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Going to Uni in WA – Mind Map for Year 12s

This map delivers links to information for Year 12s in Western Australia who want to go to uni in 2023. The links are to:

  1. Deciding what to do

  2. Logistics of getting there

  3. Money matters

  4. Career resources It collates In Focus Careers blog posts, resources and other mind maps for West Australian Year 12s who want to go to uni in 2023.

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So you want to be a doctor? May is important for 2023 applicants.

Medicine student

Notre Dame has its Getting Into Medicine information session on 3 May at 5.30 West Australian Time. Curtin has their information session on 9th May.

People who want to get into medicine in 2023 need to attend medicine information sessions to hear of course application procedures and they need to complete their UCAT applications

Notre Dame and Curtin Uni Medicine Information Sessions

Notre Dame, Curtin and UWA run medicine courses in WA. 

If you missed the Curtin information you can find the video HERE. 

If you missed the Notre Dame information session, search “Notre Dame Medical Student information videos” for a suite of helpful videos. 

UWA has not planned an information session. You can find information about medicine at UWA HERE. 

Medicine student

UCAT Applications Close Soon

To get into medicine you have to score well on a University Clinical Admission Test (UCAT)

Students undertake the UCAT at a time they can choose between 1 July to 12 August. 

There is a fee to undertake the UCAT. Concessions close on 10 May.  

Applications close on 17th May.

 

UCAT Applications Close

Late bookings for UCAT

The late booking deadline is 31st May.

To see all dates go HERE. 

There is a bank of tests that students should do to prepare for the test.

UCAT recommends:

you start by viewing the Preparation Advice and Resources before moving onto the Question Banks and Practice Tests and the Test Tools.  

Training organisations that are not associated with UCAT offer additional training. UCAT has this to say about those organisations:

Commercial organisations will be using questions that are not necessarily of the standard you will encounter in the UCAT and this may distort your performance whilst practising. Screen views may be different and commercial organisations are unlikely to include the new question types, which you may encounter in your test. They may also not replicate the UCAT scoring and banding accurately and may give misleading indicators of your anticipated UCAT score.

Good luck to all of you who aim to get into medicine. 

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Are you going to uni next year? Find out where, what, when and who you want to meet.

You can use the skills you developed when coming to high school to guide your transition from high school to uni.

12 year old girls

Tip 1: Where

Online Study V On Campus 

Get your student number and connection to the internet sorted. You will be given instructions about how to do this around Christmas time with the offer that comes after the final TISC results come out.

If face to face classes are available on campus, go to them. Uni is so much more than curated information about different subjects.

Lecture theatre

On Campus Accommodation

If you CAN stay on campus, do that.

We want students to stay at the on campus accommodation, whether they are from South East Asia or South Perth.

Professor Harlene Hayne, Vice Chancellor Curtin University

St Catherine's College, Curtin

St Catherine’s College Curtin

There are people employed by residential colleges who have knowledge, networks and power to create an amazing university life for you. You will make friends for life, get help with study and create networks that will lead to jobs. 

$$$$$$$$: Check accommodation scholarships HERE.

Public Transport

If you will be taking public transport to uni, figure out the best route and timetable and find out how to get your SmartRider ticket.

Tertiary SmartRider

 

Parking

Not being able to find parking when you are under pressure can break you.

Get your parking stickers/app during the holidays. Find where you can park and where to find parking during peak hours. Try to find free parking, although most good free spots will be taken by students who have been at uni for a while. D7 at Curtin Bentley — StudentVIP

Campus Layout

Go to movies, food van markets, play sport or join clubs on campus. Each baby step you make to become familiar with your uni will make your transition easier.

Walk around the campus. If you are doing engineering, go to the engineering building. Check out the room and lab locations. Find the library.

Whatever course you are doing, find your buildings and know where your classes will be held BEFORE Orientation Week.

Tip 2: What Subjects

If you aren’t certain which subjects to take,  do a uni prep course – its free and it will help you to make better subject choices. You will be able to go to the same campus as your friends who are leaping into their degree straight away, and you will learn enough to be clear about what course you want to do before you start your degree. 

