• High-achieving Year 12 students have an opportunity to extend their studies in their final year of high school.
  • Sample university life and trial up to two different areas of interest before committing to further study.
  • Access all of QUT's facilities and enjoy campus life in the same way as current university students.
  • Once completed, you can receive advanced standing (credit) for your studies, putting you ahead of your peers and setting you up for future success.
Applications open1 September 2018
Applications close31 October 2018
Start monthFebruary 2019
DeliveryOn campus:
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Gardens Point
External (Justice units only)
Course contact


START QUT gives you the opportunity to study up to two university units, in the same classes as current QUT students, while you're completing Year 12. You can select two units from across the university, and study one unit each semester.

This is a great opportunity to get a head start on your chosen undergraduate course, or to try out study areas you're interested in.

What do you receive?

If you successfully complete your units and Year 12, you'll receive:

  • advanced standing (credit) for these units towards a related bachelor degree at QUT
  • and adjustment of up to two selection ranks, one for each START QUT unit successfully completed, added to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) through our Year 12 subject scheme
  • up to four credit points towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), if applicable.

How much will it cost?

START QUT is a scholarship so we will cover the cost of your tuition fees. You'll be responsible for any other incidental costs, including:

  • textbooks
  • printing
  • transport.

Things to consider before applying

Do you have support from your parents or guardians?

You need the support of your parents or guardians to be able to submit your application, so you need to discuss with them whether the program is suitable for you.

You should talk about:

  • the extra workload involved in the program
  • travel time to and from the designated campus (if applicable)
  • additional costs (such as textbooks and transport)
  • how you plan to handle all of your commitments.

Do you have support from your school?

A staff member (guidance officer, careers counsellor, curriculum head, dean of studies, academic dean, gifted students coordinator, principal, deputy principal or other similar position) must approve your participation before you can submit your application form. They'll assess whether you're able to handle the workload involved in the program.

What are you going to study?

To get an idea of what you can study, take a look at the list of the START QUT units. You won't need to select units until after we send you an offer. If your application is successful, we'll ask you to enrol in one of these units before semester begins.

Can you realistically manage your involvement with the START QUT program?

Once you've found a unit you're interested in, make sure you also think about:

  • which campus the classes are held at and how you plan on getting there and back
  • how many hours you'll need to dedicate to your START QUT studies. Most units consist of 3 hours of classes (contact hours) and 7 hours of self-directed study each week; some science, dance and engineering units have 4 or more contact hours each week
  • the types of assessment you'll have to do, and how that might affect your workload
  • whether or not you can fit START QUT into your life - think about your school, work, sporting, cultural and spiritual commitments.

The timetable for Semester 1, 2019 hasn't been released yet, but we still encourage you to submit your application on time. You'll be able to decline your place in the program if the timetable for the unit you choose doesn’t fit in with your personal schedule.


You can enrol in one of the units below per semester, in addition to your Year 12 studies. You don't need to list your chosen unit on your application form because you will make your selection once you have been offered a place in the program.

You can choose a unit from a different study area in each semester (for example, a science and mathematics unit in Semester 1, and a law and justice unit in Semester 2). This might be a good option if you are looking to study a double degree.

If you're hoping to receive advanced standing toward a degree for the units you complete, it's best to select those related to your chosen future study area.

Entry requirements

To be eligible you must:

  • be a Year 12 student in the year you participate in the START QUT program
  • be an OP, ATAR or International Baccalaureate Diploma student in Queensland or New South Wales
  • have maintained a minimum of a B in English, English Extension or English for ESL Learners throughout your Year 11 studies
  • have maintained a B average across a minimum of five OP (or equivalent) or International Baccalaureate Diploma subjects throughout your Year 11 studies
  • be able to attend classes at the designated QUT campus: Kelvin Grove or Gardens Point (excluding external Justice students)
  • be capable of undertaking university level study on top of your Year 12 workload
  • have the support of your parents or guardians
  • have permission from your school to participate. A staff member (guidance officer, career counsellor, curriculum head, dean of studies, academic dean, gifted students coordinator, principal, deputy principal or other similar position) must approve your participation.

If you don't meet these entry requirements it is best that you don't submit an application - your priority should be achieving the best results you can in your Year 12 studies.



As a START QUT student you will be expected to:

  • attend your START QUT orientation session in February 2019
  • adhere to the rules and policies of QUT, as outlined in the QUT Student Code of Conduct
  • attend your classes (you may be marked on attendance and participation)
  • contribute to group-work assignments and presentations and complete all your assessment on time (including attending exams)
  • complete your Year 12 studies to the best of your ability, with high school remaining your priority over university work.


As a participating school, you will be asked to:

  • nominate only those students who have the ability, motivation and basic knowledge to successfully undertake the program and who meet the entry requirements
  • nominate a START QUT school contact or mentor who will:
    • provide care and support for the students enrolled in the program
    • meet with students regularly to monitor their progress
    • identify any problems and report them to QUT
  • work with students who withdraw or fail a START QUT unit to ensure they are able to make up any lost credits for the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) if required.

You will receive advice outlining the students who have been accepted into the program by the third week of the university semester.

Parents or guardians

As a parent or guardian of a START QUT student you will be asked to:

  • support the student with their involvement in the program
  • raise any concerns over the student's progress with their school's START QUT contact/guidance officer.

Support for students and schools

Our QUT Student Recruitment team is available to help applicants, school contacts and parents with questions about the program, areas of study and course content. We will provide guidance throughout the application process and maintain pastoral care of the students once they are enrolled at QUT. Regular contact with START QUT students is provided throughout the semester to ensure they are aware of key dates and requirements.

We also maintain regular contact with the participating schools to ensure the student's welfare is being looked after from both a university and school perspective. Participating schools are provided with:

  • a list of students accepted into the program to confirm their enrolment
  • advice throughout the semester, if a student is struggling or not participating to their full capacity
  • feedback about the student's progress and results.

How to apply

Applications for students hoping to commence in Semester 1, 2019 will open on 1 September 2018. Please check back then for an application form and further details.


START QUT Coordinator