“You learn what it’s like to be at uni and pretty much going to uni – it’s fun.”
What is Headstart?
Headstart is a transition program for Year 11 and 12 students to study USC courses while still completing high school.
Get a taste of university life and prepare for future study while working towards a USC degree, expanding your knowledge, and interacting with university staff and students.
- Gain credit towards a USC degree.
Ease your study load by up to two courses when you come to university full-time by completing the Headstart program in Year 11 and 12.
- Prepare for university.
When you enrol in your university degree you'll be well prepared having already completed study at this level.
Plus, you would have made connections with USC staff and students - which means you've already hit the ground running toward success at university.
- Save money.
USC subsidises the cost of Headstart, decreasing the overall cost of your degree. From 1 January 2016, commencing Headstart students will not be charged any tuition fees for the first course they complete. If they choose to progress on to a second course the fee will be $400. Scholarships are available to eligible applicants to cover this tuition fee.
- Broaden your education.
You could select a Headstart course in a subject area that you are interested in, that is not offered by your high school.
- Enhance your school performance.
Many of our Headstart students, including Dana Larkin found that studying at a more advanced level can improve your performance at school as you'll be learning new academic skills and will have access to extra study resources.
- Gain QCE points.
Completed university courses can contribute toward your QCE. One semester counts for 2 credits.*
*The required standard of achievement is a grade of 4 on a 7-point scale, or a Pass grade.
- Headstart doesn't affect your OP.
Your OP score is still calculated based only on your performance at school.
However, you are expected to be able to manage your own studies and schedule of commitments.
- Gain guaranteed entry into USC.
When you successfully complete two courses within the Headstart program you are guaranteed an entry to most programs at USC. ^
You could also be made an early and guaranteed offer into a USC program through the Early Offer Guarantee. #
^ You may also be required to meet additional entry requirements for programs with high entry cut-offs and/or prerequisites. Students are expected to successfully complete Year 12.
# You must be attending a School that has registered to participate in the Early Offer Guarantee scheme.
University is different from school. When you are in Headstart, you become a university student, studying alongside USC …
There are many ways to choose one or more of the 80 courses offered to Headstart students.