CQUniversity Year 10 Subject Selection Webinar

Have you thought about what subjects you should study in Year 11 and 12? At CQUni we understand the importance of making these decisions.

CQUniversity Year 10 Subject Selection Webinar


Hi, Emily here.

Have you thought about what subjects you should study in Year 11 and 12? At CQUni we understand the importance of making these decisions.

Whether you are in the early stages of choosing your subjects or you are about to finalise your selection, there are some important factors to consider before making your decision.

To get you started, I’ll share some tips to help you narrow down what career you might be interested in. Once you have identified your career options, you’ll need to find the course to give you entry into that career.  I’m going to show you where to find information about our courses and how to check for prerequisite subjects to gain entry into your course. I’ll also help you to understand your ATAR and how to use it.

Plus, if you’re interested in completing a TAFE qualification or getting a head start on a degree, I’ll share details of our programs that you can study while at school which also can be used as alternative entry pathway to university. Let’s get started.

Year 10 subject selection is the time to start thinking about your career. Once you know what career interests you, you can map out the study pathway, which will influence your subject selections for Year 11 and 12. If you’re unsure what career you want when you finish high school, ask yourself some of these questions.

What are you good at?

Often this also happens to be what you enjoy.

Perhaps you do well in Maths, or you enjoy Creative Arts or Biology. You can begin to search for careers that also use these skills or have similar characteristics. Our High School to Uni Guide is a great resource for this. It’s always advisable to choose subjects that you will enjoy and that play to your strengths.

If you’re still feeling stuck, remember you can chat to your parents, teachers and guidance officers. Often, they can provide advice on subjects they think you will do well in and they can also answer questions about careers. You can also undertake work experience to gain insight into a particular field or career.

Once you know your strengths and potential career, you can begin mapping the pathway to your career, including what course you will need to study to get into that career. If your career choice requires a university degree, you will need to check for any subjects you must complete at high school, to get into the course. These are called prerequisite subjects.

Prerequisites are the subjects that you will need to study in school to meet the entry requirements for your university course. And each course might have a different set of prerequisite subjects – or none at all!

I’ll show you how to check for prerequisites. Firstly, you can find this information in our High School to Uni guide. Let’s say you’re interested in the Bachelor of Engineering. We can see here under the prerequisites column that there are two subjects required, English and Mathematical Methods, with a passing grade during units 3 & 4.

You can also check for prerequisites on the course page on our website.

It is important to study prerequisite subjects at high school to get entry into your university degree. Studying prerequisite subjects also makes sure that you are prepared academically in that subject to succeed at Uni.

You might have also noticed that our university courses have Recommended Study. This refers to subjects that CQUni recommends you study in high school in order to acquire basic skills and knowledge relevant to your course, but they aren’t required to gain entry. For example, the prerequisites for the Bachelor of Engineering Technology are English and Mathematical Methods while the recommended study list include Specialist Mathematics, Physics and Graphics. So, while it’s not required, students are strongly recommended to study these subjects to be prepared for when starting Uni.

You will not be disadvantaged during the application process for not studying the recommended subjects.

In addition to prerequisites and the recommended study, your ATAR result will also be considered in your application to University.

So, what is an ATAR and how will it be used to get you into a course at university?

ATAR, stands for the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank and is a national measure of your high school academic achievement, which ranks you relative to other Year 12 students across Queensland. It is calculated by the total number of Year 12 students who sit their exams, and the total number of Year 12 students in Australia.

So, how might you use your ATAR? Well the course that you are interested in will have an entry score and the ATAR that you receive will need to either match this entry score or be higher.

Your ATAR is one of the many entry pathway options available to study a course at CQUni.

You can also enter university by completing a TAFE qualification. By studying a Certificate III, IV, or Diploma course at CQUni, you may be able to pathway into a university course at CQUni. After successfully completing one of these TAFE qualifications, we will assign a selection rank that you can then use for entry into university study. This selection rank is not your ATAR and is assigned differently to how your ATAR is calculated. If you choose to study a TAFE course and you are eligible for an ATAR, you will receive both scores. You can use whichever is higher when you apply for university.

Another CQUni entry pathway is through our SUN program. Studying in our SUN program can give you a head start on a University degree while still in high school.

CQUni’s Start Uni Now, or SUN program, allows students completing Year 10, or in Years 11 and 12 to study CQUniversity units (like subjects) at school. You can enrol in a range of units, either on-campus (face-to-face) or by online study and combine them with your regular high school work.

After successful completion of just one SUN unit, students may be eligible to apply for direct entry into their preferred course. Plus, SUN can also give you credit towards your degree – meaning you start Uni ahead of your peers and making the transition to uni easier.

Studying SUN is a valuable opportunity for high school students to get a head start at Uni - in academia and study techniques, right through to student life.

For more information, check out our SUN video.

If you are interested in a career that is hands on and practical, our Start TAFE Now program may be for you.

Start TAFE Now offers students in Years 11 and 12 with the opportunity to study a range of vocational education and training courses that you can study while you are still in school.

You have the option to choose between a Certificate I, II, III, IV and diploma level courses in a wide range of disciplines. Year 11 students can include a TAFE certificate III qualification or higher to contribute to their ATAR.

If you’re interested in undertaking a Start TAFE Now program, there are four study options for you to consider. Depending on where you are in Australia and what you choose to study, there will be a study program for you.

CQUniversity offers a range of courses from fully subsidised courses at zero cost, to full-fee courses.

To commence a Start TAFE Now program, you need to meet the entry requirements listed. If you’re in Year 10 and interested in a TAFE program contact the Start TAFE Now team at If you’re considering a TAFE course in senior, speak to your school’s Guidance Officer to submit your application.

For more information, check out the Start TAFE Now video.

Although choosing your senior subjects is a big decision, it’s an exciting milestone that will help you on your career path. Remember, reflect on your strengths, research career options and check for course entry requirements such as perquisite subjects, and you’ll be well on your way to being what you want to be. Plus, programs like Start Uni Now or Start TAFE Now can give you a head start while you complete high school or an alternative entry pathway into university.

If you would like more information to help you choose your subjects, visit our highschool page for more helpful videos.

Or, book a conversation with our team to get the answers to your questions.