Illalong News

  • 8th September, 2017

From the Careers Desk

Financial Assistance

A reminder for Year 12 students about Tax File Numbers

Prospective university students are encouraged to apply early for a Tax File Number (TFN).  Students who gain entry to a university course must have a TFN to be able to defer their fee payment through HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP or the VET Student Loan (to pay later through the tax system).  There are several ways to apply for a TFN.  Visit the Australian Tax Office website for details.  You need to apply early as it will take some time to receive your TFN.

QTAC application course preference checklist

Have you submitted your QTAC application?  The early bird due date is 29 September 2017 (during the school holidays).  While the final date to apply and to submit documents for the major offer round on 16 January 2018 is 8 December 2017, it is recommended that Year 12 students apply early.  Some courses have early and/or fixed closing dates (see pages 22 and 23 of the 2018 Year 12 Guide).  Also, many offers will be made to eligible applicants before the major offer round in January.

Did you use the ‘desired – back-up - pathway’ plan when organising your preferences?  Go to the QTAC website and scroll down to ‘How to order your preferences’ for information about this plan.  Your sixth preference should be one that you have a very good chance of gaining entry to, given its previous cut-off and your results.  You also need to check the major offer round dates of your preferences and make changes if the dates differ (preferences need to be chronologically organised according to the major offer round of the courses you are applying for).  Courses you are offered in early offer rounds can be conditionally accepted and your preferences can be changed for future offer rounds if necessary.

New video for teaching applications – Students applying for teaching degrees are required to submit a 1000-word personal statement in addition to meeting subject prerequisites.  This new video has been developed to help students with their statement by showing them how to reflect on why they think they would make a good teacher.  Students can upload their completed personal statements to their QTAC applications.  See page 21 of the 2018 Year 12 Guide for due dates for submitting documentation for specific offer rounds.

Course and Institution Updates

Griffith University

Musical Theatre Summer School 2018 – This school, for students aged 13 years and above, will be held from 15 – 19 January 2018 at the Burke Street Studio Theatre, Woolloongabba.  If you are passionate about singing, dancing, acting and performance, this is the event for you.  Find out more on the Qld Conservatorium website.

GUESTS Trimester Three – The Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUESTS) program provides senior students with an opportunity to study Griffith university subjects while still at school.  Current Year 11 students are invited to apply for Trimester Three (30 October 2017 – 2 February 2018).  Applications are due on 1 October 2017.  Visit the GUESTS website for details and to apply.

Twilight Tours - Take a guided tour of the Gold Coast and Nathan campuses and find out more about life at Griffith.  These tours will be held simultaneously at Nathan and Gold Coast campuses on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 September, 4 pm – 5.30 pm.  Register to attend here.

Headstart Day at Bond University

This event will be held on Monday 16 October 2017.  It will provide Year 10 and 11 students with an opportunity to try university subjects from across Bond's four faculties.  Contact Mrs Maxwell if you are interested in attending this event.

Holiday courses at the Australian Institute of Creative Design (AICD)

AICD has campuses on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.  It offers diploma and certificate courses in Arts and Design, Beauty Therapy, Fashion Business, Fashion Design, Fashion Styling, Interior Design, Make-up and Photography.  The following are some of the September holiday courses available:

  • Street Style Image and Fashion Flat Lays
  • Want to Be a Photographer?
  • Sew Like a Designer
  • Design Your Own Print
  • Special Effects Makeup
  • Eyelash Extensions Workshop
  • Discover Interior Design
  • Spray Tanning Workshop

Visit the AICD website for details.

James Cook University (JCU) Updates

Information sessions - If you need help with your QTAC application or you want more information about JCU courses and where they can lead to, you are invited to attend one of the following information sessions.

  • Townsville: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm on 12 September 2017 at James Cook University, Building 134, Education Central

Visit the website to register your attendance.

Accommodation - JCU has an Accommodation Service that can assist with on and off campus accommodation options.  Applications for the on campus residential colleges and halls in Townsville and Cairns are open.  Find out more on the Accommodation website.

Important due dates – If you do not meet the following dates, you will not be considered for the related courses:

  • 30 September 2017 - the last date for Medicine/Surgery, Dental Surgery, Veterinary Science and Physiotherapy online applications to QTAC.
  • 30 September 2017 - the final date to submit the JCU written application to JCU for Medicine/Surgery, Dental Surgery, Veterinary Science and Physiotherapy.  Visit the website to access course information sheets and applications.
  • 13 October 2017 - the last date for the Predictions of Academic Achievement forms for B Medicine/B Surgery applicants to be emailed to the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine.  Note that this form must be emailed by the school principal, guidance officer or director of studies only, not the student.

Get ready 4 uni. - This JCU web page has all the information you need to help you settle into university study and living.

Jazz Music Institute’s (JMI) Summer Jazz Clinic 2018

JMI’s Summer Jazz Clinic is a four-day jazz performance clinic delivered in a fun and friendly environment for musicians of all abilities and all ages.  It will be held from 8 – 11 January 2018 at JMI’s Brisbane campus located in Bowen Hills.  For more information and to register, visit the JMI website.

News from the University of Queensland (UQ)

UQ Idea Hub – This hub is a start-up incubator.  Students with business ideas can use this hub to get support and mentors to help them develop their business plan.  Learn more about the program here.

