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Eligibility and How to Apply

STEPS graduates gain the skills necessary to manage their undergraduate study, even prior to enrolling. STEPS helps students become self-directed, active and confident learners who are familiar with all aspects of student life – from study habits, academic writing, and goal-setting to navigating University systems and support services.

Find out more about your eligibility to apply for STEPS, and the application process below.

To be eligible for STEPS, you must be:

  • 18 years of age in the year of enrolment*
  • an Australian/ New Zealand citizen; or
  • a permanent resident; or
  • a holder of a humanitarian visa.

You must also complete the STEPS diagnostic testing for literacy, numeracy and computing competence. The test results will help guide the planning of your individual course of study.

*You can apply at 17 years of age, but you must be turning 18 years of age in the year of enrolment.

If you are considering applying for STEPS, you may be feeling apprehensive about the application process. To help you, below is more detail on the application process, and what to expect at each step along the way. Our team is here to help you throughout your application and you can get in touch at any time for assistance. Use the book a conversation form at the bottom of the page, or send us an email.

  1. Submit an online application
    Your first step requires you to complete an online application. You will find apply now buttons on most pages for you to begin your application. Once we receive your application, we will email you with information about how to complete the STEPS diagnostic testing and provide you with an enrolment form to complete.
  2. Complete diagnostic testing and enrolment form
    You will need to complete the STEPS diagnostic testing which is designed to measure your competency in literacy, numeracy and computing. At this stage, you also need to return the completed enrolment form identifying the course you wish to apply for.
  3. Attend an interview
    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.

Ready to apply?

If you are ready to apply, complete the online application by clicking the apply now button below.

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Want to know more?

Do you have questions you'd like answered? Or perhaps you would like to discuss your study options?

Book a conversation with us and we can help. You can choose your preferred conversation option, from a telephone or video call, email or social, such as Facebook Messenger. Or send us an email: steps-admin@cqu.edu.au.

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