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A note from Ms Cutts

12/06/2013

​Year 12 questions about tertiary entry

Question

I’m in Year 12 and want to study science at a Queensland university next year. How do I apply for a course?

Answer

You can apply for up to six courses through Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre QTAC) on an online application on the QTAC website. The online application for entry in 2014 will be activated on 1 August 2013.  In mid-June you will receive a 2014 QTAC Guide, which lists all the courses you can apply for through QTAC. There are many information sheets and videos on the QTAC website to help you apply for courses.

Question

Where do I find information about OP cut-offs for courses? 

Answer

OP/Rank cut-offs can change from year to year so you never know exactly what they will be when you apply for courses. However, accessing cut-offs from previous years will give you a guide as to what they might be in the future. The following resources can be used to find out previous OP/Rank cut-offs:
  • 2014 QTAC Guide
  • Institution course brochures, websites, open days
  • The ‘Search Courses’ function on the QTAC website will also provide you with previous OP/Rank cut-off information.

Question

I am going to have a gap year in 2014 and start university in 2015. Should I still apply to QTAC for courses this year?

Answer

Yes. It is recommended that you apply for courses this year. When you receive an offer you can defer the course for a year and commence your studies in 2015. This gives you a guaranteed place in a course for when you complete your gap year. If, during the gap year, you change your mind about the course, you can apply again through QTAC for a new preferred course.

Question

I’m not eligible for an OP. Can I still apply for university courses through QTAC?

Answer

Yes. Year 12 students not eligible for an OP will be allocated a selection rank when applying for courses at universities, TAFE institutes and other colleges through QTAC. To calculate this selection rank, QTAC uses the achievement levels for Authority, Authority-registered and approved Vocational Educational and Training (VET) subjects/modules reported on your Senior Statement. Results in the Queensland Core Skills Test (QCST) are also used to improve your selection rank.  You must, however, satisfy required prerequisites e.g. senior subjects, portfolio, audition, interview or age requirements depending on the course. The handout Information for QLD 2012 Year 12 students not eligible for an OP can be downloaded from the QTAC website. Note the following statement from this handout.

“Students should be aware that the decision to undertake an OP ineligible program may make it difficult if not impossible to achieve the high selection ranks necessary for entry to very competitive tertiary courses.”

Question

I heard that the Certificate III I am doing at school could be used as part of my QTAC application. Is this true?

Answer

Yes. Additional qualifications may be assessed separately by QTAC when you apply for tertiary entry. These qualifications include Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies (e.g. Certificate III and IV); Music, dancing and speech and drama qualifications (e.g. AMEB completed 7th or 8th grade) or university study (e.g. Start QUT).  Find out more about additional qualifications on the QTAC website.
 

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