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Rocky High students choose SUN


​Six Rockhampton State High School students have successfully gained entry into the CQ University SUN Program for 2016. This is the largest cohort of SUN students from Rockhampton high schools.

SUN stands for “Start Uni Now” and is a CQ University initiative that allows senior students the opportunity to study CQ University courses whilst still in Years 11 and 12 at high school. SUN allows students to enrol in a range of CQ University courses (subjects) either on-campus or by distance education, which they can combine with their regular high school work.

The courses our students have chosen to study are Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety, Introduction to Law, Biological Foundations into Psychology, Introduction to Medical Science and Study and Research Skills. An orientation day was held at CQ University to welcome our students to the program and to expose them to life on a university campus.

There are many benefits of studying a CQ University SUN course. These include:

Sneak peek: SUN provides students with an insight into university life and the expectations of studying at tertiary level.  They will also be better prepared for the transition to university study once they complete high school.

Direct entry: Students may be eligible to apply for direct entry into an undergraduate degree at CQ University, meaning they will not need to apply and wait for an offer through a tertiary admissions centre, for example the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC).

Affordable: SUN courses are offered at a reduced price which is less than a third of the cost a regular university student pays.  A SUN student can save anywhere between $900 – $2752 per course.

Credit transfers: If students enrol as a CQ University student after Year 12, they will be eligible to receive a credit transfer for each SUN course they have passed (providing these SUN courses are part of their degree). This will count towards their degree, reducing the number of courses they need to study when they start university and may reduce the duration of their university program.

Students interested in further information about the SUN program can contact CQ University on 13 27 86 or email . Students who wish to apply for the program should make an appointment with the school’s Guidance Officer, Ms Catherine Spencer.

Trudy Crow
HOD – Senior Schooling