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Accelerated Entry Pathway Program

Accelerated Entry Pathway Program (AEPP)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • -
  • 7 weeks
  • 29 November 2021


  • The Accelerated Entry Pathway Program (AEPP) is an intensive (accelerated) program offered on-campus over Semester 3, and focuses on developing academic skills before a degree is undertaken, provides a pathway to a wide-range of undergraduate degrees, and supports the transition from school to university.
  • AEPP is perfect for you if you are in Year 12, or taken a gap year, and:
    • want to gain entry to a degree program at USQ
    • want an introduction to how to study at university level
    • want to find out more about university to see if it is for you
    • you fall short of your dream ATAR or didn’t do the subjects needed for your degree of choice and want to go to university
    • are unsure if your ATAR will get you into the USQ degree you want to study.
  • AEPP is a free program for Year 12 students who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens residing in Australia, or a Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder and is offered at the University’s Toowoomba and Springfield campuses.
  • AEPP is offered over two 10-day sessions in December and January, and free accommodation is available for students from outer regional and remote areas. You will complete two courses (subjects) especially designed to help you transition into university studies. This includes critical thinking and writing, numeracy and study skills.
  • 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.
  • This program is funded through the Australian government’s Higher  Education Participation and Partnership Program to promote equality of opportunity in higher education to people from a low socio-economic background, regional and remote areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Further study

This accelerated 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.

Career outcomes

  • As part of this program you'll enhance your core academic skills to think critically and write academically, providing you with everything you need to succeed at university, and the confidence to follow your dream career.
  • As a stepping stone to further university study, successfully complete AEPP and be ready to apply for a range of USQ undergraduate degrees, with endless career opportunities.

Entry requirements

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 and this degree 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.

Other pathway options

At USQ, we understand the path to University is different for everyone. There are many pathways programs available to fast-track your way to a USQ degree, and gain the confidence to study along the way.

Need help deciding which pathway is right for you? Contact our friendly team who can assist with any questions you might have.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 2 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit.  

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 2
Total 2

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

While completing 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.

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, and eligibility is based on criteria such as family income, home location, distance to a USQ campus and individual circumstances.

Residential School dates

  • 29 November - 10 December 2021
  • 10 January - 21 January 2022

Fees and scholarships

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.1

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2022. 

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ. 

The study dates for the Accelerated Entry Pathway Program for 2021/2022 are:

  • 29 November - 10 December 2021
  • 10 January - 21 January 2022

Application closing date

The application closing date for 2021/2022 is: Monday 22 November 2021.

Further information

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