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Year 10 University Open Day Cheat Sheet

Year 10 is when you dive deep to get exposed to university life.

Check out the food stalls. Try new gadgets. Explore the campus. Go to some talks. See what you like.

Step 1: Before you go

Before you go to the Open Day spend 30 minutes checking out the uni website to see all of the different courses. Pick 2 different subject areas like science and education, to focus on.

Each area will have a number of courses to choose from, like in education you can study primary school and high school and within each of those there are lots of options. Choose which ones you want to fine out about.

Step 2: Get a Plan

There will be an open day program. Check it out to see what course information sessions you can go to. 

Locate the buildings on the university website and plan to go to two talks or displays. 

Step 3: Explore

  • Go to the Open Day. Take a tour of the libraries, student clubs, labs and workshops and even the accommodation. Do you like it there?
  • Talk to some current students about what they like and what they plan to do when they finish. 
  • Check the displays, talks and course information presentations.
  • Find lecturers to talk to and ask them what the best thing about their course is. 

IF NECESSARY CHANGE SUBJECT SELECTIONS WHEN BACK AT SCHOOL 

Uni Words

VocabularyMeaning
CampusThe sites where the university is located.
FacultyThe academic staff who work in a division or school at a university, or even the school itself, like the Education Faculty. 
DegreeA degree is the standard university qualification and is recognised worldwide. Most degrees take three to four years to complete.
Bachelor DegreeThe first degree you study at university is called an undergraduate degree, e.g. Bachelor of Arts.
UndergraduateA person who has not yet completed their first degree.
LevelLevel 1 = your first yearLevel 2 = your second yearLevel 3 = your third year
CoursesCourses are the blocks of subjects or units that make up the qualification. A 3 year Bachelor degree course has 24 units:12 Level 1 units @ 6 subjects/semester8 Level 2 units @ 4 subjects/semester4 Level 3 units @ 2 per semester
You can mix this up but you can’t do more than 12 first year units and you need to do at least 4 third year units.
Major A major is you chosen area to study. You will do a sequence of units in that field right through your degree
If you choose to major in systems engineering your units will focus on designing, planning and modelling networks, on maths, engineering law and other units that will lead to you knowing how to design robust, reliable systems.  

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Which Uni is Best for YOU?

Universities are competing for students and open days are starting in March this year, rather than July, which is the usual time.  

Notre Dame is considered the best university in Australia on a number of QILT ranks, including the support they offer to students.

You will find great information about going to uni at the First in Family to Go to Uni site. 

Super Stars

If you have outstanding results check out the UWA Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or try the Curtin science double degree programs for outstanding science students.

The Rest of Us

Most people choose unis because:

  • their parents went there,

  • their best friend is going there,

  • someone they know said it was good

  • it has a great social life,

  • it is close to home.

 This is a snapshot of universities in Western Australia. 

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BEST IN AUSTRALIA

88.4% of Notre Dame undergraduate students were satisfied with the overall quality of their learning experience according to the Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching (QILT).

91.1% Were positive about their skills development.

76.6% found full time employment

Notre Dame

Notre Dame is a Catholic University but you don’t need to be Catholic or Christian or even religious to go there, and the fees are comparable with other universities.

The point of difference is that Notre Dame does have a spiritual, values driven, caring approach to teaching and learning which underpins their interactions and decision making.  That’s why they are topping the QILT ratings.

It is quite a small university with 10,000 students and the vast majority of them are domestic students.

The university is in beautiful renovated old buildings around Fremantle.

Pastoral care and support developed for international students has been made available to help regional and remote students to settle in. The only shortcoming is the lack of Notre Dame student accommodation but the student support services people will help students to find accommodation to meet their needs.

Curtin University

Curtin

Curtin is by far our biggest university with over 50,000 students. It seems like a city with business centres, shops, gyms, accommodation and bands and food trucks, art galleries and theatres.

I think undergraduate students could have a ball at Curtin, but the sheer size of of the place can be daunting. You need to actively work at getting engaged with the Curtin community, both social and academic, to make the most of your Curtin experience.

