USQ Fraser Coast Head Start students Christopher Sami and Andrew O'Grady participating in Leadership Day activities at USQ earlier this year.
USQ Fraser Coast Head Start students Christopher Sami and Andrew O'Grady participating in Leadership Day activities at USQ earlier this year. Jocelyn Watts

Heads-up on USQ Fraser Coast Head Start opportunity

CHRISTOPHER Sami and Andrew O'Grady are giving high-achieving Year 11 and 12 students the heads-up on how to secure a spot at USQ Fraser Coast ahead of their peers.

The two, who are participating in the Head Start program while completing their senior studies at Hervey Bay Christian Academy, said eligible students should go to the USQ Fraser Coast Information Night on Wednesday, May 15, from 6pm to 8pm and find out everything they could about the initiative.

"I'm doing a university course while at high school and if I pass, I'm guaranteed acceptance into the Bachelor of Education program after I finish Year 12," Christopher said.

"Those with a B-grade average or more get to do that and I'm lucky to be one of them."

Andrew said as well as giving him an edge on university entry, the Head Start program was also giving him the opportunity to experience university life before starting.

"I'm not worried about what it will be like - I already know that and it's not such a big deal," he said.

"I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to do that."

USQ school liaison officer Carly Ryder said high-achieving Year 11 and 12 students who believed they had the capability, maturity and motivation to undertake university study while still finishing high school were invited to apply for USQ's Head Start program.

"There are many advantages to participating in the program," Ms Ryder said.

"With a range of study options available, students can study one university subject for free during a semester while in Year 11 and/or 12, allowing them to study alongside USQ's undergraduate students on-campus or online.

"So for those who are not sure if university study is for them, Head Start is a great opportunity to sample life at USQ."

To qualify for Head Start, students need to have a minimum B-grade average on their most recently issued report cards and applications need to be signed by school principals, parents or caregivers as well as the students themselves.

For each Head Start course they passed, students were awarded two points to put towards their Queensland Certificate of Education.

After Year 12, Head Start allowed students to enter a related USQ program, provided they had completed the course and meet the prerequisites required.

Head Start Information Night

  • When: Wednesday, May 15, 6pm to 8pm.
  • Where: USQ Fraser Coast, 161 Old Maryborough Rd, Pialba. Room A139
  • Cost: Free
  • Bookings are not necessary.
  • For more information, phone USQ Fraser Coast school liaison officer Carly Ryder on 4194 3142 or visit usq.edu.au/headstart


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