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Preparing for tertiary education

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It is not always necessary to complete Year 12 in order to access tertiary education. There are several alternate pathways for adults who are returning to study.

University bridging courses

By undertaking a university bridging course, you can develop the confidence, knowledge and skills necessary for tertiary entrance. Many bridging courses offer flexible learning styles and external enrolment by distance, helping you to find an option that best fits your current situation.

Contact your preferred university for more information about bridging courses or programs for adult tertiary entrance.

QTAC alternative entry

The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) provides an option for alternative entry to tertiary study for some people who have not completed Year 12 or do not have formal academic qualifications. Visit the QTAC website to check your eligibility for alternative entry to tertiary study.

Adult tertiary preparation at TAFE

TAFE offers an adult tertiary preparation program to provide people aged over 18 with the knowledge and skills required for successful tertiary study. No previous year level standard is required, as this course is equal to Years 11 and 12.

To find out more about which TAFE institutes offer this course, visit the TAFE Queensland website. TAFE offers over 800 courses across Queensland in a range of industry areas, as well as pathways to further study.

It is not always necessary to complete Year 12 in order to access tertiary education. There are several alternate pathways for adults who are returning to study.

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Last updated 25 September 2018