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Sirius College Career Development


Our aim is to provide you with all the latest information that will help you make decisions about your future career and your life beyond school.

You can use this site to locate University, TAFE and any other type of course across Australia, get information about the VCE, search for job vacancies and much more. Feel free to drop into the Careers Office if you have any questions.

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Wednesday Aug 5 (Posted: 05/08/2020)

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  • Yrs 10-12: Useful Tips for a University Degree Wannabe (UDW) - UDW: definition - a person who is convinced they want to go to University but are not sure where or exactly what they want to study! Also suffers from ATAR anxiety. This is primarily for the Yr12s, but it's also good for Year 10 & 11 students to know as well!
    • Choose a degree that allows some flexibility in selecting a sequence of units that is right for you.
    • Make sure the program offers opportunities for practical work experience (sometimes called Industry Based Learning).
    • Do not base your decision solely on what your friends are doing.
    • LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!!  Make sure travel time from your residence to the campus is within what you are willing and able to do on a day to- day basis.
    • Do not just pick courses based on ATAR alone.
 
 
 
  • Yrs 9-12: New 'Careers with STEM: Engineering' eMag - A recent youth survey by the Australian Government found that of all the STEM disciplines, students were most confused about what engineering is. And yet 95% of engineering grads find work in their area within three months! In the latest edition of Careers with STEM, what engineering is all about is explained, and a diverse mix of real-life engineers are showcased. Meet the problem solvers building the cities of the future, fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and making the world a better, more inclusive and liveable place. To download a copy of this excellent resource, go to the 'Career Dev. Webinars & Resources' page inside your Student Secure Area on siriuscollegecareers.com.
  • Yr12: VTAC Pro Tip - Did you know that many of the questions you have about your VTAC application, terminology used, resources available, and further explanation of all the elements that make a complete & correct application, can be accessed from the bottom of the VTAC website? Scroll right to the bottom, and you'll see a range of different options available for you that can answer your questions before you bring them to any of your Career Dev. Practitioners. Go to vtac.edu.au, and see what's there!
  • Yrs 9-12: Performing Arts at the Fed Uni Arts Academy - If a future in Performing Arts is of interest, don't miss this opportunity to speak to Fed Uni about studying a Bachelor of Performing Arts at the Arts Academy in Ballarat, next Tuesday August 11 at 6pm. You will meet lecturer Anthony Crowley, Co-Program Coordinator, Performing Arts. Anthony is a multi-award winning director, composer and designer whose work spans musicals, plays and performance art. Current students Lucy Fitzgerald (former Our Lady of Zion College student) and Will Cooke (former Lilydale High School student), will talk about their experience of studying performing arts at the Arts Academy and living in Ballarat. There is also a live Q & A session at the end of the webinar where you are encouraged to ask the Fed Uni team anything and get to know Anthony, Lucy and Will. To register for this online event, click here.

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Tuesday Aug 4 (Posted: 04/08/2020)

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  • Yr12: VTAC Information Session recording - Thank you to the 160+ participants in last night's VTAC Information Session held on Zoom. If you need to go back to refer to any item spoken about, or you were unable to watch & would like to (give yourself about 90-100min - there's that much information covered, including some excellent questions from some of your peers), the recording is now available on the 'Career Dev. Webinars & Resources' page inside your Student Secure Area of siriuscollegecareers.com (see image below). As VTAC sends out updates through the next few months, they will be announced via the News Feed, and any downloadable items will be placed on the 'Student Downloads (incl. all VTAC information)' page inside your Student Secure Area - IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO BE ACROSS ALL THIS INFORMATION AS WE PROVIDE IT.
  • Yr12: Swinburne Early Entry Program - Swinburne's new Early Entry Program has opened for applications. In order to be considered for their main round of early entry offers, you need to have your paperwork submitted to Swinburne by August 28. Part of this paperwork involves seeking a school recommendation. If you would like to have this recommendation approved, you must make your intentions of applying for this program known to your Career Development Practitioner by NO LATER than Friday August 21. No other staff in the school will be signing this document on behalf of the school, and your Career Development Practitioner will do the necessary checking with relevant teachers to ensure you would meet Swinburne's requirements, before signing off on the recommendation form. For more information on the E.E. Program, including what courses this applies to and how to apply, click here.
  • Yrs 11 & 12: VU Guaranteed update - Congratulations to the 40 - yes, 40! students across both Years 11 & 12 who have got a VU Guaranteed offer already in the bag. If VU is on your radar for 2021 or 2022, what do you have to lose in applying for the VU Guaranteed program!? You'll have a conditional offer waiting for you, you'll get an ATAR adjustment for most VU courses, and if you miss the requirements, they'll help you find a way to your desired destination though all their options in both the uni & VU Polytechnic - it's a no-brainer! For more information on the VUG program & to apply, click here.
  • Yr12: Scholarships - Free money - who doesn't want it? As we spoke about last night, you should be putting your hand up for as many different scholarships as possible, both through your VTAC account, as well as direct to every institution you're applying to. To see what scholarships your VTAC application will put you in the running for, click here. To see every Victorian instution's scholarship page, go to the Scholarships page (under 'For Students') on siriuscollegecareers.com

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Friday Aug 3 (Posted: 03/08/2020)

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Only 2 items today - but 2 very important items!

