Study at The University of Queensland without being enrolled in a degree!

Through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Community Access Program (CAP) you have the opportunity to enrol in individual courses without undertaking a whole degree and without the need to apply through QTAC. Some students use this scheme to assist with an application for admission to an award program through QTAC, as undertaking some tertiary study may improve a tertiary entrance rank.

As a student of CAP you will complete the same academic workload (essays, assignments, exams) as students who are taking the course as part of an award program, and you are entitled to request an official academic record for the course. If you subsequently gain admission to an award program at the University, you may be eligible to apply for credit for the course/s you have successfully completed in via CAP.

Your invoice for fees will be part of your online enrolment, details of which will be sent to you after you have submitted your application form to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

CAP students have full access to University resources including Blackboard and full undergraduate borrowing privileges from all UQ libraries.

You can search for courses in UQ's Courses and Programs website. Find individual courses and their profiles under ‘What Can I Study’ links in each of the undergraduate program pages.

Who can Apply For CAP

Anyone who is at least 18 years of age or who has completed Year 12 can participate in the Community Access program, whether you are:

  • a professional wishing to advance your knowledge, or stay current in your field;
  • someone with an interest in a particular area;
  • seeking an educational experience;
  • 'testing the waters’ for further tertiary studies; or
  • wanting an alternative pathway for admission to university.

All are encouraged to enrol and enjoy the company of people with similar interests and the challenge of something new. Importantly, the program is open to everyone. The only qualification you need is a desire to learn.

To see the full breadth of coursese available, you can search for courses via UQ's Courses and Programs website.

How do I Apply?

To apply for a place in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (CAP), you need to complete a Non-Award application form and submit it to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences by 31 January for Semester 1 or 30 June for Semester 2 enrolment. To request a form be sent to you, or for further information please telephone (07) 3365 1333 or

Placement test for future CAP students

Applicants for a language course are required to attend a placement test to determine the correct course to enrol in. If you wish to study a language please contact the School of Languages and Cultures to arrange a time, telephone (07) 3365 6311 or email:

CAP Fees

Cost: Please access the UQ Fees Calculator to determine cost per 2 unit (#2) course.
Payment Method: Payment instructions will be included in the confirmation of admission letter.
Concessions: No concessions are available.

CAP Withdrawal and Refund Request

The standard University deadlines apply for withdrawal. The dates to be aware of are:

  • To withdraw without academic penalty or financial liability: up to the census date for the semester of enrolment.
  • To withdraw without academic penalty (but retaining financial liability): the 30 April for Semester 1, or 30 September for Semester 2.

If extenuating circumstances exist, an application can be made for reimbursement of fees following the census date. Applications are to be made to the Academic Registrar. Information on this process can be accessed via my.UQ.

Contact us

If you have any queries regarding the Community Access Program, or if you need assistance with finding details on timetables and venues, please contact us on (07) 3365 1333 or