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
- 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 ATAR through our Year 12 subject scheme (ATAR or International Baccalaureate Diploma students only)
- up to four credit points towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), if applicable. Please note that if you are in Year 12, START QUT studies undertaken during Semester 2 will not be available in time to count towards your QCE. We recommend that you complete START QUT units before Year 12 Semester 2.
From 2023, we will be offering the program to Year 12 students in Semester 1 only and Year 11 students in Semester 2 only. Students who are currently in Year 11 and want to complete two START QUT units should apply now for START QUT Semester 2 of 2022 so they can complete a second unit if they wish in Semester 1 of Year 12 in 2023.
How much will it cost?
We will cover the cost of your tuition fees. You'll be responsible for any other incidental costs, including:
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 your chosen 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 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.
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 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 you'll have to do, and how that might affect your workload
- whether or not you can fit START QUT into your life.
Once you've decided what unit you'd like to study, you can check its timetable to see if it suits your school and personal schedule.
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.
As a START QUT student you will be expected to:
- view your virtual orientation sessions before semester starts
- regularly check your 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 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 high school studies to the best of your ability, with high school remaining your priority over university work
- stay in touch with your school contact and seek advice about workload, assessment or support, if you need it.
We'll support you
Our staff are available to answer any questions you have about the program, areas of study and course content. We can guide you through the application process, and make sure you're looked after once you're enrolled at QUT.
We'll keep in touch to make sure you're aware of all important dates and requirements while you're studying here. And we'll maintain regular contact with your school to make sure you're being looked after.