  • Yr12 - VTAC registration now open - VTAC is now open for Year 12 students for 2021 university applications from vtac.edu.au. Some key points to start with:
    • You will need to register with VTAC prior to placing your preferences & applying for SEAS/scholarships, and to do this, you will need your VCAA/VCE number. If you do not have this, please speak to your campus' Career Development Practitioner this week. 
    • Tonight's VTAC overview session will commence at 7pm sharp. The Zoom session link has been sent out numerous times now via SEQTA direqt message & eMail. Please avoid registering until after this session - there is no rush, and you should register fully informed.
    • Sample & demonstrations are now available for you to practise creating an account, apply for courses, apply for SEAS and apply for scholarships. Do these before doing it for real! Click here to access these.
    • Interviews will be available to be booked in as of tomorrow via the 'Book an Interview' link on siriuscollegecareers.com, and will be closed at 12pm Friday. The schedule will be distributed via your Career Development Practitioner soon after. If you do not show for your scheduled interview, we will not chase you up on this.
    • Read...READ...CourseSearch listings carefully...shouldn't need to say this...
  • Yrs 11 & 12 - resultsandatar.vic.edu.au registration now open - Come December 30, if you want to know your Study Score/s (Years 11 & 12) and your ATAR (Year 12), you need to register your details with resultsandatar.vic.edu.au. Registrations are now open. You will need to have your VCAA/VCE number to do this (so for Year 12, you need it for this & for VTAC registration). If you do not have this number, please speak to your campus' Career Development Practitioner this week. To register your details, click here.
 

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Thursday July 30 (Posted: 30/07/2020)

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  • Yrs 9-12: Speaking to a Medical student FINAL REMINDER - Want to know how to get into medicine? Ask a medical student. A third year medical student will be speaking to Sirius College students TONIGHT at 6pm. All students welcome to tune in via Zoom. Ms. Yucel (EMC Career Dev. Practitioner & College Alumni Outreach Officer) has sent out a handful of messages on SEQTA, including the Zoom link for the session, so read any of these messages for more information.
  • Yrs 9-12: Global Affairs Forum Victoria 2020 - Are you interested in a career in international affairs? Want to learn more about what degree will fit with your goals? Come along to UN Youth Victoria's Global Affairs Forum on the 28th of August, the UN Youth Australia's annual careers forum for students in Years 9-12 interested in international affairs. With representatives from universities across Victoria and interstate, and some incredible speakers from across the global affairs sphere, there is so much to see at this years Gloaal Affairs Forum. For more information & to register your attendance ($20 fee involved), click here.
  • Yrs 9-12: Course Guide availability - Whether you're at home for remote learning, or at school right now, you can always access the course guides of the universities you are interested in from siriuscollegecareers.com. Every university's guide from across Australia is available for you, as well as further information on scholarships, early entry schemes and more. All just a few clicks away! You can access all of these from 'Post School Options' --> 'University' --> 'Information about Institutions/Courses'. All the Victorian institutions available are in the image below.
  • Yrs 9-12: Mechanical Engineering Degrees in Victoria in 2020 - Mechanical engineers plan, design and oversee the development, installation, operation and maintenance of machinery. They conduct research to solve practical engineering problems and improve efficiency. Mechanical engineering is offered at the following Victorian Universities –
INSTITUTION VCE REQUIREMENTS ATAR 2020
 
Deakin University
G – Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
M – Melbourne Campus

 
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics. 67.75 (G)
71.80 (M)
Federation University
MH – Mount Helen Campus
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in Maths: Mathematical Methods or at least 20 in Maths: Specialist Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English. 65.10 (MH)
Monash University
Cl – Clayton Campus
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in one of Chemistry or Physics. 92.30 (Cl)
RMIT University
Engineering (Honours)
                       
Engineering (Mechanical) Degree



Associate Degree Engineering Technology

C/B – City & Bundoora
C - City
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics. 80.05 (C)
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics. 80.05 (C/B)
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics. 41.55 (C)
Swinburne University
Engineering Degree (Prof)

