News from our institutions July 2023

17 Jul 2023

Australian Catholic University

ACU Guarantee applications open soon

ACU’s early offer program, ACU Guarantee, offers eligible Year 12 students a place at ACU based on their Year 11 results. Applications for ACU Guarantee will open on 24 July and close on 18 September. Students can receive up to 10 adjustment factors to help boost their selection rank by submitting optional personal statements as part of their ACU Guarantee applications. ACU Guarantee personal statement guide

ACU Guarantee: early offer application process and student panel (NSW/ACT/Qld) webinar

Join an ACU webinar on 18 July, 6pm to 6.30pm, for detailed information on how to apply for the ACU Guarantee program, and hear current students share their experiences. This webinar is for NSW, ACT and Queensland students. Register for the ACU Guarantee webinar.

ACT enhanced guided visits

ACU’s Canberra campus is offering new discipline-specific guided visits in 2023. These visits are more than campus tours – students will have the opportunity to sit down with academic staff and current students from their discipline of interest to learn more about these fields and get their questions answered. Students considering nursing and paramedicine will also get hands-on experience in ACU’s labs.

Capacity is limited so students should register early. These tours will run on the following dates:

  • Nursing and paramedicine guided visit – Tuesday 4 July, 10am to 1pm
  • Teaching guided visit – Thursday 12 July, 12pm to 2pm
  • Social work guided visit – Wednesday 12 July, 11am to 1pm

Register for ACU Canberra discipline-specific guided tours.

How parents of ACU students can help

Parents play a big part in helping their teen choose a university. Let us relieve some of the pressure by giving them the tools to support the student in their life and ensure that ACU is the right fit. Hear from some parents of ACU’s current students about their experience with ACU.

Campus and program updates

ACU Blacktown’s Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and Bachelor of High Performance Sport degrees will be taught from the new state-of-the-art facility known as BEST (Blacktown Exercise, Sport and Technology hub). At a cost of over $100 million, the facility will house specialist teaching labs for all Blacktown students. Purpose-designed exercise physiology, biomechanics, and strength and conditioning labs will allow students to develop knowledge, skills and experience in exercise and sport science. Attend the Blacktown Campus Open Day on Saturday 29 July for the chance to tour BEST via a shuttle bus to and from the new facility.

Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)

Apply now for early entry

For students currently studying Year 12 in Australia, early entry allows them to secure enrolment at one of Australia’s leading sport education provider, ACPE, before sitting their HSC examinations. ACPE takes a holistic approach when reviewing their application and considers a range of factors.

Students can apply now to receive an early offer to study at ACPE and finish their examinations with less stress. Take a look at ACPE’s course list – they can choose up to two they’re interested in, and when they’re ready, they can submit their ACPE application.

Articulation pathway

The ACPE Articulation pathway is an option for students who are eligible to enrol in an ACPE diploma or associate degree to be considered for articulation into an undergraduate degree upon satisfactory completion of the diploma or associate degree. Credit for completed units are applied via ACPE Recognition of Prior Learning.


Online Chat Session and Virtual Open Day in August

CQU's Open Day Online Chat Session is an opportunity to chat directly with staff about courses, student support services, scholarships, pathways, or anything else you'd like to know about studying with CQUniversity. If you or your students have questions about future study options, whether it's TAFE or university, register to join the CQU Online Chat Session on Thursday 27 July at 3pm (AEST).

If you miss the Open Day Online Chat Session or just want some more info, you can join CQU’s Virtual Open Day from the comfort of your own home on Saturday 27 August, 9am to 1pm. You can chat directly with the CQU crew about your course of interest, tune into course webinars, get career advice, learn more about the support services available, and receive assistance with figuring out what your next step will be. Register for CQU’s Virtual Open Day.

Macquarie University

Events and workshops for students

Year 12 webinar series

The Year 12 series provides students with everything they need to know about university – from applying and exploring their courses and entry programs, to reducing Year 12 study stress and leaving home.

  • Relocating to Macquarie – Wednesday 19 July (6pm to 7pm)
  • Year 12 guide to uni – Watch on demand
  • Early entry info session – Watch on demand
  • Study without stress – Watch on demand
  • Psychology at Macquarie – Watch on demand

Events and workshops for careers advisers

Macquarie University’s Careers Adviser Lunch and Learn Series

This online series is specifically designed for careers advisers and teachers to learn about what Macquarie Uni has to offer their students. Hear from academics and staff about key changes, course and faculty updates and other resources.

  • Wednesday 2 August 2023 – Scholarships masterclass
  • Wednesday 6 September 2023 – Setting students up for success
  • Wednesday 11 October 2023 – Pathways with Macquarie University College

Watch on demand

  • Business and commerce at Macquarie
  • What to expect from Macquarie in 2023
  • Relocating to Macquarie
  • Guiding your students through UAC
  • Early entry schemes at Macquarie University.

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry applications are open

Students could receive an early offer to study at Macquarie University in 2024 if they have performed well academically in Year 11 and can demonstrate initiative and commitment through leadership, community, sport or casual work activities.

Applications for Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry are open and there are two application rounds:

Round 1: Applications close 11.59pm, Monday 31 July 2023

Round 2: Applications close 11.59pm, Thursday 31 August 2023

Co-op applications are open

Macquarie University’s Actuarial Studies Co-op program is a highly competitive course in which students alternate between classroom studies and workplace experience.

For 2024 entry, Macquarie Uni is offering a Co-op program for Actuarial Studies only and will provide updates on other work integrated learning opportunities as they become available.

Course updates

Macquarie is excited to introduce the new Bachelor of Business – providing a second broad-based business degree alongside the well-known Bachelor of Commerce. The degree will commence in session 1, 2024. Here is a quick overview of the two degrees.

  • Bachelor of Business offers six majors built around a broad range of foundation and future-focused business units that will help you build knowledge in areas such as management, entrepreneurship, human resources, marketing and strategy. In addition, you’ll develop a valuable set of employability skills – leadership, strategic thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork, and sustainable and ethical thinking – which are highly sought after in today’s rapidly evolving global business landscape. Depending on your chosen major, you could find yourself in a broad range of roles in many different industries. You could be a budding entrepreneur, or a leader of innovators. Maybe an administration manager, general manager or a future CEO. You could be a specialist or a manager in communications, human resources, marketing or sales. Or your job title might not have been invented yet.
  • In contrast, the Bachelor of Commerce offers 10 majors that will help you develop depth and specialisation in your chosen discipline, along with a set of extensive and integrated foundation units that will orient you to commerce and business. You’ll acquire employability skills in data literacy, business analysis, teamwork​, communication​, conflict resolution​, problem solving​, critical thinking and a global mindset, among others. Career opportunities include specialist roles across a wide range of industries, such as health, law, psychology, science and technology. You could be an accountant, financial adviser or tax specialist. Maybe a business or venture analyst, consultant or stockbroker. Or something a little different like a cybersecurity manager or market researcher.

University of Newcastle

Year 12 Early Entry Program

The University of Newcastle’s Early Entry Program is for NSW and ACT students completing Year 12 (Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate) in 2023. Early entry considers your Year 11 results so you can earn an offer to your chosen degree before you commence your exams.

An early offer to the University of Newcastle secures your place and provides you with certainty at a stressful time, as well as HSC study support, guaranteed accommodation, invitations to VIP events and more.

Applications close 29 August 2023.

Bachelor of Media and Communication

Introducing the Bachelor of Media and Communication in 2024. This program is a creative journey giving students the confidence to produce content, tell stories and influence audiences. It connects students to industry networks, leading to careers in media, entertainment, broadcast and social media, journalism and public relations.

Scholarships available

The University of Newcastle offers a number of scholarships across a wide range of areas. Explore the University of Newcastle’s scholarships.

University of Notre Dame Australia

New programs

Notre Dame University is offering several new degrees in 2024.

New to Notre Dame’s Sydney campus for 2024, these degrees offer students a strong understanding of advanced scientific investigations to prepare them for a range of careers such as a biochemist, researcher or biomedical scientist. Students studying biomedical science will also be able to combine their degree with a Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Commerce, diversifying their career options. The new Bachelor of Biomedical Science Assured Pathway degrees are designed to offer additional opportunities for aspiring doctors to gain entry into Notre Dame’s Doctor of Medicine.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology*

This new degree offers students the chance to develop foundational knowledge and skills in psychology within a comprehensive liberal arts program, allowing them to complement their studies of psychology with an engaging range of majors or minors from a number of other areas of study.

*Provisionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Early Offer Program

Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program offers school leavers an opportunity to secure their place at a university that takes a holistic approach to education, emphasising the whole person.

The Early Offer Program gives applicants the chance to:

  • join a 5-star rated university^
  • gain recognition for their extracurricular activities and achievements
  • showcase their academic achievements
  • be part of an exclusive leadership program.

Applications are now open and close on 30 September 2023.

^Notre Dame is rated 5 stars for Teaching Quality, Skills Development, Learner Engagement, Graduate Salary, Full-Time Employment, and Overall Experience, Good Universities Guide 2023, undergraduate category.

University of Sydney

Visiting the Wagga Wagga region

The University of Sydney will be in the Wagga Wagga region from 25 to 28 July. Students, parents, guardians and teachers are invited to join the Wagga Wagga Meet Sydney Uni event on Thursday 27 July 2023, 5pm to 6.30pm. Register to meet the University of Sydney in Wagga Wagga.

You are invited to a careers adviser dinner following the event.

The University of Sydney also welcomes requests to visit your school to deliver presentations or workshops for students in Years 10 to 12.

