What will your students receive?
If your students successfully complete their QUT units and Year 12, they'll receive:
- advanced standing (credit) for these units towards a related bachelor degree at QUT
- an adjustment of up to 2.00 selection rank adjustments, 1.00 selection rank adjustment for each START QUT unit successfully completed, added to their selection rank through our Year 12 subject scheme
- up to four credit points towards their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), if applicable.
How much will it cost?
We will cover the cost of tuition fees. Students will be responsible for any other incidental costs, including:
Things students should consider before applying
Do your students have the support of their parents?
Your students will need their parents' support to submit their application, so you need to discuss with them whether the program is suitable.
They should talk about:
- the extra workload involved in the program
- travel time to and from their chosen campus (if applicable)
- additional costs (such as textbooks and transport)
- how students plan to handle all of their commitments.
Does your school support the student's involvement?
Your students' participation must be approved by the school before they can submit their application form. The school will need to have the approval of the student's parents or guardians before they can endorse the application. You'll need to assess whether the student is able to handle the workload involved in the program.
Can your students realistically manage their involvement with the START QUT program?
Once your student has found a unit they're interested in, make sure they also think about:
- which campus the classes are held at and how they plan on getting there and back
- how many hours they'll need to dedicate to their START QUT studies. Most units have 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 they'll have to do, and how that might affect their workload
- whether or not they can fit START QUT into their life.
Once your student has decided what unit they'd like to study, they can check its timetable to see if it suits their school and personal schedule.
They'll be able to decline their place in the program if the timetable for the unit they choose doesn’t fit in with their schedule.
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
- ensure that students applying for the program have parent/guardian support
- 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.
- immediately notify QUT if the student's intended learning outcomes (ILO) change (e.g. expected completion of Year 12, no longer on an ATAR/IBD pathway).
You will receive advice outlining the students who have been accepted into the program by the third week of the university semester
START QUT students are expected to:
- view their virtual orientation sessions before semester starts
- regularly check their QUT student email for correspondence from QUT staff
- engage with the START QUT Blackboard throughout the semester
- adhere to the rules and policies of QUT, as outlined in the QUT Student Code of Conduct
- attend classes (they may be marked on attendance and participation)
- contribute to group-work assignments and presentations and complete all assessment on time (including attending exams)
- complete high school studies to the best of their ability, with high school remaining a priority over university work.
We’ll support you
Our QUT Student Recruitment team is available to help school contacts with questions about the program, areas of study and course content. We can guide your students through the application process, and make sure they’re looked after once they’re enrolled at QUT.
We provide regular contact with START QUT students 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.
We’ll provide you 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.