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Vocational education and training (VET) study

For most of our courses, entry is based only on your past academic achievement, represented by your selection rank. Some courses have additional entry requirements. To see which courses you may be able to get into, use the past selection rank thresholds in your course information as a guide.

OP or selection rank threshold

Courses may be harder or easier to get into each year, depending on their popularity and how many places we have available - it's about supply and demand. Thresholds from previous years should be used as a guide only. Higher thresholds don't mean a course is more difficult.

We work out minimum thresholds based on the:

  • academic capability to succeed in tertiary studies
  • demand for places available within the course.

OP Guarantee

If you’ve got an OP 1-5, selection rank of 93 or better (or equivalent ATAR), or International Baccalaureate Diploma score of 33 or better, you are guaranteed a place in some of our courses. Check your course information to find out if your course is included.

How can my VET studies help me get into uni?

You can use the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) awards of certificate III, certificate IV, diploma, advanced diploma and associate degree to get into QUT. You can convert your results to a selection rank, which will give you an idea of which QUT courses you’ll be able to apply for.

You may also have selection ranks from higher education study, past school results or paid work experience. We’ll generally use your best selection rank when considering your application.

Different selection ranks are assigned to courses with graded assessment and competency-based (ungraded) assessment.

Completed graded AQF diploma or AQF advanced diploma or associate degree

Grade Point Average Selection rank - AQF diploma Selection rank - AQF advanced diploma
6.5+ 91 98
6.25 - 6.49 90 97
6.00 - 6.24 90 96
5.75 - 5.99 89 95
5.50 - 5.74 89 95
5.25 - 5.49 88 94
5.00 - 5.24 88 93
Less than 5.00 87 93

More information

  • If between one-quarter and three-quarters of the work you did in your study is assessed on an ungraded basis, you'll be allocated the higher of the ranks from this schedule and the corresponding ungraded schedule.
  • If more than three-quarters of the work you did in your study is assessed on an ungraded basis, this schedule may not be used and the corresponding ungraded schedule will apply.
  • If less than one-quarter of the work you did in your study is assessed on an ungraded basis, we'll use this schedule.

Completed ungraded AQF diploma or AQF advanced diploma or associate degree

Special Tertiary Admissions Test Score Selection rank - AQF diploma Selection rank - AQF advanced diploma
172+ 91 98
167 91 96
165 89 94
Less than 165 or did not sit 87 93

More information

Ungraded means grades of pass/fail, competent/not yet competent, satisfactory/not satisfactory or similar.

If your qualification includes a mixture of 'competent' and 'not yet competent' grades or similar, and you haven't successfully repeated the 'not yet competent' subject, the corresponding graded schedules must be used.

If there is a mixture of graded and ungraded assessment the following applies:

  • If between one-quarter and three-quarters of the work you did in your study is assessed on an ungraded basis, you'll be allocated the higher of the ranks from this schedule and the corresponding graded schedule.
  • If less than one-quarter of the work you did in your study is assessed on an ungraded basis, this schedule may not be used and the corresponding graded schedule will apply.
  • If more than three-quarters of the work you did in your study is assessed on an ungraded basis, we'll use this schedule.

Completed graded AQF certificate III or AQF certificate IV

To apply for our courses based on this type of study, you must be aged 17 or older when QUT classes start, or have completed Australian Year 12 (or equivalent).

Grade Point Average Selection rank - AQF Certificate III Selection rank - AQF Certificate IV
6.5+ 82 89
6.25 - 6.49 80 87
6.00 - 6.24 78 86
5.75 - 5.99 77 86
5.50 - 5.74 76 85
5.25 - 5.49 75 84
5.00 - 5.24 74 82
4.75 - 4.99 73 80
4.50 - 4.74 72 79
4.25 - 4.49 70 76
Less than 4.99 68 74

More information

  • If between one-quarter and three-quarters of the work you did in your study is assessed on an ungraded basis, you'll be allocated the higher of the ranks from this schedule and the corresponding ungraded schedule.
  • If more than three-quarters of the work you did in your study is assessed on an ungraded basis, this schedule may not be used and the corresponding ungraded schedule will apply.
  • If less than one-quarter of the work you did in your study is assessed on an ungraded basis, we'll use this schedule.

Completed ungraded AQF certificate III or AQF certificate IV

To apply for our courses based on this type of study, you must be aged 17 or older when QUT classes start, or have completed Australian Year 12 (or equivalent).

Special Tertiary Admissions Test Score Selection rank - AQF Certificate III Selection rank - AQF Certificate IV
167 82 89
165 80 87
162 78 85
160 76 83
157 74 81
155 72 79
154 70 77
151 69 75
Less than 49 or did not sit 68 74

More information

Ungraded means grades of pass/fail, competent/not yet competent, satisfactory/not satisfactory or similar.

If your qualification includes a mixture of 'competent' and 'not yet competent' grades or similar, and you haven't successfully repeated the 'not yet competent' subject, the corresponding graded schedules must be used.