Email Tyrone at the University of Sydney to organise a school visit or reserve your place at the careers adviser dinner.

Early offers for prospective visual arts and music students

Domestic students can now apply to receive an early offer to study visual arts or music at the University of Sydney via the Creative Arts Special Admission Scheme (CASAS):

Eligibility notification dates announced for MySydney

MySydney offers every eligible student residing in a low socio-economic area entry on a reduced ATAR, an $8,500 per annum scholarship for the duration of their undergraduate degree, and a range of additional support. The MySydney webpage has recently been updated with the dates students will be notified of their eligibility for the scheme. To be considered, students will need to submit a UAC application and list the University of Sydney as a preference. If they are eligible, the University will notify them via email on the dates listed on the MySydney webpage.

The University of Sydney ARTiculate Talk series: support for HSC students and resources for high school teachers

The ARTiculate talk series aims to support high school students undertaking the HSC to enrich their understanding in subjects related to arts, humanities and social sciences, and serve as a resource for teachers. Here are the upcoming sessions:

  • Spanish Continuers and Extension: What’s next? – Monday 31 July, 5pm to 6pm – Online
    This interactive webinar is designed around the ‘Spanish-speaking communities’ theme of the Spanish Continuers Stage 6 syllabus. It will explore the Spanish-speaking communities in different countries through their music, art, literature and film, as well as their relevant position in an interconnected world.
  • PDHPE: Health equity in Australia today – Thursday 3 August, 5pm to 6pm – Online
    This talk discusses how health is socially patterned in ways that systematically advantage some people over others. It will also highlight how better health equity might be achieved, especially for young people in Australia today.

Visit the ARTiculate webpage to view other upcoming sessions and recordings of past sessions.

Music Theatre Chorus course at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music

This exciting introductory musical theatre course – for students aged 15 to 22 years – will cover vocal technique, lyrical interpretation, characterisation, stage physicality, audition techniques, and musical theatre ensemble techniques. Classes will take place weekly from 31 July to 4 September 2023 and include both musical theatre ensemble and vocal masterclass components, led by industry professional and Sydney Conservatorium of Music theatre teacher, Rob McDougall. Musical Theatre Chorus course details and registration.

Grand Challenge: Igniting the Future of Renewable Fuel

Year 9 and 10 students are invited to spend Wednesday 16 August from 8.45am to 2.45 pm with Future Anything, learning about a real-life global problem: the Grand Challenge. Students will meet Professor Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou, one of the world’s leading hydrogen fuel researchers. They will then brainstorm, develop and pitch their own energy solutions to their peers and facilitators for a chance to win cash prizes. Grand Challenge: Igniting the Future of Renewable Fuel details and registration.

Vet Medicine Undergraduate Admissions Information Session

Join this webinar on Wednesday 20 September from 4pm to 5pm to learn about the Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (BVB/DVM) at the University of Sydney. It will cover undergraduate admission requirements for the BVB/DVM, including details for the submission of the commitment statement and completion of the Casper situational judgment test. Students will be able to ask questions to the Sydney School of Veterinary Science and get advice on their undergraduate application to the degree. .

Virtual Tour of the Chau Chak Wing Museum

In a unique collaboration with the NSW Department of Education, the Chau Chak Wing Museum has launched a virtual tour of the museum for high school students in NSW. The tour has been devised as a resource for Ancient History teachers, integrating components of the Stage 6 Learning Sequence ‘Ancient History Stage 6 – museums, history and future careers – the Chau Chak Wing Museum’, which is now also part of the ‘Investigating Ancient History: the nature of ancient history’ syllabus (Option 5, Cultural Heritage and the Role of Museums).

The learning sequence includes videos of university graduates – who have majored in history and related subjects – discussing their careers.

Project Management Spring Camp: September 2023

The School of Project Management will be running their in-person Spring Camp on Thursday 28 September for students in Years 10 and 11. This program offers an interactive opportunity for students to develop awareness of project management as a discipline, career pathways, the Bachelor of Project Management, and hear from industry professionals, academics, current students and alumni. Past programs have included site tours to Google and Atlassian. Expressions of interest for the University of Sydney Project Management Spring Camp are now open.

Tertiary Jazz Pre-audition Workshop: Saturday 5 August 2023

Are your students planning to audition for a Sydney Conservatorium of Music tertiary degree in jazz? This three-hour workshop includes discussions and demonstrations of the audition process and requirements, a mock jazz aptitude test, and the opportunity for some students to have their mock audition critiqued by tertiary jazz staff in front of their peers (this is optional). This is an invaluable opportunity to ensure optimum preparation for the ‘real thing’ in this highly competitive field. Register for Sydney Conservatorium of Music Tertiary Jazz Pre-audition Workshop.

