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Alternative entry and pathways to JCU

JCU is committed to providing everyone with access to higher education and the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Whether you are a recent school leaver who didn’t quite meet the entry requirements for your preferred course; a mature student entering university study for the first time; or you’re returning after a gap in study, JCU offers a range of pathways into university to help you achieve your study goals.

Contact our friendly team on 1800 246 446 for personalised advice about alternative entry and pathways to tertiary education.

Employment is assessed on the level of skill required for the job and your length of service. A minimum of six months full-time equivalent paid employment is required. This can be with one employer or more. Your employment does not need to be relate to the course you are applying for. Be sure to include details of your employment in your application.

The STAT is a two-hour aptitude test that assists applicants 18 years and over demonstrate their potential for tertiary study.  It is designed to assess a range of competencies commonly considered important for successful tertiary study and the results can be combined with formal qualifications to further improve your chances of an offer.

JCU Prep is a flexible program that enables mature students and school leavers to meet the entry requirements of their chosen degree.*

In as little as three months you can gain the skills and subject knowledge you need to enter university study, as well as becoming familiar with JCU’s campuses, facilities, technologies and support services.

This fee free** enabling course is open to all Australian citizens and Permanent Residents who want to enter university study at JCU, regardless of academic background and prior work/study experience.

Explore the JCU Prep course page to find out more.

Discover JCU Pathways for further information about alternate pathways to university.

*For students wishing to apply to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery; Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery; Bachelor of Physiotherapy; or Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours), JCU Prep can only be used to fulfil subject pre-requisites, not ATAR entry requirements.
**Students are only required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSA Fee).

If your OP or selection rank is not sufficient for entry to your preferred course, then you may want to consider options that improve your rank, such as another degree, a diploma course, or by completing a post-secondary qualification (Certificate III or higher).

Call us on 1800 246 446 for personalised advice.