Headstart helps school students start degrees early

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Headstart helps school students start degrees early

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Published on 12 March 2013

The University of the Sunshine Coast will host a Headstart Information Evening tomorrow, Wednesday 13 March, for senior high school students keen to start their tertiary education early.

Year 11 and 12 students and their parents from across the Sunshine Coast, Gympie and Moreton Bay regions are encouraged to visit the Sippy Downs campus from 6—7.30pm to learn about USC’s Headstart program.

Headstart is an award-winning program that allows young people to study two university subjects while still at high school, with their efforts earning credit towards a USC degree.

It has attracted about 900 students from schools across the wider region since 2003.

The most popular Headstart courses in recent years have been Communication and Thought, Introduction to Creative Writing, Introduction to Psychology, Innovation, Indonesian and Japanese.

At the information evening, USC staff will explain the benefits, eligibility and study options, costs, scholarships and support available. Headstart students will also share their experiences.

USC External Relations Manager Kylie Russell said students could choose from more than 68 courses, with Drama one of the latest additions.

“Headstart students attend lectures and tutorials with USC students and learn from academics who have practical industry experience,” Ms Russell said. “They can get a taste of university life and a headstart on a career they’re passionate about.”

Families can also take a tour of the campus with a current student at 5.15pm.

Applications for Headstart for Semester 2, 2013, will close on Friday 10 May.

For further information, contact USC External Relations on 5456 5456 or register.

Julie Schomberg

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