Tertiary applications and career planning

In week 3, Year 12 boys were issued with SATAC Guides and the university handbooks for three South Australian universities. Sessions were also conducted with the Year 12s on the application principles, key dates, researching courses and the application processes. The presentations and supporting notes provided are available in Keystone 'Learning resource ID JQ9ZXS'. Please note: this resource also provides details on scholarships that may be applicable to the Year 12 students.

The closing date for South Australian and NT undergraduate university applications via SATAC (www.satac.edu.au) is 29 September 2017. Late applications for most courses can be submitted but will be subject to a late fee. This closing date also applies to nearly all interstate tertiary admission centres, but some individual courses may have other requirements with different application dates. Any boys wishing to discuss their plans for 2018 and beyond or need assistance with their applications should contact the Careers Counsellor.

Interstate tertiary applications

The Tertiary Admission Centres in the other States have similar application processes to SATAC, but may have different deadlines or provide options for scholarships and special entry applications. Students in this situation are strongly advised to check the interstate application notes provided by the Careers Counsellor, check the Tertiary Admission Centre websites or arrange an appointment with the Careers Counsellor to discuss their applications. This is particularly important for those students who may qualify for special entry schemes.

Open Days

Open Days at education institutions provide an excellent opportunity for prospective students and parents to learn first-hand about the courses/programs available and to get answers to questions that are particular to the prospective student’s circumstances and aspirations. Most institutions provide a timetable for the events on the Open Day so prospective students can be strategic in planning what to attend and who to see. The following provides some information about the Open Days for various institutions:

Lincoln University – Christchurch, New Zealand Lincoln University is a world renowned ‘land-based’ university that offers courses in agriculture as well as agricultural business. The University also offers a range of courses in other areas such as business, science, sport and recreation, environment, architecture, tourism, information technology and social science. A representative from Lincoln University will be visiting St Peter’s College on Monday 18 September at 6.30pm. The session will be held in the boarding house and all boys – boarders or dayboys – and parents are welcome to attend. To learn more, visit www.lincoln.ac.nz to review the course options and other details about the university. Please note: there was over whelming interest in Lincoln University’s Halls of Residence last year, so the university will be working on a “first in, first served” basis. Any students who have registered an interest in Lincoln will have received information about halls applications opening on 1 August. To ensure applicants remain competitive for a place, any student who hasn’t applied yet needs to do so as soon as possible.

Applying for entry into medicine and dentistry courses in Australia

Students considering applying for undergraduate entry into medicine/dentistry courses are reminded that many of these courses do not allow late applications and may have extra application requirements. These requirements may require a school reference or other contributions from the School. To ensure that the School can complete and submit any additional requirements before the closing date for applications, it is very important that the institutional requirements and timelines are met by any potential applicants.

  • Flinders University Medicine – students apply via SATAC by 29 September. No extra application requirements.
  • Adelaide University Medicine & Dentistry – students apply via SATAC by 29 September. No extra application requirements unless applying for a rural-based place.
  • Monash University Medicine – students apply via VTAC by 28 September. No extra application requirements.
  • University of Tasmania Medicine – students apply direct to UTAS by 29 September. No extra application requirements.
  • Bond University Medicine – students apply via QTAC in mid-January 2018. No UMAT required. Course starts in April/May.
  • University of Queensland Medicine – Provisional entry as the course is postgraduate, but has an undergraduate entry path. Apply via QTAC by 29 September. No extra application requirements.
  • University of Sydney Medicine – combined degree entry. The course is post-graduate but has an undergraduate entry path. No UMAT required. Students apply by 29 September to UAC. No initial extra application requirements.
  • Griffith University Medicine – students apply via QTAC by 29 September. Successful applicants do an initial 2 year degree first. No UMAT required. No extra application requirements.
  • University of WA Medicine – students apply via TISC by 29 September. The medicine course is postgraduate but has an ‘assured pathway’ into this course. No extra application requirements.
  • University of Melbourne Medicine – apply for Chancellor’s program in Biomedicine or Science via VTAC before 28 September.
  • Charles Sturt University Dentistry – apply via UAC by 29 September. Additional form if applying as a rural or Indigenous candidate.

The following institutions have additional application requirements. Students must adhere to the timelines and arrangements outlined below to ensure the School can complete the references and other requirements.

