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Change of Preference

Change of Preference

There's a place for you at JCU


Let’s take a moment to recognise your achievement on making the move from high school to uni. 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.

Change of Preference event

Photo: Four Students gather to talk in the JCU Central Plaza.

Change of Preference Friday 17 December 2021

Take your next steps with confidence. The Change of Preference period is a great opportunity to adjust your study choices, explore pathway options and get ready for the next big adventure in your life - university. Along with your family and friends, we're here to help you feel supported through this next step and make your transition to uni as smooth as possible.

Live chat with a JCU advisor via the button below or give us a call on 1800 246 446 on Friday 17 December. Learn everything you need to know about the Change of Preference process from receiving your ATAR to re-ordering preferences.

Our team will be on hand to chat one-on-one and support you as you make your journey to uni. Come prepared with any questions or concerns and get peace of mind as you successfully navigate the Change of Preference period.

Contact us before or after the event on 1800 246 446.

Key dates

Friday 17 December 2021
Queensland ATAR results release and Change of Preference.

Monday 20 December 2021
12 pm. Due date for change of preferences in time for 23 December offer round.

Thursday 23 December 2021
10 am. First offer round for Qld, SA, NT, Tas, Vic and WA Year 12 graduates.
Excludes some courses such as Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Science.

Wednesday 5 January 2022
11.59 pm. Due date for change of preferences in time for 13 January offer round.

Thursday 13 January 2022
8.30am. Major offer round for Qld, SA, NT, Tas, Vic, WA, NZ and IB Year 12 graduates.

Friday 28 January 2022
Major offer round for ACT and NSW Year 12 graduates.

Monday 14 February 2022
Orientation Week

Monday 14 February 2022
Trimester 1 begins.

Monday 21 February 2022
University begins with Study Period 1.

Key terms

Change of Preference period

Between 17 December (when Queensland applicants receive their ATAR result) and 20 December (12pm) is the Change of Preference period at JCU. This is your opportunity to adjust or change your QTAC preferences before some offers begin from Thursday 23 December 2021. The major offer round for all JCU courses is Thursday 13 January 2022.

Admission Criteria / Entry requirements

The academic qualifications, subject results, and other criteria you need to meet to receive an offer to study. Each course is different, so these entry criteria are listed on the course pages.

Offer rounds

QTAC send offers to students in offer rounds. These are coordinated based on time of year and student type. The major offer round for Year 12 graduates in Queensland is Thursday 13 January 2022. However, some early offers will be sent on Thursday 23 December 2021.

For more information on QTAC’s offer rounds and process visit QTAC's website.


Do the order of my preferences matter?

Yes, the order is important - here’s a good strategy to use:

  • Preferences 1 and 2 are your desired courses. List the courses you really want to study.
  • Preferences 3 and 4 are your back-up course choices. These are courses you're likely to receive an offer for as they’re something you are interested in.
  • Preferences 5 and 6 are your pathway courses. These are courses you are willing to study as a back-up. You should be sure you are going to receive an offer for these courses.

More information is available on the QTAC website.

I’m missing a pre-requisite subject, can JCU help?

Yes, if you meet the entry score (ATAR or OP) for your preferred bachelor degree but are missing one or two pre-requisite subjects you can study in short intensive block modes as part of the Certificate of Higher Education, and complete in time to start your Bachelor degree. Subjects include:

  • Bridging Science for Teachers
  • Essential Maths
  • Preparatory Mathematics
  • Preparatory Chemistry

What is a packaged offer?

A packaged offer helps you get to your chosen Bachelor degree if you’re missing some of the entry requirements. It’s a combination of two or more offers, usually a pathway course such as the Diploma of Higher Education followed by your chosen Bachelor degree. This combo provides additional support, while studying pre-requisites and meeting other entry requirements for your degree. For more information check out our packaged offers page.

Can I speak to someone from JCU on a different day?

Absolutely. We'll have staff online and on the phones weekdays throughout December and January:

  • Monday 20 December to Friday 24 December 2021
  • Wednesday 29 December to Friday 31 December 2021
  • Tuesday 4 January 2022 onwards

You can email us any time at

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