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Tertiary, further study & career Pathways

ACU's Uni Step-Up
Available to all students across Australia


ACU offers eligible Year 11 students, including home educated students, the opportunity to study two first-year units amongst a cohort of other Year 11 students. This program, subject to Federal Government funding requirements, is only open to students who live in a regional or remote area, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or are of a low socioeconomic status. It operates differently to other universities’ programs for high-school students, so go to Uni Step-Up for more information and engage further with the team to see if you qualify.

Can homeschoolers go to university? This would have to be one of the top ten questions asked about homeschooling. Today I am sharing our story of how my eldest was accepted into his university degree of choice. Showing you that no matter how you spend your home educating years, be that via more traditional schooling or something a little out of the box, your homeschooled child can absolutely, with some planning, go to university!!

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Support your child

Digital career and pathway exploration for students learning from home.

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Sharpen your soft skills and get ahead in any career or job you dream of.

Dive into 30-minute on-demand Upskilling microprogram - the content includes; short videos, activities and quizzes. 

On completion, you will receive a digital badge - add this to your resume or share your achievements on professional platforms like LinkedIn. 

HEA Members aged 14 - 19 years old can have a Free Virtual Work Experience Placement through GRANDSHAKE

Access industry mentors, guidance and opportunities to prepare you for the future workplace.

“I’ve learnt heaps and heaps about how companies like Cardno manage their projects to be more sustainable and have the best outcomes for communities, for business, and for the environment as a whole.”

Year 12 Student

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The Unilearn Ready Program enables students to study 3 subjects and gain a QTAC selection rank. For more information, go to

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Enhanced Studies Program through the

University of Queensland

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Now Open for home educated students!

Email the HEA Qld Team for more info!

"The Enhanced Studies Program provides students with an opportunity to extend their knowledge and skills by completing one university subject during Year 12."

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) welcomes home-educated students to participate in their Head Start program. High school students from Year 10 to Year 12 are able to study 1 or more university subjects while completing high school (only 1 per trimester). The first subject is free and subsequent ones are reduced. USQ offers both in-person and online options. Minimum requirements for entry via SAT or STAT test:
• SAT test: 70th percentile or above
• STAT test: Score of 155 points or more


For more information, check out the Head Start Guidelines


Educational Access Scheme

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Head Start PROGRAM

You are eligible to apply for the Head Start program if you are a home-schooled student and meet all the following requirements:

  • You provide evidence of being enrolled in a home education program.

  • You have either:

Note: You may access GUESTS On-campus or Online program, which have only Essential English as the admission requirement and no additional subject requirements.

The support of your parents or guardian and the school approval is required to ensure that you have the resources available to be successful at tertiary study while completing your secondary studies.

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High-achieving students have an opportunity to study at QUT in their final years of high school.


They can select two units from across the University and study one unit each semester.  Students may participate from Semester 2 of Year 11.


Home educated students over the age of 16 who have obtained an SAT score of 1300 points or more are eligible for entry to the START QUT program. This applies to home educated students residing in Qld and selected northern NSW zones.

Any home educated students who gain an ATAR will be considered on the basis of their ATAR.


In addition, home educated students who do not gain an ATAR are considered via other pathways. They can receive:

  • selection rank for their school studies

  • a selection rank for their VET studies

  • EAS and Elite Athlete adjustments to the selection ranks

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students are also eligible for consideration of entry to QUT programs via the Centralised Assessment and Selection Program (CASP).


The Regional, Rural and Remote adjustment scheme, where eligible applicants will receive an adjustment of 2.00 selection ranks, is also applicable for home educated students.

Further entry information can be found through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) which is a 'one stop shop' for 17 higher education providers in Queensland and Northern New South Wales, across both undergraduate and postgraduate admissions.

Other Entry Pathways


FUTURE PATHWAY OPTIONS  for Home Educated Students in South Australia


When a young person approaches senior secondary years, there are several pathway options available to support their transition to higher education, vocational education and training, and employment. Home educated students may choose to begin the SACE or access other vocational pathway programs through their enrolled school or the Open Access College.


In these situations, a home education exemption is no longer required.


See below for information about the SACE, Vocational pathways in schools, and the Open Access College.


If you continue to home educate through your child’s senior school years, consider making arrangements with:

• career advisors or counsellors for guidance on pathway options

• employers for work experience, traineeships, or apprenticeships

• enrolment into vocational or higher education courses

• participation in entry tests for TAFE or university.


For information about entry requirements and courses into TAFE or university, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Course (SATAC) website at


The WorkReady government website provides information on different industries, required skills, careers, training pathways, and government subsidies for study and training.


South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)

The SACE is a qualification that demonstrates that a student has acquired a certain level of knowledge and skills providing pathways into higher education, employment or training. Most students in South Australia will start their journey with the Personal Learning Plan in year 10, their selection of Stage 1 subjects in year 11 (including the compulsory literacy and numeracy choices), and their selection of Stage 2 subjects in year 12 (including the Research Project, which can also be completed in year 11).


Students may also incorporate the SACE studies with a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, an industry pathway program or a flexible learning option (FLO). Vocational education (VET) courses will usually count towards the SACE. Note that the SACE can only be delivered through a registered provider, which includes most government and non-government secondary schools. Parents cannot register to deliver the SACE.

Vocational pathways in schools

The vocational education and training (VET) pathways offered at schools encourage students to work towards VET qualifications while undertaking the SACE. To arrange VET training, talk to the VET coordinator, career advisor or equivalent at your enrolled school.


Homeschoolers & NSW Smart & Skilled

The HEA worked to facilitate changes in NSW so that 15+ homeschool students

who are registered can access Smart & Skilled programs

without a Year 10 Certificate.


Smart & Skilled funding for some NSW RTO courses is available for home educated students.  To find out ​ which courses are available, click the link below.

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In 2016 the work that the HEA did with John Barilaro, who was the Minister for Skills at the time, brought about significant change so that home educated students 15 years and over, registered with NESA for homeschooling, are eligible to enrol in “Smart and Skilled” funded courses with TAFE and private RTOs in NSW.

The benefit of this work is that homeschooling students can access these courses at greatly reduced fees. TAFE is a great pathway to a career or further education.


With the changes, registered home educated students are not required to have a year 10 certificate, nor do they need to go through an under 17's counsellor, for admission to Smart and Skilled. Students may be asked for proof of registration for home education.


The fees that students pay can vary widely depending on a variety of circumstances. TAFE has a fee calculator on their website that you can use to help determine what the fees will likely be.

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