Webinar Wednesdays: Term 3 line-up

The University of Sydney’s Webinar Wednesdays series runs weekly throughout the school term and is designed to help students discover what it's like to study a bachelor degree at the University. These webinars are best suited for students in Years 10 to 12 and include tips on high school subjects, preparing for university, how to choose a course, as well as faculty-specific tasters. The Term 3 series includes webinars on studying Biomedical Engineering, Astrophysics, Marine Science, the Bachelor of Advanced Studies, Nursing and more! Register for the University of Sydney Webinar Wednesdays.

University of Technology Sydney

UTS Early Entry Program

Applications are now open for the UTS Early Entry Program. Students can secure their place at UTS before the final Year 12 exams.

The program is designed to recognise students’ academic achievements from Year 11 and is open to all local (domestic) and onshore international Year 12 students. Offers will be based on Year 11 results and include an ATAR requirement. Applications close on 4 September 2023 with provisional offers released on 19 September 2023.

Students interested in an Engineering or IT course can qualify for Edge points, composed of Year 11 grades in STEM subjects and the Women in Engineering and IT initiative when they submit their application.

Apply for the UTS Early Entry Program.

University of Wollongong

UOW Early Admissions open now

UOW Early Admissions allows students completing Year 12 (HSC or other Australian equivalents) during 2023 to secure an offer to UOW based on non-ATAR selection criteria, including Year 11 results and unique skills and experience.

Applications close on 11 August 2023. UOW Early Admission offers will be issued before the NSW HSC exams in early September. Apply for UOW Early Admissions.

Cyber Academy

Delivered by Deloitte, TAFE NSW and UOW, this unique initiative will see eligible cyber security students undergo paid work with Deloitte or an industry or government sector partner and receive coaching, mentoring, soft skills, ethics and leadership training. How to apply for UOW Cyber Academy.

Metro and regional campuses

Students who choose to study at one of the University of Wollongong’s metro or regional campuses will enjoy the same UOW career-focused curriculum and graduate with the same internationally recognised degree.

Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation

The Bachelor of Arts in Western Civilisation at UOW will expose students to ideas that have been inspiring people since their inception — in Ancient Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the Modern Era. They will have the unique opportunity to engage directly with a carefully curated selection of some of the most influential works in the Western tradition of thought and art.

UNSW Sydney

New degrees, course changes

New science degrees launching in 2024

UNSW has redesigned its Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) to place their passions, purpose and potential at the centre of the student experience. With embedded employability experiences, flexible structure and a new interactive online platform, SciConnect, they’ll gain the knowledge, skills and experience they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

UNSW has a new Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) coming soon

Watch out for an announcement for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours). Students will learn from world-class practitioners and become a professionally accredited teacher to transform the lives of primary school children. The program will launch in Term 1, 2024. More details will be published soon.

Bachelor of Commerce new major

UNSW Business School is excited to announce that Cybersecurity Management and Marketing Analytics will be added as majors to the Bachelor of Commerce in 2024.

The Cybersecurity Management major will equip students with a comprehensive skillset that combines technical knowledge with essential management skills to overcome cybersecurity challenges and secure business assets in today's interconnected digital landscape. This major will nurture a sense of social and global responsibility, empowering graduates to make ethical decisions and contribute to a secure digital future. The Marketing Analytics major will focus on the emerging needs of data-driven decision making for marketing optimisation and equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to collect and analyse consumer data to make informed marketing decisions.

UNSW Bachelor of Commerce

UNSW Portfolio Entry Early Conditional Offer Scheme Workshops

Attend the interactive workshops where they’ll provide tips and examples on what students need to submit and how to apply.

Western Sydney University

HSC True Reward offer dates

Western’s HSC True Reward early offer program will give school leavers much needed peace of mind, providing students with an early offer into most university degrees based on their Year 11* or Year 12 results.

*Those that apply using their Year 11 results will need to successfully complete the HSC.

Discover Western: Applying for University & Receiving an Early Offer Webinar

On Tuesday 22 August, students can discover Western’s early offer and pathways programs, and explore how to apply for university and get an offer without an ATAR, at the Discover Western Webinar – Applying for University & Receiving and Early Offer.

Free HSC Study Sessions

Western's free HSC Study Sessions, in partnership with leading education services provider InspirationED, are being offered online from 25 to 29 September for Year 12 students. Delivered by highly qualified senior teachers with 25 free sessions across 16 key HSC subject areas, the sessions will include content analysis, tips and strategies, and an opportunity for students to sit practice exams. Register for Western's free HSC Study Sessions.

Pathway Program August Assessment Round

Registrations are open for Western’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program. The next assessment round for the alternative entry pathway program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Students Information Evening

Register for Western's the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Students Information Evenings to be held on 15 and 16 August at Western’s campuses. Students can learn about what programs and pathways are on offer, scholarships and how Western can help with their studies.