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  • 4th August, 2017

From the Careers Desk

Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)

Fixed closing dates

Some courses have fixed closing dates.  These are usually courses that require interviews, folios or auditions.  In addition, some course requirements may be needed earlier than the QTAC Early Bird application due date of 29 September 2017.  A list of most of these courses and their required closing dates or due dates can be found on pages 22 and 23 in the 2018 Year 12 Guide.  Examples of early fixed closing dates:

  • 14 August – Audition applications for UQ Music
  • 14 August – Audition and folio application for Queensland Conservatorium courses
  • 31 August – QTAC applications and JCU Application Form submissions from international students for dentistry (see pages 108 and 109 of the QTAC Guide).
  • 15 September – Registration with QUT for Creative Industry courses with additional entry requirements.

Note that if you don’t meet the due dates, you will not be considered for the course.

How are applicants selected for courses through QTAC?

Entry into many of the courses you can apply for through QTAC is competitive.  Consequently, many institutions use specific selection criteria to select students.  Once institution admission rules are met (i.e. English Language Proficiency – automatic for most domestic students; age requirements – generally 18 years or completion of Year 12) selection is based on:

  • meeting minimum entry requirements for the course (these may include subject prerequisites (usually Authority subjects), a folio; an interview or audition; a specific test, an essay or questionnaire; the successful completion of a course), and
  • merit (OPs and FPs or a QTAC Selection Rank).

Through the QTAC process, eligible applicants (i.e. those who meet the entry requirements) are considered in order of merit (i.e. OP or QTAC Selection Rank).  In very simplistic terms, the OP or Rank of the last person to get into the course before all places are filled becomes the cut-off for that course in that offer round.

How will I know I have an offer?

You can get only one offer per offer round.  This is for your highest eligible preference (i.e. the highest course on your preference list where you have met the minimum entry requirements and your OP/Rank is above the cut-off).  If you get an offer, QTAC will send you an email or SMS notifying you to log in to your QTAC application account to view, print and respond to your offer.

Year 12 students could receive an offer anytime from 17 November 2017 onwards.  It is essential that you monitor your emails and mobile phone (for an SMS) from the 17 November until you firmly accept an offer.  If you receive an offer, you have four days to respond to it.  If you don’t respond by the due date, the offer will lapse and you will no longer be considered for a course.  If this happens, contact QTAC immediately.  Remember to use your private email address NOT your school email address on your QTAC application.

Australian Defence Force (ADF)

Australian Defence Force (ADF) at the Aviation Expo

Are you interested in working with aircraft in the Navy, Army or Air Force?  Ever considered being a Pilot?  Or working in aviation in a trade or support role?  Come along to the 2017 Aviation Expo and chat to current serving ADF members in aviation roles about how you can take off with an aviation career in the ADF.  The expo will be held from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday 19 August 2017 at Aviation Australia 1525 Boronia Rd, Brisbane Airport.  You can register your attendance here.

Women in the Air Force – Tech Camp: RAAF Amberley

The Tech Camp is a four-day residential program designed to give women aged 16 – 24 an overview of life in the Air Force.  It will be held from 4 – 8 September 2017 at RAAF Amberley.  The closing date for applications is 9 August 2017.  Visit the Defence Work Experience website for details.

University of Queensland (UQ) news

Engineering and Technology Careers Evening – At this event you will hear from recent Engineering and

IT graduates, talk to lecturers and current students, find out about job opportunities and learn about

UQ’s courses.  The evening will be held on Thursday 17 August 2017 from 6 – 8 pm in the GHD

Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building, St Lucia campus.  For more information and to register, visit the website.

Pharmacy Experience Day - This event will be held from 9.30 am – 1 pm on Sunday 20 August 2017 at the Pharmacy Australia Centre of Excellence (PACE) at Woolloongabba.  On the day, you can participate in hands-on lab activities, take a guided tour of the PACE facility, learn how the Pharmacy degree opens many doors for postgraduate study (particularly medicine) and enjoy a free BBQ lunch to mingle with lecturers and current students.  Register to attend on the website.

Apply now for the Enhanced Studies Program - High achieving Year 11 students are invited to apply for this program for an opportunity to study one UQ subject during Year 12 in 2018.  The 2018 brochure is available from the website.  Applications for 2018 open early August and close on 31 October 2017.

Associate Degree in Business: An alternate pathway for Year 12s – This is a four-trimester course offered by UQ College on the St Lucia campus.  There are no subject prerequisites.  Completion of the course, to a specific standard, provides entry into the fourth semester of UQ's B Business Management, or into programs at other universities.  You apply through QTAC for this course.  The cut-off for entry in 2017 was OP 16/ Rank 65.  Read about the course on the UQ College website.

Updates from Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

START QUT – High-achieving Year 11 students are invited to apply for this program when applications open on 1 August 2017.  Through this program, students can complete up to two QUT subjects during Year 12 in 2018.  Successful students will receive up to four credit points towards their QCE and up to two bonus entry ranks when they apply to QUT for further undergraduate study.  Applications will close on 31 October 2017.  Visit the START QUT website for more information.

Leadership and development opportunities at QUT – Going to university is much more than attending lectures and tutorials.  QUT offers a range of development opportunities through its College of Excellence, which provides personal and professional development for high-achieving students and its Leadership, Development and Innovation Program which is a leadership skills development program available to all students across the university.  Visit the website for details of these two programs.

Elite Athlete Special Entry Scheme - If you're an elite athlete and you're applying to QUT, you can apply for this scheme to receive a bonus of up to three OP points or six ranks.  Read about the scheme here.

What’s new at ACU (Australian Catholic University)?

Exercise science pathways and careers – ACU offers a B Exercise and Sports Science and a B Physical Activity and Health Science, as well as dual degrees with teaching, business and public health.  Also available are postgraduate options for students wanting a career in high performance sport or clinical exercise physiology.  Students who miss out on the OP requirement for these courses can complete ACU’s Certificate in Exercise Science as a pathway to a bachelor degree.

B Teaching/B Science – This four-year double degree prepares graduates to teach science in government, independent, and Catholic secondary schools across the discipline areas of biology, chemistry and environmental science.  More information about this course here.

Pathways into teaching at ACU – If you don’t meet the requirements for any of ACU’s teacher education courses, you have options.  Visit the Education Pathways web page.

2018 Applications for AFTRS are open

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), located in Sydney, offers a B Arts Screen:

Production with subject areas in Story, Character and Performance, Image, Sound, Juxtaposition and

Rhythm, Screen Business and Production.  Applications for this course are open and will close on Tuesday 3 October 2017.  This is a competitive course and students are selected based on merit.  Specific course details and the selection criteria are available on the AFTRS website

Jeanette Maxwell - Careers and Guidance Counsellor

(Source:  Options Career Information)


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