There are many ways to get into Southern Cross University. If you are applying as a school leaver, you may apply with an ATAR through Tertiary Admissions Centres like UAC or QTAC.

If your ATAR is not high enough for the course you want to do, you can complete one of our fee-free pathway programs: Preparing for Success at SCU (three-month course) or Transition to Uni (six-week intensive course over summer). These are an excellent preparation for university, equipping you with the academic and study skills you need to succeed. If you successfully complete a pathway course, delivered through the SCU Collegeyou may then apply for entry to a range of Bachelor degrees.

International students can complete the Undergraduate Qualifying Program which offers a similar preparation with the addition of language skills or the Postgraduate Qualifying Program for postgraduate study.

Southern Cross also offers a range of Diploma and Associate Degrees. These are an excellent way to dip your toes into the water at the University and if you want to go on to a Bachelor degree in a connected discipline, you may also receive credit for your previous study.


What pathways are available to me?

  • Preparation programs to undertake a Bachelor degree with no ATAR required
  • Programs are also available for international students, including English language preparation for university study
  • Diplomas and Associate Degrees can be pathways to a Bachelor degree
  • Your work experience can count towards a degree or can help get you into a degree – contact our Future Students team for more info
  • Specialised services and networks through SCU College means you get the support you need to take the right pathway and succeed.