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Pathway program provides peace of mind to Year 12 students

In a tough school year made even tougher by the COVID-19 pandemic, Year 12 students looking for a smooth path into university no longer have to worry.

The University of Southern Queensland’s Accelerated Entry Pathway Program (AEPP) provides school leavers concerned about getting into university an alternative pathway to a wide range of undergraduate degrees.

The free program supports students who did not undertake an ATAR at school but want to gain entry to a degree program at the University or are unsure if their ATAR will get them into the program they want to study.

Del Baldoviso completed the summer program in 2018 and is now in his final semester of a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Visual Arts.

He attended the University’s Toowoomba campus where he stayed in one of the residential colleges for the on-campus study periods.

He said the program helped bridge the gap from life as a Year 12 student to life as a university student living away from home. 

“At first it was daunting because I was the only student from my school involved in the program and didn’t know anyone, but I ended up meeting a lot of people with different interests,” he said.

“The support and guidance I received from the lecturers over the course of the program was invaluable. 

“They helped me understand the standards expected at university level and genuinely wanted to see me do well.”

Mr Baldoviso, who was raised in the Philippines and moved to Australia in 2013 with his family, was determined to go to university, but a difficult final year of school threatened to ruin his plans.

“I was still learning English as my second language, and because of that reason I wasn’t confident my grades would be good enough for me to qualify for the degree I wanted to study,” he said.

“The career advisor at my school recommended I take a look at the AEPP program to help my chances.

“At the end of the program, I felt well prepared and excited to start university.  

“It not only gave me peace of mind, but the self-belief I needed to get off on the right foot at University.”

He said the advanced knowledge and techniques he had learned through the University’s Visual Arts degree had sharpened his skills as an artist.

“I enjoy telling stories through my art, so being able to come to university every day and study what I am most passionate about is a dream come true,” said Mr Baldoviso, who plans to start an Honours degree next year.

Building on what students have learned at school, AEPP focuses on developing the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to transition successfully into undergraduate study.

This year’s program starts November 30 and requires students to attend two 10-day residential schools at the University’s Toowoomba or Springfield campus, in addition to online study

Learn more about the AEPP here

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University of Southern Queensland student Del Baldoviso has benefited from the University’s AEPP program.