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 28 June to 2 July 2021 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, 593.4 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 28 May, 2021 (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 28 May, 2021), 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, 593.4 KB).

Step 2:  Permission and declaration form

Download the Permission and declaration form (PDF, 194.9 KB), and read and complete the relevant fields.  Obtain parental/guardian 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.  Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email from Survey Monkey (our application system provider).  Click on the link in this email. 
  3. Complete the 'Program Eligibility' task (Start > select 'Effective Thinking and Writing WRIT1999)' > Save & Exit).
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and under 'Your Programs', click 'View Programs'.
  5. For ‘Effective Thinking and Writing (WRIT1999)’, click 'Apply Now'.
  6. Complete the 'Effective Thinking and Writing (WRIT1999) application form' by clicking the corresponding 'Start' button.
  7. Upload your Term 1, Year 11 report card by clicking the corresponding 'Start' button.
  8. Upload your completed Permission and declaration form  (PDF, 194.9 KB)by clicking the corresponding 'Start' button.
  9. Upload your passport and visa documents (international students only). 
  10. Once you have completed the above, you will be able to 'Mark as complete' your application.
  11. Click 'Continue' to confirm you are submitting your application.
  12. Remember to 'Sign Out' of your account (top right hand corner) once you have submitted your application. 
  13. Check your email, including the junk mail folder, for updates on your application after the closing date.

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

Applications open Monday 20 April and close 11.59pm, Friday 28 May, 2021


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