Early Offer Schemes
Many institutions have early offer schemes you can apply for a place at university on the basis of your school results, awards and achievements. A separate application is required in addition to your UAC application to be considered on the basis of criteria other than ATAR. Some Sydney metropolitan early offer schemes have now closed.
ACU Early Achievers Program (EAP) - closes Monday 31st July. For students who regularly volunteer through your school, community organisation, or cultural or religious group. More information is available here.
ACU Passion for Business (P4B) - closes 15th September 2017. More information is available here.
ACU Passion for Law (P4L) - closes 15th September 2017. Minimum ATAR 78. More information is available here.
Macquarie University Global Leaders Entry Program (GLEP) - open from 8th May - 5pm 28th August 2017. More information is available here.
E12 for University of Sydney - closes 5pm 1st September, 2017. This early offer scheme is for students suffering from financial hardship. More information is available here.
UNE Direct Early Entry - Armidale campus. Early entry applications are open now and close at 5pm Friday 29th September 2017. Apply here.
University of Wollongong - open from 1st August - 2th August 2017. The criteria for early admission varies and further information regarding admission to university in 2018 will be available in June. More information is available here.
SRS - Schools Recommendation Scheme - centralised scheme co-ordinated through UAC on behalf of multiple universities. Open 2nd August - 29th September 2017.
Applying for University through UAC from 2nd August - 29 September 2017
There are multiple offer rounds. If you receive an offer to your first preference in one offer round, you won’t be considered for your lower preferences in subsequent offer rounds unless you change your preferences. Read about how to manage the offer process here.
Research Bonus Points
Bonus points don't change your ATAR but they can change your selection rank. Each university has their own bonus point schemes. There may be subject bonus points where they award up to 5 bonus points for strong performance in subjects that are relevant to the degree you have applied for. Or there may be bonus points for elite atheletes and performers where training and performance commitments have impacted on Year Twelve studies. Or there may be bonus points for long term educational disadvantage (EAS).
Not all courses offer subject bonus points. The app, Undergraduate 2018, by The Graduate Connection may help you with your bonus point research. Select your HSC subjects within the app. You can also search university websites and university bonus point calculators.
Elite Athletes and Performers Schemes at Sydney Metro Universities
UNSW Elite Athletes and Performers - An overall maximum of 10 points can be awarded across multiple schemes.
Macquarie University Elite Athletes and Performers Up to 4 bonus points.
University of Sydney Elite Athletes and Performers Up to 5 bonus points.
Western Sydney University Elite Athletes and Performers - maximum of 10 bonus points including subject bonus points, regional bonus points, EAS bonus points and Elite Athletes and Performers bonus points.
University of Technology - up to 5 bonus points if eligible.
Australian Catholic University - up to 5 bonus points if eligible.
Other Bonus Point Schemes
Macquarie University Big History Bonus Point Scheme - This is an online course where you are rewarded with 3 bonus points to assist your selection rank at Macquarie University. You must pay $69 to receive a certificate showing completion of the course which you will need to collect the bonus points when you apply through UAC to study at Macquarie University. Read these FAQs for more information.
Educational Access Scheme (EAS) - For long term educational disadvantage due to circumstances beyond your control that has seriously affected your studies in Years Eleven and Twelve.
Incentives for High Achievers
Set your goals and aim high. There are financial incentives for high achieving students. See the Scholarships page under the For Students tab for some of the merit scholarships and co-operative scholarships available at Sydney metropolitan universities.
Career Pathways Through TAFE
TAFE NSW course selection is not based on your ATAR. How do you build a career by studying at TAFE? Look at these sample career pathways to see how by completing one short course after another, you can build your way to a top job. There are many other careers that you can build through TAFE qualifications. To apply for TAFE NSW click on "Enrol Now" or "Make an Enquiry" button at the bottom of the course information of your choice on their website.
Consult the Job Pathways Charts that illustrate potential career pathways. You can select the industries that appeal to you, see potential roles and the qualification to help you secure the job you are interested in.
Finding an Apprenticeship or Traineeship
First explore the job pathways charts to see what your areas of interest are. Speak to friends and relatives and possibly arrange work experience in your area of interest. Once you have made your decision and updated your resume, you are ready to look for an employer. You can search for a job with a group training organisation or an individual employer. There are lots of websites to help you with your search but Australian Apprenticeships is a good starting point. You can search via industry, see different roles within the industry, find details about training courses and employment prospects and have some fun by testing yourself with the quizzes. You can also see videos of people who tell you about their job and how they found their apprenticeship here. You can find out about pre-apprenticeship courses here.
Interested in a construction or engineering career but not ready for university? Have you considered a trade pathway? Read about how a trade beginning can lead to a distinguished career in the built environment and engineering here.
See a list of Apprenticeships and Traineeships here and view this flow chart to see an easy guide to the steps you need to take to find an apprenticehip. Search job sites to find job openings for apprentices and trainees.
See also the Australian Apprenticeship Pathways You Tube Channel .
Details about pay rates for apprentices may be found here.
Pre-Apprenticeship Course Finder
Search for pre-apprenticeship courses by state and territory. This allows you to quickly identify what courses are available. The courses are categorised by broad industry groups.
There is an abundance of gap year programs to choose from. Most of the volunteer programs have a cost. Students are advised to investigate each company carefully and to take an interested parent or adult with them to information nights. Some programs carry some risk as they may involve international travel. Each opportunity needs to be carefully considered and evaluated for each individual, consequently Rouse Hill Anglican College does not recommend any particular programs. A few ideas are listed below but see the Post-School Options page of RHAC Careers website for a larger selection of gap year opportunities.
Have you considered PLUNGE? PLUNGE is about whole-of-life faith and discipleship. Complete a Certificate IV in Ministry while engaging in community experience, visiting places of interest, team and physical challenges, research and reflection.
Interested? See the Careers Advisor for a brochure and DVD. See www.morlingcollege.com/plunge or speak with Mr Conoulty. For a hardcopy of the prospectus contact Morling College on 9878 0201.
Youthworks Year 13
Discover God, yourself and the world. Develop leadership skills, help those less fortunate and discover what happens in a year of discipleship. See here for more details.
Flying Fish: Ideas for a Successful Gap Year
Flying Fish offers a range of gap year programs. These include qualifying as a professional yacht skipper, superyacht crew or as a watersports instructor. Following qualification, participants can then spend the rest of their gap year travelling the world while getting paid to do so. See here for more details.
Camp America is a 9-12 week adventure where you work as a summer camp leader in the USA. Camps operate from May - June. See the Camp America website for more details.
Lions Australia Youth Exchange
This short term exchange program provides an opportunity for 17 – 21 years olds to experience life overseas as part of a program that does not involve tourism, academic studies or employment. All Lions Youth Exchanges Programs depart in early December and return in mid-January.
This gap year program provides students with the opportunity to board and work in either a junior or secondary school overseas. Applications close in April. http://www.tutorsworldwide.org/