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No ATAR? Go to Uni THIS Way

You can quickly develop skills to succeed at uni via a university preparation course. These are short courses, run by universities, to help those who didn’t get the ATAR score needed to get an offer.

They are generally a semester long which means you could do the preparation course and start your university degree in semester 2.

Apply Early

These courses are free. There are limits on numbers but applying early should easily secure you a free place.

What Do I Get?

These courses can lead to an offer of a place in a range of degree courses.

You will gain an understanding of university life and you will learn more about the range of degree opportunities that are available to you.  This often leads to students changing their minds about what degree course they want to enrol in.

By doing this free course students can save themselves the money it would cost them if they enrolled in the wrong course straight out of school.

Although each course is different there are usually 4 subject like….

  • Academic Writing
  • Communication Skills
  • Essential Maths
  • Research Skills and Information Literacy

Adjustment Bonus Points

If you did not achieve the required ATAR cut off point you can check to see if you can boost your score via Adjustment (Bonus) Points.

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  • If you didn’t like studying at school… that is probably not going to change if you go to university.
  • If you don’t have good English and communication skills you are going to have trouble writing assignments and exams.
  • University courses are expensive and they don’t necessarily lead to better pay and conditions. Check these facts HERE.

Go to a career advisor at school, at a Jobs and Skills Centre or email me to explore your non university options.

Notre Dame

logo-notre-dameThe Tertiary Pathway Program at Notre Dame is for people who did  NOT do ATAR, or who didn’t get the required cut off score.

It is a 13-week program which you apply for directly to Notre Dame by 28 September.

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate good English language skills to be offered a place.

Thanks Hannah Murray |  Prospective Student Advisor

ECU

ECUUniPrep & UniPrep (Education Assistant Program is a 6 month full time course or 12 months part time.

School leavers must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved their WACE and meet ECU’s English Competency Requirements.

School leavers who wait until semester 2 to apply will be classified as Non School Leavers and will need to demonstrate how they meet ECU’s English Competency Requirements.

Edith Cowan College offers courses that can result in entry to second year of ECU’s Bachelor Degree program

Thanks Lauren Tyler Events Coordinator, Student Recruitment and Erin Nichols Student Recruitment Coordinator

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The Curtin UniReady program is now the most open offering in WA. Year 12s apply through TISC and they don’t need ATAR, or English or WACE to apply.

Curtin has capped numbers so applicants are ranked according to equity conditions that contributed to educational disadvantage. Applicants are then ranked according to when they applied.

In 2018 Curtin sent out offers to 400 ‘equity’ offers to students and to about 400 who applied early.  You can read more HERE.

Enabling Course in Science, Engineering and Health  Completion of this program will meet relatively higher entry requirements and subject prerequisites too.

Curtin College offers courses that can result in entry to second year of Curtin’s Bachelor Degree program.

Portfolio Entry  is not only for the creative courses; it is applicable to courses like Education, Science, Commerce and Health.

Thanks for the update from: Christine Lim Future Student Advisor | Curtin University and Kathy Lawson UniReady Program Manager

Murdoch University

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On Track is a 14 week course that prepares students for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.

On Track Sprint  is a 4 week course run over the Christmas holidays that may prepare you for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.

TLC10 – prepares students to apply for Murdoch through a 1 day per week course that runs all year in Mandurah and Rockingham.

Portfolio Entry – you can gain entry to courses that rely on creative talent in media, games art and design and creative writing, photography and web communication via a portfolio demonstrating your work + a number of hoops like WACE and English competence. For Portfolio entry try the Domestic Admissions Team on 9360 7458 or send an email by following this link

Email info@murdochinstitute.wa.edu.au for information.

University of Western Australia

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UWAY – This is an alternative entry pathway and comprehensive support program for students completing Year 12 under challenging circumstances.

The program provides academic, financial and personal support, and it is responsive to individual student needs, throughout their final year of secondary school and during their university studies. You can apply for alternative entry to an undergraduate degree course through UWay if your academic achievements have been adversely affected by certain disadvantages.

