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  • 19th June, 2019

Career Pathways News

Australian Defence Force information sessions:

Attend an Australian Defence Force information session and find out:

  • if the Defence Force is a good fit for you
  • if they have a job that you are interested in doing
  • how to enlist

Below are upcoming information sessions. For details about these events and information on the Army Reserve Information Sessions, visit the Defence Jobs Australia Facebook site.

Upcoming Events:
25/06/2019         Gold Coast Health Careers Information Session - Robina


Applying for courses through UAC in NSW

You apply to the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for most courses at NSW tertiary institutions. You apply online on the UAC website. Note that the information for entry in 2020 is not yet on this website. Some important points about the 2019/20 UAC application are:

  • Applications open on 1 August 2019
  • Applicants can list five course preferences on the application
  • UAC has indicated that if QLD students have results available in time they may receive an offer before Christmas. Consequently, it is important that you are aware of the UAC offer round dates.
  • There will be no major offer round. All preferences will be considered in all offer rounds.
  • Early bird applications close on 30 September 2019
  • Applications close for Semester 1 2020 on 7 February 2020
  • Applications are now open for 2020

Some newsagents in Queensland are already selling the UAC Guide 2019-20.

Crimson Education upcoming sports scholarship and US/UK information events

Interested in studying in US/UK? Crimson Education will be holding a Brisbane information everything - All You Need to Know About Studying Abroad on Sunday, 23 June. Click here for more information and under the promo code FREE, to attend the event for free.

SAT resources on the USA College Board website

The College Board website is important for students wishing to apply for tertiary courses in the United States of America (USA) as this is where you register to sit for the SAT, a test required for entry to many USA universities and colleges. The following information is available on the website: (the Twitter page is also useful)

  • SAT International Test Dates and Deadlines - Scroll down to 2019-20 ‘International Dates and Deadlines’. Note that the next Queensland test will be held on 5 October 2019. You can register from this site or from the College Board website home page. To register, you need to first sign into a free College Board account.
  • Find Test Centres – Select the ‘5 October 2019’ date and ‘Australia’ to find centres in Queensland.
  • SAT Test Day checklist

Study at the Swiss Hotel Management School in Switzerland

Ever thought of studying hospitality management in Switzerland? If so, check out the Swiss Hotel Management School options here.

UMelb: My Melbourne newsletter

This newsletter provides useful information for students considering studying at the University of Melbourne. Visit the Future Students website (click on ‘Connect with us’) to subscribe to the newsletter.

UMelb: Queensland information session for prospective students

Melbourne University would like to invite Queensland students to their Information Day for interstate students at their Parkville campus on Friday 12 July 2019 8:30am – 6:00pm.

The day will focus on aspects of the university that are of greater concern to interstate students such as:

  • the application process
  • scholarships
  • student services
  • accommodation options
  • financial assistance

You will have an opportunity to ask current University of Melbourne students who have come from interstate about their experience and how they managed the transition. The program will also include a campus tour followed by a free lunch at one of the residential colleges and a college tour. Click here to register.


TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland will be holding a Higher Education Open Day on 11 August 2019 from 10.00am – 2.00pm at their South Bank Campus. You will learn about the study options TAFE Queensland offers that will further your education. Visit the event website for more information about the open day and visit TAFE QLD for information about their Degree courses and university pathways.

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) Brisbane – 1st weekend in Term 3

This is an important event for students in South-East Queensland. It is an opportunity to talk to representatives from Queensland and interstate universities, TAFE Queensland, private colleges, the Defence Force, the Queensland Police Service, Gap Year programs and other education and training organisations about their courses and career pathways. The expo will be held from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2019 at the Royal International Convention Centre, RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane. The website provides information about the exhibitors, the seminar program and competitions. 

You will be able to go into the draw to win a $500 JB Hi-Fi gift voucher by putting your entry coupon in the barrel at the University of Melbourne stand during the expo.


BOP Industries and Robotics Playground

Ideate to Create School Holiday Camp will have students come together over three action-packed days to develop a range of skills around STEAM and entrepreneurship. Participants will engage in a series of mini challenges and master classes focused on creating their own products and branding their ideas. For more information visit the events page.

Holiday Workshops

The Australian Institute of Creative Design offers short courses during school holidays and throughout the year at their Gold Coast and Brisbane campuses. These courses are being offered, some during the school holidays:

  • Ink Workshop $99 - Art & Design
  • Alcohol Inks Workshop $99 - Art & Design
  • Flow Acrylic Workshop $99 - Art & Design
  • Street Style Image & Fashion Flat Lays $199 - Styling
  • Design and Sew a Skirt in a Day $199 - Fashion Design
  • Design Your Own Print $199 - Art & Design
  • Special Effects Makeup $199 - Make-Up
  • Discover Interior Design $199 - Interior Design
  • Art Fun! $200 - Art & Design
  • Acrylic Layers Large Canvas Course $350 – Art &Design
  • Beautiful Women Mixed Media Portraits $250 - Art & Design
  • Canvas! $350 - Art & Design
  • Airbrushing Makeup (1 day) $250 – Make-Up
  • Hair for you $199 – Hair Styling
  • Make-up for you $199 – Make-Up

Enrolment is open to anyone of any age. To find out more information about what courses are offered and when, visit their website.

