USC helps school students get early start to uni

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First-year USC Fraser Coast Commerce student Jared Pacey

31 August 2018

Dozens of Year 11 or 12 Fraser Coast high school students are finding it a smart move to add university-level subjects to their senior study load.

This year, about 40 students have enrolled in USC’s Headstart program that allows high school seniors to complete first-year university subjects and gain credits towards their Queensland Certificate of Education.

Year 10, 11 and 12 students and their parents are invited to find out more about Headstart at an information session at USC’s Fraser Coast campus on Thursday 13 September from 4.30-6pm.

Jared Pacey, who graduated from Aldridge State High School with a OP2 last year, said Headstart helped get him off to a flying start when he began a Bachelor of Commerce at USC’s Fraser Coast campus this year.

“Headstart gives you the real university experience while still at school so you know what to expect,” he said.

“After competing Headstart during Year 12, I became more confident with research and referencing, and my writing improved.

“It also helped with the transition to full-time university study as I had one less subject to complete in my first semester.”

Under the program, students can choose from a range of study areas that build on their favourite subjects at school, suit their career aspirations or match their interests.

With no tuition fees for the first subject and a reduced fee for a second subject, Headstart saves on the overall cost of a USC degree. USC scholarships are also available.

The information session will cover the application process, eligibility, costs and available courses, and former students will share their Headstart experiences.

Staff will also outline entry options for students including Early Offer Guarantee which offers Year 12 students an early and guaranteed place at USC in November, and University pathways and preparation courses.

Parents can learn more about USC’s parent lounge – a dedicated online space filled with information and tips for parents with children considering university study.

Register for the Headstart information evening.

— Clare McKay

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