News from our institutions - July 2020

21 Jul 2020

Australian Catholic University

ACU Guarantee

ACU has announced a brand new early offer program, ACU Guarantee. The ACU Guarantee program offers eligible Year 12 students a place at ACU based on their Year 11 results. Applications open 3 August and offers may be made as early as September.

Students can learn more and register their interest for ACU Guarantee here.

Year 12 revision seminars

If you’re worried about your Year 12 exams, ACU can help.

They are offering free online webinars to help you revise and prepare for your exams. Students can choose from our English, maths, business studies, biology, PDHPE, legal studies, religion and IT webinars. Register here.

Australian College of Applied Psychology

The Australian College of Applied Psychology is hosting a range of online information sessions giving prospective students an insight into the ACAP experience. Students interested in a career in psychology, criminology, counselling or social work can attend the information session from the comfort of their own home.

ACAP educators and Course Advisers will speak about the various study options, what it's like to be a student, the flexible learning opportunities and pathways available, career outcomes, and more.

Sessions run on September 2 & 3. Register here.

Griffith University

GUESTS online applications now open for Trimester 3

The Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUESTS) program provides motivated high school students with a chance to stand out from the crowd. Students can study a course at university while completing their high school studies and for the first time, have the opportunity to study a choice of three first year Education courses as part of the GUESTS program.

Applications are now open to Year 11 students to study online courses available in Trimester 3, commencing in November 2020.

On successful completion of the GUESTS program students will receive two adjustments towards their ATAR when applying for a Griffith University degree and may be eligible for credit transfer once they commence their related degree.

Students will commence study from home and when restrictions are lifted, will have the flexibility to study on-campus, online, or a combination of both. Read more.

VET pathways to Griffith

Griffith University have a long tradition of recognising the skills and knowledge gained through Vocational Education and Training (VET) as a highly effective pathway to university for year 12 applicants.From VET Certificates to Diplomas, we offer pathways into a wide range of Griffith Undergraduate degrees.For a full list of Griffith degrees and information about the different VET pathways students can take, visit here.


Entry pathways now open

For students who would like to start in February 2021 and are currently in their final year of school in Australia or New Zealand, or taking a gap year, there are ways in which they can apply to ICMS which could mean they gain early conditional entry to ICMS. Find out more about these pathways below.

Scholarships now open

These ICMS scholarships are now open to Australian & New Zealand citizens/permanent residents completing either Year 12 (NZ Year 13) studies, or who took a gap year in 2020.

  • ANZ Scholarship for students commencing Bachelor of Business
  • HostPlus Scholarship for students commencing the Bachelor of Business (Sports Management)
  • HostPlus Scholarship for students commencing the Bachelor of Hospitality Management
  • Alceon Scholarship for students commencing the Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business Management (Accounting), or Bachelor of Property (Development, Investment and Valuation)
  • ICMS Business Scholarship
  • ICMS Business (Entrepreneurship) Scholarship
  • ICMS Business (International Tourism) Scholarship
  • ICMS Business (Marketing) Scholarship
  • ICMS Business (Sports Management) Scholarship
  • ICMS Business Management (Accounting) Scholarship
  • ICMS Business Management (Fashion and Global Brand Management) Scholarship
  • ICMS Event Management Scholarship
  • ICMS Hospitality Management Scholarship
  • ICMS Property (Development, Investment and Valuation) Scholarship.

Find out more about ICMS scholarships.

Macquarie University

Co-op Program – applications close 5pm Friday 25 September 2020

Macquarie's Co-op program is offered across two degrees:

  • Actuarial Studies Co-op: Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with Professional Practice (Honours) (UAC code 300238)
  • Accounting Co-op Bachelor of Professional Practice and Bachelor of Professional Accounting (UAC code 3022220)

These highly competitive courses provide an opportunity to alternate between classroom studies and workplace experience in the form of three placements of 3–6 months each.

To find out more about Macquarie's Co-op Program, how to apply and to watch the webinar, visit their Co-op page.

