News from our institutions - December 2022

08 Dec 2022

Australian Catholic University

Pathways to ACU webinar

Thursday 8 December, 12pm to 1pm AEST / 1pm to 2pm AEDT

For students who don’t receive the ATAR they want, there is no need to panic – there’s more than one way into university. Learn about the entry pathways to ACU, including diplomas and Foundation Studies, that can give students entry straight into the second year of their preferred bachelor degree.

Register for Pathways to ACU webinar

Change of preference events

Students can join ACU at its Strathfield campus for change of preference advice on Friday 16 December, anytime from 9am to 12pm AEDT. This event will help them navigate their study options and admission pathways to ACU.

Students can chat with ACU’s friendly staff about any courses offered at the Blacktown, Canberra, North Sydney and Strathfield campuses.

Register for ACU change of preference event

If students are unable to join in person, they can book a one-on-one consultation (phone call or via Microsoft Teams) on Thursday 15 December, 10am to 6pm. During the consult, they can chat about their study options and find out how to reach their career goals.

Register ACU one-on-one consultation

Students can explore their closest ACU campus and discuss their study options by booking a guided campus tour with ACU’s friendly staff. They accept a maximum of five people per visit.

Campus tours will be running the same day as the change of preference events on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 December at the following times: 10am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm AEDT.

Book an ACU North Sydney campus visit

Book an ACU Strathfield campus visit

Book an ACU Blacktown campus visit

Bachelor of Human Rights

ACU’s new Bachelor of Human Rights will prepare students for a career in human rights and social justice. Students will graduate with the job-ready skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of policies and practices that are highly valued in the corporate, government and non-government sectors.

Bachelor of Midwifery

The Bachelor of Midwifery is now available to study in semesters 1, 2023 at ACU’s Blacktown campus. The Bachelor of Midwifery is for those who want to become registered midwives and work in maternity settings such as hospitals, birth centres and other community agencies. Students will undertake midwifery clinical practice throughout the course in both hospital and community settings.

Western Civilisation Program Summer School

The Western Civilisation Program Summer School is a three-day academic retreat for high school students going into Years 11 and 12 who have an interest in the liberal arts and humanities.

Led by ACU’s Western Civilisation Program academics, students will engage in critical discussions about great books of the Western tradition, gaining invaluable critical thinking, communication and reading skills – all while having fun and meeting like-minded students.

The Summer School will include:

  • lectures and discussions
  • Year 12 exam and study skills workshops
  • games, activities, socialising and more.

Come along and get an insight into what it’s like to study ACU’s Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation) and hear from current students about their experience of the program.

Register for ACU Western Civilisation Program Summer School

Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE)

Discover why ACPE is rated #1 across various categories for Health, Sport, Physical education, and Dance.

Students can visit them on campus and see where they will study, as well as participate in information sessions and practical workshops to take the next step with confidence.

New degree

ACPE is introducing Australia’s first football degree: a Bachelor of Football (Development, Management, and Performance). Starting from the first semester next year, this provides students with the skills, knowledge, and experience to prepare for a diverse range of future career paths in the football industry.

Here are the entry options so students don’t miss out on securing their first study preference with ACPE.

ACPE Experience Day

Book an information session on 15 or 16 December or attend a 1:1 consultation session, and they can complete their early enrolment the same day.

ACPE direct and early entry

Students Cana guarantee their place and secure their enrolment based on their Australian year 11 results.

Find out more about ACPE direct and early entry

Priority entry

For current Australian Year 12 students, this is a non-ATAR-based early entry program. Acceptance is based on their performance in HSC subjects that are relevant to the course(s) of your choice. Select ACPE course(s) as your UAC preference and be automatically considered for priority entry.

Find out more about ACPE Priority entry

Alternative entry pathway

If you have left school, not completed your HSC, and are under 21 years of age, ACPE has an entry pathway to provide alternative access to an ACPE degree. Simply study one foundation unit, at no cost, for one semester.

Find out more about ACPE alternative entry pathways

Big Picture Learning Australia (BPLA)

Known as the International Big Picture Learning Credential (IBPLC), it offers a rigorous, non-ATAR pathway from secondary to tertiary study that is currently accepted by universities around Australia. This is an equity initiative, particularly for students from low SES and indigenous backgrounds and those with disabilities.

