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Following is some important information regarding tertiary applications, studying abroad and other career related events.

Key date: September 28 – most tertiary applications are due

Tertiary applications and career planning
In week 3, Year 12 boys were issued with SATAC Guides and the university handbooks for three South Australian universities. Sessions were also conducted with the Year 12s on the application principles, key dates, researching courses and the application processes. The presentations and supporting notes provided are available in Keystone – Learning resource ID JQ9ZXS. The closing date for South Australian and NT undergraduate university applications via SATAC ( is 28 September. Late applications for most courses can be submitted but will be subject to a late fee. This closing date also applies to nearly all interstate tertiary admission centres, but some individual courses may have other requirements with different application dates. Any boys wishing to discuss their plans for 2019 and beyond or need assistance with their applications should contact the Careers Counsellor.

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 here. Students wishing to apply for a full-time undergraduate course at university or college must use the UCAS online service called ‘Apply’. The UCAS application process is outlined here – UCAS Application Process.

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 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 – 7 December 2018. There is a large range of resources and support for potential applicants on Keystone – please go to Keystone.

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 28 September. No extra application requirements

Adelaide University Medicine & Dentistry – students apply via SATAC by 28 September. No extra application requirements unless applying for a rural based place

Monash University Medicine – students apply via VTAC by 27 September. No extra application requirements

Uni of Tasmania Medicine – students apply direct to UTAS by 28 September. No extra application requirements

Bond University Medicine – students apply via QTAC in mid January 2019. No UMAT 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 28 September. No extra application requirements.

Uni of Sydney Medicine – combined degree entry. The course is post-graduate but has an undergraduate entry path. No UMAT required. Students apply by 28 September to UAC. No initial extra application requirements

Griffith Uni Medicine – students apply via QTAC by 28 September. Successful applicants do an initial 2 year degree at Griffith Uni first. No UMAT required. No extra application requirements

Uni of WA Medicine – students apply via TISC by 28 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 27 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 the Uni of NSW website by 28 September. The Uni of NSW medicine applications require a school reference so the initial registration process with UNSW must be completed by 19 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 28 September AND register on Western Sydney Uni website by 28 September.

James Cook Uni medicine and dentistry – students submit an application form to JCU (available online) AND apply via QTAC by 28 September. No UMAT is required. The additional application forms need to be downloaded from the JCU website. There is an application form and a school reference form. Applicants complete the personal and other details on the school reference form and forward it to Mr Colsey by 19 September. This is required to allow sufficient time for the School to complete and return the school reference to the university. 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 reference required for dentistry at JCU. International students must apply by 31 August.

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 28 September. No school reference is required.

Curtin University Medicine – apply by 28 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 19 September to allow sufficient time for the School to complete and submit the school reference to Curtin

Charles Sturt Uni Dentistry –apply via UAC by 28 September. Additional application form required if applying as a rural or indigenous candidate

University of South Australia Experience Days – Principal’s Merit List
The University of SA is offering an opportunity for some high achieving Year 11 students to attend an all day workshop (Experience Days) in one of the following areas of study:

  • Art, Design, Illustration and Animation
  • Engineering
  • Business and Law
  • Creative Industries

Any students interested in attending must email Mr Colsey and indicate which workshop (or workshops) they would like to attend, along with some reasoning for why they would benefit from attending. Nominations must be made by Friday 21 September.

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.

Torrens University
The University is supporting the Bright Awards. These awards are a competition for creative Year 11 & 12s who compete in any of the seven categories. These categories are: Graphic Design, Photography, Web and Interactive, Fashion, Gaming, Animation, Interior Design. Applicants will need to write 300 words explaining the concept of the project concept, approach, hurdles and final outcome. Entries close 2 November. Details available at: Bright Awards.

Country Health SA: Undergraduate Scholarships for 2019 intake
Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) is inviting applications for the Country Health SA Undergraduate Scholarship 2019 academic year for students who are from rural South Australia. Country Health SA is committed to providing a range of high quality health services in rural and remote South Australia to meet the needs of South Australians living in country areas.

