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Access USC

Access USC is a scheme established to encourage participation from eligible applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage and/or who have excelled in academic and sporting endeavours.

Under the Access USC scheme, domestic students applying for most undergraduate programs¹ will be eligible for adjustment factors to be applied to their ATAR score or selection rank.

All adjustment factors will be applied by QTAC. Applicants to USC may receive a maximum adjustment of ten (10) selection ranks across all Access USC adjustment schemes specified below:

QTAC Educational Access Scheme

The QTAC Educational Access Scheme (EAS) is for current and former secondary students who experience difficult circumstances that adversely impact on their studies.

You can apply for EAS as part of your QTAC application. Applicants assessed under the Educational Access Scheme will be eligible for an adjustment of up to six (6) selection ranks.

Elite Athlete adjustment

Applicants who are elite athletes may be eligible for an adjustment of up to six (6) selection ranks.

To qualify for the USC Elite Athlete adjustment scheme, you must currently be an athlete, coach or referee with an Australian Sports Commission (ASC) recognised sport and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • You’re in a state development squad or team.
  • You’re in a state team or an individual competing in national level competitions.
  • You’re in a national development squad or team.
  • You’re in a national team or an individual competing in international competitions.
  • You’re a coach for a state or national squad or team, or a referee in national or international competitions.

Athletes from non-ASC recognised sports are encouraged to apply and may be considered at the discretion of USC.

When lodging your QTAC application, you will be asked to indicate if you are an elite athlete. If you are applying to USC courses, you will receive a form with your QTAC application confirmation to return to QTAC with details of recent major competitions you have participated in, as well as other relevant information about your sporting achievements and lifestyle. In addition to completing this form, applicants who are not with the Queensland Academy of Sport will also need to provide an official letter signed by their coach, team manager or sporting organisation which details their team and squad selections and highest level of representation achieved in their sport.

USC welcomes all elite athletes and aims to accommodate the demands of their sport in relation to study. More information is available at USC's High Performance Student Athlete program.

QTAC will assess the application and supporting documentation and apply the relevant adjustments.

Regional Preference adjustment

Applicants who reside in the Sunshine Coast region or in regions outside the Sunshine Coast region classified as "outer regional", "Remote" or "Very Remote" under the Australian Standard Geographical Remoteness Classification (ASGC) will be eligible for an adjustment of two (2) selection ranks under the Regional Preference adjustment.

Disadvantaged School adjustment

Applicants who are current school leavers from a school that has been designated as disadvantaged will eligible for an adjustment of two (2) selection ranks.

Smith Family adjustment

Applicants who are participants in the Smith Family Learning for Life program will be eligible for an adjustment of two (2) selection ranks.

Applicants indicate that they are participants in the Smith Family Learning for Life program through the Educational Access Scheme section of their QTAC application.

Year 12 Subject and Headstart adjustment²

Current Year 12 school applicants who have completed school subjects specified below or the International Baccalaureate/Interstate equivalent or have successfully completed Headstart courses with USC will be eligible for a maximum adjustment of six (6) selection ranks:

Year 12 subject adjustment

  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Languages other than English (LOTE)
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Headstart adjustment

  • Students who successfully complete a USC Headstart course will receive a subject bonus adjustment (1 rank per course) up to a maximum of four (4) selection ranks.

¹ Access USC adjustments do not apply to the Bachelor of Medical Science.

² Exceptions:

  • Year 12 Subject adjustment does not apply to the Bachelor of Medical Science or the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Accelerated).
  • Headstart adjustment does not apply to the Bachelor of Medical Science.

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