The Tertiary Access Course (TAC) is a pathway course for mature-age students or school leavers who do not have an OP Score or recognised experience (must be at least 18 years old). Note this course is only available to Australian citizens and permanent residents.
There are no subject fees with TAC but there is a Student Services and Amenities Fee for each subject. Eligible students can defer this fee. Please go to Student Services and Amenities Fee for more details.
TAC can be completed full time or part time. TAC is available for internal study only on the Cairns and Townsville campuses.
TAC can provide you with:
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
Students will gain and develop the academic knowledge and abilities to be able to actively and effectively participate within an array of academic contexts at university.
This subject is offered as a block mode and classes will be held from 9-4pm over four consecutive days during orientation week plus fortnightly tutorials during the teaching period.
This computer-based subject enables students to select and use appropriate tools and technologies for research purposes, and provides the skills to use online information effectively and ethically.
In this English subject, students are introduced to ways of critically analysing a variety of texts for academic purposes.
This subject focuses on developing foundational mathematical concepts and skills to support students in their tertiary studies and life-skill situations.
The full course requirements and structure can be viewed here.
TAC is exempt from Commonwealth Supported Place fees for eligible applicants. Students are only required to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Please compete the TAC Application Form (PDF, 246 KB).
Thursday Island residents should contact the Thursday Island Study Centre on (07) 4069 2670.
You can email the form to email@example.com or post it to:
JCU Student Centre
Education Central (Building 134)
James Cook University
Townsville QLD 4811
For further information, contact Pathways team:
Phone Cairns (07) 4232 1155
Phone Townsville (07) 4781 5740