Course summary

The Undergraduate Qualifying Program (UQP) prepares International students for undergraduate study in the arts, business, tourism and hospitality, accounting, information technology and engineering. It assists students to develop the skills necessary for success at the undergraduate level.

The course combines English language and academic skills development with academic, content-based studies. It is designed for international students whose academic qualifications and/or English proficiency levels are slightly below Southern Cross University’s entry requirements for undergraduate degrees.

Students who successfully complete the Undergraduate Qualifying Program will meet the academic and English language requirements for the following undergraduate degrees: Diploma of BusinessAssociate Degree of BusinessBachelor of BusinessBachelor of Business AdministrationBachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality ManagementBachelor of Information TechnologyBachelor of Digital BusinessDiploma of ScienceBachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications.

Students who successfully complete the UQP will be granted two units of credit towards these courses.

Nursing and allied health stream

A specialised pathway into nursing and allied health (occupational therapy and podiatry only) degrees is available for students with an English language score comparable to Academic IELTS 6.5, with no band less than 6.0. Graduates of the UQP in this stream qualify for direct entry into the Bachelor of NursingBachelor of Occupational Therapy and the Bachelor of Podiatry at Southern Cross University. No advanced standing is included in this pathway.

Please note: the nursing and allied health stream is only available in session 3 at Lismore campus.

English Language Proficiency (General English + English for Academic Purposes) and two units from a selection of undergraduate degrees offered by the School of Business and Tourism. Topics could include accounting, finance, economics, business law, statistics, marketing, management, ethics and sustainability.

Course overview

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Domestic duration

15 weeks full-time

International duration

0.375 years full-time

Availability details


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast 1 $10,730 ($3,577 per unit) 091558G
Lismore 2 $10,730 ($3,577 per unit) 091558G

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To meet the requirements of this program students must complete 3 units, comprising:

  • 2 core units, and
  • 1 elective unit.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Core units

Students must successfully complete both core units and one elective unit concurrently.
ENG10002 - English for Academic Purposes Introductory Note 1 Note 1
EDU10010 - Language and Learning in your Discipline Introductory Note 1 Note 1


Select 1 unit from one of the following streams:

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MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory
ENG10759 - Processes and Philosophy of Engineering Introductory

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MAT10001 - Foundation Mathematics Introductory

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MAT10706 - Quantitative Methods with Economics Introductory
ISY10209 - Web Development I Introductory

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HEA10001 - Introduction to Science for Health Professions Introductory

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

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In this program, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes are held every weekday, Monday to Friday throughout the session. EDU10010 and elective award units are typically after the EAP classes in the same session.

At Lismore campus, EAP classes are typically from 9:00am to 2:00pm with self-study from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. At Gold Coast campus EAP classes are typically from 8:30am to 1:15am, or 1:30pm to 6:15pm followed by an hour of self-study.

These scheduled timings are subject to availability.


Note 1: English for Academic Purposes 1