If students still have questions about the Co-op program or their application, they can book a 1:1 consultation or join the Open Day Streamed on Saturday 15 August, 10am–5pm.

For any other questions, they can get in touch with the Macquarie Co-op Team by emailing

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme Applications now open

The Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme is available for students completing the NSW Higher School Certificate, ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or International Baccalaureate (IB) in 2020.

This scheme recognises academic achievement as well as students' involvement in leadership and community engagement activities during Year 11 and/or Year 12. This may include voluntary or paid activities they participated in at school or within the community.

If their application is successful, you will receive an offer to study at Macquarie in 2021 before they complete their final exams. Details on how to apply and key dates visit are here. Applications for round two close 2pm Monday 10 August 2020 and round three close 2pm Monday 31 August 2020.

To speak with one of their team call 02 9850 6767 or email

Schools Recommendation Scheme closes Sunday 20 September 2020

To apply for the Schools Recommendation Scheme at Macquarie University students must:

  • be completing Year 12 in 2020 and attaining a Australian Year 12 qualification, or an International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia.
  • hold an Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or a permanent residency of Australia or an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa.

How to apply

Students must complete the SRS application when they apply for tertiary study via UAC. Follow the prompts to submit your application.

Applications are now open and close midnight 20 September 2020.

Read the important dates on the UAC website for more information on change of preference deadlines and offer rounds.

What you can study

Over 130 courses are offered through the Schools Recommendation Scheme at Macquarie.


Entry pathways

Current final year students commencing study in February 2021 are invited to apply for SAE’s Launchpad early entry program. The program opens 1 August 2020. Full information can be found at from 1 August 2020.

Scholarships now open

Scholarships are now open for 2021 with a range of full and partial tuition scholarships and grants available. Applications close 30 October 2020. Find out more here.

University of Newcastle

Year 12 hotline

The University of Newcastle has established hotline to help year 12 students find the answers to their questions. Call 1300 275 866 and select option 3.

Ask a Student – new platform launched

The university also has a new chat function on its Undergraduate page where students can chat with Newcastle uni students about student life, studying with them, living on campus or any other questions they may have about going to uni. They can make connections before they start at Ask a student.

Degree webinar series

The July evening webinars cover a large range of degrees, scholarships, careers, accommodation and more. Hear from academics and current students and get answers to your questions. Register now.

Schools Recommendation Scheme

Applicants to Newcastle can apply for early entry based on their Year 11 results and recommendations from their school. Apply before 20 September 2020 via UAC and offers are released on 12 November 2020. Explore Newcastle University degrees.

University of Sydney

Gadigal Program

The University of Sydney’s Gadigal Program is now open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The Gadigal Program shifts the focus from the ATAR alone and provides eligible students with the opportunity to tell the university more about themselves, including their interests, motivations and goals.

Eligible students will benefit from the opportunity to receive an early conditional offer and gain entry to a course with a lower minimum ATAR requirement. Students may also be invited to participate in an intensive two-week academic skills program before commencing at the University, and receive ongoing support throughout their studies.

New this year, the application for the Gadigal Program is now included in a student’s UAC application, and Year 12 students who apply and are eligible for the program can have their UAC application fee ($70) paid by the University of Sydney on their behalf.

For additional information, including steps for applying via UAC, see our website or email Rebekah Torrens, Senior Indigenous Recruitment Coordinator.

University of Wollongong

UOW Early Admission

UOW Early Admission applications are open. To help your students prepare, the Early Admission website includes FAQs, important dates and information about how to apply.

If you require further details about the UOW Early Admission program, or if you’d like to request a brochure or arrange an Early Admission application workshop for your Year 12 students, contact the UOW Student Recruitment team.

There will also be Early Admission information sessions at the UOW Virtual Open Day.

UOW Accommodation pricing

UOW is happy to announce that from 2021 a new price structure will be applied to all of our student residences.

We understand that university can be financially challenging for students and their families, which is why our new fees start from as low as $189 at Campus East for a flexi-catered single room in a unit. The weekly fee also covers students’ internet quota, electricity, water and gas, and all residences are fully furnished.

