Foundation Year

10246NAT Certificate IV in University Preparation FOR STEM High Achievers

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The 10246NAT Certificate IV in University Preparation course for STEM high achievers is designed to help propel outstanding students' interests towards a career in allied health, engineering, and science into the first year of their undergraduate degree at the University of Queensland.

Students are enrolled in the Certificate IV in University Preparation, an academically demanding program, which is delivered in intensive face-to-face study mode over 18 weeks at the modern campuses of IES College in Brisbane.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the closing of Australia's borders, the intake into the 10246NAT Certificate IV in University Preparation program scheduled for September 2020 has been cancelled. This program will operate as normal from September 2021. For more information please click here.

The 10246NAT Certificate IV in University Preparation for STEM high achievers
START DATE 14 September 2021
END DATE 21 January 2022
DURATION 18 weeks
UQ STARTS February 2022

Benefits of the 10246NAT Certificate IV in University Preparation for STEM high achievers

Students who successfully complete all competencies of the STEM High Achievers Program will receive the 10246NAT Certificate IV in University Preparation qualification (CRICOS Course Code 093462M).


Students study the compulsory subjects Academic English and Mathmatics

In order to satisfy the competency requirements of the course, students must select 3 elective subjects in addition to the compulsory subjects listed above. Elective selections can be made from the following elective subject choices:

Choose either

Biology OR
Choose either

Physics OR
Behavioural Science
Choose one elective not already chosen

Information Technology
Behavioural Science

Subject Guides:


Throughout the 10246NAT Certificate IV in University Preparation for STEM high achievers program, academic achievement is carefully monitored and students are given regular feedback concerning their progress. Students will have 25-30 contact hours of study per week. In addition to formal class time, students are expected to study for at least 25 hours per week in their own time.

The type of assessments are dependent on the subject, but normally comprises of examination papers, and assignments to be completed by a specified date during the course, laboratory practical work (if relevant) and seminar participation evaluations.

Two types of summative assessments are used in the 10246NAT Certificate IV in University Preparation for STEM High Achievers. Specific benchmarks must be satisfied by students for both types of assessments in order to meet the University of Queensland's entry requirements. The first type of assessment is competency-based and requires students to reach a satisfactory level of achievement for all units studied. The second is a 7 point grade-based scale. Each University of Queensland degree program will set minimum entry requirements based on this scale. Details are provided below.

7 High distinction 85-100%
6 Distinction 75-84%
5 Credit 65-74%
4 Pass/Competent 50-64%
3 Low pass 47-49%
2 Fail 25-46%
1 Low fail 1-24%

Research Excursion

Experience the world famous Great Barrier Reef

Discover the famous Great Barrier Reef with the STEM High Achievers Program at UQ's Heron Island Research Station (HIRS). The Station's world-class facilities and easy accessibility to the large, coral reef ecosystem provides students with exceptional opportunities for hands-on learning.

During the three-day trip, all groups have access to teaching labs, field equipment, computers and library resources, as well as the natural environment of Heron Island and its reefs.

The unique HIRS excursion is included in the course tuition fees.