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Obtaining an Overall Position (OP) is the primary pathway for Year 12 students to gain tertiary entrance, but other options are available to those wishing to pursue further studies.


Students can seek tertiary entrance by obtaining an OP. To be eligible, they must study 20 semester units of Authority subjects, including at least three subjects for four semesters each, and sit the QCS Test (see also OPs and FPs for more information). Students must also choose courses that meet the subject prerequisites for their tertiary preferences.

Students who satisfy the prerequisites are then selected for particular courses based on their OP. Students with the best OPs are offered places first. In some cases institutions need to differentiate between students with the same OP by using FPs.

In cases where it has not been possible to separate applicants for the same course by using the OP followed by the FPs as the primary means of selection, QTAC will use the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank as a final discriminator.

Other pathways

Students who aren’t eligible for an OP, but wish to gain entry to tertiary courses can apply to QTAC for a selection rank based on "schedules", which are specifically developed for this purpose. For more information on schedules and tertiary entrance options, visit the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Young people with qualifications including the International Baccalaureate, AQF Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, music, dance, and speech and drama, can also apply to QTAC. QTAC will then use schedules to assess students and offer tertiary places.

Queensland Core Skills Test results can be included in QTAC schedules, and QTAC also administers the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). The STAT is a two-hour aptitude test that assists applicants to demonstrate their potential for tertiary study and helps tertiary institutions make their selection decisions.

Most tertiary institutions have special entry conditions for mature-age applicants (21 years and over) that take into consideration factors such as motivation to study, work experience and achievements since leaving school. Many offer special courses to help mature-age students. Check with the institutions for more information.

Anyone who needs to complete Year 12 can do so by enrolling at their local high school or at a Centre of Continuing Secondary Education (listed in Education Queensland's Schools Directory), which offer more flexible learning options. Subjects can also be completed by sitting the QCAA 's Senior External Examination.

More information

See the publications and resources section or contact QTAC, your local high school or Education Queensland.

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