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 Career Information - Term 3, Week 6, 2016

Can’t wait to start University?  Headstart is an on-campus university experience where students are able to complete a first year university subject while in Year 11 and 12.  The University of Sunshine Coast offer a variety of courses through the Headstart program where students will attend lectures and tutorials at the Fraser Coast campus.  Visit to view the programs available at Fraser Coast.  There is no tuition fee for the first Headstart course you complete. 

Application due dates are:  31 October 2016 for Semester 1 2017

                                                 26 May 2017 for Semester 2 2017

Are you eligible for Headstart?

  • You must be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident or a non-domestic student on a visa other than a student visa
  • Be completing a full workload of Year 11 or 12 curriculum
  • Be achieving a B-grade average or better and
  • Have approval and a positive recommendation from your school

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in Headstart in 2017, please discuss this with Mr Relf.  Further information and details are available on

From 2017 the University of Queensland will offer a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Honours).  This is a highly specialised and structured four-year program with five study concentrations:  criminology, criminal law, criminal justice, research and evaluation methods and professional practice.  Entry requirements include Year 12 English.  Further information about this course can be found at

Please log on to the QTAC site and search for other universities who also offer courses relating to criminology and law. 


Griffith University offers students a pathway into engineering by sitting the Aptitude for Engineering Assessment examination. Successful students will receive guaranteed admission into the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours program at either the Nathan or Gold Coast campuses or Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Electronic and Computer Engineering at Nathan campus (QTAC only).

The Aptitude for Engineering Assessment is a two and a half hour multiple choice test that assesses a candidate’s aptitude to think scientifically, solve quantitative problems, critically analyse information and display interpersonal understanding.  The AEA test will be held in ALL locations on Saturday 24 September 2016.

Who should sit AEA?

AEA offers a pathway to the Engineering and Computer Science faculties at universities for students who:

  • have not completed the pre-requisite subjects necessary for admission to Engineering and Computer Science courses
  • wish to have information about their aptitude for Engineering and Computer Science considered alongside their state school certificate results (Higher School Certificate, Queensland Senior Certificate, The South Australian Certificate of Education, Victorian Certificate of Education, Western Australian Certificate of Education)
  • seek entry to Engineering and Computer Science faculties as a mature age student
  • seek admission to Engineering and Computer Science faculties as an international student and wish to have information about their aptitude for Engineering and Computer Science considered alongside their documented results
  • seek admission to Engineering and Computer Science faculties as an international student and have not studied subjects traditionally required for admission to Engineering and Computer Science courses.

For further information and details: and

Annie Sexton

Guidance Counsellor (grades 8-12)