What is START QUT (STEM Intensive)?

START QUT (STEM Intensive) is the delivery of a first year QUT STEM unit in a two week intensive study program in the summer holidays, 10-21 January 2022. This unique program is designed for current Year 11 students entering Year 12 in 2022.

You can participate in one of the selected study units to:

  • learn about the differences between high school and university
  • gain an insight into STEM studies in a safe and supportive environment.

There are no tuition fees for successful applications.

If you successfully complete this program, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit) into a relevant QUT course.

Please be advised that there has been an extension to the application deadline.  The new application closure date is 22 August 2021.

What's involved?

High-achieving Year 11 students entering Year 12 in 2022 have an opportunity to undertake a first-year STEM unit over the summer holidays. This is a two-week intensive program where you complete about 80 hours of study, including lectures, discussion, exercises, and assessment.

The intensive unit will be led by our academics and assisted by current undergraduate students. Once completed, you can receive advanced standing (credit) for your future QUT studies, putting you ahead of your peers and setting you up for future success.

Program dates 10-21 January 2022
9am-5pm each weekday
Applications open 15 June 2021
Applications close 22 August 2021
Delivery On campus at QUT Gardens Point
Course contact

What you receive

During the program, you'll receive:

  • all materials and resources required for the two-week program
  • expert teaching by leading academics in the field
  • access to current QUT Student Ambassadors
  • a certificate of completion.

If you successfully complete your intensive unit, you'll have the opportunity to complete a second START QUT unit and when you complete Year 12, you'll receive:

  • advanced standing (credit) for the unit or 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 your selection rank through our Year 12 Subject Scheme
  • up to four credit points towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), if applicable.

Cost

We will cover the cost of your tuition fees and study materials. You'll be responsible for any other incidental costs, including:

  • transport
  • meals.

Things to consider before applying

You must be capable of undertaking university level study.

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.

A staff member from your school 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. Your school will also need to have approval from your parents or guardians before they can endorse your application.

Expectations

As a START QUT (STEM Intensive) student, you'll be expected to:

  • attend an orientation session before the program starts
  • attend all the classes each day for the two-week period at our Gardens Point campus
  • attend a closing event evening to pitch your project and receive your certificate
  • contribute to group work and complete all the required assessment
  • undertake any pre-readings or pre-recorded lectures if specified for your unit.

We'll support you

Your tutors and current QUT students will support you through the program.

We'll keep in touch to make sure you're aware of all important dates and requirements, from application to the program's start.

After you've applied for the START QUT program and received your QUT offer, you will choose a unit when you enrol.

You do not need to select the unit you wish to study before you apply, but take a look at the available units and see what interests you.

Numbers in each program are limited and will be allocated based on meeting eligibility criteria and on a first come, first served basis.

Design of Computer Systems (IFB112)

This study area is particularly useful if you're thinking about studying information technology, computer science, robotics, aerospace, electrical engineering or even a double degree in information technology and business.

This unit focuses on the design of computer systems, how modern computer systems work, how they are structured, and how they operate. Using Raspberry Pi computers (given to you at orientation) you will build your own small computer system. Your learning will be guided through exercises involving research and practical problem solving using different computer technologies.

In this block of learning you will work as a group and cover the whole unit assessment, receiving progressive feedback on your practical exercises, further investigation research and mini-projects.

Learning objectives
  • Understand different aspects of computer technology fundamentals.
  • Design, build and configure basic computer systems.
  • Develop confidence in asking your tutor questions and presenting your ideas in front of a class.
  • Develop critical thinking skills which are important for all university degrees.
Advanced standing

Successfully completing this unit will count as advanced standing (credit) towards an undergraduate degree. This means one less study unit to complete when you start your degree at QUT.

Eligibility

Available for female students only.

Grand Challenges in Science (Space Exploration) (SEB104)

In this unit you will explore space-based events, problems and phenomena from a scientific perspective, discovering the many ways in which science is used and misused by practising scientists and the public. Learn the problems and challenges of modern scientific inquiry using a range of multidisciplinary perspectives, and explore solutions-focussed approaches.

This unit requires you to watch about 10 hours of pre-recorded lectures before starting the intensive block. This will set you up for your major project in the two-week intensive.

Learning objectives
  • Experience a range of workshops and activities in QUT’s collaborative learning spaces.
  • Develop and practice valuable skills in collaboration, information retrieval, evaluation, and employment of academic writing.
  • Learn how to respond to complex problems and effectively communicate within and across disciplines and with the public more broadly.
  • Focus on the unique challenges associated with space and space exploration. In light of the recent establishment of the Australian Space Agency and the country’s rapidly growing space industry, there is a genuine opportunity for scientists with an understanding of space.
Advanced standing

Successfully completing this unit will count as advanced standing (credit) towards an undergraduate degree in science, engineering or mathematics. This means one less study unit to complete when you start your degree at QUT.

Eligibility

Available for female students only.

Grand Challenges in Science (Natural Disasters) (SEB104)

Are natural disasters becoming more frequent and grand in scale? How close are we to forecasting natural hazards and effectively mitigating their risks?

Often caused by nature, disasters can have human input or origins. Examples covered in this unit range from geophysical events, such as volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis, to climatological/meteorological (severe weather, flooding) events and biological events (disease epidemics, animal plagues). Understanding our planet and the dynamic systems governing the Earth is the key to forecasting and planning for natural hazards.

In this unit you will discover concepts from geology, climatology, biology, physics and chemistry.

This unit requires you to watch about 10 hours of pre-recorded lectures before starting the intensive block. This will set you up for your major project in the two-week intensive.

