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Combined Tertiary Information Evening

Term 3 is an important time 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 2022 need to have made their applications to the South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC), or the equivalent organisation interstate.

The Combined South Australian tertiary information evening is being held on Tuesday 3 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 6.30pm to 9.00pm, with the formal presentations commencing at 7.00pm. At this stage, there will be representatives from the SA universities, TAFE, and some residential colleges present at this event to assist with course options and address any other related issues for parents and students. Details of the evening will be emailed to all Year 12 parents.

University of Adelaide. Alternative Entry based on Year 11 subject results

The University has now released the details of this scheme. There have been a few changes in the processes being used for selection this year:

  • The number of degrees that can be applied for via this entry pathway has been expanded.
  • This entry pathway is now available to current Year 12 students from all schools in the Northern Territory.
  • Students must have achieved at least A or B (or IB-equivalent grades) Year 11 grades to be considered for entry via this pathway.

The process:

  1. Applicants who wish to be a part of this scheme must submit their details directly to the University via an online portal: by 5pm Tuesday 24 August. Please go to the following link Registration portal Yr 11 subject result entry. Applicants can register now.
  2. Applicants must also lodge their SATAC application (when it opens in early August) with an eligible University of Adelaide degree as their first preference by 5pm Tuesday, 24 August 2021.
  3. The University of Adelaide will then contact the School to seek our applicant’s official Year 11 results after 24 August.
  4. The University will make conditional offers based on the Year 11 subject results in late September, 2021

The following link lists the courses available under this arrangement and the grade bands required to gain entry into the courses. Courses and grades required.

The best four Year 11 grades from 2020 are used for this scheme, including Research Project. Further information from the University about the arrangements can be found at Year 11 subject results entry pathway. The Year 12 boys have been provided with this information along with some additional advice on the process. This scheme can be used in addition to the normal SATAC application, and students considering tertiary study in SA should consider using all possible application options to maximize their opportunities.

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 uniTEST.

Bond University – early applications

Bond is now accepting Year 12 applications via an early application process. Students can start their Bond application now and finalise it once they have received their semester 1 results from year 12. Bond will then release conditional offers for these students should they be on-track to meet entry requirements for their chosen program. Applications can be commenced here.

Bond University – Scholarships

Bond University’s Scholarship Program offers a number of full-fee and part-fee tuition remission scholarships. These scholarships are available to students who show leadership, academic excellence, sporting prowess, community involvement or ‘all round’ abilities. Scholarships available include:

  • Vice-Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship
  • Bond University Indigenous Scholarship
  • Sporting Scholarships
  • Excellence Scholarship
  • Leadership Scholarship

For scholarship and application details, please go to scholarships. The scholarship applications have different closing dates, usually between 11 June and 5 September.

Preparing for the Medicine and Dentistry selection processes

Several activities have been conducted to benefit the Year 12 boys who aspire to study medicine or dentistry in 2022. This has included presentations by universities, individual discussions, and sessions explaining where and how to apply for medicine/dentistry courses in Australia and New Zealand. The latter session also included the distribution of documents that summarises the requirements of all the medicine and dentistry schools in Australia and New Zealand. Any Year 12 student who is contemplating studying medicine or dentistry and has not collected one of these documents, should see the Careers Counsellor as soon as possible.

On 15 June, a medicine/dentistry Q&A session was held. As has been the case in the past, this was a very beneficial session for our Year 12s. Three old scholars who are studying medicine – Darcy Lillecrapp, Ollie Kleinig and Shrey Sinhal – addressed numerous questions the current Year 12 students had about the selection interviews, the UCAT, the course or anything on the topic. This session provided our current students with a great insight into the course entry requirements, selection processes and the nature of the course itself.

