Pathways to university

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Discover your best path to University

There are many pathways to university. An offer on the basis of your high school results is just one.

If you are a school leaver, you can apply with your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) through Tertiary Admissions Centres like UAC or QTAC. If your ATAR is not high enough, you can complete one of our fee-free pathway programs – Preparing for Success Program (three-month course) or Transition to Uni (six-week intensive course over summer). These provide excellent preparation for university, equipping you with the academic and study skills you need to succeed. 

If you are returning to study after a break, our fee-free Preparing for Success program will give you the skills for university. Alternatively, you can complete one of our Diploma programs or Short Courses and gain credit into your course.

Successful completion of our pathway courses – delivered through SCU College – provide guaranteed entry into our Bachelor degrees. *

* Some courses have additional entry requirements. Refer to the relevant course page for further information.

Transition to Uni student Inderjot Bajwa

“When I found out about the intensive six-week Transition to Uni course, I applied and got in and it really helped me get the start I needed at uni – I wouldn’t have been able to study a degree without it.”

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I got my first grade at Uni and I just laughed out loud.
It it wasn't just a pass, I actually got a  High Distinction. And I'd always done terrible at school.
I did uh the PSP course at SCU which gave me like the foundations of what you need to be able to study at Uni and um I didn't  fail that, got good grades so I was like hey we'll keep going.
Studied a Bachelor in Psych, did alright so I kept going. And uh got into Honours and now I'm writing a thesis.
Getting that first grade was the first time that I felt like I can actually do this and it has led um me to to  get to where I am now and I'm really grateful of it.

A better way to learn

At Southern Cross University we’re always looking for a better way to do things. That’s why we’re delivering our courses in six-week terms. The Southern Cross Model will set you up for success at university and beyond. 

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SCU College

Making University education more accessible than ever before, SCU College supports students from diverse backgrounds, experiences and language groups. There are many pathways to University, a high school score is just one of them. If you don’t meet the Bachelor degree entry requirements, SCU College offers a range of alternative pathways to university study, including our Preparing for Success Program and Transition to Uni courses. The College also offers a range of Diplomas, which are guaranteed pathways to Bachelor degree studies provided you achieve the required results.


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