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Following is some important information regarding tertiary applications, studying abroad and other career related events.

Key date: September 28 – most tertiary applications are due

Tertiary applications
The closing date for South Australian and NT undergraduate university applications via SATAC ( is 28 September. Late applications for most courses can be submitted but will be subject to a late fee. This closing date also applies to nearly all interstate tertiary admission centres, but some individual courses may have other requirements with different application dates. Any boys wishing to discuss their plans for 2019 and beyond or need assistance with their applications should contact the Careers Counsellor.

Studying in the UK
Applications for most UK universities can be commenced now and submitted from the beginning of September 2018. Applications for Oxford, Cambridge and for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Science close on the 15 October. Other key dates can be found here. Students wishing to apply for a full-time undergraduate course at university or college must use the UCAS online service called ‘Apply’. The UCAS application process is outlined at

The School is a registered UCAS Centre. Consequently, the Careers Counsellor will need to guide the applicant for the initial set up of their UCAS application, which includes the issuing of a buzzword to the applicant. This buzzword will allow UCAS to link applications to our Centre. While the deadline for UCAS applications is in early January (apart from Oxbridge), to guarantee that the all the documentation can be submitted by the School, the UCAS application must be completed by the student by the last day of the school year – 7 December 2018. There is a large range of resources and support for potential applicants on Keystone – please go to Keystone.

Applying for entry into Medicine and Dentistry courses in Australia

Students considering applying for undergraduate entry into medicine/dentistry courses are reminded that many of these courses do not allow late applications and may have extra application requirements. These requirements may require a school reference or other contributions from the School. To ensure that the School can complete and submit any additional requirements before the closing date for applications, it is very important that the institutional requirements and timelines are met by any potential applicants.

Flinders University Medicine – students apply via SATAC by 28 September. No extra application requirements

Adelaide University Medicine & Dentistry – students apply via SATAC by 28 September. No extra application requirements unless applying for a rural based place

Monash University Medicine – students apply via VTAC by 27 September. No extra application requirements

Uni of Tasmania Medicine – students apply direct to UTAS by 28 September. No extra application requirements

Bond University Medicine – students apply via QTAC in mid January 2019. No UMAT required. Course starts in April/May

Uni of Queensland Medicine – Provisional entry as the course is post-graduate, but has an undergraduate entry path. Apply via QTAC by 28 September. No extra application requirements.

Uni of Sydney Medicine – combined degree entry. The course is post-graduate but has an undergraduate entry path. No UMAT required. Students apply by 28 September to UAC. No initial extra application requirements

Griffith Uni Medicine – students apply via QTAC by 28 September. Successful applicants do an initial 2 year degree at Griffith Uni first. No UMAT required. No extra application requirements

Uni of WA Medicine – students apply via TISC by 28 September. The medicine course is post-graduate but has an ‘assured pathway’ into this course. No extra application requirements

Uni of Melbourne Medicine – apply for Chancellor’s program in Biomedicine or Science via VTAC before 27 September

The following institutions have additional application requirements. Students MUST adhere to the timelines and arrangements outlined below to ensure the School can complete the references and other requirements.

Uni of NSW medicine – students apply via UAC and the Uni of NSW website by 28 September. The Uni of NSW medicine applications require a school reference so the initial registration process with UNSW must be completed by 19 September. Applicants must then inform the Careers Counsellor of the UNSW application to allow sufficient time for the School to collect the data and complete the school reference, which will be emailed directly to Mr Colsey by UNSW

Western Sydney Uni medicine – students apply via UAC by 28 September AND register on Western Sydney Uni website by 28 September.

James Cook Uni medicine and dentistry – students submit an application form to JCU (available online) AND apply via QTAC by 28 September. No UMAT is required. The additional application forms need to be downloaded from the JCU website. There is an application form and a school reference form. Applicants complete the personal and other details on the school reference form and forward it to Mr Colsey by 19 September. This is required to allow sufficient time for the School to complete and return the school reference to the university. Please note: the student part of the JCU application is quite detailed, requiring the applicant to provide extended responses. The student’s part of the application also requires the applicant to sign their application in front of a Justice of the Peace or similar – a list of suitable witnesses is indicated in the application. No school reference required for dentistry at JCU. International students must apply by 31 August.

Uni of Newcastle & Uni of New England joint medical program: applicants need to complete and send an application form (available online) to the University and apply via UAC by 28 September. No school reference is required.

Curtin University Medicine – apply by 28 September and a school reference form needs to be downloaded from the Curtin website. The personal and other details need to be completed on the form by the applicant and then be given to Mr Colsey by 19 September to allow sufficient time for the School to complete and submit the school reference to Curtin

Charles Sturt Uni Dentistry –apply via UAC by 28 September. Additional application form required if applying as a rural or indigenous candidate

University of South Australia Experience Days
The University of SA is offering an opportunity for some high achieving Year 11 students to attend an all day workshop (Experience Days) in one of the following areas of study:

  • Art, Design, Illustration and Animation
  • Engineering
  • Business and Law
  • Creative Industries

Further details can be found at University of South Australia Experience Days. Any students interested in attending must email Mr Colsey and indicate which workshop (or workshops) they would like to attend, along with some reasoning for why they would benefit from attending. Nominations must be made by Friday 21 September.

Adelaide Law School Open Day
The Adelaide Law School is hosting an open day on campus to explore in depth the career options a law degree can provide. The Adelaide Law School offers courses in a range of specialist areas including medical, military, environmental, social, space, AI and humanitarian law so that students can explore and map out a career that suits their interests.

