School Programs

To assist students through their education journey to make informed decisions about future career pathways, JCU offers a range of engagement activities and events where secondary school students can experience university life and sample JCU’s world class-facilities and courses. We invite and encourage schools and students to participate our in-school and on-campus engagement opportunities.

Widening Participation

James Cook University  is committed to providing opportunities that widen participation and increase access from identified equity groups to consider University study. Founded on the broad aims of raising aspiration to, awareness of and successful transition to higher education, JCU will support HEPPP identified cluster schools to participate in engagement opportunities through funding support.

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Students in Year 7 and 8

JCU offers engagement opportunities designed to meet the needs of Year 7 and 8 students and support them to develop an understanding of their interest areas through hands on and interactive activities.

Activities focus on helping students discover their passion and interests, developing positive self-esteem strategies, identifying key support people who can promote positive educational outcomes and decision making to assist in their study and career choices.

In-school programs:

On-campus programs:

On-line progams:

  • Virtual Careers Expo
  • Virtual JCU Open Day

Students in Year 9 and 10

JCU offers engagement opportunities designed to meet the needs of Year 9 and 10 students through providing opportunities and experiences to explore their strengths and interests and support the Senior Education and Training (SET) planning process.

Our programs equip students with information about tertiary study options, course information, and career pathways to aid in decision-making about year 11 and 12 subject selection. Programs also provide information about university life including opportunities to study overseas, accommodation, finance, scholarships, and pathway programs.

In-school programs:

On-campus programs:

On-line programs:

Students in Year 11 and 12

Activities are designed to support student’s success in years 11 and 12 and to build on programs delivered earlier in secondary school. Our programs help student’s continue to reflect on their interests and skills and to help plan study and career options. Year 11 and 12 programs also provide students with knowledge and skills to make the transitional move between school and university

In-school programs:

  • QTAC information and preferencing session
  • JCU Information Session
  • Year 12 Application-Based Courses Information Session
  • Year 12 Pathways to University
  • Outreach and Participation Program

On-campus programs:

    Social distancing measures are currently being implemented on all JCU campuses

On-line programs:


The JCU School Engagement team welcomes any opportunity to engage with your school and your students. To discuss our programs or arrange a school visit please contact us.