If there is a mixture of graded and ungraded (with all grades of competent or similar) assessment the following applies:

  • If between one-quarter and three-quarters of the work you did in your study is assessed on an ungraded basis, you'll be allocated the higher of the ranks from these schedules and the corresponding graded schedules.
  • If less than one-quarter of the work you did in your study is assessed on an ungraded basis, these schedules may not be used and the corresponding graded schedules will apply.
  • If more than three-quarters of the work you did in your study is assessed on an ungraded basis, we'll use these schedules.

Adult Tertiary Preparation (ATP)

The Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (ATP) (13097NAT) is offered by most Queensland TAFE institutes and other private education providers, and if successfully completed, is equivalent to an Australian Year 12 high school qualification. To maximise your opportunities for entry you're encouraged to complete the whole course, however you can complete a minimum of three specialisations and be considered for entry.

Completed 10397NAT certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (ATP)

STAT GPA below 4.00 GPA = 4.00 - 4.25 GPA = 4.26 - 4.75 GPA = 4.76 - 5.25 GPA = 5.26 - 5.75 GPA = 5.76 - 6.25 GPA = 6.5+
166+ 88 89 91 93 94 95 98
162-165 85 89 90 92 93 94 97
159-161 83 88 89 91 92 93 96
157-158 80 87 88 90 91 92 95
155-156 78 86 88 89 90 91 94
153-154 75 86 87 88 90 91 93
152 73 85 86 88 89 90 92
150-151 70 85 86 87 88 89 91
149 68 84 85 86 88 89 91
147-148 66 79 85 86 86 86 91
146 63 79 81 82 84 86 91
144-145 58 79 81 82 84 86 91
143 53 79 81 82 84 86 91
Below 143 50 79 81 82 84 86 91
Did not sit 45 79 81 82 84 86 91

More information

  • Only completed 10397NAT ATP is assessed on this schedule. Contact HiQ for advice if you have completed a previous version of ATP.
  • To be awarded 10397NAT APT, you must complete:
    • the specialisation Language and Learning Skills
    • the elective unit Plan and Prepare for Study
    • six other elective units, the majority of which must be within completed specialisations (which comprise two or three elective units of equal weighting).
  • Where you have studied more than eight elective units in the 10397NAT ATP, only the best eight elective units will be used to calculate your GPA. Where the same elective unit has been attempted on more than one occasion, only the best attempt will be considered. The elective Plan and Prepare for Study is not included in the best eight elective units.
  • Where elective unit weightings are provided, these will be used in the calculation of a GPA. Where elective unit weightings are not provided all elective units will be assumed to have equal weighting.
  • Where: H=6.5, J3=6.5, JH=6.5, C=5, J2=5, JC=5, P=4, J1=4, JP=4, R=1.5, M=1.5, N=1.5 and M1=0.
  • STAT score refers to any version of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test designed by the Australian Council for Educational Research Ltd and administered since April 2010.

Incomplete 10397NAT certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (ATP): completion of 4 specialisations

To apply for our courses based on this type of study, you must be aged 17 or older when QUT classes start, or have completed Australian Year 12 (or equivalent).

STAT GPA below 4.00 GPA = 4.00 - 4.25 GPA = 4.26 - 4.75 GPA = 4.76 - 5.25 GPA = 5.26 - 5.75 GPA = 5.76 - 6.25 GPA = 6.26+
166+ 88 89 89 89 91 92 94
162-165 85 88 89 89 90 91 93
159-161 83 88 88 88 89 90 92
157-158 80 87 87 87 88 89 91
155-156 78 86 86 86 88 89 90
153-154 75 85 86 86 87 88 89
152 73 85 85 86 87 88 88
150-151 70 84 84 85 86 87 88
149 68 83 83 84 86 87 88
147-148 66 81 82 83 85 86 88
146 63 77 79 81 84 86 88
144-145 58 66 70 76 80 83 88
143 53 66 70 76 80 83 88
Below 143 50 66 70 76 80 83 88
Did not sit 45 66 70 76 80 83 88

More information

  • To be considered for QUT, you must have:
    • not completed 10397NAT ATP
    • completed four full specialisations, comprising results in all required elective units. Specialisations may comprise two or three elective units of equal weighting.
  • Where elective unit weightings are provided, they will be used in the calculation of a GPA. Where elective unit weightings are not provided, all modules will be assumed to have equal weighting.
  • Where: H=6.5, J3=6.5, JH=6.5, C=5, J2=5, JC=5, P=4, J1 = 4, JP = 4, R=1.5, M=1.5, N=1.5, and M1=0.
  • Where you have completed five or more specialisations without a completed award, the best four specialisations will be used.
  • Where the same elective unit has been completed on more than one occasion, only the best attempt will be used.
  • STAT score refers to any version of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test designed by ACER and administered since April 2010.
  • Contact HiQ for advice if you studied a previous version of ATP.

Incomplete 10397NAT certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (ATP): completion of 3 specialisations

To apply for our courses based on this type of study, you must be aged 17 or older when QUT classes start, or have completed Australian Year 12 (or equivalent).

