Uni Step Up is your chance to experience university life by studying two first year units while you are still in senior secondary school. You’ll get a head start on university, develop connections with current university students and staff, and study at a university level.

Uni Step up is delivered in two formats at the Australian Catholic University. An on-campus program is delivered during the Winter and Summer school holidays and an online program for regional students.

What can i study?

Nursing Midwifery and Paramedicine

Sports and Exercise Science


When you pursue a career in nursing, midwifery, and paramedicine, you'll treat, comfort, and help those at their most vulnerable, supporting individuals and their carers, and building healthier communities.

Study behavioural and health science to create a world of wellness. Exercise Science courses will equip you for a future developing healthy minds, bodies and even healthy policies. You’ll be able to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and communities. 

Become a business leader who is an independent thinker, global in your outlook, practical and ethical in the application of your skills.

Pathway to:

Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of Midwifery

Bachelor of Paramedicine

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Business Administration

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Paramedicine

Pathway to:

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Bachelor of High Performance Sport

Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science/Bachelor of Nutrition Science

Bachelor of Exercise Science/Bachelor of Applied Public Health

Bachelor of Psychological Science/Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Bachelor of Exercise Science /Bachelor of Business Administration

Bachelor of Nutrition Science / Bachelor of Business Administration

Pathway to:

Bachelor of Accounting and Finance

Bachelor of Business Administration

Bachelor of Commerce

Plus, a number of dual degrees


Melbourne | Ballarat |Brisbane| Blacktown


Melbourne | Brisbane| Strathfield


Melbourne | Strathfield

Download the flyer for key dates, and subject outlines and more details

Download the flyer for key dates, and subject outlines and more details

Download the flyer for key dates, and subject outlines and more details

Benefits of uni step up

  • Pathway to further study: participants who successfully complete two Uni Step-Up units are eligible to receive an early entry offer to a mapped ACU course
  • Receive credit for a university degree: get credit for related undergraduate courses at ACU
  • There is no charge: complete two university units HECS free
  • Get a head start for university: test out a subject area and develop your skills in academic writing and referencing
  • Small group size: Cohort size is limited to ensure you have regular access to guided mentoring from current university students and staff


Uni Step-Up is available to students through ACU’s Widening Participation initiatives. To participate in Uni Step-Up you must be currently studying Year 11 and meet one of the following criteria:

  • attend an ACU Widening Participation partner school
  • live in a regional or remote area
  • identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

More information

To access further information including key dates, subject outlines, and frequently asked questions about the program, please download the flyers provided in the table above. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Uni Step-Up team at usu@acu.edu.au.

How to apply? 

To apply for the program you will need to provide a copy of your most recent school report and answers to the following questions:

  • Why do you want to study in the Uni Step-Up program? (100-200 words)
  • What skills and qualities do you believe are needed to study at a university level? (100-200 words)

Applications close Thursday 8 June 2023. Places are limited and applications will close earlier than the deadline if all available places are filled.

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