  • About 30% of students change courses as they find out more about their degree. This is an expensive path to take. Each subject/ unit at university will cost around $2000. You can check how much each unit will cost on the UWA Fee Calculator.
  • Only 26% of university students go straight there from school on their ATAR results. Consider taking a gap year before you go to uni. You will expand your world and get clearer about what you want to do next. Check out Gap Year Ideas 
  • If you are worried that you won’t ever start to study again if you stop studying after Year 12, go to uni and choose broad subjects that allow you to specialise later, when you know more about the course or working in that industry.
  • In response to COVID disruption ALL universities in Western Australia have significantly increased the amount of support that is available to future students. Use the free career advice that is available at every university.

Tip 3: When – Timetable

Lectures, tutorials and workshops will be scheduled throughout the week. You choose your timetable.Your school timetable is a good model to follow when choosing your class times.

Treat uni like school. Organise your timetable so that you go to uni every day. Don’t be tempted to pack your scheduled times into a few days and just go during scheduled times. Spend your “free time” doing your research and assignments. 

If you treat uni as a job, with a 40 hour week and some good study planning you are on a good path to success. Schedule breaks where you meet your friends and where you play sport or engage in club activities. A mix of work and play is what you need to have a great time at uni. 

Tip 4: Friends

The friends you make at uni can stay with you for your entire life. 

There will be so many people to choose from. If you go to Curtin, there will be about 50,000 people to choose from. If you go to Notre Dame in Fremantle, which is our smallest uni,  you will have about 6,000 to choose from. 

If you pick clubs or sports or volunteer activities from the amazing choice that is available, you will find friends there who have the same interests as you. You can join clubs during Orientation Week. 

If you arrange to stay at university accommodation you will meet lots of new people there. 

So just 4 Tips

  1. Decide what uni to go to and how to get there.
  2. Decide what to study, or at least choose a path that will help you to decide. 
  3. Look at timetables for this year. The chances are that they won’t change much next year. You will be able to draft your study timetable  before Orientation Week. 
  4. Look forward to meeting a bunch of new, wonderful people who like doing the same things that you do. 

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Give yourself every chance to succeed – ATAR Revision Programs for Senior Students

        We’ll use your year 11 results to assess your application for an early offer and calculate your predicted ATAR. 

Curtin University Early Offers Advice 

Is ATAR still important?

While there are many alternative pathways, ATAR is still the most common way that school leavers use to get into university.

Final ATAR results are still important as:

  • final offers are made on actual rather than estimated ATAR results. 
  • courses with lots of applicants for limited places will offer those places to the students with the highest ATAR scores. 
  • academic scholarships are usually based on ATAR results. 

Most senior students undertake some form of extra revision programs to give themselves every chance to succeed.

Many schools offer revision programs.  

  • Your school newsletter will identify revision programs or additional support that your school will be offering. 
  • You can often find semi retired teachers, who have been expert advisors on exam content and style, who are available as tutors. Ask at your front office if they have a list of available tutors. 
  • Some of the best programs are offered by subject specialists who advise on the style and subjects of the exams. Ask your specialist ATAR teachers if there will be an ATAR Exam Information session on their subject.

Private Providers

Several organisations specialise in tutoring students in preparation for ATAR, OLNA or NAPLAN exams.

ECU

ECU has run ATAR revision programs in the past. In 2021 it did them online because of COVID. A program for 2022 has not yet been published but watch out for them as they are free and they fill up quickly.

I will put a notice in the In Focus Careers Newsletter as soon as details become available. 

Academic Task Force

ATAR Revision Courses

Academic Task Force Holiday Revision Courses are designed specifically for students looking to revise ATAR course content and practice exam-style questions in preparation for exams.

Students will increase their understanding, receive fresh insights and gain intensive revision of their subject during this short course. Each subject is taught by a  highly qualified and vaccinated ATAR teacher with a strong background in marking and writing exams to increase their performance.

  • Rossmoyne Senior High School 
  • Churchlands Senior High School 
  • Duncraig Senior High School 
  • Perth Modern School
  • Online 

Enrol HERE.

