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  • 25th July, 2018

Career Pathways News


Bond Unversity 2018 Scholarships closing soon

The Bond University’s scholarship program for Year 12 students opened on 1 June 2018 with the majority of the undergraduate scholarships closing on 1 August 2018 (such as the ADCO Sports Excellence Scholarship, Georgina Hope Rinehart Swimming Excellence Scholarship, John Eales Rugby Excellence Scholarship, Riewoldt Family AFL Excellence Scholarship, Vice Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship and Vynka Hohnen Scholarship). Some other scholarship applications close on 10 September 2018 (such as the Indigenous scholarship, Excellence Scholarship and Transformer Scholarship). Bursaries may also be available for each trimester, such as the Padma and Hari Harilela Bursary. Visit the scholarship website for a full list of scholarships, to download the 2018 Bond University Scholarship brochure, and for tips on applying. Interested students are encouraged to start their online application as soon as possible so they can ensure all sections are completed by the relevant closing date.


Bond - Ideas Camp

This is a full-on, one-day business bootcamp designed exclusively for the next generation of corporate adventurers. It will be held from 8.45 am – 2:15 pm on Wednesday 8 August 2018. The program consists of ‘campfire’ talks from some of Australia’s most successful young entrepreneurs. Visit the Bond website for more information about the presenters and to register.

Bond - Pathway programs

Bond has several pathways for students who do not meet the entry requirements for Bond degree programs. These are:

  • Bond University Preparation Program – This program for domestic students can be studied on a full-time, flexible or part-time basis. Students gain the core skills required for university study and are guaranteed entry to most Bond diplomas or degrees, depending on their results.
  • Bond College Foundation Program – This program for international students provides an academic preparation over two semesters for students seeking entry to the first year of undergraduate study.
  • Bond University Diplomas – These diplomas provide work-ready qualifications as well as a pathway into several undergraduate degrees at Bond University. Diplomas can be completed in eight months full-time. Successful students can then move into their chosen degree at Bond University with credit.

CQU - B Agriculture at CQUniversity (CQUni)

This program provides students with the knowledge and skills required for employment in tomorrow’s technology-driven Agribusiness, Cropping and Livestock industries. The course includes practical based training throughout the three-year degree. Students complete an embedded Diploma of Agriculture in the first year of this degree, followed by mandatory industry placements as part of their second and third years. Visit the CQUni website for more information about this course.

GU - Applications for 2018 Bachelor of Music

All applicants must lodge an online Application for Audition with the Queensland Conservatorium by 24 August 2018. There will be a two-phase audition process. In phase one, applicants will be required to either submit a portfolio or prepare a performance demonstrating their ability (by 24 August 2018). The second phase generally involves an interview or additional performance. Live auditions will be held between 2 – 6 October 2018. Visit the degree website and audition information for further details.

Upcoming Events: 24/08/2018 Applications for 2018 Bachelor of Music closing date

GU - Open Day

You are invited to this event to be held from 9 am – 2 pm on Sunday 12 August 2018 at the Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses. The program on the day will include information sessions, tours and activities. Download the open day program from the website. Register for Open Day on the website to be in the draw to win one of three Microsoft Surface Pro tablets.

Upcoming Events: 12/08/2018 Griffith University Open Day

JCU - Applying for Health Science/Veterinary courses at James Cook University (JCU)

Course information sheets and 2019 application forms for the following courses are now available on the JCU website.

  • B Dental Surgery
  • B Health Science (Physician Assistant)
  • B Medicine, B Surgery (MBBS)
  • B Physiotherapy
  • B Veterinary Science

You must submit the application form directly to JCU as well as apply to QTAC by 30 September 2018 for entry in 2019.