Curtin knows this and has invested in providing plenty of help for new students and for students with special needs,  but it is up to you to seek it out.

Because of the size of the university there are many opportunities available for students to extend their experience, in Australia and internationally.

Curtin is part of a knowledge precinct in Bentley with CSIRO, Tech Park and the Pawsey supercomputer in the area. Staff and students actively seek to engage with industry to get knowledge and experience and do industry based research. It is number 2 in the world for Metals and Mining Engineering programs. This industry focus underpins the feel at Curtin.

Curtin seems exciting, dynamic and very cosmopolitan with lots of international students and with campuses in Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai as well as the one at Bentley and in Kalgoorlie.

ECU – Edith Cowan University

ECU

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching ranks ECU as the top public university in Australia for undergraduates’ student experience. You can feel the quality of the experience when you contact ECU for information. They get back to you. They try to help.

ECU started as a college for teacher training and gradually expanded its courses with WAAPA being one of the first ventures into new areas. Now WAAPA has a reputation as one of the BEST performing arts learning academies in the world.

ECU’s more recent expansion has been into engineering with significant investment into new facilities, international learning opportunities and strong demand for graduates.

ECU is pretty big but students are on the Mt Lawley and Joondalup campuses so it doesn’t feel overwhelming.

The buildings are great examples of design with some of the coolest architecture in Western Australia.

ECU is manageable and there is a strong student centric management focus which means students get help to succeed. There are many alternate pathways into ECU including the UniPrep program and experienced based entry.

People who didn’t think they could get into uni and succeed can are supported to thrive at ECU.

Murdoch University

Murdoch

Murdoch has recognised that the world is changing and that there is a disconnect between education and where jobs are emerging. It has introduced “adaptive expertise” as a learning spine being introduced across the university.

They are focusing on adapting traditional courses with the application of technologies. So History + STEM could result in machine learning that unearths previously unknown information about cultures. Journalism + STEM, as seen in the use of drones, is revealing what is happening in emergency or war environments.

Murdoch has a strong focus on getting girls into engineering. They have engaged with schools and support in industry to lift the number of girls entering this field which delivers 25% of the world’s CEOs.

Murdoch has the biggest percentage of international students in WA.

They are teaching students to think globally, to seek ways to apply technology to their work and to work collaboratively.

UWA – University of Western Australia

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This is our oldest university. Many industry, political and community leaders in Western Australia went to UWA which gives strong links between UWA and leaders across the State.

The UWA campus is beautiful with Winthrop Hall being the most recognised symbol of “a university” in WA. The gardens, theatres and art gallery and its role as the initiator of the Festival of Perth make UWA a hub of culture.

UWA has positioned itself as the university for high academic performers and many high achieving school leavers identify UWA as their first preference.

CQU – Central Queensland University

CQU

This is a new comer to Western Australia and it is working hard to attract students from their traditional university pathways with courses in sonography and echocardiography which are new to WA.

The main campus is located near the bottom of William Street near Elizabeth Quay and they have set up study hubs in Busselton, Broome, Geraldton and Karratha. These are often on TAFE campuses.

Many of the students are mature aged, external students who make use of online learning, occasional face to face contact and phone calls to fit their learning around their work and other demands.

Although there are 20,000 students at CQU, they are spread across Australia and numbers in WA are still quite small.

Still not sure what to do?

  • Go to the university open days
  • Contact the university career advisors. They are paid to help you. 
  • Contact me. I will be able to point you in the right direction for help. 

Director of In Focus Careers Careers Resources Hub for West Australians.

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University Entry Pathways for 2021 – Western Australia

Over the last couple of weeks the news has been reporting on all of the jobs being lost at universities in WA due to COVID 19 impacts. The unis are all working like crazy trying to attract local students and they are making it easier and easier to get in next year.

Preparation Courses

You can get into uni in Western Australia by doing a university preparation course. Most universities have at least one of these on offer.

After doing the course you may be offered a place at uni, which you don’t have to accept. 

