News from our institutions - September 2018

06 Sep 2018


ACU is offering a new course for 2019 – Bachelor of Educational Studies. This course has been designed for students who are passionate about becoming teachers, but do not achieve the entry requirements. After successfully completing one semester of study in the Bachelor of Educational Studies, they may be invited to transfer to their ideal teaching course in the following semester, provided they have met the entry requirements.

Alternatively, if they complete one year of full-time study in the Bachelor of Educational Studies, they will be guaranteed entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Education (Primary) or the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary).

Find out more information about pathways into ACU early childhood, primary or secondary teaching courses.


CSU has launched a new course designed in consultation with industry to create job-ready business professionals. Intensive face-to-face learning during the Bachelor of Business (Industry Professional Practice) will give students knowledge across a range of business functions. It also features workplace learning and tailored career mentoring and development modules so students become embedded in their industry of choice from the first year of study. Students will also have the opportunity to select from a range of joint studies to suit their career direction.


For decades, regional areas of Australia have experienced a shortage of medical professionals. La Trobe University is addressing these shortages with the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) - a new degree created in conjunction with the University of Melbourne. The course is offered exclusively to rural and regional students and taught in both Bendigo and Albury/Wodonga. The degree is specifically designed as a rural medical pathway to the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Medicine to be offered in the city of Shepparton. 


Study for a Day

SAE Byron Bay Campus and SAE Sydney Campus are hosting Study For A Day workshop events in October. These workshops are a fantastic way for students to learn from SAE's industry experienced academic staff and get hands-on training with actual coursework from SAE's degree programs. They provide great insight for those who are still unsure of their study plans and are a great way to experience opportunities within the creative media fields.

  • Study for a Day Byron Bay: Saturday 20 October, 9am–4pm
  • Study for a Day Sydney: Saturday 6 October, 9am–4pm

Find out more.


The University of Newcastle has five exciting new undergraduate degrees available from 2019: 

Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (Honours) This course will develop your understanding of aerospace systems and teach you how to control the response of these structures while keeping your feet on the ground.

Bachelor of Global Indigenous Studies This new degree is supported by our world-renowned Wollotuka Institute. Using Indigenous knowledge systems, you’ll learn to work effectively with local and global communities to tackle social, economic and ecological challenges.

Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours) Be at the forefront of renewable energy innovations and develop creative solutions to one of the world’s biggest challenges to create a better world for future generations.

Bachelor of Science The new 2019 program offers hands-on learning, collaboration with researchers and other industry professional, and specialisations so you can discover the type of scientist you want to be.

Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management Match your business skills with your interest in environment and sustainability to develop a commercial approach to entrepreneurial opportunities in the environmental space.

Year 12 Subject Spotlight

At the University of Newcastle, we believe that your ATAR doesn’t define who you are. Our Year 12 Subject Spotlight program rewards you with an early offer for your hard work and strong results in one or more subjects related to your degree. So, you can take some of the stress out of your final school exams. Find out more.


Accommodation guarantee

UOW is proud to be one of the few Australian universities to offer an accommodation guarantee for first-year students. To be eligible for the guarantee you must apply by 11 November 2018. UOW also offers a range of accommodation scholarships. Visit UOW's website for more information.

Important closing dates for performance auditions

754800 – B Performance

754810 – B Performance (Dean’s Scholar)

Students applying for either of the above degrees through UAC (with the exception of Early Admission applicants) are required to register for an audition. 

Registrations can be made online and close at 5pm Monday 5 November 2018.

2019 scholarship applications open

UOW scholarships and grants demonstrate the University’s commitment to excellence, equity and diversity. Find out more information and how to apply on UOW's website.


Changes to UNSW Canberra Academic Calendar for 2019

In support of Defence requirements, UNSW Canberra at ADFA have recently amended their 2019 academic calendar. The 2019 important dates are:

Semester 1

Monday 25 February – Friday 14 June


Saturday 6 – Sunday 21 April

Study Period

Monday 17 – Friday 21 June


Saturday 22 – Saturday 29 June

Mid-year recess

Sunday 30 June – Sunday 14 July

Semester 2

Monday 15 July – Friday 25 October


Saturday 31 August – Sunday 15 September

Study period

Monday 28 October – Friday 1 November


Saturday 2 – Saturday 9 November

Further information on the 2019 academic calendar can be viewed on UNSW's website


HSC True Reward

Western Sydney University’s unique early offer program recognises the strengths of each individual. True Reward offers students a place at Western before they receive their ATAR, on the basis of relevant HSC subject results. Find out more about True Reward.

Liverpool campus open day

Experience the state-of-the-art facilities of Western Sydney’s brand new Liverpool City campus on Saturday 22 September 2018. Find out more about Open Day and register your interest

Western Sydney U Day Parramatta 7 November, Parramatta South campus, 9.30am–1.30pm

Western Sydney U Day is designed for senior high school students who are considering university study. You will have the opportunity to experience campus life with academic presentations, student panels and interactive activities. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entry program 12–13 November, Penrith campus

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders 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 Alternative Entry Program. The program is held three times per year in January, June and November. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander information evenings 10 September, Penrith campus, 6pm–7.30pm 11 September, Campbelltown campus, 6pm–7.30pm

Whether it’s initial enquiries, considering options or preparing to apply, this event provides a front row seat to university study, university life and study opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander future students.

Music auditions and interviews

Auditions are now open for Year 12 music students looking to study music at Western Sydney University. They can secure an early offer to the Bachelor of Music by attending an Early Audition on 24–28 September. Main round auditions are also available 3–7 December, and late round auditions in January 2019. Find out more and book an audition. If students can’t make these dates they can contact and an alternative date can be organised.