Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) - CL03

Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) is an enabling course that provides a pathway for people wishing to gain entry to and excel in higher education.


On Campus, Online




0.5 years full-time, 1 years part-time


Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville, Online



STEPS is suitable for you if you want to undertake tertiary study and may:

  • be returning to study or work after some time away
  • need to meet prerequisite subjects for your desired diploma or degree
  • want some additional support to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully enter and undertake further study.

After successful completion of STEPS, you can apply for entry to a CQUniversity diploma or degree through the CQUniversity direct entry process (for those courses where direct entry is available). View the Requirements for Direct Entry. Alternatively, you can apply through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) or other state-based university admissions centres for courses at CQUniversity or other institutions.

Register your interest

If you are interested in keeping informed about timelines and information sessions for our STEPS courses, please register your interest in an upcoming STEPS information session.

What support is available to me?
The STEPS course aims to provide you with the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to begin a university degree. If you do need extra support while studying STEPS, your lecturers are available to offer assistance.
You also have the support of an access coordinator and a committed team of STEPS staff who will guide you through the course. You will learn to access CQUniversity's internet-based learning systems and make contact with other STEPS students, giving you the opportunity to discuss issues and make new friends.

Find out more about CQUniversity's full range of student support or view the STEPS brochure.

Core Units 1 Major Units None
Electives 2 Minor Units None

The course takes between one and six terms to complete, with two terms being average. Each term is approximately four months in duration. Completion time depends on the results of your diagnostic entrance assessment, the time you have available for study, and the requirements of the undergraduate course you wish to enter.

Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

In just 25 years, CQUniversity has achieved some amazing feats and emerged as one of Australia’s truly great universities. We have been ranked among the best in the world for our teaching and learning, and are internationally recognised for our focus on Social Innovation. Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation’s best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation’s most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve.

A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences across the country and even internationally. We work hard to deliver the latest techniques in online study, and have even planned our physical sites to provide more services to our widespread online study cohort.

CQUniversity is truly focused on our students’ needs, and that means responding to what, how and where they want to study. It is why we are now Australia’s largest regional university, with more than 20 metropolitan and regional locations across five states, delivering TAFE and university qualifications in on-campus, online and supported online modes to more than 30 000 students.

CQUniversity’s strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus or online orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2022Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Term 1 - 2023Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Term 2 - 2022Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Term 2 - 2023Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Term 3 - 2022Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Term 3 - 2023Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Term 1 - 2023Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2023Available Online
Term 3 - 2022Available Online
Term 3 - 2023Available Online

Where can STEPS be studied?

STEPS can be studied at:

  • CQUniversity Brisbane, 160 Ann Street, Brisbane
  • CQUniversity Bundaberg, University Drive, Bundaberg
  • CQUniversity Cairns, Cairns Square, Corner Abbott and Shields Street, Cairns^
  • CQUniversity Gladstone, Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone
  • CQUniversity Mackay, Boundary Road, Mackay
  • CQUniversity Rockhampton, Bruce Highway, Rockhampton
  • CQUniversity Townsville, 538 Flinders Street, Townsville
  • Geraldton Universities Centre
  • Pilbara Universities Centre
  • STEPS can also be studied by online study.

When is STEPS offered?
Term 1
(on-campus, online study)
Term 2 (on-campus, online study)
Term 3 (online study ONLY)

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Work-integrated learning does not apply to this course.
This course has no residential schools.
Entry scores are not applicable for this course.

STEPS is designed for students who do not already hold an undergraduate qualification. If you already hold an undergraduate qualification, please contact the STEPS admin team who can advise you on possible study options.

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, South Africa or the USA, please note that STEPS does not meet the English Language Proficiency requirements for CQUniversity undergraduate courses. You will be required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University prior to admission to an undergraduate course.

To be eligible for admission to STEPS, you must:

  • be at least 18 within an academic year of enrolment
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or holder of a humanitarian visa
  • reside in Australia.

Prior to enrolment, you are required to:

  • complete a diagnostic entrance test covering your personal circumstances, computing competence, numeracy and literacy
  • participate in an individual interview.
The results of the diagnostic entrance test guide the planning of a personalised study plan to meet the entry requirements for your CQUniversity undergraduate course of choice.

Security Requirements


Health Requirements


Assumed Knowledge


Upon completion of STEPS, students can apply for direct entry to a CQUniversity undergraduate course where direct entry is available. Alternatively, students may choose to apply for admission to other institutions that recognise STEPS.

Professional recognition is not applicable to this course.

This course is free of tuition fees, however, there are minimal costs associated with textbooks, stationery, photocopying and printing.

At CQUniversity, we believe University should be for everyone. No matter your situation, we know that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time and are proud to offer a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and stipends.
Our scholarships could help you pay for things like relocation, living on campus, laptops and technology, childcare, study and living expenses, travel and more. 

Tertiary Admission Centre codes are not applicable for this course.

To apply, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Click on the Apply Now button below. Once we receive your application, we will send you information about how to complete the STEPS diagnostic testing and an enrolment form.
  2. Complete the STEPS diagnostic testing for literacy, numeracy and computing competence and return the completed enrolment form.

Once we receive your enrolment form, one of our Access Coordinators will contact you to arrange a one-on-one interview to finalise your application.

If your application is successful, we will use the results and personal information from the STEPS diagnostic testing and interview, along with information about what you would like to study after STEPS, to plan an individual course of study just for you.

For more information contact our Student Advice team by calling 13 27 86 or send us an email:

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