  • They are generally free.
  • You may be able to complete one before the start of the 2021 academic year.
  • You find out about a range of different courses that may interest you.
  • They are generally a semester long so you can start your degree in Semester 2.
  • You learn about university life without having the pressure of a full degree program.

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

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

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ATAR-based entry 

Normal ATAR entry through TISC applications will be the standard entry pathway for 2021. Find details HERE. 

UWAY

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.

 Fairway

Fairway UWA is an admission 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.

Find details HERE. 

Broadway

The Broadway scheme allows eligible students from a Broadway-identified Western Australian school to receive an automated ATAR adjustment if the school at which they completed their final WACE examinations:

Find details HERE. 

Predicted ATAR entry

UWA will provide an offer based on a student’s predicted ATAR from the end of Year 11. We may require a diagnostic interview to identify any additional support that may be required, including bridging units, once they arrive at UWA.  At this stage Year 12 students must still sit their Year 12 exams and, when results are released, if their ATAR is higher than their predicted ATAR, they can update their application if they’d like to change their course. Find details HERE. 

First in Family

If you have received an ATAR of 75-79.95 and will be the first in your family to attend university, you may still be eligible for a place at UWA. If you have a sibling at uni you are still eligible for First in Family consideration.

Find details HERE

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

In recognition of the unique set of challenges Year 12 students are facing this year, 18 and 19-year-old students who are taking insufficient ATAR-based subjects or are not taking ATAR, will be eligible to sit the STAT test and a diagnostic interview as above.

The Predicted ATAR entry pathway is not applicable for Direct Pathways to Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Podiatry.  The STAT test pathway is not available for any Direct Pathways or the Bachelor of Philosophy. The application process for these courses will be communicated shortly.

Find details HERE.

Diploma Entry

Applicants who have a VET Diploma can apply for entry to an undergraduate course. Find details HERE. 

Indigenous Study Pathways

Did you know Indigenous students can gain entry to UWA without an ATAR? There are various pathways for gaining entry to UWA, and once you’re here, there is great support to help you settle in. Learn more about the Aboriginal Orientation Course and the Provisional Entry Scheme. Find details HERE. 

UWA Foundation Program for International Students

The UWA Foundation Program is the most effective path to a place at UWA for international students. Successful completion of the program guarantees entry to an undergraduate degree, subject to any quotas or prerequisites.

Find details HERE

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You can apply for the conservatorium through an audition. Find details HERE. 

Notre Dame

logo-notre-dameTertiary Pathway Program

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

NEW

This year, high-achieving non-ATAR students will be able to apply for the Tertiary Pathway Program.

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

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

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

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Normal ATAR Entry

If you apply to TISC before 1 October with Curtin as your first preference, and you receive and accept an offer from us, we’ll refund your application fee of $55.

To find more information go HERE

STAT Test

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) provides an admission pathway to university if you don’t hold other qualifications that are acceptable for entry. It’s a test designed to assess aptitude for learning at tertiary level.

For more information go HERE.

UniReady

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.

You can check out Curtin pathways HERE. 

Curtin College

Curtin College is a bit like a TAFE. It is on the Curtin campus in Bentley and offers a range of courses that either prepare you for uni or give you credits towards a degree.

You can find out more HERE. 

Science, Engineering and Health Enabling

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

Portfolio Entry

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

Indigenous Enabling Course

If you’re of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and you haven’t met the requirements for an undergraduate (degree) course, we offer a range of enabling courses. These short programs can help you meet the requirements for your chosen course, as well as equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed at university.

Find more information HERE. 

StepUp to Curtin

Not everyone has the same opportunities to achieve their true academic potential. You may have the ability to succeed at university but not had the educational, financial or social opportunities to focus on your studies and achieve a high enough Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for entry.

Find more information HERE. 

TAFE (VET) Entry

Graduating from TAFE can qualify you for entry to Curtin, so many students who didn’t successfully complete year 12 use it as a stepping stone to university.

Some courses also provide credits at university.

Find more information HERE. 

 Murdoch University

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HorizonPlus

If you are finishing Year 12 in 2020 and aiming to start university in 2021, then HorizonsPlus could be for you. This program provides an entry pathway into Murdoch.

On Track Sprint

On Track Sprint  is a 4 week course run over the Christmas holidays. It is going to be a TISC option for 2021 selections. The course prepares you for entry to a course with a minimum ATAR requirement of 70.

On Track

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

FlexiTrack

FlexiTrack– can be done over 1 semester, accelerated 10 weeks, or 2 semesters at part time and this is entirely online.

Law Start

Law Start is an admission pathway for academically capable students who wish to study Law at Murdoch University. To be eligible to apply you must have completed one or more ATAR subjects with a strong focus on communication and essay writing skills. Acceptable subjects will include but not limited to English, English Literature, Modern History, Politics and Legal Studies.

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

Portfolio

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. You also need a letter of endorsement from a teacher and a 500 word application – which a school based career advisor can help you to write.

For Portfolio entry try the Domestic Admissions Team on 9360 7458 or send an email by following this link

KTrack

KTrack – is offered through our Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre and is open to students who identify with the ATSI community.

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

And if anyone has any questions, the best contact for them to reach out to now is study@murdoch.edu.au or 1300 687 3624

Enabling pathway Fee-free On campus Online Flexible study English competency required WACE/ ATAR required
OnTrack Yes Yes No No No
FlexiTrack Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
FlexiTrack High No No Yes No Yes No
OnTrack Sprint Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
TLC110 – Learning for tomorrow Yes Yes No Yes Yes
K-Track Yes Yes No No No No
Waardong Yes Yes No No No No
Pre-Law No Yes No No Yes Yes
Media Portfolio No No No No Yes
Murdoch University Preparation Course No Yes No No Yes No
MIT Foundation Studies Course No Yes No No Yes

In addition to the table that Murdoch has put up that collates their alternative entry programs they also said:

  • Certificate IV + demonstration of English competency is emerging as a popular alternative pathway to ATAR entry.

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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WA Career Teachers are the Best Informed Career Teachers in the World

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West Australian career teachers are the BEST INFORMED careers teachers in the world.

I haven’t fact checked this but…..

…where else would you find nearly 1000 educators, employment service providers, unis, RTOs, and a bunch of industry people who are so parochial, and so concerned for career education that they freely share information for the common good?

The contributions of West Australians, and a few other minor players like the Commonwealth government, has resulted in the August issue having 50+ pages of stories on:

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Thanks to everyone who helps us to keep up to date in this bugger of a year. 

(I did a Fact Check and found we are not only the best informed career teachers in the world, we are also the best looking, most intelligent, most professional and most generous!!)

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Year 12 – What to do Next Year

Parents are worried

Their kids are in year 12. They haven’t decided what to do next year.

Parents don’t want their kids to leave school and fall into a hole. The kids don’t want to talk about it.

Parents can suggest these steps as a path forward

STEP 1: Explore

Check out some aptitude tests to see what tends to come up. Find a range of different tests HERE. 

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  • Get a piece of paper or a notebook.
  • Pick 4 different tests to do.
  • After each one write down three most important things the test indicated. For example….
    • I want to work outdoors
    • I am creative
    • I am a natural leader
  • When you have done a few tests you should start to see some common themes. These will help you as you explore your career options.
  • Some of the tests, like Job Outlook suggest career matches to match your aptitudes.

Step 2: The Shoulders of Giants

Sometimes it’s hard to see what’s around you

I once counselled a student whose mum and dad, brother and uncle were mechanics yet she hadn’t thought of being a mechanic. She ended up doing a Defence Force Gap Year where she started a mechanic apprenticeship.

It is easiest to build from what you know, yet we are often not aware of what we know. 

If you are an Eskimo you might think building igloos is for you. If everyone in your  family plays an instrument, being a musician could be for you.

What careers you know from your life experience? Check out your family, your family friends, school friends’ parents, sport coaches.

What work do they do?

It is easier when you build from what you know. 

Step 3: What is Important?

Whether it’s diamonds, world peace or having fun, your values will remain fairly stable and they will ground you throughout your life.   

