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					QTAC PREPARATION PROGRAM 2008-9
          SESSION 4




ARRANGING QTAC COURSE PREFERENCES
APPLICATIONS AND OFFERS

• You can and should apply for up to 6
  courses.
• Most applicants (CSP courses – see
  later) will receive an offer of one
  course only.
• Therefore all your choices should be in
  strict order of preference and should
  be courses you are prepared to accept.
                    OFFERS
     GENERALLY:
•   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.
                 COURSE FEES
• 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
    are fee.
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.
        COURSE CUT-OFFS

• OP‟s or Selection Ranks are not pre-
  determined.
• 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
  previous year.
• They should be used as a guide, only.
        FIELD POSITIONS:

• Are only used if your OP is in the cut-off
  band!
• They are used only in a small number of
  cases.
• 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.
ARRANGING PREFERENCES
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,
     etc.
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
 ARRANGING PREFERENCES
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
   of preference.
11.Preferences 3 and 4 should be in your OP
   area.
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
   anticipated OP.
ARRANGING PREFERENCES
14. Do not place courses in order of OP if
   the order does not correspond to your
   preferences.
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.)
  ARRANGING PREFERENCES
       IN SUMMARY:

• 1 st                   These are the courses
                         you would really like
         IDEAL COURSES   to study, even if your
                         chances of gaining
• 2nd                    entry may be
                         unlikely.
 ARRANGING PREFERENCES :

• 3 rd
                     These courses would
                     be less competitive
                     (location, similar
         REALISTIC   course, etc) and may
         COURSES     be used for an
                     alternative career or
• 4 th               to upgrade to your
                     ideal course
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
         DOOR COURSES’
                         be quite easy to get
                         into, esp. No. 6. They
• 6 th                   could be used to
                         upgrade to other
                         courses.
*ARRANGING PREFERENCES*

• NOTE: The „Start Month‟ is not the
  Offer Date. (Only the start date is in the
  QTAC guide)
• 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.
*ARRANGING PREFERENCES*

• NOW (as per page 7-8 in QTAC
  guide):
• 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)
*ARRANGING PREFERENCES*
• However:
• 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)
           STARTING MONTH
• Some courses have more than one starting
    date.
•   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
    code.
• If you wish to start in Sem. I, you must select
    that course Offer Date.
       STARTING MONTH

• Therefore, courses which
 commence in Semester I must be
 listed higher than Semester II
 courses to be considered in the
 January Offer Round.
       STARTING MONTH
• 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.
  offer courses)
• 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!
           IN SUMMARY:

• Place courses in order of personal
  preference – from most desired to least
  desired
• 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
  course codes)
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
       UPGRADING BY
     UNIVERSITY STUDIES

 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
    no offer!
•   Revisit and carefully consider your preferences
    after receiving your OP
     DIRECT APPLICATION

•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.

				
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