What is UniStart?

This program prepares current Year 12 students for study at Southern Cross University. You'll learn about expectations at university, the culture of enquiry and how to write and communicate.

The program is delivered during school, at school and by school-based teachers. Classes are conducted over 15 weeks and you'll be required to undertake self-study and assessments. Teachers work with staff from Southern Cross University‚Äôs SCU College, who moderate the delivery and assessment of the program.

The program introduces you to the culture of academic enquiry and the conventions of written communication at university, while learning how to balance competing commitments. It aims to develop skills in critical thinking and analysis, academic reading, academic writing, academic integrity, information literacy, research and self-management skills. Teaching involves a mixture of online learning materials, lectures/tutorials and project based investigations.

You'll make at least three visits to the Southern Cross University campus as part of the program to meet with prospective academic staff and support services staff.

If you successfully complete the course and achieve a pass in five Year 12 ATAR subjects, you are guaranteed a place in a Southern Cross University degree.


Guarantee your place in a Southern Cross degree

Get a taste of university study and lifestyle

Develop the skills you will need at university

Learn about a culture of enquiry

Entry requirements

  • Currently enrolled in Year 12 (of a participating secondary school/college)
  • Studying a minimum of five ATAR subjects accredited with the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority
  • Student must be approved by the participating secondary school/college.

Program fee

$250 per student

Start date

Term 2 - 29 April 2019

How to apply

Application for this program must be made through a participating secondary school or college only. Individual applications will not be accepted. Contact your school adviser to register.

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