Southern Cross University

Undergraduate Qualifying Program

Southern Cross University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 091558G

Level of study: Pathways to Undergraduate


The Undergraduate Qualifying Program (UQP) prepares International students for undergraduate study in the arts, business, tourism and hospitality, accounting, information technology and engineering. It assists students to develop the skills necessary for success at the undergraduate level.

The course combines English language and academic skills development with academic, content-based studies. It is designed for international students whose academic qualifications and/or English proficiency levels are slightly below Southern Cross University’s entry requirements for undergraduate degrees.

Students who successfully complete the Undergraduate Qualifying Program will meet the academic and English language requirements for the following undergraduate degrees: Diploma of Business, Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Digital Business, Diploma of Science, Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications.

Students who successfully complete the UQP will be granted two units of credit towards these courses.

Nursing and allied health stream

A specialised pathway into nursing and allied health (occupational therapy and podiatry only) degrees is available for students with an English language score comparable to Academic IELTS 6.5, with no band less than 6.0. Graduates of the UQP in this stream qualify for direct entry into the Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and the Bachelor of Podiatry at Southern Cross University. No advanced standing is included in this pathway.

Major areas of study

English Language Proficiency (General English + English for Academic Purposes) and two units from a selection of undergraduate degrees.

Career opportunities

This course is a pathway to a selection of undergraduate degrees at Southern Cross University.

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Course opportunities

Tuition Fees (AUD $): 12,840 for the entire course; 4,280 per unit
Start date: 06 July 2020
02 November 2020
Duration: 15 weeks
Study mode: Full time

Gold Coast Campus

Southern Cross Drive
Gold Coast Queensland 4225

Entry criteria

An education qualification recognised as equivalent to having successfully completed Australian Year 11; and, be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the program.

Applicants for admission to candidature to the Undergraduate Qualifying Program must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English; or, for all Undergraduate Qualifying streams (apart from the Nursing stream) have completed an International English Language Test (or comparable test scores*) with:

  • a minimum overall score of 5.5 and a minimum score of 5.0 in each subtest (or comparable test scores*) for 15 weeks English for Academic Purposes ENG10002 concurrent with academic units

Undergraduate Qualifying Program (Nursing and Allied Health stream), applicants must have:

  • a minimum overall score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.0 in each subtest (or comparable test scores) for 15 weeks English for Academic Purposes ENG10002 concurrent with academic units

Applicants must have IELTS - 5.5 with no band less than 5.0; CAE - 47; TOEFL PBT - 500 min 4.0 (TWE); TOEFL iBT - 46 with no less than 16 in writing; PTE - 42 with no communicative score less than 36; ISPLR - 3 in all 4 skills.


Southern Cross University
Lismore Campus
Military Road North Coast New South Wales 2480