including financial counselling, employment advice and short-term loans.

More about fees and costs

Step 5: Advanced standing (credit)

You may be able to have your past studies or work experience count as advanced standing (credit) towards your QUT course.

That means you won't have to complete all of the units listed in your course structure and you may be able to graduate sooner.

You need to apply separately for advanced standing once you’ve accepted your offer, so make sure you check the application requirements and closing dates.

Explore advanced standing

Step 6: Submit application

You apply online through QTAC for admission into our undergraduate courses and QUT dual awards with TAFE.

Apply through QTAC

Ordering your preferences

Here’s a guide to ordering your preferences:

  1. Use your first and second preferences for you dream courses - the ones you really want to study.
  2. Use your third and fourth preferences for back-up courses that you are interested in studying, but are less competitive for entry
  3. Use your fifth and sixth preferences for courses that you can study to get help you get into the course you really want.

Next steps

What happens next?

Once you’ve submitted your application, QTAC will assess it, and you may receive an offer.

Find out what your options are once you do or don't receive an offer for the course you want.

Your next steps

Contact us

If you've got any questions about the applying process, contact our Future Students team at HiQ.

Get in touch

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International students

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(within Australia)

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(outside Australia)

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