Principal's Recommendation Scheme

At CQUniversity, we believe senior schooling results are an important factor leading to student success. We also recognise that other factors and attributes such as motivation, talent, and passion have a key role to play aswell.

Our Principal’s Recommendation Scheme is an early offer scheme that allows Year 12 students to apply to a CQUniversity course based on the recommendation of their high school Principal rather than ATAR. Open to all Year 12 students, the Scheme is designed to assist capable students to access entry to CQUniversity, it in no way provides relaxation of the quality and academic standards that students must meet to successfully complete their degree.

So, if you are in Year 12 and preparing your application for university study, our Principal's Recommendation Scheme allows you to receive an unconditional offer for a CQUniversity course within 48 hours of submitting your application. There's no need to wait for your Year 12 results to be released or to receive an ATAR to submit your application, apply now and receive an offer early.

CQUniversity’s Principal’s Recommendation Scheme (PRS) provides an alternate entry pathway to CQUniversity courses that is based on the recommendation of your school Principal rather an ATAR. This means that as a Year 12 student applying for university, you no longer need to wait for your Year 12 results. You can receive an unconditional offer for Term 1 (March) 2021 within 48 hours of submitting your application.

To apply for a CQUniversity course via the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme, you must meet the following criteria. You must

  • Be studying Year 12 in an Australian school.
  • Have your Principal’s recommendation in writing - refer to the recommendation checklist in the section below to see what must be included in the recommendation letter.

If you're ready to submit your application via the PRS, check out the How To Apply section below for more details including the direct application link, when applications open and close, and courses with additional entry requirements.

To be accepted, the Principal’s recommendation letter that you provide with your application must:

  • be on your School Letterhead
  • be signed and dated by your Principal
  • list your full name
  • list the name of the course that you are applying for.

View an example recommendation letter.

Courses that are excluded and therefore not open for application via the Principal's Recommendation Scheme,  include:

  • CG91 - Bachelor of Medical Sonography / Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography
  • CV69 - Bachelor of Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology / Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography
  • CG92 - Bachelor of Medical Imaging
  • CB29 - Bachelor of Oral Health
  • CB85 - Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
  • CG84 - Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • CF59 - Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
  • CA44 - Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • CK30 - Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry)
  • CC60 - Bachelor of Emergency Service

If you are interested in applying for these courses and think you may not meet the course entry requirements, please contact us for information about alternative entry pathways. We can provide you with information on alternate entry pathways to these courses such as Skills for Tertiary Education and Preparatory Studies (STEPS) and our Tertiary Entry Program (TEP).

Bachelor of Nursing
If you are applying for the Bachelor of Nursing, you will need to complete an additional declaration in relation to English language requirements and upload with your application.

CC14 - Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)  |  CC12 - Bachelor of Education (Primary)  |  CC13 - Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
If you are applying for any of our Bachelor of Education degrees,  you will also need to meet pre-requisite requirements and non-academic entry requirements. These additional requirements include demonstrating that you have key competencies as outlined by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) as those attributes, and motivations common to effective teachers. Due to these additional entry requirements, conditional offers only can be made for these courses.

CC41 - Diploma of Music  |  CG51 - Bachelor of Music
If you are applying for the Diploma of Music or the Bachelor of Music you will also need to meet non-academic entry requirements and complete an audition. Once you have submitted your application, please register for an audition. Due to these additional entry requirements, conditional offers only can be made for these courses.

To apply via the Principal's Recommendation Scheme, you will need to apply for the course you are interested in directly with CQUniversity via our online application portal.

Make sure you have your high school Principal’s recommendation letter ready to upload with your application as your application cannot be progressed without it.

To help you with your application, view our instructions on how to apply.

Once you have submitted your application, we will review your application and Principal's recommendation and our admissions team will contact you within 48 hours with your offer from CQUniversity along with all the information you need to enrol.

Applications for Term 1 2021, via the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme, are open now and will be accepted until 1 December 2020.


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No registration is required for schools to participate. We will accept applications from year 12 students from all schools.

To meet the criteria of the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme, recommendation letters can only be signed by the secondary school Principal.

There is no limit on the number of places in the Scheme or the number of students that a Principal can recommend. It is up to each school Principal as to how many students they would like to recommend.

There is no cost to apply, applications for the scheme are made directly through CQUniversity.  You do not need to also apply through QTAC (for a place at CQUniversity).

The Scheme allows a High School Principal to recommend their students for entry into a CQUniversity course based on other factors such as academic performance, motivation, ability, passion and likelihood to succeed at university. Your Principal should be recommending students who they believe are capable and likely to succeed at university, and the students who they recommend will receive an unconditional offer from CQUniversity.

The Principal’s Recommendation Scheme is a national early entry program, open to students from all states in Australia.

So, if you are a Year 12 student studying at an Australian school you are eligible to apply via the scheme, no matter your postcode, and you can apply to study at any of our campuses across Australia.

International students are not eligible to access the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme due to strict English Language Proficiency requirements.

As an International student you will need to apply via the normal application methods.  Find out more information on how to apply.

If you don’t meet the prerequisites needed for your course, you are still eligible to receive an offer under the Scheme.

Your Principal’s recommendation should be based on your capability and likelihood to succeed at university, and should consider your preparedness for successfully completing units of study embedded in your course.

If you have not studied subjects at high school that are prerequisite requirements for your university course, and you aren’t feeling confident commencing university study yet, you may wish to consider undertaking our STEPS program to gain entry to and excel in your university course.

No, you do not need to be ATAR eligible to apply through the Scheme.

To be eligible for the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme, you simply need to be studying Year 12 in an Australian school and attach your Principal’s recommendation in writing to your application.

No, you will not need to upload a copy of your latest school reports as part of your application.

You only need to supply your letter of recommendation from your Principal. Please note that for some courses you may also need to meet other additional requirements, and this is outlined in the Courses with Additional Requirements section.

Yes, you can apply for more than one course via the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme. You will need to submit separate applications for each course you wish to apply for.

If you would like to apply for more than one course, we recommend asking your school Principal to list all courses in your recommendation letter, and attaching the letter to each course application you are making.

You will receive multiple offers, one for each course you apply for, and you will need to choose which offer to accept or decline.

If you have applied for a course via the Principal’s Recommendation, there is no need to apply for that same course via a Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) such as QTAC, UAC or VTAC. We’ll process your application and send you an offer.

If, however, you would like to apply for a course that is excluded from the Scheme, such as a quota-based course, then you will need to apply for that course via the relevant TAC.

If you decide to apply via a TAC for a quota-based course, and you would like to consider another course option to have certainty around receiving an offer you can also apply via the Scheme for a different course. You’ll then just need to decide which option you would like to pursue when the time comes.

If you are in Year 12 applications will close 1 December of the same year you are completing Year 12.

When submitting your application, you will need to upload the letter of recommendation in the ‘Supporting Documents’ area. Check out our application instructions for details.

There is no obligation to accept an offer from CQUniversity, but we highly recommend you do.

No, you must accept the offer and enrol for Term 1 of the following year to be considered for the program, otherwise you are invited to apply for admission at a later date through the usual channels.

You can enjoy outstanding study support at CQUniversity. We offer a range of support services to help you along your journey. Services include Orientation to assist your transition to university life, assignment and exam preparation and support evenings, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor Program, counselling services, course advice, career planning services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support, financial support options and more.

In addition to the support and encouragement provided by CQUniversity staff and academics, we are also expecting to include your school and parents in your transition journey, more information will be provided on this in your offer letter.