The Open Day offers

  • Meet the Dean – Melissa de Zwart
  • Hear about different career options from graduates
  • Talk to current students and staff
  • Explore the grounds

Suitable for students and parents, especially Year 12 students, the Open Day is being held on Wednesday, 26 September from 4 to 6pm. For enquiries email Please register for the event at Adelaide Law School Open Day. Afternoon tea is provided.

Torrens University
The University is supporting the Bright Awards. These awards are a competition for creative Year 11 & 12s who compete in any of the seven categories. These categories are: Graphic Design, Photography, Web and Interactive, Fashion, Gaming, Animation, Interior Design. Applicants will need to write 300 words explaining the concept of the project concept, approach, hurdles and final outcome. Entries close 2 November. Details available at: Bright Awards.

Country Health SA: Undergraduate Scholarships for 2019 intake
Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) is inviting applications for the Country Health SA Undergraduate Scholarship 2019 academic year for students who are from rural South Australia. Country Health SA is committed to providing a range of high quality health services in rural and remote South Australia to meet the needs of South Australians living in country areas.

CHSA Undergraduate and Professional Entry Scholarship is available for:

Full time students currently studying or about to commence studying an undergraduate health discipline (nursing, podiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or speech pathology) related degree at University.

Applicants must have resided in rural South Australia prior to undertaking their tertiary education and be residing in rural South Australia at the time of their scholarship application. People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged to apply.

For more information on what is an eligible Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) health discipline please visit the Country Health website or contact the Organisational Development Consultant on

The Scholarship provides students with $5,000 per year in two half payments of $2,500 for up to four years study. Students are required to work for Country Health SA upon successful completion of their study for a period equivalent to the scholarship funding. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 19 September. Information detailing the Scholarships, application process and eligibility criteria, and how to apply can be found on the Country Health SA website.

M D & R D Elliott MBE Scholarship: a scholarship for a student having completed his secondary education, has accepted a place in the medical faculty of an Australian university. Applications forms which include details of the selection criteria are available from the Senior School Office and are also posted on Keystone and have a learning resource ID of JQ9ZXS. Applications must be submitted to Ms Ennis, in the Senior School Office by Friday, 26 October.

Leonard William Bakewell Law Scholarship: a scholarship for a student having completed his secondary education, has accepted a place, whether immediate or reserved, in the law faculty of an Australian university. Applications forms which include details of the selection criteria are available from the Senior School Office and are also posted on Keystone and have a learning resource ID of JQ9ZXS. Applications must be submitted to Ms Ennis, in the Senior School Office by Friday, 26 October.

St Andrews University International Summer Program
The St Andrews University Summer program is a three week live in program that is held at St Andrews University in July each year. The program offers students aged 16 to 18 from around the world the unique opportunity to experience courses taught in the Scottish academic tradition by current academic staff. Participants on the International Summer Programmes will receive a student ID card and will have free access to world-class facilities, including the library and newly redeveloped sports centre. Students can enrol in one of a number of academic courses including creative writing, classics, Scottish studies, world literature, psychology and neuroscience, physical science, mathematics and computer science, biological and earth sciences, science and religion, moral philosophy, and sustainable development. Applications open in October. Established in 1413, St Andrews has a high academic reputation and this Summer Program offers students an opportunity to explore this environment which may assist in planning their post school study plans. For more details of the Program, visit St Andrews University International Summer Program, email or see the Careers Counsellor.

University of Melbourne – Information day
The University of Melbourne is holding an Information Day for interstate students at the Parkville campus on Friday 5 October 8:30am – 6:00pm. The day will focus on aspects of the university that are of greater concern to interstate students such as the application process, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. Participants will have an opportunity to ask current University of Melbourne students who have come from interstate about their experience and how they managed the transition. Please note: places are limited and registration will be closed as soon as we reach capacity.

Mission Discovery – Melbourne University
Mission Discovery is a five day space, STEM and leadership program for secondary school students from 24 to 28 September. The University of Melbourne is hosting the program, which is coming to Australia for the first time this September school holidays. Mission Discovery offers full immersion in Space and STEM – with hands-on activities. As part of the program, students will:

  • Learn from NASA astronaut, engineer and ISS commander Steve Swanson, NASA leaders and expert scientists from the University of Melbourne
  • In teams, take on the role of research scientists and design a space Science experiment
  • The overall winning team’s experiment, as judged by the NASA panel, will be launched to the International Space Station and conducted by astronauts on board!
  • Develop leadership, teamwork and public speaking skills
  • Hear a range of Space and Science careers paths

See the Mission Discovery website for the full program and costs.

Ingenuity 2018
The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide is conducting Ingenuity 2018. Ingenuity 2018 is an interactive showcase of university student projects exploring the dynamic world and applications of engineering, computer and mathematical sciences. This event provides students, parents and teachers an opportunity to engage with university students, share in their experiences, and learn more about studying engineering, computer and mathematical sciences at the University of Adelaide. It is being held on Tuesday 23 October at Adelaide Convention Centre from 9.30 to 3.30pm. Visit Ingenuity 2018 for more information.

MEGT – apprenticeships
Students looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship may find the MEGT Career Hub useful. It has online aptitude testing and career quizzes to resume templates, job hunting tips and interview advice.  MEGT’s Career Hub has a number of free resources to support students. The Career Hub online can be found here.

Automotive apprenticeships
Vantage Automotive Pty Ltd is a provider of vocational learning to major vehicle manufacturers and employers. Vantage is seeking applications from students interested in a career within the automotive industry as an Automotive Technician, Parts Interpreter or Body Repair Technician. Positions are already available for the 2019 academic year so students should apply now to enhance their chance of a full time position. Any students with an interest in any of these areas should visit or contact Vantage via or phone 02 8014 8990. The application process is listed at and select ‘Apply Now’.

Mr Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor