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The Change of Preference period
With the arrival of Year 12 exam results and receiving your ATAR, comes the beginning of the Change of Preference period.
Why change your preferences?
Change of Preference gives you the opportunity to adjust your study choices before offers are made. If you’re thinking of changing your mind and re-ordering your preferences, rest assured you’re not alone.
How it works
Chat with our team about your course choices and explore the many pathway options available to you. JCU is here to help you get the best result from your result, so you can be ready today for tomorrow.
The Change of Preference period begins when Queensland applicants receive their ATAR result (8–9 am, Friday 15 December 2023) and runs for a limited timeframe. This is your opportunity to adjust or change your QTAC preferences before some JCU course offers commence.
These are the academic qualifications, subject results, and other criteria you need to meet to receive an offer to study. Each course is different, so check the entry criteria for your preferred course by visiting the course pages.
QTAC send offers to students in offer rounds. These are coordinated based on the time of year and student type. The major offer round for Year 12 graduates in Queensland is Thursday 21 December 2023. The deadline date to change your preferences in advance of this offer round is 12 pm on Monday 18 December 2023.
Yes, the order is important - here’s a good strategy to use:
More information is available on the QTAC website.
Please note, you can only change your preferences on QTAC three times without charge. Each time after this will incur a small fee.
If you don't quite get the ATAR result you need, don't panic. Depending on your ATAR score and individual circumstances, you may be offered a QTAC Packaged Offer, where you receive an offer into JCU Prep and your preferred Bachelor’s course at the same time. Alternatively, there may be another JCU degree with similar outcomes, or you may explore other pathways to university to gain entry into your preferred degree.
JCU Prep is a flexible, fee–free** program set in a supportive learning environment where you can gain the skills and knowledge you need to enter your preferred Bachelor's degree.* Study can be completed in as little as three months. Take only the courses you need to satisfy subject prerequisites, such as Essential Maths (General Maths prerequisite), Preparatory Maths (Maths Methods prerequisite), Essential Science (General Science prerequisite) and Preparatory Chemistry (Chemistry prerequisite).
If you would like to talk to someone about your options, JCU Advisors are available to take your call (1800 246 446).
The Change of Preference period enables you to change your course preferences and explore your opportunities further. If you would like to speak to a JCU team member about your eligibility to study a course please contact us on 1800 246 446. If you want to update your preferences please visit the QTAC website.