Thanks Philip Sharpe, Future Students Centre, University of Western Australia

Central Queensland University

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STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies)

This program is tailored to help you meet entry requirements or boost your confidence.

It usually takes between 1 and 2 terms to complete (4 to 8 months). It can be completed online or on-campus.

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Year 10 Subject Selections for Year 11

Parents and students get REALLY STRESSED about subject selections for Year 11.Cat

Time to RELAX.

Help is at hand.

Before you start, know that only one in four university students get a place through the ATAR pathway.

A report from the Mitchell Institute identified that 26% of university students got their place via an ATAR pathway. Mitchell Report

STEP 1 Get SCASA

The School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) is THE mob that makes up the rules about WACE.  The first place to find information about Year 11 and 12 is in the official Year 10 Information Handbook which SCASA puts out.

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If you can’t find the information you need or if you are unclear on anything contact them at info@scsa.wa.edu.au.

STEP 2 Hear Your Dream

You need to have some idea about what career direction you would like to take.

Career VoyageMany schools have the Career Voyage program that will help you to nail down a career direction for the near future. If you don’t have access to Career Voyage at school you can do the quiz at a Jobs and Skills Centre.

I have done this Coggle brain storm of a bunch of places you can check out to narrow down what you like.

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Email me Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au if you would like access to the Coggle map so that you can just click on the links.

STEP 3 Do You Want to do ATAR??Lockers

For years ATAR results were the short cut that universities used to choose their students. Things are changing. Competition between universities has heated up and they are looking at many alternative pathways that:

  • enable more students to go to university
  • ensure students don’t fail when they get there.

Universities are looking for alternative pathways more than schools and parents.

READ ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA HERE.

TAFE has always been flexible with its pathways to learning than universities and there is a huge range of possible pathways offered.

Job Prospects for Young Job Seekers

Last year the Career Development Association put on a webinar delivered by Ivan Neville, from the Commonwealth Department of Employment. He said….you really need to get a year 12 qualification, or equivalent, to get a job…..

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But there isn’t much difference in employment outcomes between a degree (3.6%) and a Cert III (4.1%).

The opening of university entry to a wider audience had resulted in a shift towards degrees and away from vocational education since 2008.

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There are now stronger job outcomes for apprentices and trainees than people with degrees.

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Step 4 Check Course PRE-REQUISITES

There are lots of courses that have RECOMMENDED subjects, but not so many have definite PRE-REQUISITES that MUST be done as a WACE subject in order to get into a course. University 2022

There are lots of pathways into further study and your WACE pathway is just one of them.

The most direct pathway is however, to take subjects that the universities are looking for. So, once you have narrowed down a career direction to take, check out the TISC University Admissions Handbook. It identifies what WACE subjects you should take to keep your options open.

OLNA

The Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (OLNA) is the minimum WACE requirement reading, writing and numeracy. It is usually done in 10 but there are more opportunities to sit the Assessment in Year 11 and 12 and even AFTER Year 12.

Prospective TAFE students who do not meet these standards can:

  1. sit a TAFE Admissions literacy and/or numeracy test administered by Training Sector Services;
  2. be referred to a TAFE college for a Learning Area Assessment; or
  3. enrol in a course that does not have literacy or numeracy requirements, including foundation skills, equity courses and Certificate I

 

Step 5 Contact Your Career Advisor

Tap into the knowledge and experience of your career advisor.

If you don’t have access to a specialist career advisor at your school, go to a TAFE college Jobs and Skills Centre or private careers consultant to be sure your next step is the right one.

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My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

For In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for West Australian students I undertake to:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year that focus on the needs of West Australian students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers teachers across the In Focus Careers network.
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Open Day Worksheets for Years 10, 11 and 12

Three worksheets to guide years 10, 11 or 12s through uni open days. 

Open days start in July. Students who want to go to uni really need to start going to open days in year 10.

These three worksheets build students’ capacity to find the right university path from school.

