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All boys in Form VI have been asked to pick up their copy of the UAC Guide to University Courses for 2020 from Mr Whild in SB10. Applications for Semester 1, 2020, are now open. The early bird closing date for university applications is Monday 30 September 2019. It is essential that boys and parents read the UAC Guide carefully and be aware of all the requirements for university applications.

ATARs and Adjustment Factors The UAC advises that universities have a number of schemes that allow for adjustment factors that may mean applicants 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 Scheme). If universities allocate an adjustment, it does not change a boy’s ATAR but rather it changes his selection ranking. Please refer to university websites for more information.

Scholarships Application forms for university scholarships are available online for Sydney University at: sydney.edu.au/scholarships/domestic.html and www.scholarships.unsw.edu.au for UNSW; www.uts.edu.au for UTS and for Macquarie University www.mq.edu.au/study/why-study-here/scholarships Scholarship applications generally close at the end of September or the beginning of October 2019, so boys must act now. Once the application form is downloaded 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 Wednesday 25 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 Thursday 5 September. Information about Equity Scholarships, which 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 Form V and/or Form VI has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their control. Information and the application forms are at www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/scholarships-and-schemes/educational-access-schemes. The EAS application should be discussed with Mr Whild, Ms Sewell or Ms Lambert (the School's counsellors).

University Open Days These days are an opportunity for boys and parents to meet faculty representatives and tour campuses. The open day dates are; the University of Sydney (www.sydney.edu.au/openday) on Saturday 31 August and on the same date at UTS Broadway (www.uts.edu.au) and then UNSW (www.openday.unsw.edu.au) on Saturday 7 September and Macquarie University on Saturday 17 August https://openday.mq.edu.au

Careers and courses information is available from Mr Whild in SB10 or pjw@sydgram.nsw.edu.au

Mr P.J. Whild


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