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Pathways to James Cook University

Information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

You may have the skills, maturity and commitment needed for successful tertiary study, but not the formal academic qualifications. Did you know experience gained through life and work may be enough for you to enter one of our JCU pathway programs? 

There are a range of pathway options available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Tertiary Access Course (TAC)

A TAC gives you the skills and confidence for entry into a degree. Studying a TAC is free (for eligible applicants) and if taken full-time, can be completed in six months. You can apply for enrolment in a TAC if you do not have an OP Score or recognised experience. It provides academic skills and recognised prerequisite qualifications to help you enter a bachelor degree course at JCU.

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Indigenous health careers access program (IHCAP)

The IHCAP program is the only one of its kind in Australia and offers a free one-month orientation course that is held on JCU’s Townsville campus in January each year. IHCAP is open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in a health degree. The course provides students with the practical skills and knowledge to better cope with demands of university study.

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Remote Area Teacher Education Program  (RATEP)

RATEP is a pathway open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students who wants to study primary education and remain work in an Indigenous community. Students study the same subjects with the same lecturers as other JCU students, using interactive multimedia course materials combined with short on-campus sessions in Townsville.

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