Southern Cross Advance

School programs and academic support that inspires and creates opportunities for a better tomorrow.

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Supporting high school students and educators to take the next step

At Southern Cross University, transforming tomorrow is a shared philosophy between the university, staff, students and community. By inspiring and supporting the development of young people in our regions we help secure a better future for everyone.

The Southern Cross Advance program allows high school students to explore their future career and study options, advance their leadership skills and make connections. It also provides opportunities for direct entry, early offers and scholarships.

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UniStart builds confidence in Year 12 students by equipping them with the skills required for university study. It is delivered at school by school-based teachers over 15 weeks during terms 2 and 3.

ATAR eligible Year 12 students who successfully complete UniStart and Year 12, are guaranteed entry into a Southern Cross University undergraduate course.

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Southern Cross Scholars

An experience-based school program, led by SCU College, to nurture academically strong high school students into university.

The program also provides opportunities for students to apply for relevant scholarships.

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Early Offer

The Early Offer program gives graduating high school students the opportunity to secure a place in a Southern Cross University degree before Year 12 results are released.

Southern Cross University Early Offer is designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and give students direct entry into their chosen course based on predicted ATAR and school recommendation.

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Let’s get you on your way

Our team can curate a bespoke Advance program to suit your school, which might include immersive on-campus workshops and tours of the University, attending your school awards presentations, exam revision days and in-school expos. Explore our programs below and for more information about any of the options contact our Future Students Team on [email protected].

At Southern Cross, we have developed numerous innovative workshops and school programs to help high school students strengthen their academic ability, building confidence for future university studies and career opportunities.

Informing aspirations and pathways:

  • Southern Cross Advance Career Match
  • Southern Cross Advance scavenger hunt
  • Campus Tours
  • University Student Panel
  • Southern Cross Advance Early Offer Talks

Subject Specific Activity:

  • Y9 Taster Days
  • Y10 Master Class Days
  • Y11 Discovery Days

Resources and content are available for teachers and careers counsellors to help enhance their teaching, learning and professional development. Our programs are designed to create forums for industry collaboration and academic knowledge, positively impacting our communities and students.

Southern Cross school visits:

  • Year 10 Subject Selection Evenings
  • Customised School Expos
  • Year 10-12 Academic Achievement awards
  • School Community Days

Innovative teaching resources and leadership programs designed for the professional development of current and future principals.

  • Teacher Conference
  • Principals Breakfast

Educational experiences that support families through their future student’s journey. Creating forums where parents and caregivers can come together to connect and be supported.

  • Year 10 Subject Selection Evening
  • Parents Webinar
  • Parent Info Night
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Our doors are open

The Future Students team provides a single point of contact for teachers and advisors looking to support student development and help future students make informed choices about higher education.

For more information about any of our programs, please contact our Future Students team: [email protected].