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Assumed knowledge

‘Assumed knowledge’ is the term we use to explain the minimum level of knowledge we presume you have in some subjects before you start your degree.

At USQ, many programs don’t require you to have studied specific subjects at school to enrol in our undergraduate degrees, but you do need a sound level of knowledge in those areas. However, some degrees do have specific prerequisite subjects, that is subjects you must have successfully completed prior to starting at USQ. 

If you would like to apply to study, and you are not sure you have the assumed knowledge required, we recommend you enrol in a preparatory course to develop the knowledge you need. 

What's the assumed knowledge for my degree?

If your degree has assumed knowledge it will be included in the ‘Entry requirements’ section of the degree information. 

Some degrees have additional assumed knowledge equivalent to one or more of the following subjects:

2018 and 2019 Queensland OP subjects 2020 and onward Queensland ATAR subjects 
English (4, SA) English (Units 3 & 4, C)
Mathematics A (4, SA)  General Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) 
Mathematics B (4, SA)  Mathematics Methods (Units 3 & 4, C) 
Mathematics C (4, SA)  Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) 
Biology (4, SA)  Biology (Units 3 & 4, C) 
Chemistry (4, SA)  Chemistry (Units 3 & 4, C) 
Physics (4, SA)  Physics (Units 3 & 4, C) 

Check your degree information to find out what the assumed knowledge is for your degree.

How much knowledge do I need?

We assume your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with at least Sound Achievement (SA).

You'll see this listed under ‘Entry requirements’ within individual degree information as ‘(4, SA)’.

What if I’m not sure I have the assumed knowledge for my degree?

Without the assumed knowledge, you might find it difficult to keep up in your classes as our courses are built on the assumed knowledge.

You can undertake preparatory courses within our Tertiary Preparation Program, before or during your degree, to ensure you are prepared for learning success.

Preparatory courses for English:

For all degrees: TPP7122 and TPP7123

Preparatory courses for Mathematics A:

For all degrees except Engineering and Construction: TPP7181

For Engineering and Construction: TPP7182

Preparatory courses for Mathematics B:

For all degrees: TPP7183

Recommended study

Entry requirements for some degrees also list subjects as recommended study.

If you have studied these subjects at school, it may assist you to understand more about topics in your degree. If you want to find out more about recommended study please contact us.