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UniSQ Head Start is our academic extension program for high achieving Year 10, 11 or 12 students.
Get a taste of what uni is really like by studying one university subject a semester while working towards your QCE.

Why study Head Start

Your first Head Start course is free

Additional courses are discounted if you want to get further ahead.

Credits towards a related UniSQ degree

Gain credits for the courses you pass and you’ll have fewer courses to study when you start your degree.

Entry into UniSQ degree

Complete a course and gain entry into a related UniSQ degree! Remember, you’ll also need to meet the degree pre-requisites.

A taste of uni

Prepare yourself for university by getting a feel for on-campus or online study, developing uni-level study skills and discovering more about your potential degree.

QCE points

Receive two credit points towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) for each course successfully completed.

Choose how you study

It is your decision how to structure your Head Start studies - while still fulfilling your school commitments.

Head Start courses

Become ahead of the game by completing a course from a UniSQ degree you’re interested in.
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Entry requirements

Get started! Read all you need to know about getting into Head Start at UniSQ.

Apply for UniSQ Head Start

Follow simple our step-by-step application process.

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Head Start key dates

Discover when you can commence Head Start and other important key dates.

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What is the UniSQ Head Start program?
The UniSQ Head Start program is an academic extension initiative designed for high-achieving Year 10, 11, or 12 students. It offers a unique opportunity to experience university life by studying one university subject per semester while working towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
What are the benefits of studying university subjects in Year 12 through the Head Start Program?

Studying university subjects in Year 12 through the Head Start program offers several benefits, including:

  • Early exposure to university education: Participating in the Head Start program provides you with an early taste of university life. This experience can be invaluable in helping you adjust to the study and learning style of higher education.
  • Academic advancement: By studying university subjects in Year 12, you can challenge yourself academically and explore subjects that may not be available in a regular high school curriculum.
  • Credit towards future degrees: One of the significant benefits of the Head Start program is that the subjects completed can count as credits towards a related degree at UniSQ. This means students can potentially reduce the time and cost required to complete a university degree. Prepare for your future degree and match a Head Start course with a UniSQ degree.
  • Enhanced university application: Participation in a program like Head Start can enhance your university application. It demonstrates initiative, the ability to handle advanced coursework, and a commitment to learning, which are all positive skills to enhance.
  • Development of key skills: The Head Start program helps in developing essential skills such as time management, critical thinking, and independent study. 
  • QCE points: For students in Queensland, successfully completing subjects in the Head Start program contributes points towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
  • Networking opportunities: Being part of the Head Start program allows you to connect with university staff, fellow students, and industry professionals.  
Can I participate in the Head Start program while completing my Year 12 studies?
Yes, UniSQ’s Head Start program is designed to complement your Year 10, 11 and 12 studies. It allows you to study university courses in Year 12 (or earlier) alongside your high school subjects, giving you a kick-start in your higher education journey.
Are there any specific entry requirements for the Head Start program?
To participate in the Head Start program, you will need to meet certain entry requirements, which are outlined in the UniSQ Head Start Guidelines on this page. These typically include academic criteria and prerequisites specific to the university subjects chosen.
What types of university subjects can I study in high school through the Head Start program?
Through the UniSQ Head Start program, Year 10, 11 or 12 students have the opportunity to explore a diverse array of study areas, to align with interests and future degree aspirations. Browse our Head Start course offerings, spanning from Engineering to Health and Medical Sciences, among other specialised fields.

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