Early Offer Program

If you’re in Year 12 and graduating this year, you may be able to receive an early offer for a course. To participate in JCU’s Early Offer Program, work with your school on a recommendation and list JCU as your first preference in QTAC when applications open. To support your success at uni, you may be required to meet entry requirements and subject prerequisites for your chosen course.


Frequently Asked Questions

Talk to your school Guidance Officer/Careers Adviser about your intent to study at James Cook University next year and that you'd like to be considered for the Early Offer Program. They can assist you with completion of the nomination form to provide to your school for consideration.

Your School will then submit a recommendation based on your academic performance, motivation, talents, passion and capabilities to demonstrate your likelihood of success at university.


Receiving an early offer will allow you to start making plans for next year now! You will also have access to JCU’s support services earlier ensuring you have a seamless transition to university life.


Most of JCU’s courses are included which covers off on Study Areas like Arts, Business, Law, Engineering, Science, Information Technology, Pharmacy, Sport and Exercise Science.

Bachelor of Advanced Science

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Business

Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Arts – Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences

Bachelor of Business

Bachelor of Business and Environmental Science

Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Business – Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Clinical Science

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)

Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Bachelor of Information Technology

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Environmental Practice

Bachelor of Geology

Bachelor of Information Technology

Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Marine Science

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Honours)

Bachelor of Nursing Science (Pre-Registration)

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Planning

Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science – Bachelor of Laws

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science

Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science – Bachelor of Psychological Science

Bachelor of Technology and Innovation

Bachelor of Tourism, Hospitality and Events


There are some exclusions such as the following courses:

Bachelor of Dental Surgery

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Bachelor of Nursing Science - Bachelor of Midwifery

Bachelor of Veterinary Science


The Early Offer Program allows students to receive a conditional offer within 48 hours of receipt of their recommendation. This will allow you to start making plans for next year now!

Offer Terms and Conditions

You will still need to lodge a QTAC application after applications open on 4 August. A JCU course that participates in the Early Offer Program must be listed as your first preference for you to receive your official offer.

Offers will be conditional on completion of the Queensland Certificate of Education (or equivalent). Other conditions may also apply which will be outlined in the offer.


Yes, if you plan to apply for Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Nursing Science – Bachelor of Midwifery, or Bachelor of Veterinary Science you can still receive an early offer for another course:

  1. Complete your early offer application form, nominating a course that is included in the early offer program.
  2. Receive your early offer email from JCU 48 hours after your school has submitted the nomination form.
  3. Once QTAC applications open on 4 August, lodge a QTAC application listing your nominated early offer course as your first preference and any excluded courses you wish to apply for as lower preferences.
  4. After you receive your early offer from QTAC, reorder your preferences to list any excluded courses you wish to apply for as your highest preferences.

You'll need to accept or decline your early offer but you can defer your QTAC offer after it is issued.


Any domestic student who is currently undertaking Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate qualification in Australia.

International students completing Year 12 in Australia can apply directly to JCU at any time to be considered for a conditional offer.


Information for Schools

15 May - Nominations open

4 August - QTAC Applications open

21 October - Nominations close



Schools are encouraged to adopt a process which fits with their academic and career programs. JCU is not prescriptive in how this assessment process is managed within schools.

The recommendation should be based on the student's academic performance, motivation, talents, passion and capabilities to demonstrate their likelihood of success at university.

School's will be able to recommend their students for an Early Offer or Early Packaged Offer.

Download the Early Offer Program Supporting Information for Schools document for more information.


A packaged offer is a combination of two or more offers, for example, a pathway course such as the Diploma of Higher Education followed by a Bachelor course.  Depending on the course, transition to the Bachelor course is conditional on successful completion of all, or part, of the pathway course. Packaged offers allow  students to access additional support, while studying pre-requisites and meeting other entry requirements for their preferred degree. Students who successfully complete the pathway course and meet the conditions of their bachelor offer are guaranteed a place in the bachelor course.


No, there is no limit.


No, registration is not required for schools to participate. We will accept applications from Year 12 students from all schools