Learning objectives
  • Experience a range of practical activities in QUT laboratories and collaborative learning spaces.
  • Hands-on evaluation of natural hazards such as volcanos, earthquakes and floods.
  • Develop and practice skills in collaboration, information retrieval, critical thinking and academic writing and communication.
  • Focus on the unique challenges associated with natural hazard forecasting and mitigation, particularly in the context of global climate change and increased extreme weather events.
Advanced standing

Successfully completing this unit will count as advanced standing (credit) towards an undergraduate degree in science, engineering or mathematics. This means one less study unit to complete when you start at QUT.

Design-led thinking for the Built Environment (UXB100)

In this unit you will focus on design thinking as a problem-solving approach to propose innovative solutions for complicated built environment problems. Using design thinking, you will consider the end user of built spaces, and the social and cultural impacts of decisions at every stage of the project development and planning process.

You may be required to undertake pre-readings prior to the intensive program in preparation for your project topic.

Learning objectives

You will learn:

  • Appropriate terminology and communication strategies to communicate and negotiate with diverse stakeholders including clients, design managers, architects, project managers, urban planners, construction managers and quantity surveyors and cost engineers.
  • How and when these roles intersect and how you can have a strategic impact on the project development and planning process.

Your learning will be guided through individual and collaborative activities directed at solving problems related to sustainability in the built environment. Professional skills such as teamwork, presentation, academic writing, and peer evaluation are also integral part of your learning in this unit.

Advanced standing

Successfully completing this unit will count as advanced standing (credit) towards an undergraduate degree in urban development, urban and regional planning, construction management, quantity surveying and others.

Engineering Design and Professional Practise (EGB101)

Hands-on problem- and project-based learning is essential to becoming an engineer. The engineering design process is a series of steps that guide engineering teams to create innovative solutions to challenges, providing you with tools and ways of thinking that you can use in almost any situation.

You may be required to undertake pre-readings prior to the intensive program in preparation for your project topic.

Learning objectives

You will learn about strength of materials and load bearing mechanisms, allowing you to undertake introductory analysis, building and testing of engineering systems. In this unit you will learn how engineers:

  • analyse physical systems to predict their behaviour and application in practice
  • apply engineering design methods, tools and techniques to simple engineering systems
  • locate information, evaluate its usefulness to their engineering work, and use it
  • introduce you to communication skills, teamwork, research, cultural awareness and sustainable development practices.
Advanced standing

Successfully completing this unit will count as advanced standing (credit) towards and undergraduate degree in engineering.

Am I eligible?

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

You must be:

  • minimum age of 16 when START QUT classes commence in January 2022
  • a current year 11 student at time of application
  • be a Queensland-based student on an ATAR or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) pathway.
Women in STEM

Some units have specific gender requirements as an affirmative action initiative to increase female participation in IT and physics careers. Only female students can apply for:

  • Design of Computer Systems (IFB112)
  • Grand Challenges in Science (Space Exploration) (SEB104)
Your grades

In the semester before you apply, you must have maintained:

  • a minimum of a B (70%) in English, literature, English and literature, or English as an additional language (or equivalent IBD subjects)
  • a B (70%) average across a minimum of five general ATAR or IBD subjects.

Median grade is not used.

A B average is, for example:

  • one A, three B and one C
  • one A and four B
  • two B+, one B and two B-

The following grade combination examples are below a B average:

  • three B and two C
  • one A, two B and two C
  • four B and one B-.
Attendance and support

You must:

  • be capable of undertaking a university level subject
  • have the support of your parents or guardian
  • 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
  • be able to attend for the full duration of the intensive block mode at the QUT Gardens Point campus and undertake any pre-readings or pre-recorded lectures as applicable to your unit.

Course requirements

To remain in the START QUT program you must:

  • remain enrolled in an ATAR or IBD pathway
  • have ongoing support from your parents or guardian
  • have ongoing permission from your school to participate.

If you change schools you must provide a school approval proforma from your new school.

To undertake a second START QUT unit you must have passed your first unit of study.

We will revoke your enrolment in START QUT should you not meet any of the requirements.

Applications open 15 June and close 14 August 2021. As places are limited, applications may close early. Late applications cannot be accepted. You will be notified by QUT Admissions of your application outcome.

Step 1: School approval

Request that your school completes and signs the school approval proforma and provides you with a copy.

Download the school approval proforma (PDF file, 137.8 KB)

Step 2: Apply online

Applications open 15 June 2021.

Complete the online application form.

Application form for Australian and New Zealand students

Application form for international students

To apply you must have:

  • your school email address to create your QUT account. This is the first part of the application process
  • a Learning Unique Identifier (LUI)
  • school results on school letterhead for the previous semester
  • the completed and signed school approval proforma.

You will apply for SQ02 (2) - START QUT on the application form. You don't need to select the unit you want to study at this stage. You'll do that when enrolments open on 5 October 2021.

When to apply

Applications will:

  • open Tuesday 15 June 2021
  • close midnight 22 August 2021.

Applications will be accepted in the order we receive them. We strongly encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.

We won’t consider late applications.

What happens next?

If your application is successful, we'll send you an email to offer you a place in the START QUT (STEM Intensive) program. The email will let you know how to:

  • accept your offer
  • enrol in your units.

If your application is unsuccessful, we'll also email you to let you know.

We may also email you to request more information or supporting documents. Make sure you upload this documentation within two working days.

All emails we send you will be sent to the email address you provide in your application. Make sure you provide us with your personal email address and not your school email, because we will contact you over the school holidays.

We understand that circumstances can change. You'll be able to decline your place in the program if you can no longer attend.

Keep me up to date

If you're currently in Year 10 or 11, leave your details and we'll send you occasional emails to help with your study decision, and let you know when START QUT applications open.