Head Start Program

Are you a Year 10, 11 or 12 student wanting a taste of university life, or simply want to get a head start on your future career?

Head Start is a transition program for Year 10, 11 and 12 students to study first-year uni subjects while still at high school. Join us in university life studying and preparing for your future. Head Start works for you, towards your UniSQ degree. You’ll be expanding your knowledge, developing your academic skills and interacting with university staff and students. Experience all the benefits of student life at UniSQ as well as gain a head start in your career.

What Can I Study?

Semester 1 2023

Semester 2 2023

Semester 3 2022

Aesthetics for Interactive Systems

Production Management

Persuasive Communication: Presenting Yourself and Your Ideas

 Editing Lab 1

Digital Composition

Introduction to Creative and Critical Thinking

 Guitar Skills

Introduction to Creative and Critical Thinking

Persuasive Communication: Presenting Yourself and Your Ideas

Making Theatre History 2

Perspectives in Visual Arts: Movements, Moments and Events

Introduction to Television Practice

Making Theatre History 1: Classic Plays in Context

Artists and Their Studio Practice

Introduction to Radio Production

Graphic Design and Digital Art Practice

Graphic Design and Digital Art Practice

Motion Design
Location Production 1 3D Modelling Studio
Animation Practice Cinematic Language
Scriptwriting Musical Contexts: Popular Music
Decoding Music Sound Design for Production
Popular Songwriting Innovation in Art, Architecture, New Media and Design
Visual Storytelling  

Student Experience

As a Head Start student you will be given the opportunity to experience University life while still in Years 10, 11 or 12. This program will allow you to work alongside other students and develop your creative art knowledge and skills and practice.

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Why Choose Head Start?

USQ Toowoomba Campus

Save Money

The first course you undertake through the Head Start Program is free. If you choose to undertake additional courses those courses will incur a discount.

Gain QCE Points

For every Head Start course you successfully complete you will receive two points towards your Queensland Certification of Education (QCE).

USQ General Enquiries
Head Start Program - Student Direct Entry

University Credit

Since every Head Start course is an accredited University unit, if you enrol in a degree following the completion of your secondary studies you will have fewer courses to complete to obtain your degree.


As you will undertake each Head Start alongside other University students you will develop a greater understanding of how to approach your tertiary studies following graduation while also developing life-long connections with your peers all before completing year 12!

Head Start Program - Student Experience
Head Start Program - Direct Entry

Direct Entry

Completion of a USQ Head Start course will provide the opportunity for direct entry into a related USQ degree (if the degree pre-requisites are met).

Head Start Graduation

Hear from some of our Head Start Graduates about why they chose to complete a USQ Head Start Course. If you would like further information on the program, don’t hesitate to contact us at headstart@unisq.edu.au