Find out what happens once you submit your Community Achiever Program (CAP) application to ACU, including our assessment process, minimum ATAR requirements, and the approximate number of offers we’ll make.
When you submit your application for the Community Achiever Program (CAP), we email your referee/s to ask them to verify your community experience statement.
When your referee/s responds, we consider your written statement/s against the criteria below. You can score a maximum 5 points in each category for a possible total of 15 points:
Example scores for community activities (sample only):
Remember: these are points awarded in grading your CAP application for ACU only, they will not change your entry score.
|Category||Type of activity||Score|
|Fund raising - includes fun runs, 40 hour famine; sleep outs; etc.||
|Duke of Edinburgh awards – individual tasks for the DoE cannot be claimed separately||
Service organisations/activities – Country Fires Association;Army/Navy Cadets; St John Ambulance.
|Community group service||Guides, Scouts, Boys Brigade etc.
Example scores for frequency and duration of commitment to community activities:
|Weekly involvement OR minimum 60 hours total in a year||5|
|Weekly involvement OR minimum 40 hours total in a year||4|
|Monthly involvement OR a minimum 30 hours total in a year||3|
|Less frequent involvement – minimum 20 hours total in a year||2|
|Less than 20 hours total in a year||1|
|Less than 5 hours total||0|
|Long standing activities/service of more than 5 years||5|
|4 to 5 years involvement||4|
|2 to 3 years involvement||3|
|1 to 2 years involvement||2|
|1 year or less involvement||1|
The number of offers will depend on the number and quality of applications received.
For some courses, we only offer a limited number of CAP places. These include our most competitive degrees, including:
As a guide, here are our CAP offer numbers made for study in 2018 to some of our popular ACU courses. Please note: this is a sample of our courses only and is not an extensive list.
|Bachelor of Physiotherapy||20 (Ballarat: 6, Brisbane: 10, North Sydney: 4)|
|Bachelor of Nursing||188 (Ballarat: 17, Brisbane: 20, Canberra: 22, Melbourne: 60, North Sydney: 69)|
|Bachelor of Commerce||33 (Melbourne: 12, North Sydney: 12, Strathfield: 9)|
|Bachelor of Occupational Therapy||44 (Brisbane: 9, Melbourne: 15, North Sydney: 20)|
|Bachelor of Education (Primary)||168 (Ballarat: 12, Brisbane: 10, Canberra: 11, Melbourne: 42, North Sydney: 27, Strathfield: 66)|
|Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Humanities)||70 (Brisbane: 6, Melbourne: 28, Strathfield: 36)|
**Please note that these were the entry ranks required for 2019 Entry. Please check early May for 2020 CAP entry ranks.
|All Initial Teacher Education (Vic)||65.00 *Raw||TBC|
|Law and dual Law degrees||70||12|
|Paramedicine* (Qld, Vic)||58.5||17|
|ALL OTHER degrees||58.5||17|
*Limited CAP places available
We will consider adjustment factors for most courses. Any adjustment factors added to your ATAR/OP/Selection Rank will be included when considering the minimum entry score requirement.
The only exception is for teaching/education courses in Victoria where you will require a raw ATAR of 65.00.
You'll receive an email in late August to the address you provide in your CAP application. Your CAP early offer will convert to a course offer when you:
For most courses, any ATAR/OP adjustments you receive will be added to your raw ATAR/OP when considering the CAP minimum entry score requirement.
For all Initial Teacher Education courses in Victoria, applicants must meet a raw ATAR 65.00. Adjustment factors will not be added when being considered for the CAP minimum entry score.
You'll receive an email in late August to tell you why your application was unsuccessful.
Don't lose heart. Remember that CAP is an early offer scheme and you may still receive an offer of a place in the course you want at ACU. If you leave it as a preference on your QTAC, UAC or VTAC application, you'll be considered for an offer in December/January.
To receive a later offer, you will need to achieve the required entry score (ATAR/OP or equivalent rank) and satisfy any prerequisite requirements for your preferred course
You can get in touch with AskACU or student support if you have any questions about the CAP.
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