DECEMBER and January can be a tense time for Year 12 school leavers anxiously awaiting whether they will receive an offer for a place at university.
But why wait to learn your fate when you can take control of your future and give yourself the best chance of getting into your preferred university course?
USQ's Accelerated Entry Preparation Program (AEPP) is a free program offered over summer for Year 12 graduates who want to gain entry into an undergraduate degree at USQ.
This includes students who are unsure if their OP score will get them into their desired degree program or didn't undertake an OP program at high school and seek an alternative pathway to higher education.
Chris Bell, who grew up in Ipswich before moving to Warwick, successfully completed AEPP (formerly known as the Tertiary Preparation Program Intensive Pathway) after graduating from Assumption College last year.
It meant the 18-year-old was assured a place in USQ's Bachelor of Nursing.
"I originally decided to enrol in the program as a fall back plan as I was worried my OP score wouldn't be strong enough to get accepted into my first choice of program,” Mr Bell said.
"Halfway through the program I found out I was accepted, but I'm still glad I did it because I really enjoyed it and it made my transition from high school to university seamless.
"I would recommend it to anyone considering uni, even if you don't need a back-up plan or just want to see if university is right for you.”
Mr Bell, who aspires to become a surgeon, said the program helped develop the skills, knowledge and attributes he needed to start university on the right foot.
"I was fully prepared to take on Semester One and was confident I would do well because I knew what was required to manage my studies and excel in my assignments and exams,” he said.
AEPP starts December 4 and participants must attend two, two-week on-campus workshops at USQ Toowoomba or USQ Springfield with private at-home or online study in between.
Students will undertake tasks related to academic communication and self-management, including goal setting, time management and planning, engage in career development and planning, and participate in practical activities relevant to beginning university study.
Successful completion of the program will allow students to apply for entry into specified USQ undergraduate programs, provided they meet all other admission requirements. Students have until November 17 to apply.
Learn more about the Accelerated Entry Pathway Program at https://www.usq. edu.au/ study/degrees/accelerated -entry-pathway-program.