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Who Can Apply

The Headstart program is open to Australian citizens and permanent residents that will be in Year 12 in 2019 and that are either accelerated or high-achieving  students;

  1. Accelerated students who have completed a Stage 2 subject in an earlier school year and are completing their SACE or IB at less than a full year’s workload. Eligibility is based on grades from completed Year 12 subjects.

  2. High-achieving students who are not accelerated. Eligibility is based on grades from completed Year 11 subjects.

Exceptionally gifted students in lower grades may also be considered, but a special case will need to be made by schools on behalf of students who are not yet in Year 12. Please note: Students who have already had an ATAR issued (e.g. students attempting Year 13) are not eligible to apply.

Academic eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet the below SACE or IB requirements;

SACE students

  • Accelerated students: A minimum grade of B or better for all Stage 2 subjects already taken is required, plus a minimum of A- for any SACE Stage 2 subject that is a prerequisite for the University course to be studied.

  • High-achieving students: A minimum grade of B or better across all Year 11 subjects is required.

  • Additional criteria may apply to individual course selections such as Mathematics, Physics and Languages.

IB students

  • Accelerated students: A minimum score of 6 or higher at the Standard Level, or 5 or higher at the Higher Level for all Year 12 subjects already taken is required, plus at least 6-7 for any subject that is a prerequisite for the University course to be studied.

  • High-achieving students: A minimum score of 6 or higher at the Standard Level, or 5 or higher at the Higher Level is required.

  • Additional criteria may apply to individual course selections such as Mathematics, Physics and Languages.

Students who have completed the SACE

Students cannot count Headstart grades towards their ATAR if they have already completed SACE Stage 2 or the IB, therefore applications will not be accepted from Year 13 students. This does not apply to students completing Year 12 over two years.

Personal eligibility criteria

 In addition to the academic entry requirements, the below personal eligibility criteria will be required/assessed;

  • Support of parents or guardians
  • Recommendation from the school and nomination of a School Mentor
  • Personal statement (max 250 words): This should include why the student is wanting to pursue the Headstart program, what are the motivating factors, how they found out about the Headstart program, plans for 2020 beyond, etc.
  • Timetabling and attendance: The student’s ability to manage the school and University timetables and availability to attend courses on-campus.
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