Year 10 Open Day Worksheet

There is so much to discover and experience at university open days that students need to start going to them in Year 10.  Those students who are most familiar with their university have the best chance of success.

The smart trend is to do your research on social media then go to the coolest exhibitions for the experience and for your selfie. 

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The Year 10 Open Day Worksheet is short and simple. It will help you to get the most out of your day and help you to find careers to investigate over the next year.

Year 11 Open Day Worksheet

If you went to some open days last year you will know what to expect and can plan your visit to get more out of it.

It is best to go with a family member as they care for you and may find out stuff that you miss.

The Year 11 Open Day Worksheet gives some shortcuts to planning your day so that you have the best time possible as you narrow down your choices for post school university courses.

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Year 12 Open Day Worksheet

The journey from school is a long one. Finding the right path to take is a good start. 

Discovering your right career won’t come to you in a blinding flash of light. It will come in a whisper. You need to take time to listen. 

The Year 12 Open Day Worksheet will guide those who are thinking of going to uni and who have an idea of what they want to do. 

If you still have no idea what to do when you leave school PLEASE seek advice from a school or Jobs and Skills Centre career advisor or BOTH!! They will help you to clarify what you want to do. Shoes

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No ATAR? Go to uni this way

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My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

For In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for West Australian students I undertake to:

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year that focus on the needs of West Australian students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
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You are not the first person with a disability to want to go to uni…

If you have a disability and want to go to uni contact them early.  Just by having a disability you can get university support staff to swing in to help you, while you are still at school.

These experts have done it all before. They know what is possible.

Complete the Understanding Your Study Requirements worksheet then contact the university of your choice.

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Contact the university of your choice to find what is possible:

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Curtin

How can we help you?

Curtin has a comprehensive range of services starting before you even start to enrol.

Disability Advisors
Building 109, Level 2 (lift access available)

Telephone: +61 8 9266 7850
Freecall: 1800 651 878 Email: disabilityservices@curtin.edu.au

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ECU

Disability Services

If you wish to register or just to find out more information about your options, telephone the Equity, Diversity and Disability Service on 9370 6960 or email  studentequity@ecu.edu.au

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Access and Inclusion Advisor

 

Academic Enabling and Support Centre ND44
28 Mouat St Fremantle WA 6160

Email: fremantle.aesc@nd.edu.au Phone: 08 9433 0950

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Murdoch

Equity and Social Inclusion Office

Don’t wait for there to be a problem; we want you to know that professional help is available when you need it. Making contact early with Disability staff will assist you to get the best from your Murdoch enrolment.

Phone: (08) 9360 6084 Email: equity@murdoch.edu.au

UWA

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UniAccess

A disability officer can provide information to prospective students and their families.

Make an appointment to see a disability officer by phoning Student Wellbeing on (+61 8) 6488 2423.

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Disability Support

Students with a disability or medical condition whether permanent or temporary should make contact with the Student Support Centre as early as possible. Various support services may take time to organise whilst others can be put in place quickly.

Discover your world of possibilities 

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Thanks for the latest e-mail Bev, and for all the information and inspiring ideas over the year. Since I have become a part of  the (In Focus Careers) network I have grown in knowledge and motivation to really make a difference for our young people. 

(South West Regional Government High School.)

My Commitment to West Australian Careers Education

For In Focus Careers to be the conduit to Insanely Great Careers Information for West Australian students I:

 

  • Write 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year that focus on the needs of West Australian students and careers teachers.
  • Search for local, national and international information that could impact on the careers of West Australian students.
  • Connect you with insanely great careers teachers across the In Focus Careers network.
  • Listen to and support West Australian careers teachers
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Email: Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au


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Create an Insanely Great School Leavers’ Safety Net

Leaving home to study at university or TAFE is a giant leap. Especially for RRR students.

Notre Dame University has a RRR Student Support Program which is like their support for international students. No other Western Australian university or TAFE has anything special in place.

Students flounder. Parents panic.

Stressed parents can help their school leavers to make the giant leap seem more like a hop by doing these things.  Tell them to….