New courses – The following courses will commence in 2018:

  • B Engineering (Hons)/Master of Engineering is a new integrated course offered in 2018.  It is a five-year course that includes a six-months work placement.  Prerequisites are English, Mathematics B, plus one of Physics or Chemistry.  Recommended subjects are Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics C.
  • B Computer Science - This is a standalone computer course.  Previous computer science studies were offered through engineering and science programs.

Accommodation – UQ has 10 residential colleges on its St Lucia campus and the Halls of Residence on the Gatton Campus.  Interested students can organise a visit during school holidays.  Most colleges provide pastoral care, academic guidance, tutorial programs, community service activities and inter-college cultural, sporting and social programs.  Visit the Live UQ website for information about the colleges and to apply.  It is important to apply early.

Non-resident/Associate Membership programs at residential colleges – Several residential colleges at UQ have programs for non-residents.  The programs may include participation during O Week, access to tutorials, pastoral care and academic support.  Non-residents can use the college as a ‘home base’.  Check the residential college websites at Live UQ for information about these programs.

Need to meet a subject prerequisite for a UQ course? - UQ College will deliver intensive university prerequisite courses in Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry over four weeks from Tuesday 21 November - Saturday 16 December 2017 at the St Lucia Campus.  Applications close on Wednesday 25 October 2017.  See the UQ College website for details.

UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program – This is a 28-week program offered on the St Lucia campus in January, May and September 2018.  On successfully completing the program, students can use their grade point average and prerequisites to apply for entry into a UQ degree.  This program may be accepted by other universities as a pathway for entry (check with the relevant institution).  Application are currently open for the January program and will close on 27 November 2017.  Click here for more information.

Robotics holiday workshops – These workshops are for students in Years 7 - 12.  Topics covered are:

  • Introduction to robotics – 25 September 2017
  • Artificial intelligence – 26 September 2017
  • RoboGals – 27 September 2017.

Visit the website for more information and to register.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) news

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship program - If you have an outstanding record of academic, creative or sporting achievements, you may be eligible for one of QUT’s Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, which range from $10,000 to $30,000.  The program is not just about financial rewards.  It brings together high-achieving students with mentors to challenge them to realise their full potential.  As a Vice-Chancellor's scholar, you'll have access to leadership and development opportunities, including the College of Excellence, and the Leadership, Development and Innovation program, where you can develop leadership skills and build professional networks.  Applications for the academic and sporting scholarships close on 17 November 2017.

Reminder: Cut-off date for some Creative Industries courses closing soon - In addition to applying to QTAC, students must register for auditions or submit portfolios to QUT by 5pm on 15 September 2017 for courses with additional entry requirements. These courses include:

  • Bachelor of Design (Honours) Fashion
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts – Acting, Dance Performance, Dance, Music, Visual Arts (including the double degree with business).

School holiday tours – You are invited to visit the gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses on Friday 22 September 2017.  On the day, you'll be able to take a guided tour of our Gardens Point or Kelvin Grove campuses, tour the Creative Industries Precinct at Kelvin Grove and hear from current students about their life at university.  Find out more here.

How do international Year 12 students apply to QUT? – If you are completing Year 12 in Australia, you apply for QUT courses through QTAC.  QTAC provides your information to QUT.  QUT will send conditional offers from late October.  The offers are conditional on meeting course requirements.  See QUT’s International student’s website for more information.

School holiday campus tours at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

A campus tour is a great opportunity for you to get to check out the USQ campuses located at Toowoomba, Springfield or Ipswich.  The tours will be led by current USQ students.  Tours will be conducted on the following dates.

  • Tuesday19 and 26 September from 10 am-11 am at USQ Toowoomba, USQ Springfield and USQ Ipswich
  • Thursday21 and 28 September from 3 pm-4 pm at USQ Toowoomba, USQ Springfield and USQ Ipswich

For more information and to register, visit the USQ website.

University of Sydney announces new fixed minimum ATARs

What ATAR is required to guarantee you a place at the University of Sydney?  This university has introduced fixed ATARs for most of its courses to simplify the application process and make it more transparent.  You can download the What ATAR is required to guarantee my place? Information sheet here.  Visit the QTAC website for tables comparing OP with QTAC selection ranks and QTAC selection ranks with ATARs.

Overseas Studies

Criteria for selecting a university/college in the USA

A recent article in U.S. News lists the following criteria prospective international students should consider to determine whether a US tertiary institution (called ‘schools’ in the article) is a good match for them.  The information in the article is based on interviews with admissions experts.

  • Does this school have what I'm looking for academically?
  • Will my needs be met outside of the classroom?
  • Can I afford this school?
  • Will this school help me achieve my career goals?

Read the article for helpful links for further information about the above criteria.

Study a university course in Japan

Nagoya University is recruiting Australian students.  The undergraduate programs offered include Automotive Engineering, Biological Science, Chemistry, Fundamental and Applied Physics, Economics, Law and Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies.  The programs are taught in English so Japanese language proficiency is not required at the time of admission.  For further information, visit the website.

Study in New Zealand at the University of Otago

The University of Otago offers courses in Commerce, Health Sciences (including Medicine), Humanities and Sciences.  Australian students pay the same domestic fees as New Zealand citizens.  Click on ‘International’ on the home page of the website for details about studying at Otago.

Jeanette Maxwell - Careers and Guidance Counsellor

(Source:  Options Career Information)


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