What is START QUT?

START QUT gives you the best chance of finding a course you'll enjoy by trying out university subjects while you're in:

  • Year 12
  • Semester 2 of Year 11.

You can trial potential study areas, experience the university lifestyle and learn about the differences between high school and university. You’ll be part of the student community and attend lectures, tutorials or workshops with other QUT students.

Get the real QUT experience and set yourself up for future success.

What's involved?


High-achieving Year 11 and 12 students have an opportunity to extend their studies in their final year of high school. Access all of QUT's facilities and enjoy campus life in the same way as current university students.

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.

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 open 1 August 2020

Applications close

31 October 2020

Start month

Semester 1 2021

Check the academic calendar to see semester dates.


On campus:

  • Kelvin Grove
  • Gardens Point

External (Justice and selected Education units only)

Course contact


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 selection rank 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?

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 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.


You can enrol in one unit per semester, in addition to your school studies. You don't need to list your chosen unit on your application form. Instead, you'll choose your unit once you've been offered a place in the program.

You can choose a unit from a different study area in each semester (for example, a science unit in Semester 1, and a business 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 (credit) toward a degree for the units you complete, it's best to select those related to your chosen future study area. Your START QUT studies, including the grades you achieve, will be included as part of your official QUT record.

Please note that a number of courses are currently undergoing curriculum refreshment. Units on offer will be finalised prior to enrolment opening in December.


Am I eligible?

You must be:

  • minimum age of 16 when START QUT classes commence
  • either a Year 11, Semester 2 or a Year 12, Semester 1 or Semester 2 student when you participate in the START QUT program
  • a Queensland-based school student on an ATAR or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBD) pathway.

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

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

    • The following grade combinations examples are a B average;
      • one A, three B and one C;
      • one A and four B;
      • two B+, one B and two B-
    • The following grade combinations examples are below a B average
      • three B and two C;
      • one A, two B and two C;
      • four B and one B-
    • Median grade is not used

You must:

  • be capable of undertaking university level study on top of your high school workload
  • have the support of your parent(s) or guardian(s)
  • 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 classes at the designated QUT campus, either at Kelvin Grove or Gardens Point (excluding external justice or education students).

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 school studies.

Course Requirements

To remain in the START QUT program you must:

  • remain enrolled in an ATAR or IBD pathway
  • have ongoing support from your parent(s) or guardian(s)
  • have ongoing permission from your school to participate
    • if you change schools you must provide a school approval proforma (refer to the How to apply tab) from your new school

To undertake a second START QUT unit you must also

  • have passed your first unit of study

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

How to apply

Applications are now open for Semester 1, 2021 and close on 31 October, 2020.

Step 1: School approval

Request that your school completes and signs the school approval proforma (PDF file, 137.8 KB) and provides you with a copy.

Step 2: Apply online

Complete the START QUT online application form:

You must have the following to apply:

  • 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.

When to apply

Applications are now open for Semester 1, 2021 and close on 31 October, 2020.

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 program. The email will let you know how to:

  • accept your offer
  • choose your units
  • get started at QUT.

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 10 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 might contact you over the school holidays.

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.