At Holmesglen, we're aware that starting a higher education course is exciting, but may also be a time of enormous challenge and change, be it social, academic or personal.
The Headstart and Transition to Higher Education programs are offered to all students commencing a Higher Education course at Holmesglen and include a series of academic and fun social activities to help students settle into their study life and celebrate the beginning of their academic journey.
Though both programs share many common features, Headstart is designed for students entering the first year of their degree, while Transition to Higher Education is for pathway students articulating from Vocational Education and Training (VET).
These programs introduce students to the skills necessary to be successful higher education learners. They offer the opportunity to have any questions answered through a series of programs and events. They are customised to meet the specific needs and interests of students in each program, with fun activities designed to build friendships and help students begin their studies with confidence. Opportunities are provided to meet academic and administration staff and obtain information about available services and resources that support students as they enter Higher Education.
A typical core program commences with an Introduction to Higher Education, and includes:
- information about the course, teachers and classrooms
- how and where to access student services and support on campus
- academic skills workshops
- academic Integrity
- research, critical thinking and referencing
- team building activities
- managing study/work/social lives
- campus tours
- wellbeing workshops
- help with living independently and much more
The dates for these programs are published on the academic calendar, which is updated each semester.