QTAC PREPARATION PROGRAM 2008-9
ARRANGING QTAC COURSE PREFERENCES
APPLICATIONS AND OFFERS
• You can and should apply for up to 6
• Most applicants (CSP courses – see
later) will receive an offer of one
• Therefore all your choices should be in
strict order of preference and should
be courses you are prepared to accept.
• For offers, QTAC will start at your pref. 1 and
ask two questions: 1.Do you have the necessary
prerequisites and; 2.Have you got the necessary
OP (fit in the quota).
• If the answer to either question is “no”, the
computer moves on to your second pref. and
asks the same question. etc.
• If you get an offer:
• You can accept, reject, conditionally accept,
conditionally reject or accept and defer.
• For some creative arts courses, your OP might
not be used at all. Your folio, audition or
interview may have precedence.
• CSP courses – are Commonwealth Supported
Places („CSP‟ in QTAC book).
• fee courses = domestic fee - as opposed to
international fee. (2X-3X more expensive)
• Some courses are offered as both options and
some applicants (who applied for both) may
receive two offers.
• E.g. if the first course you are eligible for is fee,
you will get an offer for it and the next CSP for
which you are eligible.
• TAFE – most courses are Govt. subsidised some
are PGF (partially government funded), some
WHY INCLUDE A FEE COURSE
IN YOUR PREFERENCES?
• You will need the same prerequisites, etc.
• However, the OP requirement is usually
slightly higher (easier).
• E.g. in 2003, the OP for Vet. Science at UQ
was 1 (CSP) and 3 (fee).
• After 1 year of higher fees you may? switch
to the equivalent CSP course.
• OP‟s or Selection Ranks are not pre-
• They change yearly depending on the
course quota and popularity.
• The OP or Rank indicates that of the last
applicants to get into the course the
• They should be used as a guide, only.
• Are only used if your OP is in the cut-off
• They are used only in a small number of
• If you wish to do the course, include it in
your preferences, even if you are not
eligible for the field
• - as long as you satisfy the prerequisites
for the course.
1. List all the courses you are considering.
2. Check that you meet the pre-requisites.
3. Check their location.
4. Check whether Full-time, Flexible, External,
5. Check if CSP or fee courses.
6. Check the start date of the course
7. Arrange Sem. I courses (Feb., March) before
Sem II courses (July)
8. Now, eliminate any courses that you will not
be prepared to do
8. Check the OP cut-off‟s for the previous year.
9. Put the course you most want first.
10.Place the remaining courses in strict order
11.Preferences 3 and 4 should be in your OP
12.Preferences 5 and 6 should be upgrade
courses that you are prepared to study for 1
year. (“Foot in the door Courses”)
13.Pref. 6 should be well above your
14. Do not place courses in order of OP if
the order does not correspond to your
15. Avoid placing lower OP (competitive)
courses after much higher OP
courses. (Wasted preferences!)
16. (Review your order of preferences
after you receive your OP – you have
only 1 week to do this.)
• 1 st These are the courses
you would really like
IDEAL COURSES to study, even if your
chances of gaining
• 2nd entry may be
ARRANGING PREFERENCES :
• 3 rd
These courses would
be less competitive
REALISTIC course, etc) and may
COURSES be used for an
alternative career or
• 4 th to upgrade to your
ARRANGING PREFERENCES :
These courses would
• 5 th
be ones you are
prepared to do if you
miss out on all
‘FOOT IN THE others. They should
be quite easy to get
into, esp. No. 6. They
• 6 th could be used to
upgrade to other
• NOTE: The „Start Month‟ is not the
Offer Date. (Only the start date is in the
• To find the Offer Date for your
courses, you must go online at
www.qtac.edu.au and use the
„course search tool‟ and enter the
course QTAC code.
• NOW (as per page 7-8 in QTAC
• If all your courses are in the same
„Offer Round Date‟, leave as is (&
accept, defer, cond. accept, etc.,
when the offer is made to you)
• If your preferences include different „Offer
Round Dates‟, (the major offer round is
Jan.15) you must rearrange from 1-6 in order
of „Offer Round Dates‟
• ….as offers are made in order of the major
offer round dates.
• E.g. if your 1st pref. is offered in Jan and your
2nd pref. in Dec., you won‟t get an offer for
your 2nd pref if you miss out on your 1st pref.
(It will be too late)
• Some courses have more than one starting
• E.g., you can nominate a course which starts in
Semester I, 2009 or …Semester II, 2009.
• Therefore, to find the Offer Date for your
course you must go online at
www.qtac.edu.au and use the „course
search tool‟ and enter the course QTAC
• If you wish to start in Sem. I, you must select
that course Offer Date.
• Therefore, courses which
commence in Semester I must be
listed higher than Semester II
courses to be considered in the
January Offer Round.
• BUT, some courses, esp.
Performing Arts courses & Bond
University courses have their
major offer round in December.
• Therefore, they must be placed
higher (than Jan. and June offer
courses) to be considered for the
December Offer Round
PREFERENCES - GENERAL RULE
(as on pages 7-8)
• Arrange courses in order of preference
• Then rearrange in order of major offer
rounds (e.g. Dec offer courses before Jan.
• Conditionally accept a December Offer if
it is made (even though it‟s really your 2nd or 3rd pref.)
• Then rearrange pref‟s so the Jan. course
you really want is now your 1st pref.
• Wait for January Offers and if offered
your real 1st pref. , accept it!
• Place courses in order of personal
preference – from most desired to least
• Only apply for courses that you are sure
you would accept if they are offered
• Ensure you enter the correct course
code, and name. (Be careful of full-time,
part-time codes, starting times and fee
REMEMBER, TO UPGRADE:
• Having to go to a less desirable place or
course may only be necessary for 1 yr.
• CIII = rank 69 („OP15‟)
• CIV = rank 74 („OP13‟)
• Diploma = rank 83 („OP9‟)
• Adv. Diploma = rank 90 („OP6‟)
• 1 yr of a degree = rank (= „OP‟1,2,3,4,5,6,…)
Depending on your results
Assessment at Uni is by GPA (Grade Point
Average) …. a 0-7 point scale with 7 the
highest possible GPA.
IN YOUR FIRST YEAR, IF YOU AVERAGE:
• Pass = GPA of 4 = Rank of 93 (= „OP‟ 5!)
• Credit = GPA of 5 = Rank of 96 (= „OP‟ 3!)
• Dist. = GPA of 6 = Rank of 98 (= „OP‟ 1-2!)
• H.Dist. = GPA of 7 = Rank of 99 (= „OP‟ 1!)
MISTAKES BY PAST STUDENTS
• One student obtained an OP of 16 but didn‟t
change unrealistic preferences (courses of
OP10, 11, 12)!
• After receiving an OP of 20, one student
changed their 5th and 6th preferences to courses
requiring an OP of less than 20. No offer!
• One student (OP11) removed their 5th and 6th
preferences (OP14‟s) completely. As their 1st 4
preferences were less than OP10, they received
• Revisit and carefully consider your preferences
after receiving your OP
•As well as applying through QTAC, apply
for CIII or CIV courses at TAFE, directly,
as backup courses.
•Phone Sunshine Coast Inst. TAFE, or
other TAFE‟s for application forms, or
download from websites.
•Applications need to be made about the
same time as QTAC.