Illalong News

  • 20th April, 2017

From the Careers Desk

Gold Coast Careers and Employment Festival:

The 2017 Festival will be held on Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 May at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach.  Over 80 education and employment exhibitors will staff booths.  In addition, there will be an international student zone, practical skills workshops and presentations.  

Course and Institution Updates

Applying for medicine/dental/physiotherapy/veterinary courses at James Cook University (JCU)

The following courses offered by JCU require a QTAC application as well as a direct application to JCU.

  • B Medicine/B Surgery (Townsville campus)
  • B Dental Surgery (Cairns campus)
  • B Veterinary Science (Townsville campus)
  • B Physiotherapy (Townsville campus)

These JCU courses have a rural, remote, tropical and Indigenous communities focus.  Consequently, an important requirement of the JCU direct application is to demonstrate interest, experience, understanding and/or exposure to rural and/or remote locations and conditions.  Applicants living in metropolitan areas will find this challenging.  You will need to think creatively about how you can obtain the experience/knowledge this year.  Some ideas are:

  • Work-experience during the holidays with a rural practitioner
  • Attend FEAST and/or TASTE (for vet science)
  • Interview practitioners who have worked in rural/remote areas
  • Research the challenges for practitioners in rural/remote areas
  • Learn about Northern Australia
  • Find out as much as you can about the content of the JCU courses from brochures, the JCU website, career expos, TSXPO and other career/course events
  • Organise a guided tour of the relevant JCU campus (see the website)
  • If possible, attend a JCU open day (13 August 2017 for the Townsville campus and 20 August 2017 for the Cairns campus).

You can view last year’s (2016 applications for entry in 2017) JCU direct application here.  The applications website is usually updated in July for the following year.  The due date for applying to QTAC is 29 September 2017.  The date for submitting the JCU direct application form is normally the same as the QTAC due date.  This date will be confirmed in the QTAC Guide distributed to schools in May/June.  You can access the prerequisites for the courses from the JCU website.

Bond with Bond seminars

Students considering applying to Bond University at the end of Year 12 are invited to a seminar. 

To be held  - Gold Coast - 12 July 2017 from 6 pm – 8 pm at Bond University, 14 University Drive, Robina

Visit the Bond with Bond website for more information and to register to attend.

University of Queensland (UQ)

Concurrent Diplomas at UQ - UQ students can study diplomas in Music Performance and Languages at the same time they are undertaking their undergraduate degree.  See the website for details.

WE Explore Engineering Day – Students in Years10 – 12 are invited to this event to be held from 8.45 am – 2.30 pm on Thursday 4 May 2017.  Workshops on the day include Take Flight with Boeing, 3D Manufacturing and Materials of the Future, and AYAA Rocket program.  For more information and to register to attend, visit the website.

Experience Science workshops – These interactive workshops, to be held at the St Lucia campus on 7, 12, 13 and 14 July 2017, are for students in Years 10 – 12.  They provide an opportunity to discover what studying science at UQ is like and how it is applied in industry today.  Students can register as a school group or as individuals.

Undergraduate Guide for 2018 – This publication can be downloaded from the UQ website.  It contains information about the courses that will be offered in 2018, a table of all courses with prerequisites and previous OP/rank cut-offs, and everything else you need to know about life at UQ.

UQ Link Program – This is a special admissions scheme to assist prospective students who have experienced educational disadvantage due to financial hardship to gain entry to UQ.  All eligible students receive five bonus rank points, a $3,000 per year scholarship for up to three years and access to support services.  To apply for this program, you complete the Financial Hardship section of QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS) when you apply for courses through QTAC.

UQ OP Guarantee – Under this scheme, if you achieve an OP 1 – 5, you are guaranteed entry into your highest eligible course preference in the January major offer round for most of UQ’s undergraduate courses, regardless of the course cut-offs.

UQ Bonus Rank Scheme – This scheme provides up to five bonus rank points towards your entry if you have passed an approved language other than English (LOTE) or Queensland Senior Mathematics C (or equivalent), or if you have successfully completed a university-level subject.

Griffith University

New Griffith Apply website – This site provides information on the following topics in short video format:

  • What you need to study at Griffith
  • Applying to study at Griffith
  • Pathways to study
  • The cost of tertiary study.

After viewing the videos, scroll down and click on ‘High school students’.  This section of the website has useful fact sheets related to admissions and entry pathways.

2018 Undergraduate Degrees Guide – In addition to information about the courses to be offered in 2018, the Guide provides a glimpse of the study opportunities available at Griffith.  Included are briefs on scholarships, alternative entry options, bonus entry options, Griffith Honours College, Griffith Sports College, the Griffith campuses and how to apply.  Download the Guide from the website (scroll down to ‘Undergraduate Brochure’).

Queensland Conservatorium auditions – Most of the courses offered by the Conservatorium require an audition as one of the entry prerequisites.  Audition applications usually open in June.  In 2017, they will close on 14 August 2017.  The auditions will be held from 25 – 29 September 2017.  The Auditions website will be updated for 2018 applications shortly.  Note that if you do not apply for an audition by the due date, you will not be considered for any courses requiring an audition at the Conservatorium.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Lacking assumed knowledge for a QUT course? - QUT bridging courses in Maths B, Chemistry and Physics for Semester 2 are now open to help students gain the required assumed knowledge.

Parent Information Seminars – These seminars are for parents and students in Years 10 – 12.  They will be held from 6 – 7.30 pm on:

  • Tuesday 16 May 2017 at the Gardens Point campus
  • Wednesday 17 May 2017 at North Lakes
  • Thursday 18 May 2017 at the Caboolture campus.

Register to attend a seminar on the website.

Need help developing a fashion portfolio?  ‘Fashion Illustration for Beginners’ is a short course that is held in April, May, June and November over two consecutive Saturdays at QUT’s Creative Industries Precinct in Kelvin Grove.  Applications for the May course close on 29 April 2017.  Visit the website for details.

NIDA Term two 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 30 April 2017.

Qld School of Film and Television (QSFT) Photography Workshop

QSFT will offer the Shoot It!: Introduction to Photography workshop from 9 am – 1 pm on Saturday 13 May 2017 at its Annerley campus.  Submit an expression of interest to attend this workshop.

Overseas Studies

Crimson Education

Crimson Education provides admissions support for students wishing to apply for universities in the USA, UK, New Zealand and Australia.  Sports scholarship support is also available.  Visit the Crimson website for information about their programs.  You can schedule a free consultation on the site.

Jeanette Maxwell
Careers and Guidance Counsellor

(Source:  Options Career Information)

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