  • University of NSW medicine – students apply via UAC and the Uni of NSW website by 29 September. UNSW medicine applications require a school reference so the initial registration process must be completed by 19 September. Applicants must then inform the Careers Counsellor of the UNSW application to allow sufficient time for the School to collect the data and complete the school reference, which will be emailed directly to Mr Colsey by UNSW.
  • Western Sydney University medicine – students apply via UAC by 29 September AND register on Western Sydney University website by 29 September. Please note: the University has recently advised that the school reference form is no longer required.   
  • James Cook University medicine and dentistry – students submit an application form to JCU (available online) AND apply via QTAC by 29 September. No UMAT is required. The additional application forms need to be downloaded from the JCU website. There is an application form and a school reference form. Applicants complete the personal and other details on the school reference form and forward it to Mr Colsey by 19 September. This is required to allow sufficient time for the School to complete and return the school reference to the university. Please note: the student part of the JCU application is quite detailed, requiring the applicant to provide extended responses. The student’s part of the application also requires the applicant to sign their application in front of a Justice of the Peace or similar – a list of suitable witnesses is indicated in the application. No school reference required for dentistry at JCU. International students applications closed on 31 August.
  • University of Newcastle & University of New England joint medical program: applicants need to complete and send an application form (available online) to the University and apply via UAC by 29 September. No school reference is required.
  • Charles Sturt University Dentistry –apply via UAC by 29 September. Additional application form required if applying as a rural or Indigenous candidate.

International Student Admission Test – ISAT: International students currently studying in Australia and who are considering applying for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or physiotherapy at some institutions in Australia, will need to sit the ISAT. ISAT is a three-hour computer based test and applicants must check http://isat.acer.edu.au/universities/university-admission-deadline for the institutions requiring the ISAT and the due date. For more information visit http://isat.acer.edu.au


Often students require school references for tertiary applications (in particular overseas applications) or residential college applications. The references can usually be categorised as being academic or personal/character type references. The School does have a policy to support students requiring a reference or school-based referees. Any student requiring a reference or seeking a staff member to be a referee should contact the Careers Counsellor in the first instance. This is so the type of reference required can be ascertained and appropriate arrangements made to prepare a suitable reference. References, transcripts of results and academic statements cannot be prepared immediately. A minimum of two weeks notice is required to effectively prepare the reference, transcripts and/or academic statements, and students should factor this time requirement into any planning for applications.

Country Health SA: Undergraduate Scholarships for 2018 intake

Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) is inviting applications for the Country Health SA Undergraduate Scholarship 2018 academic year for students who are from rural South Australia. CHSA Undergraduate and Professional Entry Scholarship is available for full-time students currently studying or about to commence studying an undergraduate health discipline (nursing, podiatry, physiotherapy or dietetics) related degree at University.

Applicants must have resided in rural South Australia prior to undertaking their tertiary education and be residing in rural South Australia at the time of their scholarship application. People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are encouraged to apply.

For more information on what is an eligible Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) health discipline please visit healthcountryscholarships@sa.gov.au or contact the Organisational Development Consultant.

The Scholarship provides students with $5,000 per year in two half payments of $2,500 for up to four years study. Students are required to work for Country Health SA upon successful completion of their study for a period equivalent to the scholarship funding. Closing date for applications is Friday 15 September 2017. Information detailing the Scholarships, application process and eligibility criteria, and how to apply can be found on the Country Health SA website http://sahealth.sa.gov.au/countryscholarships

St Peter’s & St Mark’s Bursary

St Peter’s/St Mark’s Bursary: tenable for two years. Up to two bursaries are on offer for students who are proceeding to tertiary study in Adelaide and wish to reside at St Mark’s College. For the selection criteria, pick up an application form from the Senior School Office. Students should pick up an application form from the Senior School Office. Applications must be submitted to Ms Ennis in the Senior School Office by Friday, 22 September. Details and forms are also posted on Keystone and have a learning resource ID of JQ9ZXS.

The University of NSW Co-op scholarship

The Co-op Program is a career development scholarship for high potential undergraduate students. It offers industry training, leadership and professional development, networking opportunities, mentoring and financial support of $18,200 p.a. tax free for four years. Australia’s leading companies take part in the training and professional development of the Co-op scholars with a view to recruiting high-potential young professionals. The scholarship is offered for study in many areas, including engineering, built environment, science and business. Applications close on 30 September. The application does require a School contribution, so any boys intending to apply need to see Mr Colsey in the first instance. For more information visit https://www.coop.unsw.edu.au/

UniTEST – Flinders University

UniTEST is an aptitude test that has been designed by ACER to assess the kinds of generic reasoning and thinking skills that are needed for students to achieve success in tertiary education. uniTEST assesses this reasoning and thinking across the broad domains of mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences. At Flinders, uniTEST is available for school leavers and has the potential to effectively improve an applicant’s selection rank as the uniTEST result is weighted at 40% and considered alongside the applicant’s ATAR (weighted at 60%) during the selection processes for Flinders Uni courses. For details about the test, visit https://www.flinders.edu.au/study/pathways/year-12-entry/unitest

