Admission criteria and entry schemes

To be eligible for an offer to a CQUniversity degree, applicants need to meet minimum entrance requirements and be selected in competition with other eligible applicants.

Assessment is based on satisfaction of English language proficiency requirements; achievement of selection rank standards including evaluation of OP or ATAR scores; satisfaction of any prerequisite requirements which may include but is not limited to senior subjects, previous qualifications and then evaluation of any adjustment factors such as regional or equity schemes. Admission to courses is a competitive process and offers are made based on the merit of performance in meeting the entry criteria of a course and the number of places that are available in that course. In some instances, applicants will satisfy the entry criteria but will not receive an offer as there are more qualified applicants than available places. 

If you do not meet the admission criteria, you may be eligible for pathway entry.

Undergraduate applicants

Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

AUSTRALIAN YEAR 12 STUDENTS

If you are a 2018 or 2019 Australian Year 12 student, admission is normally based on your ATAR or equivalent. If you have previously undertaken Year 12, your application will be assessed on the basis of your latest ATAR or equivalent.

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for. This may be satisfied by successfully completed senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

SELECTION RANK ADJUSTMENTS

Selection rank adjustments may allow 2019 Year 12 applicants to receive an offer to a program even though they have an ATAR below the lowest selection rank.

CQUniversity considers equity or location adjustment factors when selecting students for all undergraduate courses, except B Education courses.

EQUITY ADJUSTMENTS

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) aim to assist students who have experienced difficult and/or complex life circumstances that have negatively impacted on their studies. CQUniversity EAS applications are processed centrally through UAC.

LOCATION ADJUSTMENTS

The Regional Preference Scheme recognises that applicants from regional and remote Australia may not always have the same opportunities as applicants from capital cities. For details, visit the CQU website.

CRITERIA THAT MAY APPLY IN ADDITION TO ATAR

CQUniversity o­ffers several courses where admission prerequisites may include previous completed study or other demonstration of practical skill or attribute.

Additional course entry requirements are listed in the individual course descriptions.

OTHER ADMISSION OPTIONS

LIMITED ATAR

CQUniversity accepts the Limited ATAR.

CQU admission information.

Applicants with higher education study

If you have ever undertaken tertiary studies, your application will be considered on the basis of your overall academic record — both secondary and tertiary. Applicants who are currently under exclusion may not be eligible for admission. 

You can be admitted for study if your score in any of the following is equivalent to or above the ATAR for the course/s you are interested in:

  • an Australian Year 12 before 2018
  • the former NSW Leaving Certificate.
Applicants with work and life experience (includes those who left secondary education more than 2 years ago)

You can be admitted for study if your score in either of the following is equivalent to or above the ATAR for the course/s you are interested in:

  • an Australian Year 12 before 2018
  • the former NSW Leaving Certificate.

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

CQU will also consider paid employment experience of one year or more for post-school applicants for all courses except:

  • B Hospitality Management
  • B Science (Psychology)
  • B Logistics. 

A statement of service with the required information will need to be provided for a formal assessment.

SPECIAL TERTIARY ADMISSIONS TEST (STAT)

Applicants who were 18 years or over on 1 January 2019 will be considered on the basis of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) – Multiple Choice if they achieve the required score.

Pathways to university.

Applicants with overseas qualifications

Domestic applicants who are relying on qualifications gained overseas to meet course entry criteria must have that qualification validated for it to be used in the assessment process. Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International Office of Overseas Recognition to be equivalent to Australian qualifications. 

Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia with overseas qualifications should contact CQUniversity for advice before applying.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

If you have qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

In addition to academic requirements, domestic students born outside of selected countries* are required to demonstrate an acceptable level of competency in written, reading, speaking and understanding English. English Language Proficiency (ELP) is required regardless of citizenship status and there are varying levels of ELP applied to CQUniversity courses. To determine the requirements for the course you are interested in, visit the respective course page.

* Selected countries include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa (excluding all B Education and M Teaching courses) or the United States of America.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

If you are not ready yet to apply for a course and would like to participate in a preparatory program designed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, then consider our Tertiary Entry Program (TEP). Applicants who are successful in completing the Tertiary Entrance Program (TEP) will be considered eligible for admission to the University. 

To find out more, call 1800 651 891 or visit the CQU website