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USQ Head Start (and UQ Enhanced Studies Program)

Emma Castles, Head Start Coordinator

Hello and welcome to the world of learning through the USQ Head Start and UQ Enhanced Studies programs (ESP) at Centenary Heights. The programs offer a range of diverse and challenging university study offerings that can offer a pathway to future study and careers.

I am Emma Castles and I am the Head Start Coordinator and ESP Mentor for our school. My teaching background is in Junior Science, Biology and Mathematics and I also coordinate our Pre-service Teachers.

At Centenary Heights, the vast majority   of  students begin their involvement in these programs offered by the University of Southern Queensland and the University of Queensland and have opportunities over a number of semesters to immerse themselves in one of the opportunities available.
 
Over recent years we have witnessed numerous students experience great success in their chosen programs and have seen the huge gains in self-confidence they gain in better defining the direction of their future studies.
 
A great insight into both programs can be seen by opening the link on this page to testimonials by three of our 2016 graduates, Brooke Treadwell, Lucinda Panitz and Jasmine Rossington.

 

If you are interested in either speaking or meeting with me regarding this option for study you are welcome to contact me at the school.

 
Requirements
 
To be successful in this program, students need to be self-motivated, present a report card with a ‘B’ average with their application form, maintain good results in their school subjects and have good time management skills.
 
Available Courses
 
We have courses available through two universities:

 

· USQ Head Start Program
· UQ - Enhanced Studies Program (ESP)
The current list of available courses is accessible through the university links:
University of Queensland https://esp.uq.edu.au/
 
Some thoughts for consideration

 

Study requires perseverance and commitment on behalf of any student, and this is especially so for any student who undertakes tertiary studies while still in Year 10, 11 or 12.
 
It is important that students and parent/s /carer/s understand the significance of various aspects of this study commitment:
 
 
#   USQ Head Start applications are available to Centenary Height’s students at the following times and subject to the following conditions:
 
-      Year 10 - Summer Semester (S3) only and subject to:
a)    students attaining an A standard across their subjects in both Semester 1 Year 10 and Term 3 Year 10 Report cards
b)    Approval by the Head Start Coordinator and relevant Deputy Principal / Principal
c)    Acceptance by the University of Southern Queensland
-      Year 11 – Semester 2 and 3 only and subject to:
a)    students attaining a B standard across their subjects in their most recent Semester Report card
b)    Approval by the Head Start Coordinator and relevant Deputy Principal / Principal
c)    Acceptance by the University of Southern Queensland
-      Year 12 – Semester 1 and 2 only and subject to:
a)    students attaining a B standard across their subjects in their most recent Semester Report card
b)    Approval by the Head Start Coordinator and relevant Deputy Principal / Principal
c)    Acceptance by the University of Southern Queensland
d)    Approval to withdraw from a subject in lieu of participation in a Head Start subject will be dependent on approval by the school
 
#  UQ Enhanced Studies Program applications are available to Centenary Height’s students at the following times and subject to the following conditions:
 
-      Year 12 – Semester 1 only and subject to:
a)    students attaining a B+ standard across their subjects in their Semester 1 and Term 3 Year 11 Report Cards
b)    Approval by the Head Start Coordinator and relevant Deputy Principal / Principal
c)    Acceptance by the University of Queensland
d)    Approval to withdraw from a subject in lieu of participation in an ESP subject will be dependent on approval by the school

 

  • If the student is studying a USQ Head Start or UQ ESP subject in an external mode, there is the need for commitment to regular study, keeping up to date with course work, completion of assessment BOTH for the university course and for school subjects
  • If the student is studying a USQ Head Start subject in an on campus mode, then students are to negotiate with their classroom teachers, a suitable arrangement for both parties, that allows them to keep up with school work that is missed due to their attendance at university timetabled lectures and tutorials
  • Census Date is an extremely important concept that is required to be understood in any commitment to university studies. If you withdraw from a course before census date there is no academic penalty however if you withdraw after this date and you have a failure for this course, this is listed on your academic record FOREVER.
  • If you are experiencing any difficulties with your studies both at university or as a consequence back at school, you must discuss this with Ms Castles,  the school co-ordinator of Head Start programs, at least one week prior to census date. This will allow for liaison to occur between the school and USQ / UQ and hopefully arrive at a beneficial outcome that will allow you to successfully continue in your chosen course.
  • If your USQ Head Start or UQ Enhanced Studies commitment necessitated an adjustment to your school program, that resulted in the study of five school subjects and your university course, and you elected to withdraw from the course, (after discussions with the co-ordinator), you will be required to return to a full school program of six subjects.
  • Assessment items at university as part of the two available programs are expected to be completed in the same manner as assessment at school. If a commitment has been made to study within the program you are acknowledging that you will be meeting the assessment requirements of your course. If you are experiencing difficulties in meeting deadlines you need to follow USQ or UQ policy in regards to this plus consult with the school co-ordinator.
  • If any issues arise relating to your involvement in either program you are required to contact Ms Castles through one of the following:

 

 Phone: 46367500