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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.

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 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 September 2018

Applications close

31 October 2018

Start month

February 2019

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 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?

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.

The timetable for Semester 1, 2019 is now available. 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.

Check the timetable

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 unit per semester, in addition to your Year 12 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.

Entry requirements

Am I eligible?

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
  • 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.

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 to start in Semester 1, 2019 have now closed.

Step 1: Complete the START QUT application form

Your completed START QUT application form (PDF file, 215.6 KB) must include:

  • your Learning Unique Identifier (LUI). If you're not sure what your LUI is, check with your school contact
  • an attached copy of your Year 11, Semester 1 results on school letterhead. Your school contact should attach this to your application form
  • signatures from your parents or guardians and your school contact.

You're not required to indicate your chosen unit on your application form.

International students

If you are an international student, you also need to submit a copy of your current visa. If you have a paper visa, you need to include the visa page and photo page of your passport. If you have an electronic visa, the copy must include the header of the email.

Step 2: Have your application checked by your school

Show your completed application form and supporting materials to your school contact. They will make sure all of the information provided is correct, seek permission from your parents for you to participate, and provide written consent.

Step 3: Submit your application

Once approved by your school, submit your application form and any required supporting materials by email to

When to apply

You should apply as early as possible.

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will close on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

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 unit for Semester 1
  • get started at QUT
  • attend an orientation session.

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 send this documentation to us within 10 working days.

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

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.

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 know when START QUT applications open.