1.   Get a Mentor

People love it when you value their knowledge and expertise so getting a mentor isn’t rocket science. Just be nice and value what the mentor tells you. Find someone whose subject knowledge you value and start to ask them for advice and support.

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Vocational colleges like TAFE do not have formal mentor programs.

Students will need to put in some effort to find a good mentor. They may choose to build a mentor relationship with a lecturer, with one of the many technical experts that work in colleges or with an older student.

This will be their “go to” person when they are wondering what is coming next or how to do something.

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Universities have formal mentor programs.

The mentors are older students who are building their resumes by demonstrating leadership through mentoring.

New students are often allocated a mentor during orientation. If you didn’t get one, or if you didn’t get along with your mentor, go to the guild, or student services office, and ask for a mentor in your faculty.

Getting a mentor means you are consciously and deliberately working towards a successful career. That can’t be a bad thing.

2.   Find and Use Support Services

Support services are numerous and varied, and they are usually free.  You really are not alone but unearthing the support service you need may take some digging.

  • Career Counsellors. Most tertiary education institutions have career counsellors. These can be your lifeline when you start to doubt your subject or course choices. Don’t just drop out. Go to one of the counsellors to see what you can do.

 

  • Specialist Support. There will be support for students with identifiable different needs, like Aboriginal students, people with a disability or people from non English-speaking backgrounds. If you are eligible for these services, take advantage of them.

 

  • Classes in Study Skills. There may be classes on study skills, or how to write an essay. They will be designed to address a problem like not knowing how to study most efficiently, or how to write an essay with correct referencing. These skills can save you hours throughout your student career.

 

  • Industry Group Services. Some industry groups, like the building and construction industry, provide mentors, scholarships, mental health programs and industrial relations support through the union. Google your industry to find what support services they offer.

 

  • Specialist Industry Support. Specialist support groups, like Women in Science and Technology and associations like the Marketing Association, the Accountants Association or the Australian Computer Society can help you while you are studying, give you a network for applying for jobs and they will be able to tell you about scholarships, internships and financial support.

3.   Stick with Family and Family Friends

Leap and the Net will appear PNGHaving the freedom to do what you like away from home is exciting. Taking risks is part of the excitement.

New students are a target for crooks and scammers. The crooks and scammers don’t come with it written on their foreheads. They are usually nice, friendly, helpful people who know how to win the trust of a new student.

Believing the old Zen saying, Leap and the net will appear and keep you safe whenever you take a risk, could result in you getting a criminal record or being physically assaulted.

Make a formal plan to stay connected with family and old family friends. If you are unsure about someone, invite them to come with you when you visit your family.

If you don’t feel comfortable inviting them to meet your family or family friends, check your own feelings. Your innate wisdom may be telling your something.

If you invite your new acquaintance and they choose not to come a few times, you will start to question their friendship.

If they do come, and your family does not feel comfortable about this new person, listen to your family. They are the ones who will provide a safety net that protects you as you leap into your new life.

4.   Say “YES, and …”

If you just learn from class when you go to uni or TAFE, you are missing out.

post-it-notes-There is so much more to enjoy. There are so many opportunities to engage with your industry, enter competitions, take on projects, join clubs, go for scholarships.

Don’t just wait for an opportunity to fall into your lap. Look for things that might interest you on campus noticeboards and join online groups to find out what is going on.

When you hear about an opportunity on campus say “Yes, and where do I apply, what else can I do, when can I start?”

Growth opportunities are generally set up by your campus to help you to have a better student experience.

Just by applying you are creating your own opportunities. You might find out where you are going by setting out in a different direction.

5.   Create a Small Group

If you have friends from school studying at your campus they are your obvious first point of contact. You will soon be overwhelmed with new people who are vying for your attention and you will be trying to connect with new people who you meet.

Trying to be friends with everyone will exhaust you. Focus on a small group and establish friendships with them.  You can make friends with other people later.

HINT: Be nice to everyone. There is a good chance you will be in the same workplace as them at some stage in your career. It is important that they remember how great you are.

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Career Events This Week

FREE WACE Revision at ECU

This is an amazing offer from ECU. They offer free WACE Revision Sessions in late September. There is high demand so register ASAP. Register now

TISC APPLICATIONS

Remember the census! Don’t leave your TISC application to the last minute. Applications close on 30th September at 11am.  Apply on the TISC site now.

Street NDNotre Dame Applications 

Notre Dame doesn’t use TISC. You need to apply to Notre Dame directly. Applications also close on 30th September.

WAAPA Application

Year 12 Students need to apply through TISC AND apply directly to WAAPA for any course where you need to do an audition or interview.

14 September ECU IT SECURITY AND COMPUTING

In your future workplace computer skills will be fundamental to your career success. Keeping hackers away from information and business systems will be vital. You can become an expert at that. sciene-computing-and-securityFind out about courses that can lead to a dynamic career in computing and IT security.

ECU Joondalup Campus 6.00pm Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XHB3H3C

14 September ECU TEACHER EDUCATION

Find out about ECU’s Bachelor of Education Courses, with specialisations in Early Childhood Studies, Primary and Secondary school teaching at this information evening.

Joondalup Campus   6.00pm  Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DXDW79D

14 September UWA Maths Information Evening

To find out more about how to become an engineer, book a session here. In the meantime, you can talk to us about starting your engineering career with UWA by emailing Rose Nightingale.

Engineering Lecture Theatre 26.30pm-7.30pm  6.30pm-7.30pm

15 September ECU BUSINESS and LAW

ECU allows you to make some interesting subject combinations for your degree. This information evening will provide information about what is possible.

Joondalup Campus 6.00pm Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SBLIE2016

15 September WAAPA ARTS MANAGEMENT and LIVE PRODUCTION

Find out how you can start your dream career in theatre and performing arts at this information evening.waapa134

Mount Lawley Campus     6.00pm  Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DZ3FFBV

 

 


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Artistic Types – Applying for WAAPA

 

If you are applying for a place at  WAAPA for 2017, getting your application in should be the easy bit. If you are a senior student and need to do an audition or interview as part of your application to WAAPA you must do two things:

1. Apply using the normal TISC process.

AND 

2. Submit a separate application direct to ECU.  

The fabulous but boring TISC site has all of the information you need for applying to university in Western Australia. Notre Dame has its own application process.

Applications close on 30th September.

 


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Career Events WA This Week

Notre Dame Open Day Today

Street NDSunday 21 August 

Notre Dame staff and students really know how to make you welcome – as many people are discovering. Today is their Open Day and a great day to walk around the West End of Freo.

ECU Health Sciences 

This information evening is for those interested in becoming paramedics, working in speech pathology, occupational therapy, and health-related careers.

23 August  6pm 

 

 

420ECU Sports and Medical Sciences

This information evening is for people interested in health and sport and who would love to work in the area.

24 August at 6.00pm

ECU Pathways 

If you need general information about how to get into ECU and alternative pathways to uni this is the information evening for you.

25 August at 6.00pm 

ECU Nursing and Midwifery 

At our Nursing and Midwifery Information Evening you will experience hands-on demonstrations, take a tour of our facilities and you will also have the opportunity to discuss courses and careers with our experienced academic staff.

26 August at 5:30pm


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What’s On This Week

Life after schoolScholarships

If you were not gifted with academic brilliance you may still find a bucket of gold at the end of a scholarship rainbow.

Check out some of the rare and wonderful scholarships here or just search Google for scholarships, bursaries and government payments that will help you succeed in the workforce of your future.

WAAPA Applications are Open

Make haste… if you plan to apply to WAAPA for 2017.  Applications close in September. 

Media Portfolio Preparation

Have you finished writing your novel? Producing your movie? Recording your podcast? Use it to apply to Murdoch through a media portfolio.  There is a Media Portfolio Preparation Day to help you to finish off your masterpieces on 27th September.