MasterMind

Master Classes are one hour sessions conducted once a week in term time. Each week they reteach, revise and reinforce the topics and areas of study that the students are dealing with in their classes at school.

Masterclasses offer students

  •  Ongoing academic support
  • More confidence at school
  • A better chance of success in assessments
  • Individualised help solving specific problems
  • Small group classes

Find programs for students from Years 7 – 12  HERE.

ReviseOnline

ReviseOnline offers specifically designed multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions in a range of Year 11 and 12 courses which match the format of ATAR exams.

Once you submit a completed test or exam you’re provided with ATAR-standard sample responses and can evaluate your answers against a fully-worked marking key. All our courses are up to date and WACE specific, so each question you complete is improving your exam skills and ultimately boosting your ATAR!

Check out the courses HERE.

The Exam Experts

Nailing the ATAR and getting the results you are hoping for isn’t necessarily about being the smartest kid in the class. It’s about being well-prepared, knowing what to focus on and understanding what questions are most likely to come up in the exams and how to answer them.

With the help of T.E.E. Consultants’ July holiday intensive exam revision program, Year 12 students can access ten hours of additional teaching per subject, to truly understand the course curriculum and perform better in exam conditions.

Students are invited to enrol in up to five subjects in Week One of the July holiday period. Country students can access heavily discounted, full board accommodation packages which offer safe, secure, supervised accommodation on-site for regional students who enrol in at least three subjects.

Courses are run at UWA and at Murdoch.

Check their programs HERE.

InTuition

At inTuition, each student undertakes an assessment and programs are customised to meet their needs. Tutors are qualified teachers or experts in their fields.

The office is based in Osborne Park

You can find their programs HERE.

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Scholarships for Year 12 Academic Superstars

Universities love academic superstars.

They all offer scholarships to attract the most academically gifted students to their university. 

These sites identify key academic scholarships at West Australian universities. There are many scholarships for you to apply for. 

This is your place to shine

Don’t stop at applying for one scholarship. This is your place to shine. This is where you find the resources to support yourself while you are studying at university. 

Check Mistakes Students Make When Applying for Scholarships and How to Avoid Them

Curtin

 

If you have a high ATAR you will automatically be awarded the Curtin Excellence Scholarship if you’re a domestic year 12 student, graduate with an ATAR of 96+*, have an eligible Curtin course as your first preference and accept our main round offer:

If your ATAR is 96 – 96.99, you’ll receive a one-year scholarship valued at $5,000.

If your ATAR is 97 or higher, you’ll receive a three-year scholarship valued at $15,000.

2022 Curtin ATAR Achievement Scholarship (Closing Date: 02 Dec 2022)

For students who have achieved an ATAR that exceeds their predicted ATAR by 3 points in 2022 and wish to pursue an eligible undergraduate course at Curtin University.

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2023 – Curtin Excellence Scholarship (Closing Date: 19 Dec 2022)

Students who have demonstrated academic excellence through their ATAR in 2022 and wish to pursue an eligible undergraduate course at Curtin University.

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*Medical school students are ineligible for this scholarship.

See Tips for Applying for a Scholarship

UWA

 

Academic Excellence Scholarships provides financial support to students who have been recognised for their outstanding academic results. These Scholarships are available to both Domestic and International students across all study areas.

View all Academic Excellence Scholarships

ECU

Edith Cowan University logo

ECU Excellence Scholarship is open to Western Australian year 12 school leavers displaying outstanding academic excellence. You will be considered for this scholarship when you select Edith Cowan University as your first preference on your TISC Application. The scholarship offers a payment of $2,500 per semester (or pro rata for part time study) for a total of $5,000 per year for the duration of your course.

Science Excellence

High performing students can apply for ECU Science Excellence Scholarships valued at $15,000, based on their ATAR. Available for qualifying candidates interested in science or computing & security courses, successful students receive $15,000, paid as $5,000 per year over 3 years once they enrol at ECU. 

Learn more.

See ECU Excellence Scholarships

MurdochMurdoch University > CareerHub | Australia's largest and most active student recruitment network, for more than 10 years.