Australian Defence Force Academy – ADFA 

Year 12 students considering applying for ADFA are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure sufficient time for the application process. Year 11 students can also apply now. ADFA develops and educates the future leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force. The program at ADFA combines military and leadership training with a recognised degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). There are a range of degrees available at ADFA: Arts, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Science and Technology. For more information, go to ADFA

Studying in the UK

Applications for most UK universities can be commenced now and submitted from the beginning of September 2021. 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 UCAS key dates. Students wishing to apply for a full-time undergraduate course at university or college must use the UCAS online service called ‘Apply’. Apply is a secure, web-based application system which is available 24 hours a day. The UCAS application process is outlined at UCAS applications. Students considering tertiary study in the UK will benefit from registering for the UCAS Hub, which will allow students to easily explore tertiary options, commence planning their Personal Statement and provides a ‘to – do’ list.

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 them to apply and link their applications to the Centre. While the deadline for most UCAS applications is in early January, 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 – Friday 3 December 2021. The British Council provides information and advice on studying in the UK, go to Study UK for this information. There are also numerous resources available to prospective students and their parents on Keystone – learning resource ID of 8WPSZ9.

TAFE SA – pathway to Higher Education

TAFE SA is well known for its vocational education and training, but also offers a range of specialised higher education courses. Some of the higher education degrees are offered directly by TAFE SA and some are offered in partnership with universities. TAFE SA is a dual-sector VET/Higher Education provider, thereby offering benefits to higher education students. For more information, go to Higher Education

University of Melbourne – Interstate day, 9 July

This day is for interstate students in Year 11 or 12 to get to know the University of Melbourne. The day will go into application processes, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance available. Participants can also meet with current students who’ve also moved to Melbourne from around Australia to learn about their experience and find out how they managed the transition. Attendees will be provided lunch as well as a personal tour of the Parkville campus and a residential college. For more details and to register, please go to Interstate Day.

International House

International House is a residential college associated with the University of Melbourne. A representative of the College will be visiting the School on Wednesday 4 August, and any Year 11 or 12 boys interested in meeting the representative should contact Mr Colsey.

Torrens University – Early Entry and Expo

Students can now apply now for a place at Torrens University Australia through the Early Entry Program, with no obligation. The process is straightforward, taking 10-15 minutes to complete.

Eligible students will receive a conditional offer for 2022, before receiving their ATAR. Early Entry is open to all Year 12 students in SA. For more details and to apply, please go to Early entry.

Torrens University is also holding a virtual careers expo on 16 July, just prior to the SATAC preferences open in August.  Attendees have the chance to connect with staff and students to find out more about each institution, watch seminars and presentations, take virtual campus tours and download course guides. For more information, go Expo.

University of Tasmania – Schools Recommendation Program

Applications for the Schools Recommendation Program are now open. Applications via this pathway gives students early offers for the 2022 courses. Applications will be open until 31 October. For more details and to apply, please go to Schools recommendation.

Lincoln University – Christchurch NZ

The University offers a wide range of courses including agribusiness, landscape architecture, viticulture, oenology and tourism. Australian students studying at Lincoln pay the same low domestic fees as the New Zealand students do. For more information, go to Lincoln University.

Law Admission Test – Registrations now open

For students considering studying Law at UNSW will need to sit the Law Admission Test (LAT). LAT is a written test that is used to demonstrate a student’s aptitude and suitability for studying undergraduate Law at UNSW. A LAT score, in addition to academic results (e.g. ATAR + additional points) will be used in the selection process to allow us to better differentiate between the many high achieving applicants to Law. For more details, go to LAT at UNSW. Applications close on 13 August. The test will be held on Thursday 30 September. Applications are now open.

Cooking course

The City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is seeking young people interested in participating in the Council’s program Hearty Cooking. It is an opportunity for participants to learn more about cooking while helping your local community. It is being held each Tuesday night in August and participants will experience large quantity cooking in an industrial kitchen. Meals are given to the community at Spire Community’s weekly food drive. Our Hearty Cooking Course will equip participants with skills in cooking, team work, problem solving and communication, as well as enhancing resumes. The Council is seeking expressions of interest from young people aged 13 – 18 who live, work, study or play within the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters council district. To register your interest please visit the NPSP council website.

 CDW – holiday courses

CDW is offering a two day holiday ‘digital painting’ course for students, on 7 and 8 July. The course would be suitable for anyone who is aiming to improve their art. The course will include colour theory, sketching and design theory and shape language. For more details, please go to CDW course.

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor