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


1 year full-time

Entry Requirements

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

QTAC Codes

  • 319019
  • 319010
  • 329010

Course detail

Real stories

  • JCU Pathways student Sarah Lewis.


    Sarah Lewis

    JCU Pathways

    Coming to JCU was a great transitional experience for me after 4 years serving in the military. The JCU Pathways program gave me the opportunity to make great friendships and connections. I have had support since day one from the Indigenous Education and Research Centre. JCU gives me the freedom to be who I want to be.

  • Image of JCU Pathways student Jordan Dickson.


    Jordan Dickson

    JCU Pathways

    The JCU Pathways program was more than just a stepping stone; it was a comprehensive journey. It enriched my academic understanding and honed my skills in research, critical analysis and collaboration. Owing to the nurturing environment of faculty and peers, I transitioned into a bachelor's with clarity and enthusiasm.

  • A head shot of Andrew Higgins.


    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.

  • A head shot of Elena Rhind.


    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.