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STAR Early Entry recommendation guide

STAR Early Entry registrations open 12 July, 2017.

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Key dates

Student registration opens:
12 July 2017

School recommendations open: 12 July 2017

Student registration close: 8 September 2017
15 September 2017
Student registrations have been extended by one week.

School recommendations close: 15 September 2017

QLD students advised of outcome: 11 October 2017

NSW students advised of outcome: 13 November 2017

(Principals, Careers Advisers, Guidance Officers)

STAR Early Entry enables Year 12 students at our partner schools to gain early admission to Southern Cross University on the basis of their school principal's recommendation, recognising that you know your students and their abilities best. STAR Early Entry aims to match an individual student to a particular course based on their likelihood of success in their chosen discipline.

This page contains information about STAR Early Entry for school principals and careers advisers/guidance officers. Year 12 students should refer to STAR Early Entry Guide for Year 12 students.

Offers for study in 2018

STAR Early Entry offers will be made directly from the University to successful applicants. Students are not required to put in a UAC or QTAC application. There are no fees associated with registration.

STAR Early Entry offers are valid for students commencing their study in 2018 - they cannot be deferred for study in a later year.

STAR Early Entry courses

Most SCU undergraduate courses are available through STAR. There are a few exceptions. Courses not on offer through STAR in 2018 are the Bachelor of Midwifery and our Education degrees. Applications for these courses can be made via UAC or QTAC.

For more information about our courses and where they are offered, visit course options.

Admission guidelines for STAR Early Entry

SCU has developed the STAR Early Entry Principals' Assessment Guide which will provide advice to principals and careers advisers/guidance officers and where particular attributes are required for individual courses. The Assessment Guide can be accessed once you log in in to the STAR Early Entry site.

Any student contemplating applying via STAR must be passing their Year 12 subjects, with some disciplines such as Law and Engineering requiring students to have a very high level of academic achievement in specific subject areas outlined in the guide.

Popular courses such as Nursing require very strong English and Mathematics to succeed at University. SCU does not accept Certificate III in Aged Care as a basis for admission.

Principals may recommend students who are not yet ready for Bachelor level study to an SCU pathway course. The foundation course Preparing for Success runs during one university teaching session, is free from university fees and on successful completion, students can gain entry to a range of SCU courses, including Nursing or Education. During the course students learn skills in time management, practical essay writing, research, and numeracy, giving them the confidence to transition into a degree and pursue their academic studies successfully.

Two-year Associate degrees in Arts, Health, Business and Science are awards in their own right and upon successful completion, students can choose to cross-over into Bachelor degrees with appropriate credit.

Student registrations

The online student registration should take students no more than 5 or 10 minutes to complete. Students will need an email address that they will continue to use after they have left school. We are asking students to nominate a first and second preference course.

School recommendations

The school recommendation process is fully online allowing schools to monitor their students' applications and provide a recommendation in real time.

Prior to applications opening on 12 July, schools will be sent a link to the STAR Early Entry site along with a user name and password. Once logged in you will be able to make recommendations for your students' applications up until the assessment closing date of 15 September.

Notification of STAR Early Entry offers

Students applying for admission to SCU through STAR Early Entry for study in 2018 are not required to put in a UAC or QTAC application. Successful Star applicants will receive their offer by email direct from Southern Cross University. Once students receive their offer they can go online and accept their offer and progress their enrolment.

STAR Early Entry offers are valid for admission in 2018. Students are unable to defer these offers to commence study in a later year.

STAR key dates 2018

Student registration opens12 July 2017
School recommendations open 12 July 2017
Student registration closes8 September 2017
School recommendations close 15 September 2017
QLD students advised of outcome11 October 2017
NSW students advised of outcome13 November 2017

More information

Contact SCU Admissions

Sandra Crimmins
T: 02 6620 3016