CHSA Undergraduate and Professional Entry Scholarship is available for:

Full time students currently studying or about to commence studying an undergraduate health discipline (nursing, podiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy or speech pathology) related degree at University.

Applicants must have resided in rural South Australia prior to undertaking their tertiary education and be residing in rural South Australia at the time of their scholarship application. People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged to apply.

For more information on what is an eligible Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) health discipline please visit the Country Health website or contact the Organisational Development Consultant here.

The Scholarship provides students with $5,000 per year in two half payments of $2,500 for up to four years study. Students are required to work for Country Health SA upon successful completion of their study for a period equivalent to the scholarship funding. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 19 September. Information detailing the Scholarships, application process and eligibility criteria, and how to apply can be found on the Country Health SA website,

Monash University
The university is offering a large range of scholarships. Details can be found here.

University of Adelaide: Roseworthy Open days
The University is offering several information sessions at Roseworthy – please click here for more information and dates.

Australian National University – ANU – entrance schemes

  • Guaranteed Entry Scheme: ANU offers guaranteed entry to domestic UG students. The selection rank for 2019 entry has changed for a number of Business and Economics degrees.
  • National Access Scheme: ANU awards National Access Scheme (NAS) Selection Rank adjustments for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and in recognition of difficult circumstances that students may have faced in their studies.
  • International Baccalaureate Early Entry Scheme: offers early entry to Year 12 school leavers currently completing the International Baccalaureate qualification within Australia or New Zealand.
  • ANU Schools Recommendation Scheme: offers early entry to domestic school leavers currently completing an Australian year 12 or International Baccalaureate (IB) qualification in Australia

Details can be found at by clicking here

Mission Discovery – Melbourne University
Mission Discovery is a five day space, STEM and leadership program for secondary school students from 24 to 28 September. The University of Melbourne is hosting the program, which is coming to Australia for the first time this September school holidays. Mission Discovery offers full immersion in Space and STEM – with hands-on activities. As part of the program, students will:

  • Learn from NASA astronaut, engineer and ISS commander Steve Swanson, NASA leaders and expert scientists from the University of Melbourne
  • In teams, take on the role of research scientists and design a space Science experiment
  • The overall winning team’s experiment, as judged by the NASA panel, will be launched to the International Space Station and conducted by astronauts on board!
  • Develop leadership, teamwork and public speaking skills
  • Hear a range of Space and Science careers paths

See the Mission Discovery website for the full program and costs.

Ingenuity 2018
The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide is conducting Ingenuity 2018. Ingenuity 2018 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 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 Tuesday 23 October at Adelaide Convention Centre from 9.30 to 3.30pm. Go to for more information.

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, please click here.

CDW Studios
CDW Studios are holding an Open Day on September 8th, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, at CDW Studios, Level 3 The Myer Centre, Rundle Mall. Flinders University and CDW Studios staff will be available to answer questions for enrolling in the Bachelor of Creative Art (VEED) for 2019.

CDW is also holding an October Holiday Workshop – 2D Digital Painting Workshop. Oct 6-7

CDW Studios, Level 3, The Myer Centre, Rundle Mall. This is a 2 day workshop and a valuable way for new students to gauge their interest in this industry, develop new skills and create portfolio pieces. Details available at

Automotive apprenticeships
Vantage Automotive Pty Ltd is a provider of vocational learning to major vehicle manufacturers and employers. Vantage is seeking applications from students interested in a career within the automotive industry as an Automotive Technician, Parts Interpreter or Body Repair Technician. Positions are already available for the 2019 academic year so students should apply now to enhance their chance of a full time position. Any students with an interest in any of these areas should visit or contact Vantage via or phone 02 8014 8990. The application process is listed at and select ‘Apply Now’. 

Mr Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor

Students attending St Andrews University Information session