Christopher Sami and Andrew O'Grady from Hervey Bay Christian Academy are among the 10 Fraser Coast students who successfully completed USQ’s Head Start program this year.
Christopher Sami and Andrew O'Grady from Hervey Bay Christian Academy are among the 10 Fraser Coast students who successfully completed USQ’s Head Start program this year. Jocelyn Watts

Uni's fast-track program for high-schoolers grows 150%

FAST-tracking tertiary studies through University of Southern Queensland's Head Start program is growing in popularity with numbers increasing 150% in the past year.

USQ Fraser Coast school liaison officer Carly Ryder said 10 local high school students had successfully completed the USQ Head Start program in Semester 1 this year compared to four students during the same period last year.

"We've also had an increased number of genuine inquiries for the 2014 program so that figure is expected to rise again next year," Ms Ryder said.

"The surge is in response to increased awareness of the program's benefits such as guaranteed entry into a related USQ program after successfully completing a Head Start course.

"This can give students the edge on their peers in securing spots in their preferred USQ programs before Overall Position, OP, scores are released."

Head Start is open to high-achieving Year 10, 11 or 12 students who have the capability, maturity and motivation to undertake university study while finishing high school.

Other benefits include two points towards the Queensland Certificate of Education and academic credits towards USQ degrees.

This year, USQ Fraser Coast is also offering participating students the opportunity to undertake the information systems concepts subject during the summer holiday period when their study time does not clash with other school commitments.

Information on how to apply for Head Start, , will be available at the upcoming information night at USQ Fraser Coast.

Ms Ryder can also be contacted on 4194 3142 or Carly.Ryder@usq.edu.au.

Information night

  • Where: USQ Fraser Coast, 161 Old Maryborough Rd, Hervey Bay
  • When: 6pm, Wednesday, September 18


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