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Year 12 Tertiary applications
Applications for university entry in most states of Australia opened on 5 August and close on Monday 30 September. Any boys wishing to discuss their plans for 2020 and beyond, or need any assistance with their applications can arrange to meet with the Careers Counsellor. There are resources and presentations available for the boys and parents on Keystone to support the application process. This information can found in Keystone – Learning Resource ID of JQ9ZXS.

Le Cordon Bleu – Adelaide
Le Cordon Bleu is holding an Open Day on Saturday 14 September from 11.00am. For details and registration, please go to

Studying in the UK
Applications for most UK universities can be commenced now and submitted from the beginning of September 2019. 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 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

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 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 – 6 December 2019. The British Council provides information and advice on studying in the UK, go to for this information. There are also numerous resources available to prospective students and their parents on Keystone – learning resource ID of 8WPSZ9.

New courses available via SATAC
The University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide have recently announced new courses. As these courses have just been announced, the details of these courses will not be in the SATAC guide, but will be listed on the SATAC website.

  • University of SA: Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Four year degree, commencing in July 2020
  • University of Adelaide: Bachelor of Applied Data Analytics. Three year course commencing in February 2020

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 30 September. No extra application requirements

Adelaide University Medicine & Dentistry – students apply via SATAC by 30 September. No extra application requirements unless applying for a rural based place

Monash University Medicine – students apply via VTAC by 30 September. No extra application requirements

Uni of Tasmania Medicine – students apply direct to UTAS by 30 September. No extra application requirements

Bond University Medicine – students apply via QTAC in mid January 2020. No UCAT 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 30 September. No extra application requirements.

Uni of Sydney Medicine – combined degree entry. The course is post-graduate but has an undergraduate entry path. No UCAT required. Students apply by 30 September to UAC. No initial extra application requirements

Griffith Uni Medicine – students apply via QTAC by 30 September. Successful applicants do an initial 2 year degree at Griffith Uni first. No UCAT required. No extra application requirements

Uni of WA Medicine – students apply via TISC by 30 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 30 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 on the Uni of NSW website by 30 September. The Uni of NSW medicine applications require a school reference so the initial registration process with UNSW must be completed by 18 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 30 September AND register on Western Sydney Uni website by 30 September.

James Cook Uni medicine and dentistry – students submit an application form to JCU (available online) AND apply via QTAC by 30 September. No UCAT is required. The additional application forms need to be downloaded from the JCU website. There is an application form and a school prediction form. Applicants complete the personal and other details on the school prediction form and forward it to Mr Colsey by 18 September. This deadline is to allow sufficient time for the School to complete and return the school prediction to JCU. 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 prediction is required for dentistry at JCU.

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 30 September. No school reference is required.

Curtin University Medicine – apply by 30 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 18 September to allow sufficient time for the School to complete and submit the school reference to Curtin University.

Charles Sturt Uni Dentistry –apply via UAC by 30 September. Additional application form required if applying as a rural or indigenous candidate

Country Health SA: Undergraduate Scholarships for 2020 intake

The Regional Local Health Networks are now inviting applications for the Aged-Residential, Community and Disability scholarship and the Rural Health Undergraduate scholarships from people residing in regional areas who demonstrate a strong commitment to continued professional practice in regional and rural areas of South Australia. These scholarships are for a student about to commence an undergraduate degree at university in the areas of Dietetics, Nursing and Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Speech Pathology or Social Work. Students from rural South Australia can apply for the Rural Health Undergraduate Program. A Rural Health Undergraduate Scholarship provides students with $5000 per year for up to 4 years of study. Applications close 15 September. Further information can be found at or contact Cheryl Evans by telephone (08) 8226 6468 or email

M D & R D Elliott MBE Scholarship: a scholarship for a Saints 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, 25 October.

Leonard William Bakewell Law Scholarship: a scholarship for a Saints 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, 25 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, go to, email or see the Careers Counsellor.

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 $19,600 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, science and business. More details can be found at Applications ( close on 30 September. The application does require applicants to prepare a short video ‘snapshot’ presentation. A School contribution is also required, so any boys intending to apply need to see Mr Colsey in the first instance.

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

University of Adelaide: How to get the offer you want
The University has planned a series of information sessions for Year 12s called “How to get the offer you want”. These sessions will be held in 3 locations across Adelaide and will focus on the next steps in applying to university. How to order the preferences. What to do when results and offers are released. What to do if you don’t receive an offer in the first round. Year 12 students and their families are welcome to attend. The event details:

Golden Grove Arts Centre: Thursday 19 September, 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Cove Civic Centre Hallett Cove: Thursday 26 September, 4.00pm – 7.00pm
North Terrace Campus: Saturday 30 November, 11.00am – 3.00pm

Ingenuity 2019
The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide is conducting Ingenuity. Ingenuity 2019 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 with 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 Thursday 31 October at Adelaide Convention Centre from 9.30pm to 3.30pm. Go to for more information.

Le Cordon Bleu Adelaide
Le Cordon Bleu is offering an experience a ‘day in the life’ at this institution. A culinary arts and hospitality educator, Le Cordon Bleu is offering a comprehensive 3-day residential program that gives participants a taste of all the programmes on offer. This experience would be suitable for years 11-12 interested in pursuing a career in hotel or restaurant management, hospitality, food service or in the culinary arts (chef, baker, patissier). For more information, go to

Speech Pathology at UniSA
Uni SA has announce that a new Bachelor of Speech Pathology will be offered along with their other allied health degrees in areas such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, podiatry and medical radiation science in 2020. Applications will open for the new Bachelor of Speech Pathology in April 2020, via SATAC, to commence July 2020, as part of UniSA’s mid-year intake.

University of Adelaide – new courses
The Bachelor of Technology (Defence Industries) and Bachelor of Information Technology will be offered by the University for 2020. These courses have been developed in direct response to industry demand for skilled and trained professionals in these high-growth areas.

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

UCAT preparation course at Wilderness School
Wilderness School will be hosting a free UCAT information session on Monday 16 September from 4.00pm – 6.30pm. It will be held in Room 38 at Wilderness School. Parents and students are welcome to attend. The content of the workshop will include live teaching of a different set of UCAT questions. Potential participants are asked to contact the Careers Counsellor Mark Colsey to register their interest in attending.

University of Melbourne – Interstate Information day
The University of Melbourne is holding an Information Day for interstate students at the Parkville campus on Friday 4 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. Register at

Engineering at the University of Adelaide in 2021
From 2021 intake onwards, all engineering programs at the single, double and combined level will have standardised prerequisites to ensure students studying engineering are best prepared for the level of mathematics required. In the standardised engineering prerequisites from 2021, there will be two sets of prerequisite subjects as outlined below.

Program/course Prerequisites – from 2021
All undergraduate engineering single, double and combined degrees (Excepting the programs below) SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Physics. IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Physics (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3)
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Chemical)

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Environmental)

All Chemical and Environmental engineering double and combined degrees

SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Chemistry.

IB: Mathematics (HL grade 3), Chemistry (SL grade 4/ HL grade 3)

For students who are unable to meet all of the course prerequisites, the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) – Engineering Pathway allows students to enter into engineering at Adelaide through a specially designed program where they are supported to study any missing prerequisite requirements. On successful completion of the program prerequisite requirements, students are guaranteed transfer into their engineering discipline of choice.

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor