News from our institutions - May 2019

08 May 2019


Changes to admission criteria

ACAP has changed its admission criteria for applicants. The changes are intended to enable ACAP to better assess each application on an individual, case-by-case basis.

As part of these changes, ATARs will no longer be considered as part of ACAP's selection process. All applicants will now be required to undertake a screening interview, as well as meeting one of the following criteria:

  • successful completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent)
  • successful completion of a Certificate IV or above (or equivalent)
  • successful admission to an undergraduate degree at an Australian university (or equivalent)
  • be 21 years or above at the date of commencement.

For more information, contact ACAP.

International College of Management, Sydney

Upcoming events

Postgraduate Information Evening – Wed 15 May 2019. Register here.

Northern Beaches Tertiary Expo – Fri 24 May 2019. Register your school or email ICMS.

Campus Tours – any time by appointment. Book here.

New diploma

ICMS’s pathway institution, Aspire Institute, is now offering a Diploma of Business Management. The Diploma of Business Management allows students to study a blend of business subjects, gain an insight into key elements of managing people and organisations, marketing, communication and accounting, which can be applied across different industry sectors. Unlike the Diploma of Applied Business Management this course does not include industry training.

Scholarships and sponsorships

In 2018, ICMS and its industry partners awarded 82 scholarships, worth approximately $1.2 million, as part of the Professional Scholarship Program. Find out how to apply for a scholarship.


According to the 2018 Internal Graduate Survey, nine out of ten ICMS students graduated with a job in their field.

Macleay College

Study tips

Confused about how to study most effectively? If so, you're not alone. Macleay's Senior Lecturer and study tip guru, Dr Manny Aston, has some clever tips for you and your students in this video.

New course

Macleay is excited to announce its new Diploma of Digital and Social Media Marketing course, launching in May.

With so many people online these days, it’s essential for businesses to communicate with their customers using digital and social media. That’s why this fully accredited 8-unit diploma is designed to take students from beginner to expert and allows them to be more competitive in the rapidly changing digital industry. Plus, it only takes seven months to complete.

On successful completion students will also have the opportunity to pathway into the Bachelor of Digital Media or Bachelor of Business programs to expand their knowledge base and enhance their employability even further.

If students are looking to kickstart or advance their career, gain a competitive edge over other job applicants and be job-ready by the time they graduate, then look no further. For more information, read the full course description or get in touch with the Macleay Admissions Team to learn more about this cutting edge course.

Macquarie University

Upcoming information sessions

17 May – Career Advisers and Teachers day

This session offers the opportunity for careers advisers and teachers to learn why Macquarie is the best option for their students. It’s also a chance to talk to members of the executive team, take part in workshops, and network with colleagues.

Time: 9.00am–2.30pm, Macquarie Park campus. Register here.

26 June – Year 12 Information Evening

Heading to uni next year? Don’t miss the Year 12 Information Evenings!

Macquarie University invites you to attend an evening of short talks featuring Macquarie representatives and current students. Talks will be followed by an exhibition where you can ask UAC, their Future Students team, and university representatives about degrees, entry requirements, scholarships and everything Macquarie.

Find out more about the university admissions process, including early entry, and hear about initiatives that will help prepare you for the workplace, such as the Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) program.

Make an informed decision about your future by evaluating your study options with Macquarie. Parents are welcome.

Time: 5.30–8.00pm, City campus. Register here.

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers is a new early-entry program that recognises a student’s academic performance alongside their extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership, community service and personal achievement. Year 12 students who meet the criteria are offered a place in their preferred degree before the HSC examinations.

How to apply

Students complete an online application and have a school representative endorse their application.

Key dates

  • 3 June – Applications open
  • 15 August – Offer round 1
  • 12 September – Offer round 2
  • 3 October – Offer round 3

2020 Curriculum – Innovative and flexible

From 2020, students have the choice of undertaking one of our double bachelor degrees or combined bachelor and master degrees.

Double degrees

One of the most exciting developments in Macquarie's new curriculum is a student’s ability to study two degrees at once.

Double bachelor degrees involve studying two complementary or completely different degrees. They can increase students’ career flexibility and lead to greater employment prospects. Double bachelor degrees fast-track students’ study – and they are usually completed one or even two years faster than undertaking both degrees on their own. This not only saves time but also money.

Combined bachelor + Master degrees

Also in 2020, for the very first time, students have the opportunity to undertake a combined bachelor and master degree. These degrees combine an undergraduate degree with a postgraduate degree and can be completed in as little as four years. Not only does this accelerated approach fast-track their learning, it provides them with a specialised depth of knowledge that will strengthen their appeal to future employers.

In a four-year combined bachelor + master degree, students will study undergraduate units in their first and second years, a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate units in their third year and postgraduate units in their fourth year.

University of Wollongong

UOW Early Admission

Applications for the 2019/2020 Early Admission program will open on Thursday 1 August at the UOW Early Admission website. They will close on Friday 30 August.

Any student who is completing their final year at an Australian high school is eligible to apply. More details will be communicated soon. In the meantime, UOW encourage students to register for updates so they can keep them across Early Admission key dates and application details.

UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Program

Starting in February 2020, the UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Program will offer students a unique opportunity to study a UOW or UOW College Australia qualification while also developing their football (soccer) skills, with training provided by fully qualified coaches from English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.

Successful students will undertake 16–20 hours of football training each week for 36 weeks, tailored around academic study. They will also have opportunities for selection to compete at a local, national or international level.

Applications are open now. To apply, interested students should submit an online application for the football program as well as apply to study at UOW or UOW College Australia, via the relevant application process.

Find out more information about the program and the application process. If you have any questions not answered on the UOW website, you can lodge a question using this form and a member of the UOW team will get in touch.

UOW Information Evenings

Next term UOW will be hitting the road and will very likely be in a town near you to answer all your questions in the one place at the one time. Head to the UOW events page to find an Information Evening near you. And be sure to add UOW Open Day on Saturday 3 August to your calendar!

Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking

News just in – UOW is delighted to be ranked equal 13th in the world for the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, demonstrating UOW's successful delivery of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and identifying UOW as a global leader in social and economic impact.

UOW outperformed almost all 500 institutions from 75 countries that participated, highlighting the difference it is making to the world we live in, and the positive impact being delivered to communities locally, nationally and globally.

Western Sydney University

Parent Information Evenings

  • 9 May, 6–8pm, Campbelltown Campus
  • 13 June, 6–8pm Parramatta South Campus

See where a degree from Western can take young minds. Find out information on the Western experience, HSC basics, fees, HECS-HELP and scholarships and much more. Find out more and register your interest.

Mid-Year Information Day

  • 18 May, 10am–2pm Parramatta City Campus

Get course advice and speak one-on-one with our academics and admissions staff about your options. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about fees and finance and get a feel for campus life. Find out more and register your interest.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program

  • 11–12 June, Penrith Campus

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who do not have an HSC or other qualification, or who have an ATAR lower than required for their chosen course, can apply to study through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program.

Western Sydney University Exceptional Merit Pathways

Music auditions

The Bachelor of Music at Western Sydney University takes an eclectic, modern and inclusive approach to music repertoire, performance, sound design, song writing, composition and musicology. Students can secure an early offer into the Bachelor of Music by attending an Early Audition in June, July or September. Auditions also take place in December 2019 and January 2020.

They will be held in the Music Precinct at Western Sydney University’s Kingswood campus. Find out more and register your interest.

HSC Enrichment Day – Geography and Society & Culture

HSC Enrichment Day is for students studying Geography and Society & Culture. Hosted by Western’s academics, alongside highly experienced HSC teachers, the day will cover key areas of the HSC syllabus, curriculum development and examination techniques in preparation for HSC exams. Students will have the option to sit a 60-minute exam with the opportunity to secure an early offer into one of Western’s Geography or Society & Culture related degrees.

HSC Enrichment Day will take place on Friday 23 August at Western Sydney University’s Kingswood campus. Cost is $33 per student. Find out more and register your interest.

Design Portfolio Day

Western Sydney University’s Design Portfolio Day is an exceptional merit pathway for those wanting a career in graphic design, photography, illustration, art direction, digital media design, or design education. Students can attend an interview and show their original creative work to determine eligibility to receive an early offer into the Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) degree.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 12 September at Western Sydney University’s Parramatta South campus. Find out more and register your interest.

HSC True Reward

Most people are good at something. What’s your passion? It’s important to play to your strengths because, ultimately, your strengths determine your future. This is the premise behind Western’s HSC True Reward program. True Reward offers you a place at Western on the basis of relevant HSC subject results.

Find out more about HSC True Reward and how to apply.