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 Selection Rank.

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). University courses are recognised by the SACE Board, allowing students to use them towards their SACE Stage 2 completion and therefore their Selection Rank.

Headstart students may also receive credit towards their degree if they enrol in a University of Adelaide program after high school.

Download the Headstart 2023 brochure

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    Find out more about the Headstart Scholarship program and ask any questions you may have at one of our information nights.

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    The scholarship

    Successful Headstart applicants are exempt from tuition fees and the Student Services and Amenities Fees while in the program. Headstart participants can enrol in a maximum of two courses of first-year university study*.

    *Students choosing to study Physics are able to study four courses, to meet the Mathematics co-requisite requirements.


    Further information about the scheme is available from the Future Students Branch.