The Start Uni Now (SUN) program is a CQUniversity initiative that allows students in Year 11 and 12 to study CQUniversity courses whilst still in high school. At CQUniversity, a ‘course’ is the word used to describe something similar to your school subjects. You can enrol in a range of CQUniversity courses, either on-campus (face-to-face) or by distance education (online), and combine them with your regular high school work.
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If you are a high performing student who can take on the challenge of tertiary level study, then SUN could be for you! Some of the benefits of starting university early with SUN include:
For example, the ‘Principles of University Learning’ course belongs to the Bachelor of Learning Management degree. If you study and pass ‘Principles of University Learning’ as a SUN course, complete Year 12 (QCE), and meet the entry requirements you will be eligible for direct entry into this degree at CQUniversity.
Students within the SUN program study actual CQUniversity courses. These courses are from a variety of subject areas and are offered in specific terms, at specific campuses. When selecting the course you wish to apply for it is important you check the course is available in the term you hope to study and also on your desired campus (or by distance education).
Some of the many study areas available to SUN students include Allied Health (NEW!), Law (NEW!), Medical Imaging and Sonography (NEW!), Aviation Technology, Business, Education, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Music, Nursing and Psychology.
To view the full list of courses available to SUN students please visit the "What can I study" section of this page.
To be eligible to apply for SUN you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident of Australia or the holder of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa, enrolled in Year 11 or 12. You must also be passing all school subjects and achieving at least B grades in both OP Board Mathematics and English (or equivalent in your previous term of study). You will also require permission from your principal/school nominee and parent/guardian.
Students not achieving this standard will be assessed on a case by case basis on application. Each application will be assessed by the Student Contact Centre to ensure the applicant meets the entry requirements.
Students applying for Year 11: note that your Year 10 report card will be acceptable. The university understands that students will not be enrolled in OP subjects in Year 10.
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Providing you meet all eligibility requirements, you can apply by filling out the SUN application form and returning to the contacts specified on the form. Please refer to the application form for closing dates. Prior to submitting your application please read the SUN program guidelines also available at this site.
Your application form must be signed by your principal/school nominee, a parent/guardian, and yourself. You must also submit an original or certified copy of your most recent report card.
Please ensure that the student, their parents/guardian and school nominee read the SUN Program Guidelines before submitting an application.
The SUN program is offered over three university terms; however, not all courses are offered in all terms. Prior to applying for the SUN program you should determine the availability of your chosen course by following the link at the ‘What SUN courses can I study’ section of this website. Select your chosen course to view its’ term and campus availability. Each term is 12 weeks in duration followed by an examination period.
University terms generally do not run at the same time as your school terms. In some cases SUN students will be studying through school holidays (e.g. September holidays and Christmas holidays). For more information on term dates you can visit the CQUniversity Academic Calendar.
||SUN App Due Date
||SUN Fee Due Date*
|Term 3, 2012||29 October 2012 - 1 February 2013||1 October 2012||20 November 2012|
|Term 1, 2013
||25 Feb, 2013 - 24 May, 2013
||30 Jan, 2013
||19 Mar, 2013
|Term 2, 2013
||1 Jul, 2013 - 27 Sep, 2013
||4 June, 2013
||23 July, 2013
|Term 3, 2013
||28 Oct, 2013 - 31 Jan, 2014
||1 Oct, 2013
||19 Nov, 2013
*Census Date is the last date to withdraw without financial penalty and also the last day to pay your SUN tuition fee.
SUN offers a discounted rate for the courses you study. As tabled below, fees are determined by which CQUniversity school the course belongs to. Fees are calculated per unit of credit. Most courses have 6 units of credit; however some courses have 12 units and are therefore double the cost.
|SUN Course Study Area
||2013 Normal Fee (6 course unit credit course)
||What you will pay for a SUN course
|Arts, Business, Informatics and Education
||$1470 to $1680||$320
|Science, Engineering and Health
||$2991 to $3150||$350
Fees must be paid up-front and are calculated per unit of credit.Refer to the table in the “When Can I study SUN section” for fee due dates.
You can study SUN regardless of where you live. SUN courses can be studied either on-campus (internal) or online by distance education. You can choose the mode of studying that suits you best.
If you are interested in studying your SUN course internally, CQUniversity has campuses in Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Noosa and Rockhampton. Prior to applying for the SUN program you should determine the availability of your chosen course by following the link at the ‘What SUN courses can I study’ section of this website. Select your chosen course to view its term and campus availability.
As a SUN student studying either on-campus or by distance education, you will require regular access to the internet and it is strongly recommended that you have internet access available at home.
As a student studying on-campus, you will be expected to attend lectures and tutorials which may occur during school hours. You will also need access to the internet as all of your course materials and resources will be available online.
As a distance education student, you will be required to access course resources and materials online and you may require extra assistance from a teacher or staff member at your school during the course of the program. Our online teaching resources are designed to provide you with direct access to lecturers and other students for study support.
Some external courses may require compulsory residential school attendance. Residential schools require you to attend a designated campus for three to five days to undertake the practical components of your study. Details of residential school attendance can be found in the course profiles or published in the CQUniversity Student Handbook .