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Want to get a HEADSTART on uni?

The University of Adelaide’s Headstart scholarship program gives high achieving students the opportunity to study at university while still in Year 12, and have these university studies count towards their SACE and ATAR.

While studying at the University part-time Headstart students not only have the opportunity to find out what university life is like before they even finish school, but also contribute to, and benefit from, the diverse cultural and intellectual life of the University of Adelaide.

Headstart provides gifted and highly-motivated students with a challenge beyond the Year 12 curriculum and the chance to grow as individuals as they combine secondary school and university studies.

Headstart students can choose to replace or supplement their Year 12 subjects with university courses (subjects). Their university grades are recorded, and students are able to credit these grades towards their SACE Stage 2 level studies and ATAR. Headstart students may also receive credit towards their degree studies if they enrol in a University of Adelaide program after high school, enabling them to complete their program of study early or study a wider range of courses than usual.

The scholarship

Successful Headstart applicants will receive a scholarship exempting them from both tuition fees and the Student Services and Amenities fee for up to 12 units of first-year university study, which is equivalent to two courses per semester.

2017 application deadlines

Semester 1 closing date:
Monday 6 February 2017

Semester 2 closing date:
Monday 10 July 2017


Further information about the scheme is available from the Domestic Recruitment Team.

Telephone: (08) 8313 8381

Course information

Detailed information about courses (subjects) is contained in the University of Adelaide Course Planner and 2017 timetables will be available after December 1.

Information and advice are also available from the faculty/school offices:

Alison Galbreath
Ph: +61 8 8313 0298

Commerce and Economics:
The Professions Hub
Ph: +61 8 8313 4755

Computer Sciences
Dr Cruz Izu
Ph: +61 8 8313 5762

Health and Medical Sciences
Mario Ricci
Ph: +61 8 8313 6294

Dr Adrian Koerber
Ph: +61 8 8313 5577

Psychology IA/IB
Matthew Dry
Ph: +61 8 8313 3856

Research Methods in Psychology
Peter Strelan
Ph: +61 8 8313 5662

Rose Cecere
Ph: +61 8 8313 4263

Domestic Recruitment, Student Recruitment & Admissions Services

The University of Adelaide


T: +61 8 8313 0165