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FAQs: Applying, QTAC and UAC

Start your study in 2018. Session 1 classes commence 5 March 2018.

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Q: How do I apply?

A: Applications to study on campus and some online education degrees are made online through the University Admissions Centre (UAC), or the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). You can apply for a number of courses in this application - we recommend you include a pathway course in your list of preferences in case we are unable to make you an offer for your first choice of degree. Most applications to study via online education are submitted online directly to Southern Cross University. For details see the how to apply page.

Q: What is UAC and QTAC?

A: The Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) are admission centres for most on-campus undergraduate university applications.

You can apply through either UAC or QTAC regardless of your location.

Q: What is an offer round?

A: For undergraduate courses that are applied for via UAC or QTAC, offers are released on various dates and these dates are called 'offer rounds'. Normally, the earlier that you apply the more offer rounds you can be considered for. Most offers are made in the Main Round of a given intake. Check the UAC or QTAC websites for key dates for offer rounds, including last dates to apply and submit supporting documents.

Q: Once I receive an offer, what should I do?

A: You will receive your offer via email. All the information you need to accept/decline/defer, arrange payment of your course and enrol in units will be in this email. Once you've accepted your offer you are considered an SCU student so if you have questions contact the Student Advice Team on 1800 005 687 or

Q: What if I don't receive an offer by the Main Round?

A: Contact the Future Students Team so we can discuss an appropriate Alternative Pathway.

Q: How do the bonus points work for current school leavers?

A: SCU adds five bonus ATAR points or two OP levels for students undertaking Year 12 studies in schools and TAFE colleges within the SCU region. Bonus points are automatically added when you apply for a course.

Q: I'm a mature age student, how do I apply?

A: As a non-school leaver you will be assessed on your highest level of education or relevant work experience. Find out more on our Alternative Pathways website. If you haven't completed AQF-recognised study or relevant work experience, you may gain entry via our fee-free enabling course, the Preparing for Success Program.

Q: I didn't do year 12 but I've spent 15 years in the workforce. Will I be able to apply for tertiary study?

A: Non-school leavers who have relevant work experience may gain admission to an SCU course through various alternative pathways to university. Find out more on our Alternative Pathways website.