With over $2.5 million in scholarships awarded every year, students from all walks of life are enjoying the benefits a scholarship can bring. Unlike loans, scholarships do not need to be repaid so you can spend more time focussing on your studies. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, new or continuing, we encourage you to explore the opportunities available.

See Murdoch Excellence Scholarships

 

Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame Australia - Wikipedia

Twenty students will receive support to kick-start their university studies thanks to The University of Notre Dame Australia’s new suite of scholarships.

The scholarships, worth up to $20,000 each, will be awarded to students commencing undergraduate and postgraduate programs in 2022 on the basis of equity or merit.

Scholarship recipients will receive $10,000 in their first year of study and $5,000 in subsequent years of their degree (up to 3 years).

See Notre Dame Excellence Scholarships

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Pathways from High School in WA Video Presentation

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Pathways from High School – Video presentation for West Australian Senior Students

The content was just what our Year 12’s needed, and the timing is perfect.
This 30-minute Pathways from High School presentation with video is a great alternative to the face-to-face presentations as it can be shown to students and families, at any time.

Students can even take a copy home and watch it with their parents!!

Don’t be ridiculous!!

3 Pathways

It shows 3 different case studies. 

Pathway 1: Judy the academic superstar

Judy is an academic superstar who checks out the Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) at Curtin, medicine everywhere, and Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) at UWA. 

Pathway 2: Flynn General ATAR, Alternative Pathway

 Flynn is looking for alternative pathways for non-ATAR school leavers. He checks out all of the unis, looks at university preparation courses and seeks advice from career counsellors and Centrelink.

Pathway 3: Angie VET and Gap Year

For those wanting a Gap Year, who never to return to full-time study again. Angie looks at the Defence Gap Year program and at Harvest Trail as well as at some on the job training she can do at McDonald’s and online courses. 
I recommend that all students seek professional advice that narrows down to their personal choices, once they have a general idea of which direction they want to take.
Find this presentation HERE.
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Year 12: How to approach university open days in 2022

Don’t rush

Take your time at the open day. Spend 3-4 hours to get the feel of the campus.

Make a big day of it

Your career decision will be influenced most by your family and friends. If you can go to the open day with both family and friends, do that!  

If you haven’t ever been to an Open Day Check Year 11: How to approach university open days.

Preparation 

Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.

Zig Ziglar                    

Research

  • If you haven’t decided which university to go to check Which University is Best for You?
  • Check the First in Family site for a rich pool of information about going to uni.
  • If you know what uni but don’t know which course, talk to a career advisor before you go to the open day.
  • Identify second and third options.

Pick the Best Bits Before You Get There

  • As the day draws closer, each university will finalise its schedule of events, campus tour, displays and classes. 
  • Check the Open Day Program and plan your day.

Notre Dame Open Day information page Notre Dame information page

On the Day

 Don’t rush. Plan to spend a 3 – 4 hours at the Open Day.

  • Book in for a campus tour.
  • If there are overarching welcome events, make sure you go to those. 
  • Go to course information sessions.
  • Go to subject taster sessions

 Pick Me! Faculty Stands

Every faculty wants you to enrol in one of their courses.

ASK:

University lecturers are the experts at the faculty stands who you need to approach with questions like:

  • Why do you love working in this field?
  • What are the career opportunities in this field?
  • What are the entry requirements and pathways available?
  • How long will it take to get the degree as a full time student?
  • What subjects can you choose from?
  • What support is available to students.
  • If you qualify within any support group ask about financial and other support that the university provides.
      • There may be help available to you if you are you First in Family, Aboriginal, RRR, migrant, Disability, woman in non-traditional occupation, if you have a disability, if you are from a defence family.  
  • What opportunities are there for face to face learning?
  • What support is available to students learning online?
  • What opportunities does the course provide for students to engage with industry through the degree?
  • What types of careers do graduates go into?

If you do not have course prerequisites or think you may not achieve the required ATAR, ask about alternative pathways.

Find Current Students at the Stands

There will be current students at most stands. Ask them what course they are doing and what they love and hate about it.

