Glenala State High School students’ aspirations for higher education have become a reality after studying the University of Southern Queensland’s (UniSQ) UniPrep program.
Local students Oscar Tran and Leila Reid studied the UniPrep pathway program in 2022 while completing grade 12 at Glenala.
This year Oscar and Leila have joined thousands of new students who commenced their studies in their dream undergraduate programs at UniSQ. The draw card was completing a free pathway program which guaranteed entry into their chosen degrees.
For Oscar, UniPrep provided a taste of university study and helped with his career goals. “It made me understand what to expect at university and [I] became more eager to be a music teacher”, Oscar commented.
UniPrep marks a stepping stone in Oscar’s journey to achieve his goal of becoming a music teacher and “helping children have fun in school”. He is now enrolled in the Bachelor of Education Secondary, majoring in Music.
Before studying UniPrep, First Nations student Laila thought that going to university was out of reach. Laila commented “studying the UniPrep program gave me the confidence that I can do uni and provided many opportunities to experience university life. A case in point, is the UniPrep on-campus experience day where we got to participate in hands-on experiences in paramedicine, sports and exercise, and nursing sessions.”
Laila recently started her Diploma of University Studies majoring in Science. She is keen to explore her interests in science and plans to study the Bachelor of Science in the future.
For Sharina Gibney the Head of Department – Senior Schooling at Glenala State High School, the UniSQ UniPrep program provided an opportunity for several of their students to prepare for university while at school. Many of these students were not on an ATAR pathway and used UniPrep to transition to university smoothly.
“A day at UniSQ Ipswich campus as part of the UniPrep program added value to the students’ understanding of the expectations of uni life. The Lecturer was amazing and supportive in the delivery of the program.
I would recommend this to any student as another pathway for entry into USQ” said Ms Gibney.
UniSQ College helps Laila, Oscar and many other students explore alternative entry options to enter the University of Southern Queensland through pathway and award programs.
The free UniPrep pathway program enables all students to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to successfully transition from high school to university study. It also provides a guaranteed pathway for non-ATAR or low ATAR students to achieve the English subject pre-requisite required for entry to many UniSQ undergraduate programs.