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Pathways to university

Discover your fee-free path

Understanding pathways

See just how many roads can lead to university study. A JCU Pathway embraces your background and experience, and takes a personalised approach to equipping you for your next step. Explore how you can develop essential skills, foundational knowledge and increased confidence as you work towards entry into many JCU Bachelor degrees.*

Be ready today, for tomorrow with pathways available for a range of student needs. Discover which pathway is right for you.

Find your pathway

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It’s my first experience with higher education

If you’re new to university study, or it’s been a while since you completed a qualification, there’s a place for you at JCU. Discover our supportive pathway options, designed to equip you for academic success. Whether you know exactly where you want to go, or want to keep your career options open, our Pathways team are here to assist.

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I have a TAFE or VET qualification

Use the prior learning you received in your VET/TAFE qualification to receive a pathway into JCU courses.

An existing qualification from a VET or TAFE provider, such as a Certificate III, Certificate IV or an AQF Diploma, means you may be eligible for guaranteed entry into certain JCU Bachelor's degrees.* Your qualification may also count as credit toward your chosen course, helping you complete your studies sooner.

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I'm coming to JCU from overseas

Equip yourself for a unique and rewarding Australian study experience with JCU's range of pathway options for international students. Preparatory courses and qualifications are available to ensure your academic success, providing you with a range of useful study skills, while discipline -specific courses prepare you for direct entry into targeted Bachelor degrees.

Your questions answered

JCU has various Pathway options available at each campus. Discuss your options and find your path by chatting with our friendly team.

Support for Indigenous students

5 Stars for student teacher ratio1
Fee-free pathway JCU Prep students only pay SSA fees2
5 Stars for undergraduate full-time employment1
12023 Good Universities Guide, 2Students are only required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSA Fee).

The right fit

*Successful completion of a Pathway program can enable students to meet the entry requirements for study areas such as Arts, Business, Law, Engineering, Nursing, Science, Information Technology, Pharmacy, and Sport and Exercise Science. For students wishing to apply to the Bachelor of Dental Surgery; Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery; Bachelor of Physiotherapy; or Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours), JCU Prep can only be used to fulfil subject pre-requisites, not ATAR entry requirements. Please contact the Ƶ to learn more.

**Students are only required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSA Fee).