Curtin AHEAD educational outreach

The Curtin AHEAD program comprises a suite of exciting activities and tailored assistance for school students and community members. These activities raise awareness of higher education and help participants to develop the social and academic skills they need to pursue a learning pathway.

A group of high school students on campus
High school students participate in sports activities at Curtin Perth.

On-campus experiences

We deliver fun and informative immersion experiences at Curtin’s campus in Perth for primary and secondary school students, and non-school community groups.

These tailored experiences are an engaging and entertaining way to increase familiarity with the higher education environment and see first-hand some of the innovative elements of university education.

Activities may involve science laboratory experiments, sports facilities, virtual and augmented reality technologies, course-specific information sessions, library tours and research skills.

Prison engagement

Education can be a valuable tool in helping rehabilitate and empower current and former prison residents. In partnership with the Department of Justice, we run a series of prison-to-university engagement activities in selected WA prisons and on-campus, to increase access to higher education and raise aspirations.


This hands-on program offers an opportunity to try the sport of rowing and learn skills outside the classroom, such as teamwork, leadership and commitment.

Participants undertake a tailored rowing program with the support of a Curtin student mentor, who can offer insight into university education and be on hand to discuss individual career aspirations.

School-based workshops

Through fun, interactive activities, these school-based workshops encourage students from years eight to twelve to identify their interests and passions, aspire to higher education and plan their career pathway.

They’ll learn about the university environment, entry requirements and the application process, and feel empowered to make informed decisions about their career and life choices.

Together with on-campus experiences, these workshops can provide long-term exposure to the higher education environment.

Student mentoring

In our mentoring program, Curtin students share their knowledge of specialist subjects with high school students and assist them in developing relevant academic skills. At the same time, school students gain authentic insights into the higher education environment and have someone to talk to about university in a relaxed and social environment.