Optometry pathway for WA students - Optometry Australia
Curtin University Optometry Pathway

Ask a student ambassador if they are willing to have a coffee with you.

  • Ask why they are doing the course and if they are going to achieve the outcome they hoped for.
  • Find what extracurricular activities there are. Are there any clubs or teams that you can join now?
  • What can the union offer to students?
  • Find out what they have done about fees, financial support and scholarships.

Early Offers

You may be invited to enrol on the spot. Don’t do this.

Don’t make your career decision based on a brochure and 30 second discussion. If there is a crowd at the stand when you visit, ask for an appointment.

Don’t sign up at an Open Day. 

Accommodation

If you plan to stay in university accommodation:

Register 

In 2022 some universities are asking you to register prior to the event and to do all you can to prevent spreading COVID 19. 

Book an appointment with a career counsellor

Even if you are one of the few who knows exactly what course you want to take, book a free appointment with a career counsellor. They may know of:

  • different subjects that you might love
  • support services that you can tap into
  • sports and clubs you can join now
  • financial systems that are available. 

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University Open Days Tips for Years 9 -12 students

In years 9 – 12? Go to uni open days

University open days are starting in March this year. 

Curtin University 3 April 2022

ECU South West 27 March

ECU Joondalup 10 April

ECU Mt Lawley including WAAPA 1 May   

Murdoch 19 March 2022

UWA 27 March

Going to a uni open day is like going to a show. There are food vans, exhibitions and demonstrations and interesting people to meet, who WANT to convince you that their course is fantastic.

Curtin University Open Day

Check out the Worksheets at the bottom of this post.

Year 9 Tips

Start learning about life at university in Year 9. Check out the food vans. Listen to the music. Go into buildings and see the latest tech tools, computer games and research. See what workshops are on. Find the library, the shops and the toilets.

Year 10 Tips

Explore and Experience Try stuff. There will be people inviting you to engage with practical experiences in their subject. It could be VR. It could be checking out the latest medical research, making a short movie using their studio. All faculties will have practical experiences for you to engage with.  Do it now.

Year 11 Tips

Get an authentic experience. Engage with current students. Build on what you have learned in years 9 and 10 visits by asking questions of both students, academics and staff.  Check out presentations and exhibitions to see what you will gain most from and register for them, or just make a schedule of where to be and at what time.

Year 12 Tips

This is it. You need to be able to build from your other Open Day experiences. You will know what faculties to visit, and you will have a range of questions to ask. By now you should have narrowed down your options and you will be able to ask specific questions about subjects, industry engagement opportunities, mentors, support programs etc. You will know which presentations and demonstrations you need to revisit.

 

 
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Get on track for uni in WA for 2023

Get on track for uni in WA 2023 is designed for parents of Year 12s so that they can help their kids to get into the right course, at the right uni, and make a smooth transition from school.

It is divided into 5 clear steps:

Step 1: Making the right career choice

Step 2: Which uni is best for you?

Step 3: How to apply to university

Step 4: Money Matters

Step 5: Give yourself every chance to succeed

Plus

  • A poster of Senior School Language
  • A Year Planner with a month by month To Do List
  • Tables of easy to read information with links to the right website for more details
  • Appendices of more information.

Get on track to uni in WA 2023 is designed to support you through you path to the right course in the right university in 2023.

You can get a copy HERE.  

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Gap Year Ideas for 2022

West Australians school leavers are checking out their options before they make long term plans. You may have read the Year 12 Gap Year Ideas and Tips for 2022.

Omio has sent me a link to their Gap Year Guides which delivers great resources to prepare for a Gap Year

The guide contains detailed information on:

  • The benefits of taking a gap year
  • How to organize a gap year step by step (e.g., accommodation, transportation, entry requirements & travel restrictions)
  • Itinerary suggestions and tips for traveling in Europe on a budget
  • Volunteering in Europe (10 suggestions)
  • How to successfully find and apply for an internship in Europe

You can find all the articles here: https://www.omio.com/travel/gap-year

Good luck with your plans for 2022.

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