· ‘INSIDE MONASH’ – Aug 15th Music, 31st Education; 31st Science and Careers, Sept 5th Education; Register: www.monash.edu/inside-monash
· OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY - Careers Night on 17 Aug; [email protected]
· ‘ASPIRE’ applications are open at La Trobe University; close 31 August
University and TAFE Open Days are now in action. Open Days are a great way to find out about campus facilities and courses, to hear course presentations, and meet staff and students. You need to attend to help you decide which institution best suits you. All Senior Students received an Open Day list, reminders are also in the bulletin and dates are also listed here:
· AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY (ACU) – Sun 13 August (Melbourne); Sun 27 August (Ballarat)
· BOX HILL INSTITUTE – Sun 20 August (Lilydale); Sun 27 August (Box Hill)
· DEAKIN UNIVERSITY – Sun 6 August (Warrnambool); Sun 20 August (Geelong); Sun 27 August (Melbourne)
· FEDERATION UNIVERSITY – Sun 27 August (Ballarat, Berwick and Gippsland)
· THE GORDON (Geelong) – Sun 6 August
· HOLMESGLEN – Thursdays – book visit on-line
· KANGAN TAFE – Experience Days; see website
· LA TROBE UNIVERSITY – Sun 6 August (Melbourne); Sun 27 August (Bendigo)
· MELBOURNE POLYTECHNIC – Sat 19 August (Preston)
· MONASH UNIVERSITY – Sat 5 August (Peninsula); Sun 6 August (Caulfield and Clayton); Sun 20 August (Parkville – Pharmacy College)
· RMIT – Sun 13 Aug (City and Bundoora)
· UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE – Sun 20 August (Parkville)
· VICTORIA UNIVERSITY – Sun 20 August (Footscray)
· WILLIAM ANGLISS INSTITUTE – Sun 13 August
How to get the most out of your Open Day visits
· Get an Open Day Guide from the Institution’s website before you attend Open Day: www.deakin.edu.au/openday www.openday.unimelb.edu.au
· Be there when relevant information sessions are scheduled
· Allow sufficient time for your visit; two hours or so would be advisable
· Speak to staff/students about courses which interest you - note your questions beforehand
· Collect information/brochures
· Ask about industry based learning (IBL) or work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities; these can assist with gaining employment, and are a feature of some courses and institutions. For example, some courses offer a 6 or 12-month paid work placement, often leading to a job
· Ask about international study opportunities – an increasingly popular option
· Consider transport issues; is the campus accessible from where you will live?
· Check out the environment where you will study; will you be happy there for three/four years?
· Consider the facilities offered at each institution, particularly if you are considering a course where facilities available will be an important consideration (e.g. sporting, laboratories, etc.)
· Check out clubs and societies on offer at each campus
· Consider a rural campus - ATAR’s are often lower at rural campuses and they can offer other advantages (e.g. smaller classes).
· Accommodation is usually available on campus if you book early.
NOTE: If you plan to apply for a course involving an interview/folio presentation/audition as part of the selection process, attendance at Open Day is A MUST! You might be asked what you learned at Open Day. This can be an awkward question to answer if you did not attend!
Year 12 News - When can I apply for courses for 2018?
A VTAC Information Session @ OG for ALL YEAR 12 STUDENTS regarding this and the procedures will be occurring shortly!
Applications are made on the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website with timely applications closing on Sept 28 (5pm) (see www.vtac.edu.au). You will be able to apply for up to eight courses, placing them in the order you most want them. Application interviews with Mrs. Mascaro will be available to assist you. The cost of timely applications is $35.00 (this increases greatly if you apply late).
Download the VTAC App
This app enables easy access to course information for your course research. Just search for VTAC in the app store on your device it is free!.
Special Entry Access Scheme
As we know, some circumstances can spoil a student’s academic achievement. Tertiary institutions are aware of this and offer alternative entry schemes taking into account short-term and long-term disadvantage. Most are offered through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) SPECIAL ENTRY ACCESS SCHEME (SEAS) application process.
Note: SEAS applications cannot be completed until you have made a VTAC course application. See: www.vtac.edu.au/applying/seas.html.
There are four SEAS categories:
Category 1: Personal information and location
Category 2: Disadvantaged financial background
Category 3: Disability or medical condition
Category 4: Difficult circumstances.
Applying for SEAS is only the first step. In addition to the application, some categories will require you to include an impact statement, and statement of support from a responsible person who can verify your claim. Applications open on 7th August and close on 10th October (5pm).
Scholarship Applications Through VTAC
Many institutions accept scholarship applications through the VTAC website. Applications open: 7th August; close 13th October (5pm).
Monash University Guarantee and SEAS
Monash operates two access schemes, the Monash Guarantee and the SEAS that can help you enter your preferred course, even if your ATAR is below the clearly-in ATAR. It is possible to be eligible for one or both schemes.
The Monash Guarantee can get you into a course even if you don’t reach the course’s clearly-in ATAR. You could be eligible if you have experienced financial disadvantage or if you are an Indigenous Australian (Note: the Monash Guarantee also applies to students who attend a Monash under-represented school). Every course has a Monash Guarantee ATAR. For Info: http://www.study.monash/how-to-apply/entry-schemes/the-monash-guarantee/monash-guarantee-atars.
Pathways Information evening at Monash
Students who are concerned about their ATAR and wish to explore alternative options to get their dream Monash course are encouraged to attend this evening.
When: 6.30-8pm, 23 August
Where: Level 3, Building K, Caulfield campus
University of Melbourne - Access Melbourne and Equity Programs
The University of Melbourne has a number of programs that are designed to increase the number of disadvantaged students enrolling at Melbourne. For details see: https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/access_melbourne_and_equity_programs