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Accelerated Entry Pathway Program

Accelerated Entry Pathway Program (AEPP)

Study Mode
  • External

  • 30 November 2020

Number of Units
  • 2 units (maximum)

  • 7 weeks

  • -

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Program Information Set

Get uni-ready fast

The Accelerated Entry Pathway Program (AEPP) is an intensive program offered on-campus over Semester 3. The program will assist you to become a successful university student by developing your academic skills before you start your degree. It will help you transition from school to university in a supportive, on-campus, adult learning environment. 

Is this program for me?

AEPP is for you if you are in Year 12 and you:

  • need to meet the English subject pre-requisite required for entry into your preferred USQ degree 
  • want to build on your achievements in Year 12 and prepare to transition into university 
  • want an introduction to how to study at university level
  • want to find out more about university to see if it is for you
  • did not undertake an OP at school and want to go to university
  • are unsure if your OP will get you into the USQ program you want to do.

AEPP is a fee-free program if you are an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen residing in Australia, or a Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder. 

Successful completion of AEPP will provide you with the English subject pre-requisite required for USQ degrees and ensure you are eligible to apply for a wide range of USQ undergraduate degrees.

You will complete two courses specially designed to help you transition into university studies. You will be expected to attend two, two-week on-campus workshops, in addition to your own home/online study in between.

Pathway to further study

This intensive pathway program aims to prepare you for entry to a uni degree. But what if you’re not quite ready for a bachelor degree, or want a qualification sooner? Our Certificate of University Studies (4 courses) or Diploma of University Studies (8 courses) are the perfect next steps on your university journey.

Residential Schools

While completing the AEPP you will be required to attend two Residential Schools at either USQ Toowoomba or USQ Springfield. You will attend class sessions every day during Residential School. All sessions are compulsory and are designed to assist you with your study and assessments throughout the program.

Residential School dates

  • 30 November - 11 December 2020 
  • 11 January - 22 January 2021
Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 2
Total 2

How much will it cost?

If you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen (resident in Australia), holder of either Australian Permanent Residency or Australian Permanent Humanitarian visas, you have access to fee-free places in this program.

Fee-free places are granted for a period of one semester.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply for AEPP you must be:

  • Undertaking Year 12 or equivalent in the year of application

Applicants are required to provide evidence of their Year 12 enrolment and achievement. Some special considerations may apply. In some circumstances school leavers might be admitted within a 1 or 2 year period of completing Year 12. Students not meeting this requirement and experiencing exceptional circumstances, based on results of the communication skills tests, can apply for consideration of a case-by-case basis. Applications will be assessed individually and alternative pathways provided for students for whom AEPP is not the most appropriate program. 

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

If you don't live close to a USQ location offering the Accelerated Entry Pathway Program, there will be accommodation available at the USQ Toowoomba residential colleges for the duration of your on-campus study periods. A bursary is available for the cost of accommodation. Eligibility is based on criteria such as family income, home location, distance to a USQ campus and individual circumstances.

Important dates

The dates for the Accelerated Entry Pathway Program for 2020/2021 are:

  • 30 November - 11 December 2020
  • 11 January - 22 January 2021

Application closing date

The application closing date for the Accelerated Entry Pathway Program for 2020/2021 will be: Friday 20 November 2020.

Change of Preference

Find out everything you need to know about your study options at a Change of Preference event to suit you.

We’ll be here on the phones, online, on-campus and in person to help you change your preference so you can still start the degree or course that’s right for you in 2020.

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