Career Guidance

All boys in Sixth Form have been asked to pick-up their copy of the UAC Guide to University Courses for 2018 from Mr Whild in SB10.

Applications for semester 1, 2018 are now open. The closing date for university applications is Friday 29 September 2017. It is essential that boys and parents read the UAC Guide carefully and be aware of all the requirements for university applications.

ATARs and Bonus Points: The UAC advises that universities have a number of schemes that allow the allocation of bonus points that may mean applicants can receive an offer to a course even though they have an ATAR below the published cut-off. Examples include pupils with a strong performance in HSC subjects and those who have applied for consideration through an EAS - Educational Access Schemes. If universities allocate bonus points it does not change a boy’s ATAR but rather it changes their selection ranking. Please refer to university web-sites for more information.

Scholarships: Application forms for university scholarships are available online at www.usyd.edu.au/scholarships/index for the University of Sydney; www.scholarships.unsw.edu.au for UNSW; www.uts.edu.au for UTS and for Macquarie University www.mq.edu.au/study/undergraduate Scholarship applications generally close at the end of September or the beginning of October 2017, so boys must act now. Once the application form is down-loaded from the university website, a school statement of support may be required and this is obtained through your son’s Housemaster. As the School is on holiday from Saturday 16 September, boys must act now on their scholarship applications and if they require a statement of support or reference from their Housemaster, the request must be made to their Housemaster by 3pm on Tuesday 5 September. Information about Equity Scholarships, that assist students from low socio-economic backgrounds, is available from the UAC.

Educational Access Schemes: These schemes are for applicants to university who have experienced long term (normally for at least six months) educational disadvantage. To qualify, applicants must demonstrate that their educational performance during Fifth and/or Sixth Form has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their control. Information and the application forms are at www.uac.edu.au. The EAS application should be discussed with Mr Whild, Ms Sewell or Ms Lambert (School Counsellors) before Tuesday 5 September.

University Open Days: These days are an opportunity for boys and parents to meet faculty representatives and tour campuses. The first of the open days is at the University of Sydney, www.sydney.edu.au/openday on Saturday 26 August and on the same date at UTS Broadway, www.uts.edu.au and then UNSW, www.openday.unsw.edu.au on Saturday 2 September.

Careers and courses information is available from Mr Whild in SB10. He can be contacted at pjw@sydgram.nsw.edu.au


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