Tertiary programs


2021 University entry

Start Uni Now (SUN) is a CQUniversity initiative that allows students in Year 10*, 11 and 12 to study CQUniversity units whilst still in high school. A 'unit' is the word used to describe something similar to your school subjects.

Cairns State High School students have the opportunity to undertake their first Start Uni Now (SUN) unit at zero cost^

You can enrol in a range of CQUniversity units, either on-campus (face-to-face) or by online study (online), and combine them with your regular high school work.

* Year 10 students are eligible for Term 3 (November) intake only.

^ First unit free initiative applies to new students only. Unit resource costs such as textbooks still apply.

If you are a high performing student who wants to take on the challenge of tertiary level study, then SUN could be for you! Some of the benefits of starting university early with SUN include:

  • Sneak peek: With SUN you will get an insight into university life and will be better prepared for the transition from high school to university;

  • Direct Entry: You may be eligible to apply for direct entry into an undergraduate degree at CQUniversity (excluding quota managed courses), meaning you will not need to apply and wait for an offer to university through a tertiary admissions centre, eg. QTAC. To be eligible for direct entry, you must:

    • Pass at least one SUN unit from the undergraduate degree you are applying for,

    • Meet all the prerequisites of the undergraduate degree you are applying for, and

    • Show evidence of Year 12 completion (QCE).

  • QCE Credit: Each SUN unit you successfully complete can be credited towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). 2 QCE credit points are granted for each 6 credit point unit passed. 

  • Affordable: The SUN units are offered at a reduced price which is less than a third of the cost a regular university student pays. As a SUN student you can save anywhere between $900 – $2752 per unit.

  • Credit Transfers: If you enrol as a CQUniversity student after Year 12, you will be eligible to receive a credit transfer for each SUN unit you have passed (providing these SUN units are part of your degree). This means that this unit will count towards your degree, reducing the number of units you need to study when you enter university.

A wide range of CQUniversity units are available through SUN in the areas of:

  • Aviation;
  • Business and Accounting;
  • Education;
  • Engineering;
  • Health;
  • Law;
  • Music and Creative Arts;
  • Nursing;
  • Paramedic Science;
  • Psychology and Social Work
  • Technology and Digital Media;
  • Science and Environment;
  • Transport and Safety Sciences.  

Please contact the Senior School Guidance Officer, Ms Mills to work through the SUB enrolment process.

Click here for information regarding the Year 12 Early Offer Program

Last reviewed 06 November 2020
Last updated 06 November 2020