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USQ Head Start is our academic extension program for high achieving Year 10, 11 or 12 students.
Get a taste of what uni is really like by studying one university subject a semester while working towards your QCE.

Why study Head Start

Your first Head Start course is free

Additional courses are discounted if you want to get further ahead.

Credits towards a related USQ degree

Gain credits for the courses you pass and you’ll have fewer courses to study when you start your degree.

Entry into USQ degree

Complete a course and gain entry into a related USQ degree! Remember, you’ll also need to meet the degree pre-requisites.

A taste of uni

Prepare yourself for university by getting a feel for on-campus or online study, developing uni-level study skills and discovering more about your potential degree.

QCE points

Receive two credit points towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) for each course successfully completed.

Choose how you study

It is your decision how to structure your Head Start studies - while still fulfilling your school commitments.

Head Start courses

Become ahead of the game by completing a course from a USQ degree you’re interested in.
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Entry requirements

Get started! Read all you need to know about getting into Head Start at USQ.

Apply for USQ Head Start

Follow simple our step-by-step application process.

Apply now

Head Start key dates

Discover when you can commence Head Start and other important key dates.

Discover more

USQ Head Start Graduation and testimonials

Want to hear from our Head Start students and their support crew on their experience? Take a sneak peek at a Head Start graduation ceremony and discover why our student chose to complete a USQ Head Start course.

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