Plus, students who choose to live in a UOW residence gain access to a safe, supportive environment, and an extensive range of wellbeing, cultural, social, sporting and academic programs. Applications for 2021 are now open. Interested students, parents and teachers can find out more via the UOW Accommodation website.

UOW Global Sports Programs

The UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Program and UOW Crusaders Global Rugby Program provide unique opportunities for your students to study a qualification of their choice at UOW’s Wollongong campus, while receiving up to 20 hours a week of professional coaching.

Students will receive training from fully qualified coaches from English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur through the UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Program, while the UOW Crusaders Global Rugby Program will deliver coaching from the most successful club in Super Rugby, the Crusaders. Apply now to Global Football or Global Rugby to start in February 2021.

Recognition of Investigating Science

UOW is pleased to announce that the Faculties of Science, Medicine and Health, and Engineering and Information Sciences recognise that Investigating Science is a recognised science subject and complements the study of science disciplines. Students studying Investigating Science, who meet all the admissions criteria, are now able to gain entry into relevant programs.

This change increases program accessibility for these students.


Applications for UNSW Gateway Admission Pathway close 3 August for Year 12

UNSW Gateway is an admission pathway to for students in Years 12 attending Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for students’ preferred UNSW degree and provides them with an early conditional offer to UNSW. Applications are open now for Year 12. Apply today.

Applications for UNSW Co-op Program Scholarship close 30 September 2020

UNSW Co-op Program scholarship applications for 2021 are now open, closing 30 September 2020. Further details and how to apply can be found here.

Applications for UNSW Scholarship close 30 September 2020

UNSW Scholarship applications for 2021 will open progressively from July 2020 and will close on 30 September 2020. Further details and how to apply can be found here.

Western Sydney University

HSC True Reward Early Offer Program

HSC True Reward provides students with an early offer into a Western course based on HSC results, instead of a scaled ATAR, following analysis showing subject performance is a robust key performance indicator of student success. This year, we're also introducing offers based on Year 11 results to ensure COVID-19 doesn't derail student’s hard work in preparing for their HSC.

The exciting innovation to the True Reward program this year, is the inclusion of the University's Alpha platform – a ground-breaking digital experience that provides tailor-made content for students based on their personal and professional development needs and goals. Students who successfully apply through True Reward using their Year 11 results will receive exclusive access to Alpha’s Edge playlist – a playlist of activities within the Alpha platform specifically designed to improve career decision making and prepare students for University.

Applications are now open. For more information, visit HSC True Reward Early Offer Program.

Western Webinar Series

At Western, we are continually developing resources to provide further information on Western Sydney University entry offers, pathway information and the re-imagined HSC True Reward Early Offer Program.

Register your students for the below webinars to discover more about the entry options into higher education.

  • Discover Western: Entry options and pathway info
    Thursday 16 July, 4pm-5pm
    Our live information session will take your students through how to apply and all the available entry pathways to study at Western Sydney University, setting them up for future success.
  • Discover Western: HSC True Reward 2021
    Thursday 30 July, 3.30pm-4.15pm
    Join our HSC True Reward Webinar to hear about the background of the program and exciting new changes to HSC True Reward for 2021. Learn how students can use either their Year 11 or 12 results, receive conditional offers, and the inclusion of the new Alpha’s Edge Playlist, a ground-breaking digital experience providing students with an incredible head start for both university study and their future careers.

Music auditions

Auditions to study music at Western in 2021 are now open. To audition, students must either submit videos of two performances made on a phone or other video recording device saved as MP4 files, or a composition portfolio of two or more works, in score and recorded formats. Further information on how to apply and to submit audition files is here.

Virtual presence in schools

Western is currently offering a series of presentations tailored for Years 10, 11, and 12. You can inspire your students to see the benefit and opportunity that awaits them in higher education. Hear from current and Western graduates and learn about scholarships, early entry, The Academy high performing student program, alternative pathways to uni, campus life, the range of inspiring courses we offer and so much more.

Request a Virtual Visit here.