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  • 17th August, 2018

Career Pathways News


ACU - Bachelor of High Performance Sport

ACU offers a 3-year undergraduate program for high performance sport. This degree provides extensive knowledge and skills relevant to human performance from the physiological, psychological, biomechanical, nutritional and skill-based perspectives. This degree can be completed in as little as 2.5 years. Read more about the program here.

GC: Griffith College (associated entity of Griffith University)

Griffith College offers a range of university-level programs to prepare students for a smooth transition into further degree studies at Griffith University.  Griffith College is located at Griffith University’s Mt Gravatt and Gold Coast campuses.  Visit the website for details about the courses offered and the pathways to degree courses at Griffith.  You apply for Griffith College courses through QTAC.

GU: Assessing VET qualifications after the shift to ATAR

For tertiary admissions in 2021 and beyond, the ATAR will replace the current OP system in Queensland. For admission in 2021 and beyond, Griffith will continue to accept stand-alone VET qualifications completed at high school, private providers and TAFE Institutes. Read more about Griffith’s position here.

GU: Criminology Careers Evening

For those interested in criminology, this event gives you the chance to hear talks from recent graduates of the Bachelor Criminology and Criminal Justice about their current jobs.  Information will be given about diverse career pathways in State and Federal policing, anti-corruption bodies, the corporate world and more. This event will be held at:

  • The Gold Coast campus from 6pm on Wednesday 29 August 2018 at Griffith University Gold Coast, Arts and Education Building G30, Rm 1.09, Parklands Drive Southport; and
  • The Mt Gravatt campus from 6pm on Thursday 30 August 2018 at Griffith University Mt Gravatt, Andy Nimmo Auditorium (M23), 176 Messines Ridge Road. Visit the website for details and to register.

GU: Griffith Sports College

The college supports students in the Elite Athlete Program to manage their training and competition while they complete their tertiary studies.  One of the benefits of the program is the allocation of bonus OP/rank points that can assist athletes to gain entry to Griffith courses.  Read more of the benefits here.

GU: Want to study engineering but don’t have the prerequisites?

Griffith offers students a unique pathway into engineering by sitting the Aptitude for Engineering Assessment (AEA) examination.  Successful students will receive guaranteed admission into the B Engineering (Honours) at either the Nathan or Gold Coast campuses or B Engineering Technology in Electronic and Computer Engineering at Nathan campus.  Registrations for 2018 sitting of AEA (enrolment in 2019) opened on Monday 2 July 2018 and close at 5 pm (AEST) on Friday 21 September 2018.  Find out more about AEA and the registration process on the Griffith website.

MedView: Your Path to Medical School

Thinking of pursuing a career in medicine? Crimson Education will be hosting a free seminar on Saturday 18 August 2018 at QUT Gardens Point campus to discuss the available pathways. The event will be presented by top medical students who will provide first-hand insight into the challenges applicants may face. The capacity is 200, and you will need to register individually for the event here.

QTAC: Upcoming Closing dates – Don’t miss out!

QTAC fixed Closing Dates for some courses are as early as 24 August 2018. Make sure you check your QTAC book pages 20 and 21 or the QTAC website to see if a course you are interested in has a fixed closing date. Fixed closing date means you MUST have you QTAC application submitted by that date. See your Career Advisor or Guidance Officer if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events:  24/6/2018  QTAC: Upcoming Closing dates – Don’t miss out!

QUT: Selection rank allocated to an AQF recognised completed Diploma qualification for entry in 2019

In 2019, if you are planning to use your completed Diploma qualification to obtain a QTAC selection rank you should note that QUT only, will be allocating a selection rank of 87 to a successfully completed AQF recognised Diploma qualification.

QUT: Applying for Creative Industries courses with additional entry requirements

If you are planning to study a QUT creative industries course that has additional entry requirements, ensure you investigate the requirements now so you are ready to apply by the closing date of 14 September 2018. First you need to apply through QTAC. Then, for courses with auditions/interviews, you must register with QUT using the QUT Online Registration Form. If you are applying for a course with a portfolio you must also submit your portfolio as part of the QUT registration process. Full details are available on the Entry requirements tab of the QUT online course information.

