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Term 3 is an important time of year for Year 12 students as they prepare for their life after school. By the end of Term 3, students considering undertaking study at most university courses in 2019 need to have made their applications to the South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC), or the equivalent organisations interstate.

Please find following some important information and career related events and the combined South Australian Tertiary Information Evening.

Career related calendar events 

August 6 – Monash University presentation for students at St Peter’s College

August 7 – Combined SA Tertiary Information Evening, 7.00-9.00pm. Wilderness School

August 7 – Commencement of information sessions for all Year 12 students on tertiary and other applications (completed by August 9)

August 20 – St Andrews University (UK) presentation for students at St Peter’s College

August 21 – Durham University (UK) presentation for students at St Peter’s College

Key date: September 28 is when most tertiary applications are due.

Combined South Australian Tertiary Information Evening
The Combined South Australian tertiary information evening will be held on Tuesday 7 August to assist families to understand the tertiary entry processes and plan course options with university staff. Pembroke School, Wilderness School and St Peter’s College have worked collaboratively to run the information seminar for boys and parents/guardians for a number of years and this year it will be held at Wilderness School from 7.00-9.00pm.

There are expected to be representatives from the University of South Australia, University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Monash University, University of Queensland, Torrens University and St Mark’s College present at this meeting to assist with course options and address any other related issues for parents and students.

Details of the evening were emailed to all Year 12 parents during the holidays.

Monash University
Monash University is one of the top universities in Australia. It is a member of the Group of 8 universities and has a wide and comprehensive range of courses, including undergraduate medicine. Monash will be doing a presentation at the School at lunchtime on Monday 6 August. Year 11 & 12 boys need to register with Mr Colsey if they wish to attend.

Monash parent evening

Monash University is also hosting an information evening in Adelaide for parents. It is being held on Monday 6 August from 6.30 – 8.00pm at the Adelaide Pavilion, Corner South Terrace and Peacock Road. Participants are asked to register at

Study in the UK
The School is very fortunate to have two of the UK’s top tertiary institutions visit St Peter’s College to do presentations on their universities and courses. Students will benefit from attending even if not planning to study overseas immediately, but may be considering an exchange or post graduate study overseas at a later date. Boys (Years 10 to 12) who wish to attend either of these sessions must email Mr Colsey to register their interest.

St Andrews University, Scotland
A representative from the University of St Andrews will be in the School to do a presentation about the University on Monday 20 August. The University of St Andrews was established in 1413 and is the third oldest university in the world. An esteemed institution in the tertiary world, St Andrews offers a large range of undergraduate courses. This is a great opportunity for the boys to learn more about tertiary study at St Andrews. University details are available at

Durham University, England
Durham University is consistently ranked in the top 5 institutions in the UK. Durham is often very favourably compared with Oxford and Cambridge and has a somewhat similar ‘college’ structure to the Oxbridge institutions. Along with its academic strengths, Durham has a comprehensive and strong sporting program. University details are available at The session will be held on Tuesday 21 August.

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 at Students wishing to apply for a full-time undergraduate course at a 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 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 on 7 December 2018. There is a large range of resources and support for potential applicants on Keystone – please go to

Open Days
Open Days at education institutions provide an excellent opportunity for prospective students and parents to learn first-hand about the courses/programs available and to get answers to questions that are particular to the prospective student’s circumstances and aspirations. Most institutions provide a timetable for the events on the Open Day so prospective students can be strategic in planning what to attend and who to see. The following provides some information about the Open Days for various institutions:

Bond University
Applications for all Bond University programs (excluding medicine) can be lodged any time directly via the Bond University secure online Applicants need to provide personal details, study preferences and school report cards (Year 11 semester 1 and 2, Year 12 semester 1). Students no longer require a school reference for their application to study at Bond University. Conditional study offers will still be sent throughout the year and will outline the minimum ATAR the student is required to achieve to accept their offered program. In the event that students achieve lower than the required final score, Bond staff will advise alternative pathway options. Applications for the Medical Program are via QTAC in January.