This game helps you to clarify your values.

1. In a list, write the names of 8 people you like. 

They can be family or friends, famous people or fictional people like superman.

Don’t go on until you have your list.

2. Now next to each name write three or four things you like about that person.

3. Group similar values with different colour highlighters. You might group together smart, wise, clever, leader. (CLEVER)

Try to group all of the values into three or four groups. Give each group one name.

Now you have key values that are important to you.

These values guide who you are, how you act and what you do.

They anchor your decisions. 

When you are in doubt, make decisions that are consistent with your values. 

Summary

Well, that’s not a bad start. From the work you have done you now know:

1. What natural abilities you have.

2. What natural careers environment you live in.

3. What values drive your decisions.

Awareness of your natural abilities, your natural careers environment and your values can drive your decisions.

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What is the Difference? TAFE v Uni

Apprenticeships are the main things we know that TAFE delivers.

If you want to be a mechanic or electrician, you get an apprenticeship and go to TAFE.

But what about computer technicians, house designers, tourism operators,  agriculture and aged care workers?

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There are hundreds of jobs you can get with a TAFE qualification.

Do I need a qualification AT ALL after leaving school??

Yes….. The bottom line is that you NEED a post school qualification if you are not to take a pathway to poverty.

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Employers pay for knowledge and skills, but:

  • people who have a Certificate III or IV have about the same unemployment rate as people who have a degree.
  • people who have a TAFE qualification earn about the same as people who get degrees. 

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(Statistics from Ivan Neville, Labour Market Research and Analysis, Dept of Labour)

Spot the Difference

Guess which Fashion Course is run at Curtin and which one is run at  TAFE?

You’ll focus on the relationship between garment and body, using a theoretical and contextual framework for understanding the cultural significance and practice of fashion design and global trends.

You’ll learn the principles of design and creative studio practice; and develop skills in fabric manipulation and construction, design, pattern-making, styling and fashion illustration.

Study the enterprise skills to work in fashion business.  Computer Aided Design (CAD) patternmaking, grading and illustration facilities, world class fashion design and textile forecasting resources, over 80 specialised industrial sewing machines, and a staff of fashion industry specialists, are key to our successes with our industry relevant courses, graduate employment outcomes and recognition in the sector.

It is easy to see that the one that mentions theory is a uni course while the one that focuses on CAD and pattern making has a more practical focus.

Length of Course

TAFE

An qualified electrician (Certificate III) takes about 4 years to get their license.

A barista takes about a week to get a piece of paper saying they have a set of skills (skills set) rather than a full qualification as a chef. A course on using farm chemicals safely may take a day and you don’t need to be a qualified farmer to do the course.

The focus of the courses is always on providing the skills that industry needs for a particular purpose.

Lots of TAFE courses give you credits at university. A Diploma of Work Health and Safety takes a year to complete and you will get between 6 months and a year’s credit for the Diploma if you do a degree.

Uni

A Bachelor of Science (Health, Safety and Environment) takes three years.

Cost per Course

TAFE

The maximum fee for the one year Diploma of Work Health and Safety is $2,848.50 which included tuition and resources that you may have to purchase.

TAFE Subsidies

If you do a course where there is a West Australian skills shortage, like cyber security, aged care or agriculture , your fees will be heavily subsidised by the State government.

Uni

The tuition fee for the three year Bachelor of Science degree is $8,460 (Roughly $1000/unit)

There are many scholarships available for university students.

TAFE is More Like School

When you go to TAFE you will probably go into a class of less than 25 students, a lot like a schoolroom or workshop designed to replicate what you will find in the workplace. Some TAFE courses are done entirely in the workplace. Some courses also have a significant theory component – Occupational health and safety, for example, has a lot of chemistry in the course. Veterinary nursing includes anatomy and physiology.

Uni has more Theory

Lectures are a routine teaching methodology at university. You may be in a group of 400 students in a lecture theatre as you are given information by an expert in their field. You are required to do reading on the subject BEFORE you go into the lecture. The subject of your lecture will be followed up by a tutorial or practical workshop on the subject where you can ask questions and gain more in depth knowledge.

