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Southern Cross University offers a range of entry options for those not coming straight from high school to university. These applicants may gain admission based on their previous Year 12, tertiary or TAFE studies or by one of the many alternative pathways to study at Southern Cross University.

Previous Year 12 studies

High school studies do not have a use-by date and your results gained in senior secondary school can be used to gain entry to university many years later.

If you did not complete traditional Year 12 studies at high school, it may be possible for you to still use some abridged Year 12 programs to gain a selection rank. If this applies to you, you must include the details of your secondary qualification in your application for study.

Previous TAFE or tertiary studies

Your previous completed or incomplete tertiary studies (including vocational and higher education studies undertaken at High School, TAFE, a private Registered Training Provider or a Higher Education Provider such as a University) may be used to formulate a selection rank to determine your eligibility for a place of study at Southern Cross University.

Studies completed at Certificate III level or higher will provide Guaranteed Entry into our Associate Degrees and some Bachelor Degrees, with credit for prior related learning that may reduce your study time (in months or years).  If you have an incomplete qualification you may still qualify for a selection rank and credit for your prior related learning.

When applying for entry (admission) into a Southern Cross University course and credit for prior related learning through the Advanced Standing Process, you must include details about your prior study or life/work experience in your UAC, QTAC or Direct Application and verify your prior learning by uploading or lodging supporting documents with their application.

To gain entry to a specific Southern Cross University course your selection rank must meet the minimum entry requirement or ATAR/OP cut-off for that course.

TAFE to university pathways

Southern Cross University has developed TAFE to university pathways within our geographic footprint with TAFE NSW - North Coast Institute and Gold Coast Institute of TAFE that will enable you to gain entry (admission) with maximum credit into the named Southern Cross University courses.

Qualification Linkages and organisational specific pathways

Southern Cross University has approved vocational qualification-based entry and credit linkages into some courses which apply to people holding a particular qualification regardless of which registered educational organisation issued their qualification. These arrangements are known as AQF Vocational Qualification Linkages.

Some organisation-specific entry and credit pathways have also been developed between Southern Cross University and other vocational and higher educational organisations. These arrangements only apply to students/graduates of the named organisation and are known as pathways.