STAT GPA below 4.00 GPA = 4.00 - 4.25 GPA = 4.26 - 4.75 GPA = 4.76 - 5.25 GPA = 5.26 - 5.75 GPA = 5.76 - 6.25 GPA = 6.26+
166+ 88 88 88 89 89 90 92
162-165 85 87 87 88 88 89 91
159-161 83 86 86 87 88 89 90
157-158 80 86 86 86 87 88 89
155-156 78 85 85 86 87 88 88
153-154 75 85 85 85 86 87 88
152 73 84 84 85 86 87 87
150-151 70 83 83 84 85 86 87
149 68 81 82 83 84 86 86
147-148 66 77 79 81 83 85 86
146 63 73 75 79 82 84 86
144-145 58 64 66 71 77 81 86
143 53 66 70 76 80 83 88
Below 143 50 64 66 71 77 81 86
Did not sit 45 64 66 71 77 81 86

More information

  • To be considered for QUT, you must have:
    • not completed 10397NAT ATP
    • completed three other full specialisations, comprising results in all required elective units. Specialisations may comprise two or three elective units of equal weighting.
  • Where elective unit weightings are provided, they will be used in the calculation of a GPA. Where elective unit weightings are not provided, all elective units will be assumed to have equal weighting.
  • Where: H=6.5, J3=6.5, JH=6.5, C=5, J2=5, JC=5, P=4, J1 = 4, JP = 4, R=1.5, M=1.5, N=1.5, and M1=0.
  • Where the same elective unit has been completed on more than one occasion, only the best attempt will be used.
  • STAT score refers to any version of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test designed by ACER and administered since April 2010.
  • Contact HiQ for advice if you studied a previous version of ATP.

Past school experience

Your Year 12 results don't expire when you've finished with school, and you can use them to get into uni for many years afterwards. See how your past school results can help you apply via the work and life experience admissions pathway.

Starting uni from 2021?

There are changes to how VET study will be considered or entry from 2021 and beyond. Check the details if you're thinking of applying for entry in the future.

Boost your selection rank with the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is a multiple-choice aptitude test that allows you to demonstrate your potential for university study. You don't need knowledge in any particular subject areas to take the test.

The STAT can improve your selection ranks for:

  • AQF competency-based (ungraded) certificates III, IV and diploma
  • the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation
  • work and life experience.

We’ll only use your STAT results if it improves your selection rank. If you received a low result, you can sit the test again in the next admissions period (i.e., at the end of the year or mid-year).

To sit for the STAT you need to register with QTAC. They also run workshops to help you prepare for the test.

Dual awards

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. Applications are made through QTAC.

If you receive a QTAC offer, you'll start your TAFE course first and you'll automatically be offered a place in your QUT course after your first semester of enrolment at TAFE. You'll be able to accept the QUT offer when you successfully complete your TAFE course.

You'll receive automatic advanced standing (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.

Government loans

Dual award study options

What can I study?

Completing one of these TAFE Queensland Brisbane courses gives you guaranteed entry into one of our eligible dual-award courses.

Bachelor of Business

You can get into a Bachelor of Business with one of these TAFE courses:

  • Diploma of Business/Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • Diploma of Marketing and Communication/Diploma of Business.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)

You can get into a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) with the Associate Degree in Civil Engineering, offered at TAFE.

Bachelor of Human Services

You can get into the Bachelor of Human Services with a Diploma of Community Services, offered at TAFE.

Bachelor of Information Technology

You can get into the Bachelor of Information Technology with one of these TAFE courses:

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

Bachelor of Nursing

You can get into the Bachelor of Nursing with a Diploma of Nursing, offered at TAFE.

Bachelor of Social Work

You can get into the Bachelor of Social Work with a Diploma of Community Services, offered at TAFE.

More ways to get in

Adjustment schemes

You may be eligible for an adjustment to your selection rank, which can help you get into the course you want. We offer adjustment schemes for students with difficult circumstances and elite athletes.

Explore adjustment schemes

Worried you won’t get in?

If you’re concerned that your selection rank isn’t high enough for the course you want, don’t worry - there are other admissions pathways you can take to get to your dream course.

Helping you get into your course

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

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

About CASP

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Ready to apply?

When you’re ready to apply for a course, follow our step-by-step applying guide.

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Other admission pathways

We believe that everyone should be able to continue their journey of lifelong learning. So we're committed to exploring all admission pathways to help you get into the course that you want.

Your VET study experience isn't the only way you can get into uni. Take a look at your options if you've done:

  • recent secondary school study
  • higher education study, including bridging and enabling courses
  • any workplace experience.

Secondary study

If you've completed high school in the last two years, find out if your results can help you get into the course you want.

Apply with recent secondary study

Higher education study

If you've done any bridging or enabling courses at any institution, or any higher education before, you can use this to apply.

Apply with higher education study

Employment experience

You can also apply to uni based on work experience you've completed. Find out how your work and life experience can help you get in.

Apply with work experience

Contact us

Get in touch if you've got any questions about how to use your previous experience to get into uni.