Upcoming Events: 30/10/2018 JCU - Applying for health science/veterinary courses at James Cook University (JCU) application forms due

New Tertiary Admissions Terminology

The Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has made the application and admission process to Australian tertiary study more transparent. Admissions transparency means that prospective domestic undergraduate students can easily find good quality admissions information that allows them to compare courses and providers and make informed study choices. UAC has an easy to read list and explanation of the new terminology and UQ has developed a table comparing the old and new terminology.

QUT - Bachelor of Education—refreshed course and new double degrees

QUT's Bachelor of Education has recently been refreshed, and three new double degrees (subject to approval) will be added to our education offerings. Search for QUT Education courses to check the online course details.

QUT - Double degrees boost graduate employment outcomes

Recent results from the 2017 Graduate Outcomes Survey confirm that QUT double degrees are a good option when it comes to competitive advantage in the work force.

QUT - Entry to QUT from 2021

Year 10 - Looking at going to university in 2021 using your ATAR? Click here to find out more about how QUT will assess VET qualifications undertaken at school, and subject requirements for 2021 entry.

QUT - Gain assumed knowledge or prerequisite subjects for university over summer

If you don’t meet the assumed knowledge or prerequisites for courses you wish to study in 2018, you can do an intensive bridging course. QUT offers bridging courses in Maths B, Chemistry and Physics. These bridging courses will meet requirements for QUT courses and may satisfy prerequisites for other universities (check with the relevant university). Registrations for summer semester Maths B close 8 October for evening classes and 5 November for day classes. Registration for the summer semester Chemistry course closes 12 October. Students can enrol in the Physics course at any time and complete it online within 6 months of starting. Visit the website for details.

QUT - How to prepare for your portfolio, audition or interview for creative industries courses

Students considering applying for acting, dance, dance performance, fashion, music or visual arts courses at QUT are invited to attend a one hour question and answer session about preparing their portfolio, audition or interview on Sunday 5 August 2018. Parents are encouraged to attend. Click here for more information.

QUT - Know a student who loves gaming? eSports at QUT

eSport (electronic sport, or organised video game competition) is a huge industry. Around 360 million people watched the 2017 League of Legends mid-season invitational broadcast—more than the 2017 Super Bowl and NBA finals. QUT eSports is a grassroots community supporting students with a passion for gaming, offering a gaming arena and links to multidisciplinary career opportunities.

QUT - Learn from the best: Grads return for Open Day

Want to find out what it’s like to work at a hot young tech company, or the digital arm of one of the world's biggest accountancy firms... or even Walt Disney World in Florida? Talk to QUT graduates at the course information tents at the QUT Open Day on 29 July 2018. Click here for more information.

Upcoming Events: 29/7/2018 QUT Open Day Gardens Point

QUT - Making decisions: an online resource

To help students with course and career decision making, QUT’s career practitioners have developed a free online course - Kickstart Your Career. Register now for the next course starting 6 August 2018.

QUT - New opportunities in creative industries

QUT aims to deliver contemporary, real-world education that equips students with the knowledge and skills to succeed and thrive in the changing employment market. A number of new creative industries degrees will be offered from 2019. Click here to find out more.

QUT - PATHWAYS: art + design + fashion

Students interested in pursuing a career in the areas of visual art, design (interactive design, architecture, interior architecture, industrial design, landscape architecture) and fashion are invited to come along to the free panel discussions on Sunday 29 July at QUT Art Museum and The Cube. To book, click here.

UM - Access Melbourne

This is a special entry and access scholarship scheme which can help you gain entry to undergraduate courses even if your tertiary entrance score is below the ‘Clearly-in Rank’. See the website for more information.

UM - Open Day

The University of Melbourne will hold its Open Day on Sunday 19 August 2018. Visit the Open Day website for more information.

UQ - Pathways to medicine at the University of Queensland

There are two entry pathways to the four-year graduate entry Doctor of Medicine (MD) program at UQ.

