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What is STEPS?

The Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) program is suitable for those of you who want to undertake tertiary study and may be:

  • returning to study or work after some time away
  • keen to meet prerequisite subjects for your desired degree
  • need some additional support to gain the confidence and skills to successfully enter and undertake university study.

Download the Steps Brochure.

After completing STEPS what will I have?

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.

Can I complete a STEPS course whilst studying my undergraduate degree?

Current CQUniversity students undertaking coursework degrees needing to up-skills in certain areas can enrol in STEPS. Enrolment will be established on the outcome of close collaboration between the student, course lecturer, the access coordinator and in some instances, the student counsellor. Specific up-skilling needs for individual students will determine the study plan.

Where can STEPS be studied?

The STEPS program can be studied at:

  • CQUniversity Brisbane, 160 Ann Street, Brisbane 
  • CQUniversity Bundaberg, University Drive, Bundaberg 
  • CQUniversity Gladstone, Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone 
  • CQUniversity Mackay, Boundary Road, Mackay 
  • CQUniversity Noosa, 90 Goodchap Street, Noosaville
  • CQUniversity Rockhampton, Bruce Highway, Rockhampton
  • CQUniversity Sydney, 400 Kent Street, Sydney - NEW from Term 2, 2014!
  • Geraldton Universities Centre*

The program can also be studied by distance education.

* The Geraldton Universities Centre supports the on-campus delivery of the CQUniversity STEPS program to students residing in Western Australia.

When is STEPS offered?

  • Term 1 (On-campus, Distance education)
  • Term 2 (On-campus, Distance education)
  • Term 3 (Distance education)

For specific term dates, please visit Events and Key Dates

How long does STEPS take?

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.

What costs are involved in undertaking STEPS?            

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.

What financial assistance is available to me?

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.

What support services are available to me?

The STEPS program aims to provide you with the confidence, knowledge and skills you will need to begin a university degree. If you do need extra support while studying STEPS, your access coordinator and lecturers are available to offer assistance.

While completing the STEPS program, you have the support of a committed team of STEPS staff who will guide you through the program. You will learn to access CQUniversity's internet based learning forums and make contact with other STEPS students, giving you the opportunity to discuss issues and make friends.

Find out more about CQUniversity's full range of support services.