Find out more about ACPE BPLA


ACPE awards scholarships to commencing students to acknowledge academic excellence, outstanding sporting achievements, equity, and diversity. ACPE scholarship recipients become ambassadors of the college, its values, and generations of alumni who share this legacy of excellence in the industry. Applications close on 5 December 2022. Find out more about ACPE Scholarships.

Campus tours

Campus tours of ACPE’s campus in the heart of Sydney Olympic Park are run regularly on Thursdays each week. Fill in the registration form to lock in a day and time.

Register for an ACPE campus tour

Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt Partners with IBM – opportunities for students

Charles Sturt University has partnered with one of the most respected technology corporations in the world – IBM. The partnership will create a pipeline of skilled graduates experienced in the technologies of the future.

Some students studying Bachelor of IT, Bachelor of Computing Studies and Bachelor of Business will have the opportunity to undertake paid vocational work experience placements with IBM as part of their course, giving them the opportunity to apply the theory and skills gained during their studies in a professional workplace setting. Charles Sturt is also collaborating with IBM on some aspects of the academic curriculum, giving students further opportunities to be equipped with the skills and knowledge that the workforce wants.

Charles Sturt and IBM partnership information


Join CQU’s Change of Preference Online Chat Session

Friday 16 December, 9am to 11am AEST

For any Year 12 student who didn’t receive the ATAR they were hoping for or has changed their mind about the course they want to study in 2023, CQU is here to help. Students can join CQU’s Online Chat Session and receive guidance on how to change their preferences, learn more about entry pathways and find the best study options that will lead them to their dream course.

All students need to do is head over to the CQUniversity Facebook page, send a message during the session and they’ll receive real-time answers to all their questions. For more information or to register visit the CQU events page.

Griffith University

Explore your options event

Griffith University is ready to help students get the best result from their result. Whether their ATAR isn’t quite what they'd hoped for, or they've had a change of heart since submitting their university application, Griffith can help students explore their options. Chat online with Griffith's expert student advisers from 9am to 3pm (AEDT) on the following dates: 15 to 17 December and 19 to 23 December.

Undergraduate diplomas

Griffith University’s undergraduate diplomas offer a supported start to university studies, helping students successfully transition to their chosen bachelor degree and fast-tracking them to second-year studies.

Their new range of undergraduate diplomas includes:

  • Diploma of Applied Science/Bachelor of Science
  • Diploma of Applied Science/Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Diploma of Arts/Bachelor of Science
  • Diploma of Business/Bachelor of Business
  • Diploma of Criminology and Criminal Justice/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Diploma of Education/Bachelor of Education
  • Diploma of Engineering/Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
  • Diploma of Information Technology/Bachelor of Information Technology.

Students will develop foundational knowledge and skills while accessing a wide variety of student support programs. Plus, the first year of study in the diploma is alongside their peers in the bachelor degree, so they’ll finish their studies in the same amount of time, at no extra cost.

Griffith pathways to a bachelor degree


ICMS Degree Taster Day - 19th January 2023

The International College of Management, Sydney, Degree Taster Day will give students a sneak peek into what it’s like to study a bachelor’s degree specialisation. With seven specialisations offered, students will attend mini lectures that will ignite their passion for their chosen degree preference, giving them a chance to engage with course material before committing to the degree.

Register for ICMS Degree Taster Day

Macquarie University

Explore Your Options at Macquarie University

From 12 to 23 December, prospective students can book a 1:1 consultation with one of our friendly students, attend an info session, join a campus tour to discover Macquarie’s amazing facilities and stunning grounds, get help with enrolling or finding their own unique pathway into university.

Book a 1:1 consultation

Exploring the Universe with ESO's Super Telescopes: The 2022 Allison-Levick Lecture

The Department of Industry, Science and Resources and Macquarie University are proud to present Exploring the Universe with ESO's Super Telescopes: The 2022 Allison-Levick Lecture on Thursday, 1 December from 6pm to 7pm.

This special event, introduced by Professor Fred Watson, will commence with a presentation from our special guest, Professor Xavier Barcons, Director General of the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Professor Barcons will showcase cutting-edge astronomy using the expansive suite of ESO's facilities and foretell future discoveries with the next generation of ultra-large, ground-based telescopes.

