Test drive university subjects while you're in Year 11 and 12

First published 26 August 2019

Applications for our START QUT program for Semester 1, 2020 are currently open and close on 31 October. START QUT gives you the best chance of finding a course you'll enjoy by trying out university subjects while you're in high school.

You can complete one or two units from a wide range of study areas, including: building and planning, business, creative practice, communication and design, education, engineering, health and community, information technology, justice, Mandarin, science and mathematics.

As well as trialing different study areas, exploring areas of interest, experiencing student life and learning from world-class teachers, you'll also:

  • be eligible for up to four credit points towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE)
  • receive an adjustment of up to two QTAC selection ranks, one for each unit you successfully complete, towards entry to QUT.

Find out more on the START QUT website.


Real student story: A day in the life of START QUT student, Ali Lutz

Former START QUT student, currently studying a double degree in psychology and justice, majoring in criminology and policing.

6.30am Wake up, have breakfast and then organise everything I will need for the day.

8am Arrive at school and attend the Student Representative Council meeting to discuss and organise upcoming events.

8.30am I have a free period Thursday mornings so I'm able to catch the free QUT shuttle bus from Kelvin Grove to Gardens Point just in time for my lecture.

9am Attend my Policy, Governance and Justice lecture. We are learning about the necessary writing skills needed in order to work in government agencies.

10am Grab morning tea on campus—there are so many cafés to try!

10.45am Arrive back at school in time for the rest of my classes for the day.

3pm Quickly change out of my school uniform and head back to QUT.

4pm Attend my tutorial. This is a great chance for me to ask any clarifying questions to my tutor as well as engage in the content further with my peers.

5pm Head into QUT's library to get ahead of next week's readings and begin my 1500-word policy briefing assignment. Thankfully we brainstormed ideas in the tutorial.

6pm Head home, go for a walk or run to relax and clear my brain.

7pm Have dinner and spend time with my family.

8pm Work on school assignments.

9pm Begin to wind down for the nightwatch Netflix, listen to a true crime podcast or read a book, then off to bed.

My tip for START QUT success: get involved and use everything on offer for you at QUT—whether that is joining a club or taking advantage of the extensive range of academic literature.

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