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Collegians’ Careers Evening: Tuesday 17 March, Memorial Hall, commencing at 7.00pm
Thanks to the generous support of the Old Scholars, parents and friends of the School, the Careers Evening is being held again this year. The Evening is aimed at boys in Year 10 and 11 and all Year 10 boys are expected to attend as the Evening is an integral part of their Personal Learning Plan (PLP). Year 12 boys are most welcome and would benefit from speaking to practitioners about their careers. More details will be provided in another newsletter and there will be a mail out to the parents of Year 10 and 11 boys, but please note this event on your calendars.

UCAT 2020
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by many universities in Australia and New Zealand in their selection process for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes. The test helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate abilities and professional behaviours required for doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. The UCAT is a computer-based test delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout Australia, New Zealand and at some overseas locations.

Registration for the UCAT opens on March 2 and closes on 11 May. The UCAT is a two-hour computer-based test consisting of five separately timed subtests, each of which contains a number of questions in a multiple-choice format. The test sittings are held between 1 and 31 July. For a listing of universities requiring the UCAT, go to For more details of the UCAT, go to

International Student Admission Test – ISAT
International students currently studying in Australia and who are considering applying for Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science or Physiotherapy at some institutions in Australia, will need to sit the ISAT. ISAT is a three-hour computer-based test that is held during three testing periods in 2020. These testing periods are: May 16 to 24, August 15 to 23, and November 21 to 29. Applicants MUST check with each institution to determine the deadline for the ISAT results being received. A minimum period of 12 months is required between a candidate undertaking the ISAT. For more information on the ISAT go to and the list of universities requiring ISAT can be found at

Australian National University (ANU) application and selection processes
ANU has changed the application requirements (including an earlier application deadline) and selection criteria for undergraduate courses. Details of the new requirements can be found at Applications open in March 2020 and close in May. International applicants have a different process. Please see for more details.

Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo (TSCEA)
The Tertiary Studies & Careers Expo (TSCEA) is a comprehensive Tertiary Studies & Careers Expo and will be staged at the Adelaide Convention Centre on North Terrace, on Sunday 5 April 10.00am – 4.00pm and Monday 6 April: 9.30am – 1.30pm. Admission is free. Students will be able to discuss their study, career and employment options with a large number of representatives from numerous exhibitors including the universities from South Australia, interstate and overseas universities/colleges, private education colleges, TAFE SA, Government Agencies, Professional Associations, Local and National Employers and the Defence Forces. A number of seminars will also be held during the sessions. A full list of the representatives can be found at and go to the exhibitors link. It is a very valuable ‘one stop’ event and any student considering studying at the Tertiary level or TAFE will benefit from attending the expo. St Peter’s College students are strongly encouraged to attend on Sunday 5 April. For more information about this event, go to

The University of Melbourne – Information Day for interstate students
This event is for interstate students (and their families) and is being held on Friday 17 April from 8:30am. This event looks at the Melbourne university experience for interstate students. The program includes information about the application process, scholarship opportunities, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. There will also be details on what life in a residential college is like, with lunch in a college dining hall as well as a college tour. For more details and registration, please go to

The University of Melbourne – 2020 Aspiring Scholars community
The University is now accepting applications for their 2020 Aspiring Scholars community which is an online Facebook-based community of high achieving Year 12 students from across Australia and New Zealand who are connected by their interest in studying at Melbourne. Community members receive among other benefits:

An insight into the student experience at Melbourne through our current student mentors who themselves are past Aspiring Scholars;
A chance to win a trip to the University of Melbourne’s 2020 Open Day for themselves and a parent/guardian so they can explore the campus themselves.
Applications must be made by 8 March at:

Career related events at St Peter’s College
The School has arranged the following visits by institutions to the School during the school day this term so that Year 11 and 12 boys in particular can gain information to assist them with their post school plans.

  • Wednesday 11 March: Bond University
  • Friday 3 April: University of Melbourne
  • Monday 6 April: University of NSW

If any student is even just contemplating interstate tertiary study options, then they should actively engage in these types of events.
Course Seeker is a new Australian Government initiative that aims to help students gain Australian tertiary information to assist them to make informed decisions about future study options. The website provides access to information on ATARs, prerequisites and enrolment policies. Information has been sourced from across Australia and presented in a nationally consistent and comparable format to improve the transparency across the higher education sector. Courseseeker can be accessed at:

Lattitude Global Volunteering Australia
Lattitude is a large international volunteering organization which has been running for 45 years. It supports around 1000 young people globally every year. As a nonprofit organisation, Lattitude provides a cost effective and comprehensive support for participants. With placements available in 13 countries, lasting between 6 weeks and 12 months and departing throughout the year, there is an extensive range of volunteer programs. For more details, go to or

Letzlive is an organisation that handles the recruitment of gap tutors for schools in the UK. For details about the organisation, placement opportunities and how to apply, Applications are required for placements in 2021 and must be received by 9 April 2018. There is an initial registration fee and selection interviews will be conducted, usually in April – May.

ASC apprenticeships
ASC has initiated a Shipbuilding Readiness Training Program to provide training, supervision, coaching and mentoring that will lead the participants to the completion of a Trades Certificate III gaining specialised skills in the shipbuilding industry. There will be a a range of trades-based opportunities. For details of the trades and application requirements, go to Applications open on 23 March and close on 10 April.

Summer programs at overseas universities
A number of northern hemisphere universities offer short term academic programs during their summer vacations. The timing of these programs can sometimes align with the School’s three week vacation in July. The nature and structure of these programs can vary. Some programs are conducted by university academic staff, and others by teachers from other schools. The programs that the School is aware of are:

St Andrews University International Summer Program: 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. 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, or email .

Immerse Education: Immerse will be running academic programmes for 13-15 year old and 16-18 year old students. These two-week residential programmes take place in University of Cambridge colleges during July and August. Enrolment for Immerse Programmes are now open and details can be found at

Oxford Summer School: These programs are held in one of a number of institutions across the UK and USA. For more details, go to

Boston University Summer Term: There are five high school summer programs to choose from which could lead to the student earning college credit while also discovering and exploring new subject area. For details, go to

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor