Accelerated Entry Pathway Program
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.
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
- 2 - 13 December 2019
- 13 - 24 January 2020
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.
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.
The dates for the Accelerated Entry Pathway Program for 2018/2019 are:
- 2 - 13 December 2019
- 13 - 24 January 2020.
The closing date for the Accelerated Entry Pathway Program for 2019/2020 will be: Friday 15 November 2019.