Enjoy the support of an Access Coordinator and dedicated STEPS team who will guide you through this bridging course. Plus, if you're an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student, you'll benefit from the outstanding support of our Indigenous Student Support Team as well as the option to choose specialist units on First Nations culture, education and health.
The best thing about studying STEPS is it really provided me all the key skills that I needed to get through my bachelor degree. It really prepared me for my time management, even essay writing.
STEPS, Bachelor of Paramedic Science
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Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year, meaning you can apply anytime. Applications close in the lead up to each term, so you'll need to submit your application prior to the closing date for the term you wish to commence in.
Term 1 2024: Monday, 19 February
Term 2 2023: Monday, 12 June
Term 3 2023: Monday, 23 October
Term 1 2023: Wednesday, 22 February (On-campus), Continuous (Online)
Term 2 2023: Wednesday, 28 June (On-campus), Continuous (Online)
Term 3 2023: Continuous (Online)
Term 1 2023: 4 March
Term 2 2023: 10 July
Term 3 2023: 6 November
Term 1 2023: 26 March
Term 2 2023: 1 August
Term 3 2023: 28 November
Term 1 2023: 31 May
Term 2 2023: 6 October
Term 3 2023: 9 February (2024)
To be eligible for STEPS, you must:
- be 18 years of age or older in the year of enrolment*
- be an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident, or a holder of a humanitarian visa; and
- reside in Australia.
*You can apply at 17 years of age, but you must turn 18 years of age within an academic year of enrolment.
To apply, follow these steps:
1. Submit an online application by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of this page. Once we receive your application, we will email you information about how to complete the STEPS diagnostic testing.
2. Complete the STEPS diagnostic testing for literacy, numeracy and computing competence, and book a one-on-one interview with your STEPS Access Coordinator.
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.
STEPS students are required to complete one core unit and several electives. The electives you will take will depend on your diagnostic testing results, individual circumstances and the course you want to study after completing STEPS.
Most students complete between two and five electives. The STEPS course takes between one and six terms to complete with two terms being average.
|SKIL40025||Preparation Skills for University|
|LNGE40049||Essay Writing for University|
|MATH40237||Fundamental Mathematics for University|
|MATH40228||Intermediate Mathematics for University|
|MATH40252||Technical Mathematics for University|
|COIT40206||Computing Skills for University|
|EDED40351||Culture and Learning|
|INDG40015||Indigenous Australians and Education|
|INDG40016||Indigenous Australians and Health|
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
View the STEPS brochure.
Upon successful completion of STEPS, you can apply for entry to a CQUniversity diploma or degree course 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.
If you are currently undertaking a coursework degree you can also enrol in STEPS units to upskill in certain areas. Enrolment is established on the outcome of close collaboration between you, your undergraduate unit lecturer(s), the relevant STEPS access coordinator and, in some instances, the student counsellor. Your current or planned unit load as well as your particular upskilling needs will be taken into consideration when establishing an individual study plan.
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 Marina, Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone
- CQUniversity Mackay Ooralea, Boundary Road, Mackay
- CQUniversity Rockhampton North, Bruce Highway, Rockhampton
- CQUniversity Townsville, 538 Flinders Street, Townsville
- Geraldton University Centre, 33 Onslow Street, Geraldton
STEPS can also be studied by online study.
- Term 1 (On-campus, online study)
- Term 2 (On-campus, online study)
- Term 3 (online study ONLY)
For specific term dates, refer to the drop downs above.
The STEPS course is FREE of tuition fees, however, there are minimal costs associated with textbooks, stationery, photocopying and printing.
STEPS is a Centrelink approved course. You may be eligible for various forms of financial support while undertaking the course. For more information visit their website (current link correct).
As a STEPS graduate you can apply for scholarships to assist with the financial cost of study. Find out more about CQUniversity’s scholarships.
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. The Indigenous Student Engagement team also offers support to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students at CQUniversity.
Find out more about CQUniversity's full range of student support.
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