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If you don’t get your ATAR in 2020 you can still get into university

Universities need students. The ATAR gives them a convenient way of selecting 26% of their students.  The other 74% of university students enrol through different pathways. Mitchell REport

If you don’t get your ATAR in 2020 you can still get into university

Check the Year 12 Career Warriors 2020 Survival Guide for information.

Universities WANT you to enrol with them so keep checking their websites for updated information.

Higher Education – University preparation courses

  • They are generally free
  • You find out about a range of different courses that may interest you
  • They are generally a semester long
  • You learn about university life without having the pressure of a full degree program

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

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

Consider this…. 

If you don’t want to live on Poverty Street you must do some study when you leave school. Statistics 4

If you are thinking about TAFE, go to a Jobs and Skills Centre .If you are thinking about uni check out university careers services or email me to explore your options.

University Alternative Entry

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.

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

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

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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.

You can check out Curtin pathways 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.

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

UWA

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

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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.

CQU Principal’s Recommendation Scheme

The Principal’s Recommendation Scheme provides an alternate entry pathway to CQUniversity courses* that is based on the recommendation of High school Principals and not reliant on whether a student has received an ATAR.

At CQUniversity we believe senior schooling results are important, but we also believe that other factors such as motivation, talent, and passion can lead to student success at university. The scheme is designed to assist capable students to access entry to CQUniversity, it in no way provides relaxation of the quality and academic standards that students must meet to successfully complete their degree.

To apply for a CQUniversity course via the Principal’s Recommendation Scheme, a student must:

  • Be studying Year 12 in an Australian school in 2020.
  • Have their Principal’s recommendation in writing.

For more information on how to apply and what must be included in the recommendation please visit the Principal’s Recommendations Scheme webpage.

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Your Insanely Great Careers News in February

The First In Focus Careers Newsletter for WA High Schools in 2020 will be out on 29th January.

See:

  • Emerging Australian industries and where the jobs are coming from.
  • Scholarship information
  • Pre apprenticeship opportunities for February
  • A comparison of West Australian university rankings
  • Unusual ATAR cut off scores for 2020
  • A special careers feature for geography teachers.

There are 45 pages of information to help high school teachers to provide insanely great careers information to their students.

Magic Happens Careers Handbook

If your school subscribes and you haven’t received your copy of the Magic Happens Careers Handbook and Teachers’ Guide yet, email me at bev.j@infocus-careers.com.au and I will send it out.

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Join the In Focus Careers Network

In Focus Careers Network  supports members as we create a rich  resource of careers information and advice for West Australian school students. 

Subscribe to the In Focus Careers Network to:

  • Get the latest news careers news for students, families and teachers.
  • Get teaching resources designed for West Australians.
  • Become careers experts with links to the latest research, new teaching resources and PD opportunities, and
  • Plan the school career calendar using the Monthly Calendar of Events.

 

 

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Quick Guide to Uni Open Days

UWA is starting the Open Day events for 2021 on 28 March.

The open days are brilliant. They are a lot of fun and essential for students who are in their final years of high school and considering going to uni.

As UWA is having its Open Day so early that it will be easy to consider what you find out and compare it to other unis when they have their open day later in the year.

Which Uni to Choose?

You can get and overview of WA unis and what they are like at Which Uni is Best for You.

Use the Worksheets

You can find Open Day Tips here and for an introduction to the Open Day Worksheets HERE.

You can find:

  • Year 10 Open Day Worksheets HERE
  • Year 11 Open Day Worksheets HERE.
  • Year 12 Open Day Worksheets HERE.

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West Australian students will be ready to embrace their perfect life pathway through the heroic efforts of careers teachers.

I support careers teachers to become heroes by:

  • Writing 10 insanely great issues of In Focus Careers newsletter each year.
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  • Connecting an insanely great In Focus Careers network of careers teachers and employment, education and training providers and supportive parents.

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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.

Handbook 2019

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.

Coggle - Hear Your Dream

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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