Register to explore the universe

Parent webinar: How to support your child from HSC to University

Hear from Dr Jessica Belcher from the Centre of Emotional Health as she provides parents her tips and strategies on how to support adolescents in their HSC year as they go into uni.

Watch the parent webinar on-demand

Adjustment factors

Macquarie University will consider students' selection ranks which considers students' ATAR or equivalent rank plus any adjustment factors they're eligible for. With ATAR release day fast approaching, students can rest assured that adjustment factor schemes can be combined to receive additional points across most of our degrees.

Learn more about Macquarie adjustment factors

Discover entry pathways at Macquarie University

Macquarie University recognises that students have different strengths, interests and personal circumstances while also understanding that the ATAR does not necessarily reflect students' potential.

There is more than one way into university. Prospective students can explore their different pathway options at Macquarie through the entry navigator.

Learn more about Macquarie entry pathways

SAE Creative Media Institute

SAE is opening its campus doors for Exhibition: a student showcase where attendees can discover the endless creative opportunities that await in this exciting and dynamic industry.

  • Exhibition at SAE Byron Bay campus – 15 December, 6pm to 8pm
  • Exhibition at SAE Sydney campus – 15 December, 6pm to 8pm

Exhibition is a one-stop event to for students to experience life as an SAE student. While they’re on campus they will be able to check out the world-class facilities, chat to their friendly course advisers and check out the work that SAE students have produced.

Students can register now to immerse themselves in the campus community and celebrate the end of trimester the SAE way.

View more SAE events

University of Canberra

UC’s Updated Science Course UC has launched its brand new Bachelor of Science (NPB003.1); flexible and cross-disciplinary with room for innovation this course allows students to self-curate their own study program.

They can study a Core Major in Science and choose at least one of the Specialist Majors on offer (Nutrition Studies, Chemical Science, Environmental Science, Human Movement, Biological Science and Biomedical Science). This allows them to focus on the areas they are interested in, making the study experience enjoyable and giving them all the tools they need to be successful when applying for jobs. Designed to develop critical thinking, scientific reasoning, data analytics and communication skills in the specialist scientific discipline through scenario-based study and work-integrated learning opportunities to ensure they graduate career-ready, equipped to solve a range of theoretical and contemporary real-world problems in local and global contexts.

University of Newcastle


ATAR Info Day: 15 December – Students are invited! They can come onto campus and chat with admissions staff, current students and take a tour.

  • Newcastle Callaghan and City campuses, 10am to 1pm
  • Central Coast Gosford campus, 10am to 1pm
  • Central Coast Ourimbah campus, 3pm to 5pm

Campus tours: 2 and 9 December – Explore Callaghan, Ourimbah, Gosford – Central Coast Clinical School, NUspace or Q Building.

View all upcoming University of Newcastle events.


Applications are open for new scholarships within the Engineering College of Engineering, Science and Environment:

View all University of Newcastle scholarships

Program Information

Open Foundation – free pathway program into uni. Students can include this course as a lower preference to ensure they receive an offer to study in 2023. Once completed, they are guaranteed entry into 40+ degrees at the Uni of Newcastle.

Diplomas – a more supported start to uni. Students can begin their undergrad studies with their peers while they take foundational courses. They can include a diploma as a lower preference to ensure they gain a place in a program in their preferred area of study.

NUPrep Bridging – offers free academic preparation and support for all University of Newcastle students in the weeks leading up to semester start.

University of Notre Dame

A Day in the Life of a Uni Student

Broadway and Darlinghurst campuses, Thursday 15 December 2022, 10am to 5pm

Get a taste of life as a Notre Dame University student with taster lectures, workshops and practical hands-on activities, opportunities to chat with academics and current students, guided campus tours, and even tasty treats.

The University’s Broadway campus will give students the chance to explore study options in Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Law, and Philosophy & Theology. On the Darlinghurst campus, students can explore the labs, consult rooms and simulated wards, and find out about the University’s Nursing and Medicine degrees.

Friendly Student Advisers will also be available for personalised advice sessions to help students understand their UAC preferences, provide specific course advice, and share insights into the application process.

Register to experience life as a Notre Dame uni student

Global Gateway Partnership – New opportunities for studying abroad

The University of Notre Dame Australia is thrilled to announce a landmark student exchange agreement with its founding partner, the University of Notre Dame in the United States. Under this agreement, the University of Notre Dame Australia is included in the highly prestigious Global Gateway Network, which is hosted by Notre Dame in the United States.