  • Direct entry for graduates who have completed, at a minimum, a 3-year Bachelor Degree with a GPA of 5.0 or better within the last 10 years. They must achieve a minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT completed in the past two years. Direct entry applications are made through the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS). From 2019 onwards, direct applicants will also have to participate in Multiple-Mini Interviews (MMI’s) run by UQ, where each applicant moves through a circuit of stations where they are interviewed on their non-academic qualities such as their empathy, integrity, adaptability and verbal communication skills. From 2021, direct applicants will also have to have completed the two subject prerequisites of 1) Integrative Cell & Tissue Biology and 2) System Physiology, or the course equivalents at UQ, by the end of 2021. For more information, visit the Future Students website.
  • Provisional entry for school leavers – Year 12 students can apply through this pathway, which involves an application through Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). The requirements are OP 1, a pass in Year 12 English and a UMAT score. Overall, UMAT scores are used and UMAT Section 1 scores are used as a tie-breaker. Once accepted into the course, students must complete, at minimum, a 3-year Bachelor Degree at UQ before commencing their medical studies. From 2018 onwards, applicants will also have to have completed the two subject prerequisites of 1) Integrative Cell & Tissue Biology and 2) System Physiology, or the course equivalents at UQ, before enrolment into the MD program by 2022. From 2020 onwards, applicants will also have to participate in Multiple-Mini Interviews (MMI’s) run by UQ, where each applicant moves through a circuit of stations where they are interviewed on their non-academic qualities such as their empathy, integrity, adaptability and verbal communication skills. See the UQ School of Medicine website for a list of recommended Bachelor Degrees that cover the prerequisites for the MD course.

Also, there are several special entry schemes available.

  • MD-specific Admission Schemes can help boost an applicant’s success in applying for the MD program. These schemes include the Rural Access Scheme, Rural Background Sub-quota and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Pathways (For both direct and Provisional Entry). See the MD Admission Schemes website for more information.
  • Year 12 Admission Schemes All Year 12 students are also eligible to apply for an increase in their selection rank for the MD Program through the UQ Subject Incentive Scheme, and QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme
  • Rural Background Sub-quota (RBS) - 28 % of MD places in each year’s intake are given to applicants who come from a rural background. Find out more here.
  • Bonded Medical Place (BMP) – 28.5 % of MD first-year places are BMPs. In return for admission to the MD program through this scheme, these participants agree to work in an Eligible Location in Australia for a total period of 12 months upon successful completion of their medical course. This 12 month period can be completed between commencing an internship and up to five years after attaining fellowship (completion of a specialisation). For entry in 2018, the UMAT cut-off for Non-Bonded places was 185:66 and the UMAT cut-off for Bonded places was 180:58. An applicant can use both the BMP and RBS for their application. See the Department of Health website for details about the BMP scheme.

UQ Engineering and Computing Careers Evening 2018

This careers evening will give interested applicants the chance to hear from graduates, talk to academic staff about study options, ask real engineers about job opportunities and get a greater sense of studying engineering and computing at UQ. The event is free and will run from 6 pm – 8 pm on Thursday 23 August 2018 in UQ’s GHD Auditorium. Registration closes 5 pm Wednesday 22 August 2018, and can be submitted on the event website.

UQ Enhanced Studies Program (ESP)

High achieving Year 11 students are invited to apply for this program which gives you the opportunity to study one UQ subject during Year 12 in 2019.  You can view content from the 2018 program on the ESP website. The 2019 content will be available in early August when applications open.

UQ Open Days

The 2018 Open Days for UQ are on Sunday 5 August (UQ St Lucia) and Sunday 19 August (UQ Gatton). You can obtain an Open Day Program from your school Guidance Officer/Counsellor. Alternatively, go to the Open Day website to download the 2019 UQ Undergraduate Guide to start planning your day.

