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Studying in the UK
Applications for most UK universities can commence and be submitted from the beginning of September 2018. Applications for Oxford, Cambridge and for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Science close on 15 October. 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. UCAS application process and other key dates.

The School is a registered UCAS Centre. 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 UCAS applications is in early January, to guarantee 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. The British Council provides information and advice on studying in the UK.

Bond University – Open Day
Bond University is holding their annual Bond University Twilight Open Day on 28 and 29 July. The Open day provides a personalised Open Day Student Experience. Participants will have an all-access pass to the campus, take part in a range of activities, network with staff and meet current Bond students to experience what university life involves. The University is offering a student and a parent or guardian with a complimentary overnight accommodation for two guests (twin share) on the Gold Coast, return coach transfers from the hotel to Bond University Twilight Open Day and a VIP lunch with Bond staff and students. For more information and to book, please contact Ms Vanessa Lea via or phone 0419 561 927.

Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA)
The PQA is a test designed to assess a range of personal qualities considered to be important for the study and practice of medicine, dentistry and other health areas. The PQA is used by Adelaide University as a part of the selection process for international students for medicine and dentistry. The test is held in different centres on several dates during the year, with the Adelaide test date being Friday 3 August. Registration to sit the PQA is done via Adelaide University’s international applications website and must be made before 30 June. More information.

International Student Admission Test – ISAT
International students currently studying in Australia who are considering applying for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or physiotherapy in Australia, will need to sit the ISAT. The ISAT is a three-hour computer-based test held at various times during the year. Applicants must check with each institution to determine their deadline for the ISAT results. The following institutions use the ISAT:

  • Monash University, Melbourne– medicine
  • Monash University, Malaysian campus – medicine
  • Flinders University, undergrad pathway to medicine
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW) – medicine
  • University of Queensland – medicine and dentistry
  • University of Sydney– veterinary science
  • University of Tasmania – medicine
  • University of Western Australia (UWA) – pathway to medicine and dentistry
  • University of Western Sydney (UWS) – medicine

For more information on the ISAT

Law Admission Test 2018: registrations now open
Students who are 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 better differentiate between the many high achieving applicants to Law. LAT and practice questions. Registration.

Career related events on the calendar
14 June – Medicine at Monash presentation
28 June – Year 10 PLP university tour (University of SA)

UniTEST – Flinders University
UniTEST is an aptitude test that has been designed by ACER to assess the kinds of generic reasoning and thinking skills 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. More details about the test

Australian National University (ANU)
The ANU offers the George Alexander Foundation Scholarship for commencing students who must move away from home to undertake an undergraduate degree at ANU. It is awarded to students who demonstrate strong academic merit, community involvement and leadership potential. Applications open shortly and close in August. More information.

Applications to Australian National University (ANU) in 2019
The ANU is withdrawing from the centralised UAC Tertiary Admissions Centre from the start of next year and is establishing a new admissions model. This will affect current Year 11 students and below. The main changes are that applicants:

  • Will apply directly to the university
  • Will need to submit their applications earlier, between March and May in year 12.
  • Will receive early decision with offers expected in August.
  • Will only need to make the one application for admissions, scholarships and accommodation
  • Will be assessed holistically – the ATAR will not be the sole determinant for entry. There will be a co-curricular or service requirement.

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.

Adelaide Zoo Career Awareness days
The Adelaide Zoo conducts awareness days to showcase a range of careers that are associated with zoos. Students will be interacting with professionals from a range of departments. These employees will be sharing information about their job and career journeys. The next Zoo Career Awareness Day is being held on Friday 29 June is now open for bookings. It is suitable for Year 10 – 12 students. Bookings can be made online. Once the Term 2 date is full, there will be other opportunities at the Term 3 Career Awareness Day on Friday 7 September. The cost is $38 per student. Lunch (pizza, soft drinks and juices) will be provided on the day.

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.

AUG Adelaide – for international students
AUG Adelaide is an agency that assists international students with their tertiary aspirations. AUG is organising a Melbourne Study Tour from 17 – 19 July. This is a great opportunity for international students to explore their education options in Melbourne. There are costs to attend the tour, as well as incentives. Applications are preferred by 15 June but can be made as late as 6 July. For more information, please contact Mr Kevin Vo at or 8231 1228.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)
AIE will be running some 3D animation and visual effects courses during the July school holidays. Students will get the opportunity to learn 3D animation and game development using industry standard tools.

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.

St Leo’s College
St Leo’s College is male residential college associated with the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology. Resources are now available in the School for any students considering studying in Brisbane and looking for accommodation options. More details about St Leo’s can be found at

CDW Studios
CDW Studios is a School of Visual Effects and Entertainment Design, providing students with current and relevant education available to work in the VFX and entertainment design industry. CDW Studios is now taking registrations for their 3D High School Holiday Workshop on July 9th & 10th. This will be an introductory workshop teaching techniques in 3D Modelling and Sculpting for the Film and Game Industries. The cost to attend the workshop is $120. For more information please visit:

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor