Study Uni at high school

Some Universities have programs that allow high school students to take University Units whilst you’re still at high school.

They’re designed to do a few things:

  • Encourage you to pursue a tertiary education
  • Get a taste for a course and see whether you like it (or not)
  • Ease your transition from Year 12 into Uni

Some of the courses will even give you credits towards your first year at Uni, that could mean you have less work to do once you get there.

Courses available include:

High Performing Students Program UoN – designed to give exceptional high school students the opportunity to get a ‘taste’ of tertiary education by undertaking first year university courses while still at school. It’s delivered at Merewether High School but is open to students from all schools in the region.

Benefits include:

  • individual learning plans
  • career discussions
  • industry visits

You’ll enrol in University of Newcastle courses and become university students. With access to University facilities, including the libraries and educational technologies – such as Blackboard.

Courses are 15 weeks long, cost $400 and on successful completion, students are eligible for a credit transfer in a relevant university degree program.

Dates for 2020 haven’t been uploaded yet, but expression of interest for next year will be required in early February 2020, keep an eye on the website for updates. This year Expression of Interest Forms were due by Friday 8 February 2019.

There are no age restrictions for enrolment but you’ll have to show your mature and committed.


UNSW – High School Computing for year 10, 11 or 12 students who’d like to get a head-start into the world of coding and programming. You’ll complete the course alongside your school work and get a feel for university – while starting to build your degree. You don’t need any prior experience – this short course is developed for high school students who have an interest in computer science, engineering and robotics.

Complete the course and go on to enrol in a UNSW Bachelor of Engineering or Science degree, you will not have to undertake the equivalent first year course COMP1511*, which means you’ll be able to undertake an additional elective course of your choice. In principle, this means that you can start your computing degree before finishing high school.

Courses run from February – June. Applications close early February.


ACU – Uni Step-Up allows students to study a first-year unit while you’re still in Year 11 or Year 12. Study options are available in NSW. Credit is given to students who enter ACU in the future, choosing a relevant path of study. Contact 02 9701 4606 for more information or to register your interest.


Macquarie – Gifted and Talented Entry Program giving Year 10 high achieving students the opportunity to enrol at Macquarie while still at high school.

If you successfully complete your unit/s with the necessary GPA, the door could be opened to an early offer for a Macquarie University degree.

You’ll also get a head start on everyone else with completed units already under your belt.

Applications for 2020 open in September 2019.


Uni Melbourne – Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program is an academic enrichment program designed to support high achieving Victorian Year 11 and Year 12, and select secondary students living close to the New South Wales and South Australian borders. Experience university life and take part in a range of academic events and activities, plus get a head start on your future studies and career.

When you finish your secondary studies, you could also be offered a guaranteed place in an undergraduate degree, financial assistance to move to Melbourne, and an overseas scholarship during your studies. Applications open Monday 2 September 2019


If you’re interested in getting a head start on Uni, or you just want to find out if you’ll like it, you can read more about the programs and how to apply on the links provided.



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