Upcoming Events:    05/08/2018 UQ Open Day St Lucia Campus

                                         19/08/2018 UQ Open Day Gatton Campus

USC - Early Offer Guarantee at the University of the Sunshine Coast

This scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered an early and guaranteed place at USC in November, before the release of Year 12 results. Early and guaranteed offers are made to students based on School recommendations. Applications for students wishing to study at USC in 2018 open on 2 August 2018. The deadline for students to submit their application to their school is 12 October 2018.  See the USC website for more information.

USQ - Discover Engineering and Surveying at the University of Southern Queensland

Are you interested in Engineering and/or Surveying? You are invited to listen to recent graduates and professionals talk about these industries. This free event is open to students, parents, teachers and anyone interested to learn more about Engineering and Surveying. It will be held at the Toowoomba campus from 6 – 7:30pm on Wednesday 8 August 2018, and at the Springfield campus from 6 – 7:30pm on Wednesday 22 August 2018.  Visit the USQ website for more information and to register to attend.

UTAS - Thinking of studying at the University of Tasmania?

UTAS offers courses in the fields of Humanities, Architecture and Design, Business, Education, Health Science (including Medicine), Law, Science, Engineering, IT, Creative and Performing Arts, Agriculture & Environment, Journalism and Communication, Marine and Antarctic Studies, Maritime Studies, Tourism, Nursing and Midwifery. For information about the courses visit the UTAS website and the UTAS stand at the TSXPO in Brisbane on 21 and 22 July 2018. It is advisable to apply for student accommodation as early as possible to avoid missing out. Also, check out the scholarships. Applications for entry to UTAS in 2019 open in early August and close on 28 September 2018. You apply online directly to UTAS. See the key application dates here.


2018 World University Rankings announced

The Times Higher Education has recently released its 2018 World University Rankings. This information may be helpful if you are thinking about studying at an overseas university in the future. You can use the information to compare universities from around the world.

Australian Defence Force (ADF) Information Sessions

The Australian Defence Force holds a variety of information sessions across Queensland. The sessions focus on one particular area of the Defence Force and provides valuable information around life, employment, opportunities and commitment when joining the ADF. The following are a list of sessions to be held in July 2018.

For details about these events and for information on Army Reserve Information Sessions, visit the Defence Jobs Australia Facebook site and Defence Jobs Upcoming Events & Info Sessions.

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Open Day

On Saturday 25 August 2018, ADFA, located in Canberra, will open its doors to the public. This is an ideal opportunity for potential students to experience the academy first hand. Defence and university staff will be available to answer questions. Reasons you might want to study at ADFA, include:

  • Get paid to study (and have your HECS-HELP loan paid for you)
  • Gain a quality education and graduate with a degree
  • Study with the best university teacher to student ratio in Australia
  • Learn to be a leader
  • Undertake adventure training and personal development
  • Graduate with a guaranteed job.

Visit the ADFA Open Day website to download the event program and information sessions and tours. Defence Force Recruiting will have a booth at the Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2018 to answer questions about ADFA.

Upcoming Events:  25/07/2018 Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Open Day Canberra


Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP)

ACAP specialises in offering courses in Psychology, Counselling, Youth Work, Social Work, Case Management and Social Science. Courses range from Diploma and Bachelor, through to Masters level. For more information visit their website.

Flight Attendant Career Session

Aviation Australia will hold this session from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Tuesday 31 July 2018 at its campus at 15 Boronia Road, Eagle Farm, Brisbane QLD. Register to attend on the Australian Aviation website.

Flight Centre Travel Academy

Flight Centre Travel Academy is the training and education arm of the Flight Centre Travel Group. Its Brisbane campus, at Southpoint, 275 Grey Street, South Brisbane, offers the Diploma of Travel and Tourism and some short courses. Diploma students may be eligible for FEE-HELP. Visit the website for more information. Visit the Academy’s website for more information and to check out the blogs.

