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Post-Secondary Options for Students


21 March 2019

Post-Secondary Options for Students

Post-Secondary Options for Students

There are essentially three options for students at the end of their secondary education. These are:

  1. Higher Education (University)
  2. Vocational Education Training/TAFE
  3. The workforce

Entrance into university courses requires completion of the SACE, attainment of a competitive Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), and possibly also fulfilment of course specific entrance criteria (such as the UCAT, an audition, submission of a portfolio, attendance at an interview, etc).

The VET/TAFE sector has different entrance criteria and often involves the completion of Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma courses. These courses can lead to either direct employment opportunities in industry or trades or can also lead to further education entrance into Bachelor degrees at university.

The workforce requires students to have an up to date resumé, be prepared for an interview and may include on the job training. Some students also choose to undertake a gap year to travel, work and consider their options.


Applying for University

University applications for the 2020 academic year will open in the first week of August around Australia. Applications are processed by an administrative organisation in each state. Students may apply to as many states for university entrance as they wish – these applications are all independent of each other and have a processing fee of approximately $40 per state.

The websites for applications in each state are:

Students may apply for up to 6 – 8 different university courses in each state, with the opportunity to keep adding, deleting and re-ordering their preferences for courses until early January 2020 (for domestic students). This allows them the opportunity to make informed final decisions about their university applications when they have their final Year 12 results from 2019.


Preparing for Applying to University

We will be running a series of information sessions throughout the year during Year 12 students’ free study periods that will cover the following topics:

  • how to search for and compare university courses
  • the timeline of the application process
  • how bonus points work in South Australia
  • checking for prerequisite subjects and assumed knowledge
  • how to compare university courses
  • university fee structures
  • how to research accommodation and scholarship opportunities
  • how to manage their preferences
  • responding to offers in January/February 2020

The first of these information sessions will be conducted in the next few weeks. A copy of the information presented will be made available after the session and we encourage you to begin the important dialogue about post-secondary options.

We are available to meet with students at any stage during the year. Students in Cameron, Campbell and Stewart are asked to contact Mrs Belinda Sorensen, while students in Douglas, Gordon and McGregor are asked to contact Mr Mark Kelly.

Teresa Hanel
Deputy Principal - Teaching and Learning

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