This partnership offers students a range of exciting opportunities for study abroad and travel during their degree. Students can choose to study at Global Gateway Network hubs in London, Jerusalem and the Notre Dame campus in Indiana, developing a global mindset and broadening their professional networks.

Global Gateway Network details

New degrees and updates for 2023

Notre Dame University is pleased to offer a number of exciting new degrees starting in semester 1, 2023:

New scholarships for undergraduate students

Notre Dame Opportunity and Merit Scholarships, worth up to $20,000 each, are available to undergraduate students.

  • The Opportunity Scholarship is designed to provide financial support to new Notre Dame students who have experienced, or are experiencing, financial hardship or other forms of educational disadvantage.
  • Notre Dame’s Merit Scholarship offers financial support and encouragement to a commencing student who demonstrates academic promise.

University of Sydney

Info Day – Friday 16 December

Students will have the opportunity to get personalised course advice before finalising their UAC preferences. There will also be information sessions and campus tours. This is their chance to experience Sydney.

Students can register now to plan their schedule and utilise all the resources offered on Info Day to embark on their dream study and career journey.

Register for University of Sydney Info Day

Architecture, Design & Planning Adjustment Factors

Students who are interested in applying for one of Sydney’s Architecture, Design and Planning degrees (excluding combined Engineering degrees) can submit a portfolio. The University of Sydney portfolio submission is a potential way for domestic students to gain entry into Sydney degrees if they have achieved close to the required ATAR (or equivalent). In conjunction with the HSC and other formal assessment systems, it assists the University to identify students with the potential to excel in architecture or interaction design. Round 2 is now open and applications close on 13 December 2022.

Education and Social Work

There are updated requirements for University of Sydney undergraduate secondary education degrees for undergraduate secondary education degrees in 2023. The three Band 5 requirements for Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Bachelor of Education/B Advanced Studies (Secondary) have been removed. Students now no longer need to get the three Band 5s during their HSC or equivalent.

New Health Sciences major available from 2023

The new University of Sydney Health Sciences major – High-Performance in Sport – represents the pinnacle context of sports science application. The major aims to provide experience and preparation for the transitional step from undergraduate to postgraduate or potential industry employment. It will be available to students commencing in 2023.

They will learn:

  • how interdisciplinary factors influence high performance and the athletic development process
  • to apply measurement and testing techniques to evaluate athletic performance
  • to interpret athletic performance data, synthesise research evidence and practical knowledge, identify strategies/solutions to refine best practices, and design appropriate training/intervention programs.

New science programs available in 2023

  • Astrophysics: This new program is for students interested in exploring astronomy and astrophysics, incorporating a physics major and additional units in data science, cosmology, mathematics, electrodynamics and more.
  • Life Sciences: Learn about a range of interconnected disciplines, including biology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics. Students undertake a disciplinary major and an interdisciplinary capstone project.

Both programs can be accessed in the University of Sydney Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

New Doctor of Physiotherapy in 2024

Sydney has a new pathway to becoming a registered physiotherapist, in addition to its flagship Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy). The University of Sydney Doctor of Physiotherapy is a three-year postgraduate degree, and an ideal pathway for students who may miss out on entry into the high-demand bachelor degree. Unlike the Master of Physiotherapy, there are no prerequisite knowledge requirements. Students can complete any undergraduate degree in order to be eligible to apply for the Doctor of Physiotherapy. The Master of Physiotherapy will not be offered after 2023.


My Sydney Scholarship

The My Sydney Scholarship is available to undergraduate domestic students residing in an eligible area of socioeconomic disadvantage and starting in 2023. It is valued at $8,500 pa for the duration of an undergraduate degree and is accessible through UAC.

Susan Wakil Scholarship for Nursing Students

The Susan Wakil Scholarship, valued at up to $20,000, is open to students in Greater Sydney who will be commencing an undergraduate nursing degree with the University of Sydney in 2023. Applications close on Wednesday 1 February 2023.

Tom Austen Brown Undergraduate Scholarship in Archaeology

The Tom Austen Brown Undergraduate Scholarship in Archaeology scholarship, valued at $22,000 per year for the duration of the degree (up to four years) has been established to encourage and support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students commencing study in First Nations Archaeology at the University of Sydney. Applications close 18 January 2023.

