Glossary terms
Academic Scholarships

Scholarships awarded on merit and based on academic achievement.

Adult Learner

Is a person aged 18 or over; who is undertaking (or intending to undertake) further study and not transitioning to TAFE or university straight after completing Year 12.

Australian Qualification Framework

Is the national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian Education and Training system. It incorporates the qualifications from both the VET and Higher Education sectors into a single, national framework.

Bridging Programs

A preparation program that has an academic-based curriculum offered to students as a means of preparing for a university education.


Assistance granted to a student to pay for costs associated with study, usually in the form of a sum of money.

Census Date

The census date is when your education provider finalises your enrolment. You can withdraw from courses prior to census date each semester but you will incur costs for any courses you are enrolled in on or after census date (even if you withdraw after census date).


Individual subjects or units of study within a program.


A student is regarded as having passed certain courses or units of study because of prior learning.


Equivalent full time study load is one of the components used to calculate your student contribution. One EFTSL is equivalent to a full time study load for one year.

Equity Scholarships

Granted to address difficulties that impact on further study e.g. low income, rural or remote.

Higher Education

Is a part of the tertiary education sector and includes universities and other education providers (including TAFE). Higher Education providers (HE) deliver academic qualifications for students seeking employment or wanting to undertake further research.


Off-campus delivery of courses and programs for students unable or would prefer not to attend on-campus. Includes distance education where course content is delivered on-line or via cd or study books are posted out to students. 


Delivery of courses and programs where students attend classes at a specific campus of the university or education provider.

Overall Position

A number between 1 (high) to 25 (low) that shows a Queensland Year 12 student's state wide position based on overall achievement in specified (Authority) subjects.


Specific course/s that need to be successfully completed in order to gain entry into a program. These can be done at secondary school or through a tertiary education provider and often include Maths, English and Science.

Preparation Program

Is designed to help prospective students prepare for further study, particularly at a university level. Preparation programs assist with meeting pre-requisite requirements, achieving a selection rank and ensuring that you are academically prepared for further study. Sometimes called a bridging or enabling program.


The overall sequence of study being undertaken leading to an award e.g. diploma or bachelor degree.

Recognition of Prior Study

An assessment of prior experience and/or study to determine if any credits can be granted or courses can be exempted.


Assistance granted to a student, possibly in the form of bookshop vouchers, computing equipment or a sum of money.

Selection Rank

A number between 1 (low) and 99 (high) that determines eligibility for entrance into a tertiary education program. Most programs have a rank cut-off as part of the entry requirements as the number of applicants for a program often exceeds the number of available places.

Senior Secondary Studies

Completion of Year 11 and 12 or equivalent curriculum. Qualification delivered by a secondary (High) school or alternative education provider.


Technical and Further Education Institutions within the VET sector in Australia

Tertiary Admissions Centre

A centre that is owned by universities to manage applications and make offers on their behalf. In Queensland there is the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). The University Admissions Centre (UAC) in New South Wales can also facilitate applications to Queensland education providers.


Is a part of the tertiary education sector and includes TAFE. Vocational education and training (VET) providers deliver qualifications for students seeking all types of employment, and specific skills to help them in the workplace. Academic qualifications are also delivered through this sector.