Queensland School of Film and Television Holiday Workshops

QSFT holds a number of school holiday workshops for students interested in all things film. The following workshops will be run in the July school holidays:

5 July 2019               9.30am – 3.30pm         Junior Filmmaker Bootcamp for Years 7 and 8 students
6 July 2019               9.00am – 1.00pm         Write It! Introduction to script writing workshop
10-11 July 2019       9.00am – 4.00pm         Filmmaker Bootcamp! for Years 9 - 12

Click here to register for these workshops. For more information about the workshop, phone (07) 3392 7788 or email info@qsft.qld.edu.au.

QUT: Winter Holiday Program @ The Cube

QUT’s, The Cube, will host an exciting line up of art and science family fun over the winter school holidays from 6 - 12 July 2019. The QUT Winter Holiday Program invites curious minds to explore everything from robotics, to future cities, to bionic arms. Visit www.thecube.qut.edu.au for program details.

Robogals Brisbane Workshop

Robogals Brisbane (formerly Robogals UQ) is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to empower girls and young women to pursue engineering and other STEM fields. Robogals run a range of workshops for students in Years 7 to 12. These workshops are in the school holidays and include:

For more information visit the Robogals website.


Day in the Life Creative Workshops

Ever wondered what it would be like to have a job in the creative industries? Find out at this workshop offered by the Billy Blue College of Design to be held from 9.30 am – 1.30 pm on Saturday 13 July 2019 at the College campus, 90 Bowen Terrace, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. Register to attend on the website.

Or attend the Billy Blue College of Design open day on Saturday 17 August 2019 from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm. See the events page for more details.

Queensland School of Film and Television (QSFT) Script Writing Workshop

QSFT holds a variety of workshops both on weekends and during the school holidays. Click here to view the QSFT workshop time table and see details in the School Holiday Activities sections of this bulletin for more information about school holidays opportunities. Contact QSFT on 3392 7788 or email info@qsft.qld.edu.au to register and find out more about their courses.

SAE Qantm Study for a Day

Are you interested in studying Animation, Audio, Graphic Design, Film, or Games? If so, study with SAE Qantm for a day to experience student life at its Brisbane Campus. This is a great way to experiment with the creative media fields. It will be held from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday 15 June 2019. For more information and to register, visit the SAE Qantm website.


ACU: A reminder – Register for Open Day

Come to the Brisbane Open Day and find out everything you need to know about studying at ACU. Tour the campus, meet staff and students, discuss entry opportunities, and talk to experts about your study options and career goals. ACU Open Day will be held from 9 am – 2 pm on Saturday 27 July 2019.

ACU: School holiday university experience

Places are filling fast for this event for students in Years 10 – 12 which will be held in the school holidays from 9.30 am – 1.45 pm on Thursday 4 July 2019. If you’re considering tertiary study for next year or in the future, University Experience provides the perfect chance to explore your study options by living a day in the life of an ACU student. Visit the ACU University Experience website for more information and to register.

ACU: VET qualifications and ACU entry

Student who complete Year 12 and complete a Certificate III qualification at school will be assigned two selection ranks by QTAC for ACU course preferences: their ATAR and their Certificate III derived rank. Applicants will be considered on their highest selection rank for entry into ACU. Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements. It should be noted that Certificate III qualifications are not accepted for ranking in any other circumstance, i.e. non-school leavers.

Bond: Choosing the right degree or program for you

Deciding on a degree or program is a personal choice - it’s about choosing the right program for you; your interests, your future. Whether you’re venturing into a new area of study or looking to build upon your experience and knowledge in a particular field, Bond offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and programs, diplomas and non-award programs. You can find out about what undergraduate, diploma and pathways programs Bond offers on the Bond University website.

Bond: Explore your future in a day at Bond University

Bond University will open its campus throughout the year to provide Year 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to experience what life is like at Bond both inside and outside of the classroom. From dissecting a sheep's heart in medical laboratories, to learning how to trade on the stock exchange, to watching a live courtroom demonstration, to building models in the new architecture building, students will experience an interactive and intimate view into the programs offered at the University. The following experience days will be held in August:

Bond: University Student for a Semester program

Year 11 and 12 students participating in this program can experience life as a university student as well as get a head start on their university studies before they finish high school. A pass in a Student for a Semester subject may provide credit towards a Bond undergraduate degree. In addition, students who successfully complete two subjects will be eligible for direct admission into most Bond degree programs at the end of their Year 12 studies. Some course restrictions do apply. Applications for the September 2019 semester will open on Friday 12 July 2019. Information for the September semester will be on the Bond website shortly.