Law Admission Test – registrations now open

Students considering studying law at UNSW will need to sit the LAT. The Law Admission Test (LAT) is a written test used to demonstrate a student's aptitude and suitability for studying undergraduate Law at UNSW. A LAT score, in addition to academic results (e.g. ATAR + additional points) will be used in the selection process to allow the University to better differentiate between the many high achieving applicants to Law. Late applications can be made until 6 September. For more information visit http://www.law.unsw.edu.au/LAT-FAQ To register and access practice questions visit  http://www.law.unsw.edu.au/lat?mc_cid=25e128ec7f&mc_eid=a98e2bc9b5

Studying in the UK

Applications for most UK universities open in September 2017. Applications for Oxford, Cambridge and for courses in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science close on the 15 October. Other key dates can be found at www.ucas.com/apply/key-dates. Students wishing to apply for a full-time undergraduate course at university or college must use the UCAS online service called ‘Apply’. Apply is a secure, web-based application system. The UCAS application process is outlined at www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started

The School is a registered UCAS centre and consequently any boys wanting to submit an application to UCAS will need to see the Careers Counsellor to receive the UCAS buzzword which will allow them to link and submit their applications. The Careers Counsellor will also supervise the start of the UCAS application. While the deadline for UCAS applications is in early January, to guarantee that the all the documentation can be submitted by the School, the UCAS application must be completed by the student by the last day of the school year – 8 December 2017. The British Council provides information and advice on studying in the UK, visit www.educationuk.org/Higher-Education for this information.

Applications to study in the USA

The following is an opportunity that boys and parents may wish to participate. Admissions counsellors from two world class universities, Johns Hopkins University (https://apply.jhu.edu/) and the University of Chicago (https://collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu/) will be hosting information sessions for prospective students in Australia. At these presentations, students will have the opportunity to learn more about each school and speak directly with admissions representatives. On Wednesday, 13 September, they will be in Sydney from 4pm at Meriden School, 10-12 Redmyre Road, Strathfield, NSW 2135. Please register at https://admissions.jhu.edu/register/?id=f0302db8-36df-44c9-97e2-0e90b24bb008. From 6.30pm on 13 September they will be at Cranbrook School, 5 Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill, NSW, 2023.  Please register at https://admissions.jhu.edu/register/?id=f51ddb98-69f6-47b1-81b6-fa363005fcd3. On Thursday, 14 September 14, they will be in Melbourne from 5pm at Melbourne Grammar School, the Higgins Theatrette, Nigel Peck Centre For Learning And Leadership, Senior School Campus, Domain Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004. Please register at https://admissions.jhu.edu/register/?id=e34371af-6d50-4916-a06e-f5b6ef100b9e. To assist those students and parents unable to make these presentations, a Zoom session is being organised so that they may be able to login and watch the presentation. Any students and parents wishing to participate should contact dberridge@cranbrook.nsw.edu.au or 02/93279439 to register. The address for the session is https://cranbrookau.zoom.us/j/618341420 and can be accessed via any web browser. The link will automatically install Zoom if the user does not have it.
Any students wishing to apply for college entry are strongly encouraged to contact the Careers Counsellor as soon as possible so that the requirements can be checked and support documents can be prepared.

University of Melbourne – Information Day for interstate students

The University will be hosting the day on Monday 2 October and will focus on aspects of the university that are of greater concern to interstate students such as the application process, scholarships, student services, the student experience and accommodation options. The program will also include a campus tour and residential college tour and lunch will be provided on the day. To register visit https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/explore/events/victoria_and_interstate/victoria/interstate_student_and_family_information_day_october

Tax File Numbers

Australian students need a tax file number (TFN) if they intend studying in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course at a university in Australia. Students should have a TFN at the time of enrolment into a university course. Students will need to go to the following web links to find out how to apply for a TFN visit https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Tax-file-number/

University of Adelaide – Ingenuity 2017

Ingenuity 2017 is an interactive showcase of university student projects exploring the dynamic world and applications of engineering, computer and mathematical sciences. This event provides high school students an opportunity to engage with university students, share in their experiences, and learn more about studying engineering, computer and mathematical sciences at the University of Adelaide. The event is being held on Tuesday 31 October 2017, 9:30am-3:30pm, at the Adelaide Convention Centre. For more information visit http://www.ecms.adelaide.edu.au/ingenuity/ or phone 08 8313 0333.

St George College

The School has received details of Anglican School’s scholarships for residential accommodation at St George’s College, a College associated with the University of WA. Students considering residential accommodation in Perth should see the Careers Counsellor for details.

Queensford College

Queensford College is offering a number of hospitality based courses in the October holidays. For more information, contact Queensford by phone: 08 8410 4605, website: www.queensford.edu.au or email: info@queensford.edu.au

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor