Certificate of Higher Education

Online pre-requisite subjects | Short, intensive blocks | Start your degree in Feb 2021

What will you achieve?

If you meet the entry score (ATAR or OP) for your preferred bachelor degree but are missing one or two pre-requisite subjects – this is the course for you. Study those pre-requisite subjects in short intensive block modes, and complete in time to start your Bachelor degree in February 2021.

The Certificate of Higher Education is suitable for students who have the core literacy and numeracy capabilities for university study.

Read on to find out more.

Looking for more support as you get back into study? Click here to find out about the Diploma of Higher Education.

Is the Certificate of Higher Education right for me?

If you have recently finished Year 12, or have a previous undergraduate qualification, this course may be suited for you.

The Certificate of Higher Education is online-only and designed for students who are used to self-directed study. Studying in short intensive blocks between November 2020 and January 2021 mean results will be available in time to start a full Bachelor course in February 2021.

Get in touch and a JCU Advisor can help you decide if the Certificate of Education is the right course for you.

Please note: Some courses such as the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery have limited places and completing pre-requisite subjects as part of the Certificate of Higher Education does not guarantee a place

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What will I learn?

Choose only the subject or subjects you need from:

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

Read more below.

Need another pre-requisite subject? Get in touch to find out your options.

Entry requirements

  • Minimum English language proficiency requirements apply.
  • Self-directed study skills including online study experience recommended.
  • Students need to be 18 or be currently completing Year 12 to apply.

Read the FAQs to find out more.

Please note: This website is intended as a general guide for domestic students only. Prospective students should contact the University to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses.

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Why the Certificate of Higher Education?

Missing one or two high school subjects shouldn't mean you miss out of your desired career. The Certificate of Higher Education gives you a low-cost option to get your pre-requisites sorted in time to start uni next year. On successful completion you will be one step closer to meeting the entry requirements for your chosen course.

Plus online study means you can schedule your study to fit your lifestyle. If you only need one subject you could finish in only a few weeks.

Cost: $46.20 per subject in 2020 (small increase next year).

Choose your subjects

Designed for students who do not have a C Achievement or better in Queensland Year 12 Mathematical Methods (3/4) or equivalent, and who require Mathematical Methods as a pre-requisite for any course at JCU.


Available: 23 November to 18 December 2020, and again January 2021 (exact date TBC). Register your details and we'll send you the details when they are confirmed.


Subject code: MA0020


Designed for students who do not have a C Achievement or better in Queensland Year 12 Chemistry (3/4) or their equivalents, and who require this as a pre-requisite for any course at JCU.


Available: 23 November to 18 December 2020, and again January 2021 (exact date TBC). Register your details and we'll send you the details when they are confirmed.


Subject code: CH0020


Designed for students who do not have a C Achievement or better in a Queensland Year 12 General Science subject (or equivalent), and who require an authority Science subject as a pre-requisite for the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) or Bachelor of Education (Primary).


Available: 23 November 2020. Register your details and we'll send you the details when you can apply.


Subject code: ED0195


Designed for students who do not have a C Achievement or better in a Queensland Year 12 General Mathematics (3/4) or equivalent, and who require General Mathematics as a pre-requisite for any course at JCU.


Available: January 2021 (exact date TBC). Register your details and we'll send you the details when they are confirmed.


Subject code: MA0022


The course you need not listed here? Get in touch via phone, email or live chat to talk through your options. Alternatively, register your details here and we'll be in touch.


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Certificate of Higher Education

Applications for the Certificate of Higher Education subjects open soon.
Click here to tell us which subjects you need and we'll send you a message when you can apply.

Why study with JCU?

Experience a vibrant learning culture where you’ll develop digital literacy skills, explore tools and technologies for learning and research, and take part in experiential learning activities. Develop the necessary knowledge to use information communication technologies that are integral to learning and success at university and your future career.

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