GU: Adjustment Factor Pathway Options

Adjustment factor pathways can boost your Selection Rank and improve your chances of getting into your preferred degree by recognising your academic achievements or personal circumstances. Griffith University’s adjustment factor pathways include:

  • Gold Coast and Logan Priority Access Pathway
  • Education Access Scheme (EAS)
  • Griffith OP 1–6 Guarantee
  • Year 12 subject adjustment pathway

Click here to find out more information on these adjustment factor opportunities.

GU: Griffith University's Integrity 20

Griffith is offering a limited number of sponsored places for students in Years 11 and 12 to attend Integrity 20. Integrity 20 gathers top minds from Australia and around the world to examine and discuss some of our greatest global challenges. This event will be held from 8.30 am – 4 pm on 24 to 26 October 2019 at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, South Bank. The Integrity 20 website lists some of the topics to be discussed. Register your interest on the integrity20 website and see your Head of Pathways about attending this event as registration is through your school.

Upcoming Events:
24/10/2019 to 26/10/2019              Griffith University Integrity 20 Queensland Conservatorium

GU: Subject adjustment factors

Griffith also awards subject adjustments for Senior subjects and university courses successfully completed in high school that require a high level of skill and knowledge.

As a current Year 12 student, you can be awarded an adjustment of 2 ranks per subject, including GUESTS courses, up to a maximum of 6 ranks. This includes Year 12 applicants currently undertaking their External Senior studies.

The senior subjects included in this program are:

  • Accounting
  • Aerospace Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Biology
  • Business Communication and Technologies
  • Business Management
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Engineering Technology
  • Film, Television and New Media
  • Geography
  • Health Education
  • Information Processing and Technology
  • Information Technology Systems
  • Languages other than English (LOTE)
  • Legal Studies
  • Marine Science
  • Maths C
  • Modern History
  • Physics

Click here to find out more information on these adjustment factor opportunities.

Hands on STEM with Real Engineers for Year 11 and 12 Students

Year 11 and 12 students are invited to discover what the ‘E’ in STEM is about. In partnership with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Engineers Australia (Qld Division) and three Queensland universities – QUT, JCU and CQUniversity, The Engineering Link Group (TELG) will present the following Engineering Link Projects.

  • South Queensland @ QUT, Brisbane – 4 July 2019

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

JCU: Applications Forms plus QTAC application required when applying for some JCU courses

If you are a domestic student or international student, selection for the courses listed below is based on a combination of a written application and academic results. Medicine applicants may also be invited to attend an interview. In addition to applying through QTAC, applicants must submit an application form to the JCU Division of Tropical Health and Medicine by post or in person to the enrolment officer at the Student Centre, Townsville Campus.

  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Physician Assistant) (Domestic Only)
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Visit their website for more information on course requirements and prerequisites.

UQ: 2019-20 UQ Young Scholars Program

Applications are now open for the 2019/20 Young Scholars program. This program provides high achieving Year 11 students with an opportunity to discover, learn and engage with UQ's academic community and like-minded students from across Queensland. The program runs from 1 to 5 December 2019. For more information and to apply, visit the Young Scholars Program website. Applications close on Friday 9 August 2019.

Upcoming Events:
09/08/2019         UQ - 2019-20 UQ Young Scholars Program closes

UQ: Bachelor of Music auditions

An audition is a prerequisite for this course. The due date for submitting a written (by post or email) application for audition is Friday 15 August 2019. Auditions will be held between 13 – 28 September 2019. Visit the Audition website to download the Audition Information Guide and the Audition Application form.

Upcoming Events:
15/08/2019         UQ B of Music (Honours) Audition Applications Close

UQ: Veterinary Science (Honours) entry requirements for 2020

Effective from 2019 the Bachelor of Veterinary Science will have the following additional entry requirements and subject prerequisites:

  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Maths B
  • One of Physics or Biology
  • Situational Judgement Test (SJT) (to test non-academic capabilities)

What is the Situational Judgement Test? This is an online test - also referred to as CASPer - designed to test the non-academic capabilities of applicants to assess their suitability for Veterinary Science. The test is:

  • Administered by Altus Assessments
  • Costs approximately $80AUD
  • Takes approximately 90 minutes to complete
  • There will be three test dates, on 24 August, 15 October and 17 November 2019 with different test papers for each sitting
  • Comprised of twelve scenarios – a combination of video and written scenarios. Applicants will read/watch a scenario then respond to three questions about the scenario.
  • There is five minutes allocated for each response period

Jeanette Maxwell
Head of Pathways

Source:  Options Career Information Bulletin

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