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Getting an early and guaranteed offer to university

20 Aug 2018

It can be a nervous wait for parents and Year 12 students in the lead up to offers being made to university places for next year. By offering school leavers an early and guaranteed place in November, USC’s Early Offer Guarantee program helps students and their families plan for the study journey ahead, knowing they’ve got uni sorted.

What is the Early Offer Guarantee?

The Early Offer Guarantee is a program for eligible Year 12 students to gain an early and guaranteed offer to a USC program before they receive their Year 12 results, as long they have met all the entry criteria.

What are the requirements of the Early Offer Guarantee?

The Early Offer Guarantee is no free ride and all normal course prerequisites (mandatory school subjects that need to be completed to gain entry into a university program) still apply.

Your child doesn’t need to be OP eligible to apply, but they do need to demonstrate a level of academic performance and potential in line with the OP/rank minimum selection threshold for their preferred program.

How does my child apply?

To apply, your child will need their principal’s approval, who will consider your child’s academic performance, motivation to succeed, and personal qualities like their interests, passion and talents.

There are some programs that are not available for entry through the Early Offer Guarantee program including:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated)
  • Bachelor of Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Medical Science
  • Bachelor of Midwifery
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) Deans Scholars.

Your child will also need to put their USC program they are applying for early entry into as their first preference in their Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) application.

What do students like about this program?

USC Student Ambassador, Thomas Lee, is in his second year of a Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts at USC. A former student at Cooloola Christian College, Thomas applied to receive an Early Offer Guarantee into his degree during his final term of Year 12.

Thomas Lee

“My siblings and my mum have studied through USC and so I knew I wanted to study there too,” Thomas said. “My goal was to study education and so receiving an Early Offer Guarantee meant I didn’t have to worry about what and where I was going to study over the summer break.”

“It also meant that I could plan ahead for the following year, including looking at what study areas I might like to major in,” he said.

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