The Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program is suitable for those of you who want to undertake tertiary study and may be:
Upon successful completion of STEPS, you will gain entry to CQUniversity Australia's diploma or degree programs through the CQUniversity direct entry process for those programs where direct entry is available. Entry to CQUniversity programs will be in accordance with specific undergraduate program entry requirements and successful completion of courses applicable to the program of choice. You will be advised of the appropriate study plan to facilitate the career pathway to which you aspire. You can chose to study in a full-time or part-time capacity in term 1, 2 or 3 of the academic year, dependant on course availability.
Download the Steps Brochure
The STEPS program can be studied at:
The program can also be studied by distance education. Compulsory attendance applies to students who choose to study the STEPS program internally.
* The Geraldton Universities Centre supports the on-campus delivery of the CQUniversity STEPS program to students residing in Western Austra.ia
The program takes between 1 to 6 terms to complete, with 2 terms being average. A standard term at university consists of approximately 12 weeks. Completion time depends on your entrance skill levels, the time you have available for study, and the requirements of the undergraduate program you wish to enter.
Testing and Information Sessions will be held:
For room locations, times and to register your attendance at the above sessions, please refer to the CQUniversity Events Calendar.
The STEPS program is FREE of tuition fees. However, there are associated costs with textbooks, stationery, photocopying and printing.
For more information on the associated costs please contact the STEPS administrative officer on 07 4150 7149.
The STEPS program is a Centrelink approved program. You may be eligible for various forms of financial support while undertaking the program. For more information, call Centrelink on 13 10 21 or visit their website at www.centrelink.gov.au.
STEPS covers academic communication, mathematics, sciences, computing, independent learning skills, study skills and library/online information literacy skills. Courses include:
• Preparation Skills for University
• Essay Writing for University
• Technical Writing for University
• Fundamental Mathematics for University
• Intermediate Mathematics for University
• Technical Mathematics for University
• Computing Skills for University
• Positive Learning for University
• Introductory Physics
• Introductory Biology
• Introductory Chemistry
• Foundation Science
The STEPS program aims to provide students with the confidence, knowledge and skills they will need to begin a university degree. If students require extra support while studying STEPS internally, their campus coordinator and lecturers are available to offer assistance. While completing the STEPS program, students have the support of a committed team of STEPS staff to guide them through the program. Students will learn to access CQUniversity’s internet based learning forums and make contact with other STEPS students, giving them the opportunity to discuss issues and make friends. As a STEPS student, they also have access to a wide range of student support services should they require them.
Find out more about CQUniversity's full range of support services.
To be eligible for STEPS, you must be:
• 18 years of age in the year of enrolment;
• an Australian/New Zealand citizen;
• a permanent resident; or
• a holder of a humanitarian visa.
You will be required to undertake a diagnostic entrance assessment for literacy, numeracy and computing competence. They will also participate in an individual interview. This assessment will guide the planning of an individual program of study which will meet the minimum entry requirements for the CQUniversity undergraduate program of choice.
You can apply direct to CQUniversity, the link below will provide you with the application form which you can mail to the address provided.
Please print and return to:
Academic Learning Services Unit
Locked Bag 3333
Bundaberg QLD 4670