SJFC Student undertaking University during Year 12 as part of START QUT



St John Fisher College senior student, Emily Jones, is currently studying 'Introduction to Law' at QUT, putting her one step closer to her post-school ambitions and setting her up for future success. 

It's all part of the START QUT program, which gives high-achieving Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to study up to two university units while completing high school.  

Emily said she found the START QUT program while managing her QTAC preferences.  

"Studying my passion of Law, along with my high school subjects has been a privilege; being oriented with QUT during high school has given me invaluable experience in tertiary education, and I hope will make my transition between high school and university much easier," Emily said.  

The program offers a two-week STEM Intensive in the summer holidays before commencing Year 12 and the opportunity to select two units from across the university and study one unit each semester. 

Principal of St John Fisher College, Britt Gurnett, said START QUT is a fantastic opportunity for senior students to trial potential study areas, experience the university lifestyle, and learn about the differences between high school and university.  

“High-achieving students like Emily can get a head start on their chosen undergraduate course or try out study areas they're interested in - we are thrilled to have a student like Emily taking advantage of this great opportunity," Ms Gurnett said.  

Emily hopes to study a double degree of Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Behavioural Science (Psychology) at QUT after graduating from St John Fisher College. 

"I wholeheartedly recommend the program, as it has helped me take my first steps towards earning my degree," Emily said.  

“Balancing year 12 study and a university unit has been challenging, but extremely rewarding.  

“Research skills that I've learned through the university have helped me in completing a range of year-12 subjects."   

START QUT gives students the best chance of finding a course they'll enjoy by trying out university subjects while they're in Year 11 and 12.  

Students can access all of QUT's facilities and enjoy campus life in the same way as current university students. 

For more information on START QUT, visit​​​

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