What is WRIT1999 for QASMT students?

The Effective Thinking and Writing (WRIT1999) course will be held over a five-day intensive block (9am-3pm) in the winter school break from 4 to 8 July 2022 at UQ's St Lucia campus. 

The structures of language and thinking are intertwined, and each rely on the other for developing effective communication. WRIT1999 explores this link between thinking and writing. It introduces the idea of written language as an intellectual tool, and examines how writing affects the intellectual power of arguments, while guiding students through basic syntactical and grammatical concepts and basic argument construction. The course focuses on improving skills in gathering and assessing evidence, constructing arguments or interpretations, and presenting findings in effective ways. For more detail, the previous semester's course profile can be used as a guide (please note that this document is subject to change).

Applicants should read the UQ ESP Rules and Guidelines - WRIT1999 (PDF, 190 KB) before applying.

Applicants must check the email address used in their application, including the junk mail folder, for updates regarding their application.


ESP provides students with an opportunity to extend their knowledge, skills and abilities by completing one university subject:

Who can apply?

Students currently completing Year 11* at QASMT who:

  • are high academic achievers (generally at least an IB 5.5 average for the best four subjects during Term 1 of Year 11), and
  • have gained written permission from their parent/guardian to apply, and 
  • have been approved by QASMT to apply, and 
  • can commit to all five days of an intensive course (9am to 3pm each day), and 
  • have applied by 11.59pm Friday 3 June, 2022 (instructions below).

*  Year 12 students may be considered subject to approval by QASMT and UQ Admissions.  

Other important notes to consider prior to applying

  • A limited number of places are available, therefore it is possible that not all eligible applicants will be offered a place.
  • Applications will be assessed after the closing date (Friday 3 June, 2022), and successful students will be notified after this time.
  • No preference is given to students who submit their application early during the application period.
  • Students are permitted to enrol in one course only as part of ESP. Students undertaking WRIT1999 are not permitted to participate in the Semester 1 ESP, and vice versa.
  • Students who are offered a place in WRIT1999 will be required to pay QASMT the requested course cost.  Please contact QASMT for details. 

How to apply

Step 1:  Read the rules and guidelines

Download and read the UQ ESP Rules and Guidelines - WRIT1999 (PDF, 190 KB).

Step 2:  Permission and declaration form

Download the Permission and declaration form (PDF, 197 KB), and read and complete the relevant fields.  Obtain parental/guardian and school consent.  Incomplete fields will result in processing delays and may result in your application not being considered.

Step 3:  Complete the online application

  1. Access the online application via the link at the bottom of this page (it will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete the online application). 

  2. You will be prompted to register an account. When registering an account please use your valid email address and your official full name as it appears on your school record. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email from Survey Monkey (our application system provider). You will need to confirm your email address by clicking on the email link to verify your account.  

  3. Under 'Programs', select 'Effective Thinking and Writing (WRIT1999)'.

  4. For ‘Effective Thinking and Writing (WRIT1999)’, click 'Apply'.

  5. Under "Your tasks’, select the 'Complete the ESP WRIT1999 application form' task. Once this task is completed please click on "Mark as Complete'.

  6. Move on to your next task 'Upload your Term1, Year 11 report card'. Once your Term 1, Year 11 report card is uploaded please click on "Mark as Complete'.

  7. Your next task is to upload your completed Permission and declaration form (PDF, 197 KB). Please click on "Mark as Complete' once the form is uploaded.

  8. Upload your passport and visa documents (international students only). "Mark as Complete' once the documents are uploaded.

  9. You can then review your application before clicking 'Submit'. It is important that you submit your application once all the tasks are completed.

  10. You will receive a confirmation email for your personal records.

  11. Remember to 'Sign Out' of your account (top right hand corner) once you have submitted your application. 

  12. Important: check the email address you used for your application, including your junk mail folder, for updates on the status of your application.

Applicants can save incomplete applications for completion at a later time (prior to the closing date). Applications which are not submitted prior to the closing date will not be considered.

Applications open Wednesday 20 April and close 11.59pm, Friday 3 June, 2022

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