There’s more than one way to get into your dream university course. TAFE Queensland has a range of pathway options that can get you started on your university degree sooner. If you didn’t finish Year 12, complete the required prerequisites, or get the OP you needed, TAFE Queensland can help you get into your preferred university degree.



Pathway options


Improve your OP

Completing any TAFE Queensland certificate III, certificate IV, diploma, advanced diploma, or associate degree may improve your OP score or QTAC selection rank and allow you to get into your dream university degree. Another added benefit of studying this way is that you can start working in your industry straight away, using your certificate or diploma skills while you finish off your degree.

Course QTAC selection rank* Maximum QTAC selection rank (using PLA)
Certificate III 68 (approx. OP 15) 82 (approx. OP 9)
Certificate IV 74 (approx. OP 12) 89 (approx. OP 6)
Diploma 82 (approx. OP 9) 91 (approx. OP 5)
Advanced Diploma / Associate Degree 91 (approx. OP 5) 98 (approx. OP 2)


Course Maximum QTAC selection rank (not using STAT^) Maximum QTAC selection rank (using STAT^)
Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation 91 (approx. OP 5) 98 (approx. OP 2)


* Based on grade point average (GPA) equivalent of 4.
^ The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

NOTE: QUT and Griffith University currently allocate a minimum rank of 87 (approx. OP 7) and 91 (approx. OP 5) for a completed Diploma and Advanced Diploma respectively. 



Study a degree with us

In addition to TAFE Queensland's own accredited specialist degree qualifications, we have partnered with some of Australia's leading universities to deliver contemporary degrees in a practical, job-focused learning environment.

You will graduate with either a TAFE Queensland, University of Canberra or Federation University degree along with the hands-on skills and applied learning that makes TAFE Queensland graduates so highly sought after by employers.

Our diploma-to-degree pathways mean that you can also complete a diploma and bachelor degree in the time it usually takes to complete a degree alone. You'll graduate ahead of the pack with academic knowledge backed up by real-world skills.

Whilst studying this way could save you time and money, it will give you a head start in the job market allowing you to put your diploma skills into practice in the industry while you complete your degree qualification.


Top 5 reasons to study your degree with us

  1. We have over a decade of experience as an integrated provider of undergraduate degrees and have recently partnered with the University of Canberra and Federation University to deliver postgraduate degrees.
  2. Our approach to learning and teaching is about making academic subjects applicable to the real world. We make sure that everything you learn is relevant and usable.
  3. Our workshop-style classes will give you more one-on-one time with your teachers. It also allows us to tailor the lessons to your individual needs and goals.
  4. We have strong links with industry and offer courses that align with current industry needs. We keep up to date with emerging trends and advances in technology so our courses always remain ahead of the curve.
  5. Our world-class equipment, industry standard facilities and collaborative working spaces mean you will graduate ready to hit the ground running.

Credit transfers

If you study a qualification at TAFE Queensland you may be eligible to receive credit towards your chosen degree. This is called a credit transfer and can save you time and money off your university studies.


University pathways guide

Whether you want to develop practical skills before heading to university, move directly into the workforce and study at university part time, or boost your OP to get into your dream university course, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to suit you.

University prerequisites

Are you an Australian or International student and need to complete a prerequisite subject to meet university entrance requirements? Unilearn offers a range of online courses to help you achieve in your chosen study pathway. 

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