JCU Prep

Be equipped to pursue university study with JCU Prep. You’ll develop key academic skills and build the foundational knowledge required to meet subject pre-requisites. Successful completion can lead to direct entry to many JCU undergraduate degrees.

5 stars

for student-teacher ratio* *Good Universities Guide 2023, UG

Fee-free study

Prepare for uni and only pay SSA fees

5 stars

for full-time employment* *Good Universities Guide 2023, UG

Fast Facts


  • Online: January, May, September
  • Townsville: January, May, September
  • Cairns: January, May, September


No Fee

Plus Student Services and Amenities fee
Fee deferral and scholarships available if eligible

Fees currently displayed are indicative only. 2024 fees will be uploaded by October, 2023.


1 year full-time

or part-time equivalent

Entry Requirements

The program is open to all students who meet the residency/citizenship requirements as per DESE Guidelines for Enabling Courses.

Course Code


Course detail

Real stories

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    Andrew Higgins

    JCU Pathways

    JCU Prep is great way to start tertiary study. The friendly and supportive staff are experts in their subject areas. JCU Prep subjects focus on Academic Skills, IT, Literacy and Numeracy and will help you prepare for further study in areas like Nursing, Teaching, Science and Engineering.

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    Elena Rhind

    Pathways Advisor – Centre for Education and Enhancement

    JCU Prep is a flexible program tailored around students. A supportive study framework assists you to meet the entry requirements of your chosen bachelor’s degree. In as little as three months, you can gain the required skills and subject knowledge, while becoming familiar with JCU’s campuses, facilities and services.