Upcoming Events:  14/9/2018  QUT Creative Industries courses with additional entry requirements QTAC closing date

QUT: Creative careers experience days

On Sunday 19 August to find out about QUT’s careers in communication, or on Sunday 26 August QUT’s careers in design. You will see how to develop your creative passion and choose a career pathway that’s right for you.

Upcoming Events:  
QUT Careers in Communication
26/8/2018  QUT Careers in design presentation

QUT: Keen to get an international experience?

QUT has exchange agreements with more than 200 partner institutions in 43 countries. You can earn full credit towards your QUT degree, explore the world and develop international friendships and contacts. You can also undertake shorter programs such as study tours, or overseas projects. If you want to go further, consider the Bachelor of Business – International or Bachelor of Design – International. These degrees combine the full three-year business or design degree with a year of overseas study.

QUT: Scholarships for education double degrees with music, dance and visual arts

Study a double degree in education and creative industries – Bachelor of Education (Secondary)/Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music/Dance/Visual Arts) and you will automatically be considered for the Vice-Chancellor’s Creative Industries Scholarship worth $10,000 as part of your audition or portfolio application process.

QUT: Valuable scholarship + internships in QUT Business

Get a flying start to your business career with networking, two 15-week internships with QUT’s corporate partners and a $36,000 scholarship. The Corporate Partners in Excellence Scholarship program will ensure you graduate with significant business experience to back up your academic credentials.

QUT: Work alongside researchers

If you are interest in getting involved in real research projects early at university, QUT’s Vacation Research Experience Scheme gives you that opportunity. High-performing students can work alongside researchers and contribute to research projects.

SportAus: Elite Athlete Friendly University program (EAFU)

The AIS established the EAFU program to support elite athletes who are also completing university studies. There are 41 endorsed universities across Australia that form part of the EAFU network. These universities provide a nominated staff contact person, flexible entry criteria and flexible study options. Most of Queensland’s universities are EAFU-endorsed:

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Bond University
  • Central Queensland University
  • Griffith University
  • James Cook University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • The University of Queensland
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • University of Sunshine Coast

Read more about universities in the EAFU program on the AIS website.

UMelb: University of Melbourne International House: 2018 Filmmaking Summer School

This intensive summer film school program is open to aspiring filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds. It is designed to cover the essential skills, basic knowledge and industry insight needed to make films.  It will be held 4 – 13 January 2019 at International House, The University of Melbourne. For more information visit the summer school’s website. Courses offered include:

  • From Script to Screen
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Acting and Directing
  • Screenwriting
  • Cinematography intensive
  • Low budget/No budget filmmaking

UMelb: Graduate Degree Packages

The University of Melbourne works differently from most other Australian Universities in conferring their professional degrees (such as Engineering, Dentistry, Law, Physiotherapy).  The ‘Melbourne Model’ more closely resembles the structure of institutions overseas. In essence, students taking this new course will start with a broad undergraduate degree before specialising with their professional degree at the postgraduate level (i.e. Graduating with a Masters). This is a higher level of qualification than the standard double degree.

The University is offering high achieving students the opportunity to secure their position in both their bachelors and graduate level from a 2019 start, provided they get the required ATAR. Read more about it on their website.

UQ: Sport scholarships

Applications for UQ sporting scholarships are now open. Visit their website for more information

UQ: Business School courses

The following undergraduate courses are offered through the Business School:

  • B Business Management - This course prepares you for today’s constantly changing and highly competitive business world. Majors/specialisations available are advertising, business economics, e-business, human resources, international business, marketing, real estate and development and sustainability.
  • B Commerce - This course trains you in the principles of commerce and the business environment; majors/specialisations available are accounting, business information systems and finance.
  • B International Hotel and Tourism Management - This course opens career opportunities in the global tourism, hospitality and the events industry. Majors/specialisations available include event management, hospitality management and tourism management.
  • B Advanced Business (Honours) – This is the newest business course from UQ.  It is an elite program that blends Commerce and Business management, which is reflected in its broader area of majors: account ting, business analytics, business information systems, entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, human resources, international business and marketing.
  • B Advanced Finance and Economics (Honours) – This is your passport to becoming a leader in the fields of finance and economics.  This four-year program is offered in conjunction with the School of Economics.