Bond Scholarships
Bond University offers full-fee and part-fee scholarships to high-achieving applicants, recognising those who have excelled in the areas of academia, leadership, community and sport. Full details are available at Applicants need to complete a separate scholarship application once they have completed their study application. Please also note that students are able to apply for their scholarship to commence in either the January or May semesters. Scholarship applications have two different deadlines depending on the scholarship, either 5 August or 10 September.

PLP Uni tour
As a part of the PLP, the Year 10 boys visited the University of SA City West campus to learn about university life, how courses are structured, the flexibility of courses, support available to students, alternative pathways and financial considerations. The groups were also addressed by a panel of our recent old scholars, who discussed their experiences of university study and addressed a number of questions from the boys. It was a very valuable day for the boys and the School is grateful for the support of Uni SA in organising such an informative event.

UniTEST – Flinders University
uniTEST is an aptitude test that has been designed by ACER to assess the kinds of generic reasoning and thinking skills that are needed for students to achieve success in tertiary education. uniTEST assesses this reasoning and thinking across the broad domains of mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences. At Flinders, uniTEST is available for school leavers and has the potential to effectively improve an applicant’s selection rank as the uniTEST result is weighted at 40% and considered alongside the applicant’s ATAR (weighted at 60%) during the selection processes for Flinders Uni courses. For details about the test, go to

The University of NSW Co-op scholarship
The Co-op Program is a career development scholarship for high potential undergraduate students. It offers industry training, leadership and professional development, networking opportunities, mentoring and financial support of $18,200 p.a. tax free for four years. Australia’s leading companies take part in the training and professional development of the Co-op scholars with a view to recruiting high-potential young professionals. The scholarship is offered for study in many areas, including engineering, built environment, science and business. More details can be found at Applications close on 28 September. The application does require a School contribution, so any boys intending to apply need to see Mr Colsey in the first instance.

University of Queensland’s Young Scholars Program (YSP)
YSP provides high achieving secondary school students with an opportunity to discover, learn and engage with UQ’s academic community and like-minded students. Designed to nurture and develop future leaders, the Program also presents students with a unique opportunity for academic extension and enrichment. The 2018-2019 UQ Young Scholars Program involves a five-day Residential Camp at the St Lucia Campus (Sunday 25 November – Thursday 29 November, 2018) plus online engagement activities. Go to for more information and to apply. Applications close at 4.00pm Friday, 10 August 2018 and late applications will not be considered.

AUG Adelaide – International Students Day
AUG Adelaide is holding an International Students Open Day on Friday 10th August at the Hilton Hotel Adelaide from 1pm to 6pm. The event facilitates consultation with all SA institutions about tertiary study options including universities, colleges and TAFE. Also represented at the event are Monash University, University of Sydney, and University of Queensland, along with student accommodation providers. There will be seminars on SACE subjects (Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics etc.) and how to improve a students’ ATAR. More detail about the event can be found at

Often students require school references for tertiary applications (in particular overseas applications) or residential college applications. The references can usually be categorised as being academic or personal/character type references. The School does have a policy to support students requiring a reference or school based referees. Any student requiring a reference or seeking a staff member to be a referee should contact the Careers Counsellor in the first instance. This is so the type of reference required can be ascertained and appropriate arrangements made to prepare a suitable reference. References, transcripts of results and academic statements cannot be prepared immediately. A minimum of two weeks notice is required to effectively prepare the reference, transcripts and/or academic statements, and students should factor this time requirement into any planning for applications.  

University of Adelaide – Year 12 English Language Proficiency requirements
The University of Adelaide has determined that it will no longer require international students studying Year 12 in Australia to study Year 12 English to meet entry requirements.

Undergraduate Accountancy employment opportunity
The accountancy firm Tilbrook Rasheed is looking to appoint students to trainee accountant positions to commence in 2019 as a part of their Undergraduate Recruitment Program. The program involves working as a trainee accountant (getting experience and being paid) while studying commerce/accounting part time at a South Australian university. Any boys interested in this as a career path, particularly accounting students, should see Mr Colsey for more details. Applications close on 13 September.

Students considering applying for Law at the UNSW need sit the Law Admission Test (LAT). The deadline to register for this test is 10 August. Registrations completed after this time will incur a late registration fee. Please see for more information.

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor