4. Admission pathways

If your entry score isn't what you hoped for – or if you don't meet a program's entry requirements – we offer a range of options to help you on your way.

The four main pathways and bridging options are:

Tertiary study pathway

This pathway involves studying an alternative UQ program to improve your entry score or meet subject prerequisites. Please note that once you have attempted one year of full-time study, we will no longer use your Year 12 results or any other qualification. 

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UQ College

UQ College offers study options for school leavers and adult learners who want to go to university, but may not have the necessary entry requirements.

Associate Degree in Business

If you complete the Associate Degree in Business with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 (on a 7-point scale), you may be eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Business Management and receive 24 units of credit (three semesters full-time).

The associate degree is also a stand-alone qualification.


Tertiary Preparation Program

The Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP) will build your confidence and help you gain the necessary skills to improve your QTAC ranking for future undergraduate studies.

The TPP is an approved bridging program and is delivered full-time across 28 weeks, commencing in January, May or September. There are no tuition fees for the TPP. 


Intensive courses

UQ College also delivers courses in mathematics, biology and chemistry across four weeks in November / December each year.

If you successfully complete these courses you will satisfy UQ’s prerequisites for Maths A and B, biology and chemistry. Results are made available in time for the January QTAC offer round.

For more information, download the UQ College Guide or visit the UQ College website.

Bridging study

Successfully completing an approved bridging program is another pathway to university study.

You can use a bridging program to:

  • satisfy a subject prerequisite
  • get an entry rank
  • gain foundational knowledge in a selected area
  • prepare for future tertiary study.

If you have completed less than one full year of recognised bachelor-level (or higher) study, UQ-approved bridging courses or enabling programs can be used to derive an entry rank and/or meet subject prerequisites. Some exceptions may apply. 

Read the bridging programs information sheet

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) and employment experience

You may be eligible for other admission pathways if you:

  • didn't complete Year 12
  • didn't achieve the required entry score for your preferred program, or
  • if you are a mature-aged applicant.

Two options are available:

This pathway isn't suitable for applicants who have completed at least one full-time year of bachelor-level (or higher) study, or for applicants who are completing Year 12 in the year of tertiary application.

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UG Guide 2019

Undergraduate Guide 2019

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Dictionary of UQ Terminology

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