NIDA 2018 applications open

Applications are now open for the National Institute of Dramatic Art’s (NIDA) B Fine Arts and Vocational Diplomas for entry in 2019. Applications close on 30 September 2018. Specialisations in the B Fine Arts are in Acting, Costume, Design for Performance, Properties and Objects, Scenic Construction and Technologies, and Technical Theatre and Stage Management. The Vocational Diplomas are in Live Production and Technical Services, Specialist Make-up Services and Stage and Screen performance. Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP. For more information, visit the NIDA website.

NIDA Term three classes in Brisbane

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) will be offering Acting for Grades 11 and 12 this term in Brisbane. The program will be delivered at TAFE Brisbane on weekends, commencing on 29 July 2018.

Queensland School of Film and Television (QSFT) Direct It Workshop

QSFT invites students to the ‘Direct It: Introduction to Directing Workshop’ to be held from 9 am – 1 pm on Saturday 21 July 2018 at the QSFT campus at 22 Warwick Street, Annerley, Brisbane. Click here to register your interest in attending the workshop. For more information about the workshops of QSFT, visit the 2018 Schedule, phone (07) 3392 7788 or email marketing@qsft.qld.edu.au.


Special consideration through QTAC

QTAC's Educational Access Scheme (EAS) helps applicants who have experienced difficult circumstances that have impacted negatively on their senior studies. The categories of EAS are:

  • Financial hardship
  • Personal illness and disability
  • Home environment and responsibilities
  • Educational disruption
  • English language difficulty

Through EAS you may receive bonus ranks towards entry to your preferred course. You apply for EAS as part of your QTAC application. QTAC will send you an email containing a cover sheet for each relevant category if you need to send documentation to support your EAS application. You then mail or deliver the required documents with the cover sheet(s) to QTAC. Read more about EAS on the QTAC website.

TAFE pathways to university study

TAFE provides several pathways that can be used to gain entry to degree courses at university. These include:

  • Upgrading - Successful completion of any diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree at TAFE may improve your tertiary entry score when applying through QTAC for entry to university degree programs. For example, a completed diploma at pass level will receive a QTAC selection rank of 82, which was comparable to OP 9 in 2016.
  • Credit transfer agreements with universities - You complete a diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree at TAFE and apply through QTAC for a related degree course at a university with which TAFE has a formal credit transfer agreement. This means you receive credit from your TAFE course towards your degree course.
  • Dual awards - You apply through QTAC for a dual TAFE/university qualification. Once you have completed your TAFE qualification you commence your university degree studies without reapplying through QTAC.
  • Degrees at TAFE – Some TAFE institutes partner with universities to deliver a degree program on the TAFE campus. TAFE Queensland Brisbane at South Bank has been accredited to offer its own degree program – B Dental Prosthetics.

Check out the Degree Pathways 2018 Course Guide for a listing of degree programs offered by TAFE Queensland Brisbane and for a list of pathway options to universities and other higher education providers.

The 2018 Year 12 Guide

QTAC’s guide to tertiary courses in 2019 has arrived. This book is a very important resource for students wishing to apply for Queensland tertiary courses that commence in 2018. The following are some of the items you can find in the Guide:

  • How to apply through QTAC and some myths about the process
  • Ordering preferences and how to reorder them for multiple offer rounds
  • How offers work
  • Open days
  • Responding to an offer
  • Key dates and fees
  • Courses that have fixed closing dates i.e. you must apply for them by a certain date or you miss out
  • Offer rounds
  • Information about the Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
  • A section on assistance schemes. Institution websites will provide you with more information
  • Course descriptions and requirements (use the page colours to help you find courses in the different fields of study)
  • Information about direct entry institutions you apply directly to (i.e. not through QTAC)
  • Information and contact details for tertiary institutions you apply to through QTAC.

Year 12 students are advised to read the information in this booklet carefully. Use the ‘Contents’ page to find specific topics. More information is available on the QTAC website. It is most important to understand that the book is a guide only for courses and course information and all information should be checked on the QTAC website.

Jeanette Maxwell – Head of Pathways


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