UQ: Careers that Started in Science website

Love science but don’t know where it can lead you?  Visit this website to explore the pathways that open for UQ’s science graduates. You can browse their stories by study areas: agriculture and environment, architecture and planning, health and behavioural sciences and sciences and mathematics.

UQ: Engineering and Computing 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 23 August 2018 from 6 – 8 pm in the GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building, St Lucia campus.  For more information and to register, visit the website.

Upcoming Events:  23/08/2018 UQ Engineering and Computing Careers Evening 2018

UQ: Gatton Open Day

This event will be held from 9 am – 3 pm on Sunday 19 August 2018.  On the day, you can attend information sessions to learn about careers in agriculture, agribusiness, animal studies, veterinary science, plant science, food and the environment.  Download the program here.

UQ: Support for international students under 18 years of age

UQ’s Student Services offers a supervision program which approves the accommodation, support and general welfare of international students under 18 years of age.  This program is compulsory for international students who are not living with a parent, legal custodian or suitable relative and need their accommodation and welfare arrangements approved to meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection student visa requirements.  More information about this program is available on the Student Services website.

USC: Early Offer Guarantee

The Early Offer Guarantee enables Year 12 students to be offered an early and guaranteed place at USC in November. These offers are made prior to the release of Year 12 results, rather than having to wait until the mid-January QTAC offer round. Early and guaranteed offers will be made to students based on the recommendations of their school Principal. Applications close 22 October 2018. Read more here.

Upcoming Events:  22/10/2018  USC Early Offer Guarantee applications close

USC: New Campus to be built in Moreton Bay

Building is currently underway for Australia’s newest university campus in the heart of Moreton Bay at Petrie. It is scheduled to open in Semester 1, 2020 with nearly 50 programs. Read more about USC Moreton Bay online here.

USC: Undergarduate scholarships

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 undergraduate scholarships for USC open from 1 September 2018 and close 30 November 2018. There are a wide number of scholarships falling within the following areas:

  • Merit
  • Equity
  • Honours
  • Rural and Remote Placement Bursaries
  • Sport
  • Government

Read more about available scholarships for Semester 1, 2019 on the USC scholarships website.

Upcoming Events:  01/09/2018 to 30/11/2018  USC Undergraduate Scholarship applications

USQ Early Round Scholarships

The USQ Year 12 Early Round Scholarships are now open. You can apply for the Future Community Leader Scholarship, awarded for community leadership or involvement, and the Vice Chancellor's Scholarship, awarded for academic excellence. There are 50 scholarships available and applications close 31 August 2018.  Scholarships will be awarded to successful students in October 2018. Visit their website for more information.

Upcoming Events:  31/08/2018  USQ Early Round Scholarship applications close


Australian Defence Force (ADF) Gap Year

Applications for the 2019 ADF Gap Year are still open for several roles.  These positions are demand-driven and may fill up soon. You can register to receive Gap Year updates and lodge your application for posi0tions of your choice on the ADF Gap Year website.

Upcoming Australian Defence Force (ADF) Information Sessions

The following Australian Defence Force information sessions will be held in August and September. You will be able to find out about opportunities in the ADF. For details about these events and for information on Army Reserve Information Sessions, visit the Defence Jobs Australia Facebook site and click on the link.

Upcoming Events: 
27/08/2018  Australian Defence Force Academy Information Session Gold Coast
04/09/2018  A Night in the Army Reserve Information Session Southport


Applying for university scholarships

Even if you think you may not get one, go ahead and apply for a scholarship.  What do you have to lose?  Scholarships tend to fall into one of the following categories:

  • Academic
  • Equity
  • Indigenous
  • Sports
  • Field of study (e.g. engineering, IT)
  • International
  • External (e.g. sponsored by an organisation outside of the university)

Every university website has a scholarship web page with details about the scholarships available, the value of the scholarship, the selection criteria and the application process.  The initial application for many university scholarships is online, followed by a submission of supporting documents.