Undergraduate Equity Scholarships in History

The Undergraduate Equity Scholarships in History, valued at $5,000 per year for the duration of degree (up to 4 years) have been established to encourage and support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students commencing study in History at the University of Sydney. Applications close 20 January 2023.

Understanding How Preferences and Offers Work: webinar

Join Sydney as they explain the UAC preference process, offer rounds and how students can maximise their chances of receiving an offer from the University of Sydney. They will discuss application timelines, deadlines and using the UAC system to the best advantage. The webinar will help students to confidently order their preferences, navigate multiple UAC offer rounds, and understand what to expect and the next steps when they receive an offer.

The webinar will be delivered in the lead-up to the main UAC offer rounds and will coincide with the change of preference deadlines.

  • Register for University of Sydney webinar: Friday 16 December, 6pm to 7pm (AEDT)
  • Register for University of Sydney webinar: Thursday 5 January, 6pm to 7pm (AEDT)
  • Register for University of Sydney webinar: Thursday 19 January, 6pm to 7pm (AEDT)

University of Wollongong

UOW To You

UOW’s expert future student advisers will be road-tripping across NSW and the ACT to meet with students one on one for course and pathways consultations. They will be visiting Wollongong, Canberra, Bega, Albury and Dubbo on 15 December; and Liverpool, Shoalhaven, Batemans Bay, Wagga Wagga and Bathurst on 16 December.

ATAR Release Day webinar

UOW will also be hosting an ATAR Release Day webinar on Thursday 15 December at 6pm. From vocational qualifications and academic pathways to advanced and integrated masters degrees, their expert panel will help students explore where their ATAR can take them and answer questions live.

Register for a UOW to You consultation, ATAR release webinar, or campus tour

UNSW Sydney

UNSW Portfolio Entry

UNSW Portfolio Entry gives students the opportunity to demonstrate their passion and talent, alongside their ATAR, boosting their chances of receiving an offer. The pathway is available for many UNSW programs across Arts, Design & Architecture, Engineering, Medicine & Health, and Information Systems.

Portfolio submissions close on Monday 12 December 2023. Visit the UNSW Portfolio Entry website for more information.

UNSW Parents’ Info Evening – Online

Parents or guardians of a graduating Year 12 student can empower themselves to help their child navigate their path to university by joining UNSW online for the Parents’ Info Evening from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday 14 December. 

They can discover how to support their child when they receive their ATAR, including the admissions process and pathways into their dream degree.

Register for UNSW Parents' Online Info Evening

UNSW Info Evening – Parramatta

Join UNSW from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Thursday 15 December for an Info Evening at the Parkroyal in Parramatta, where students and parents will be able to speak with UNSW staff and current students to find out about degree options, transition to uni, and how to make the most of the university experience.

Register for UNSW Info Evening at Parramatta

UNSW Info Day – Kensington

Students and their parents are invited to join us on the Kensington campus from 11am to 3pm on Friday 16 December to get personalised advice on which UNSW degree or pathway is best for them. It is the perfect opportunity to get all their last-minute questions answered.

Attend lectures, join a campus tour, and chat with academics and current students in the Advisory Zones.

Register for UNSW Info Day at Kensington

Western Sydney University

Careers Advisers and Teachers Day – save the date

The 2023 Careers Advisers and Teachers Day will be held on Tuesday 7 March 2023 from 8.30am to 2.30pm at Western Sydney University, Bankstown City campus.

Each year careers advisers and teachers from high schools across Sydney attend to get the latest updates and news from Western to take back to their schools to provide course and career advice to students.

The program will be released in January 2023. Save the date and register your interest to secure your spot as this event holds a maximum capacity.

Register for Western Sydney University Careers Advisers' and Teachers' Day.

New Degree – Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

The new Western Sydney University School of Education Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) is designed to meet the growing demand for early childhood teachers across Sydney and New South Wales.

Western Webinar Series

Speaking directly with Western’s current student support service centre team, these live information sessions will discuss how to manage course offers and preferences, and the admissions and acceptance process.

  • Webinar: How to manage your course offers and preferences – 16 December
  • Webinar: How to accept, defer and manage your offers – 13 January

Register for Western Webinar Series