Tips for applying for university scholarships

The following are tips to help you maximise your chance of gaining a scholarship:

  • Apply for all the scholarships you are eligible for
  • Read the information on the university's scholarship web page
  • Follow the directions exactly and answer all parts of each question
  • Include all documents requested
  • Ensure that written applications are readable and provide examples to back up attributes and achievements
  • Start preparing your application early
  • Keep a list of personal achievements, extra-curricular activities you are involved in, both at school and in the wider community and any awards you have received
  • Collect ideas for your application over time – start with dot points
  • Do drafts of your application – get feedback (see your school Guidance Officer/Counsellor)
  • Ask referees for supporting statements early, not at the last minute.  They are usually very busy people
  • When required, include examples of personal attributes and achievements such as:
  • Awards gained
  • Leadership (including coaching)
  • Volunteering and other community participation
  • Teamwork (sport, work, etc.)
  • Initiative
  • How you may give back to the university.
  • Include your career aspirations and how the university course can help you achieve them
  • Submit your application by the due date.

UMelb: New Scholarhips

Additional scholarships will be available to students applying to The University of Melbourne:

  • Hansen Scholarship Program –
    • Commences in 2020 with the aim of providing 20 x students from around Australia with the financial, academic and social support to study. They will receive free accommodation in a purpose-built hall with paid living expenses for their undergraduate degree. Applications open in early 2019. More information is available here.
  • Melbourne National Merit Scholarship –
    • All undergraduate applicants who completed school outside of Victoria with an ATAR of 99.00 – 99.85 will be eligible to automatically receive a one-off allowance of $8,000 in the first semester of enrolment. More information is available here.
  • Melbourne Humanitarian Access Scholarship –
    • Commences in 2019 for 4 x students who have applied for asylum in Australia. Recipients will receive $5,000 per year living allowance and a full fee remission for the standard duration of their degree. Find more information here.

UQ Sport scholarships

Applications for UQ sporting scholarships are now open. Visit their website for more information

USQ: Early Round Scholarships closing soon

University of Southern Queensland offers 50 x Early Round scholarships to Year 12 students before they complete high school and receive their OP results. The application window for the Early Round Scholarships closes on 31 August 2018. Read more about the Early Round Scholarships here.


NIDA: Courses in Brisbane during the September holidays

The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) will offer several holiday courses for students in Years 11 and 21 in September and October this year:

  • NDA Audition Preparation – focuses specifically on NIDA’s BFA Acting auditions during 24 – 28 September 2018 at Queensland Academies Creative Industries (QACI), Brisbane.
  • Screen Acting Boot Camp – aims to instil you with the essentials of screen acting and screen confidence during 29 – 30 September 2018 at Queensland Academies Creative Industries (QACI), Brisbane.
  • NDA Film School Production – gain experience in scene direction and screen action during 2 – 5 October 2018 at St Laurence’s College, Brisbane.
  • Auditions masterclass – get audition-ready with NIDA experts during 6 – 7 October 2018 at St Laurence’s College, Brisbane.

Visit the NIDA website for more details for more courses that go longer than the holiday period.


Interested in studying overseas?

Applying to an overseas university can be exciting, but it can also be confusing as each country has a different application system. Find a good overview on the Times Higher Education website, Applying to university overseas: what to consider. This can provide you with a useful summary of some of these systems.  The article has links to other articles that may interest you.

SAT and ACT for USA

Universities in the USA may require you to sit for a test as part of the application and/or scholarship process.  The SAT and the ACT are the most commonly required tests.  The SAT and ACT generally test the same types of content.  If you are given a choice of which test to sit for, it would be useful to know something about both tests.  The Khan Academy website has a free SAT preparation module and the ACT Organisation can provide you with Sample test questions.

Jeanette Maxwell
Head of Pathways


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