Engineering Degree

H – Hawthorn Campus
R.C. – Selection based on range of criteria
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics. 83.00 (H)
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics. 75.00 (H)
Victoria University
FP – Footscray Park

 
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics. n/a (FP)
 

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Wednesday July 29 (Posted: 29/07/2020)

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  • Yr12: 2020 VTAC Information Session reminder - A reminder to all Yr12 students that the Career Dev. Dept will be conducting our annual VTAC briefing next Monday night August 3 at 7pm via Zoom. It is really, really important that you partcipate in this session, and ask questions as required. More details were sent out via SEQTA direqt messages on July 20, so check this message for the link to this session.
  • Yr12: Interested in working in theatre, film or television? Applications are now open, or will be opening soon for the following 2 institutes. Applications for most courses at these institutes will be based on an audition, interview and/or folio. Please take note of key application closing dates and provide all required information with your application:
    • NIDA: National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) offers courses in areas such as Acting, Costume Design, Design for Performance, Technical Theatre, Properties and Objects, and Staging. Applications are now open; click here for more information.
    • Victorian College of the Arts: Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) offers courses in areas such as Acting & Theatre, Dance, Design & Production, Film & Television, Indigenous Art & Culture, Music Theatre, Visual Art and Writing. Applications will open on Monday 3 August via VTAC. For more information, click here.
  • Yrs 10-12: Humanities scholarship and global programs - If you would love to study a humanities degree and receive a scholarship, paid industry experience, or funded overseas immersion program, you may like to explore the following four university degree options. Obviously, these are all subect to Australian Government international trave restrictions:
    • ​​​​​​​Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation), Australian Catholic University: Based at North Sydney Campus, this liberal arts degree will give ambitious students a deep understanding of western literature, philosophy, art, politics, religion, science and history, and how these help us to understand our world and the dialogue between cultures. The Ramsay Centre is funding 30 scholarships valued at $30,000 per year ($90,000 total) across the duration of the degree. Applications are now open for the 2021 intake. To learn more, click here.
    • Bachelor of Arts (Professional), Swinburne University: This course offers 18 majors, 28 co-majors from other faculties and 42 minors. Students are guaranteed one-year of paid industry experience as part of the degree, and it will take 4-years full time to complete the course. Applicants will need to achieve an ATAR of 80 to be considered for admission. To learn more, click here.
    • International Sustainability Experience, La Trobe University: All students studying a humanities degree at La Trobe are eligible to apply for the unique International Sustainability Experience program. Successful applicants will receive a funded two-week overseas experience located in the Asia Pacific region. Eligible degrees include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Media and Communication, Bachelor of International Relations, Bachelor of Language and Linguistics etc.. To learn more, click here.
    • Global Immersion Guarantee, Monash University: The Monash Global Immersion Guarantee (GIG) provides a guaranteed two-week overseas study experience for all first year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Global Studies students, with the cost of airfares, accommodation and local travel covered as part of the program. Students will study the impact of the global movement of people and goods on environmental sustainability. To learn more, click here.
  • Yrs 10-12: Civil Engineering Degrees in Victoria in 2020 - Civil engineers plan, design, construct, operate and maintain roads, bridges, dams, water supply schemes, sewerage systems, transportation systems, harbours, canals, dockyards, airports, railways, factories and large buildings. They may perform some of the following tasks:
    • investigate sites to work out the most suitable foundation for a proposed construction
    • research and advise on the best engineering solution to meet a client's needs and budget
    • produce detailed designs and documentation for the construction and implementation of civil engineering projects
    • organise the delivery of materials, plant machinery and equipment needed for the construction project and supervise labour
    • analyse and interpret reports on loading, labour, productivity, quality, materials and performance
    • analyse risks associated with natural disasters including wind, earthquake, fire and floods, and design structures and services to meet appropriate standards
    • arrange for geological and geophysical investigations and carry out feasibility studies
Universities in Victoria that offer undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering include:
INSTITUTION VCE REQUIREMENTS ATAR 2020
Deakin University
G – Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
M – Melbourne Campus
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics. 64.05(G)
70.10 (M)
Federation University
G – Gippsland Campus
MH – Mount Helen Campus
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English. n/a (G)
n/a (MH)
La Trobe University  
M – Melbourne Campus
Be - Bendigo
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics. 66.40 (M)
72.75 (Be)
Monash University
C – Clayton Campus
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in one of Chemistry or Physics. 92.30 (C)
RMIT University
C/B – City & Bundoora
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics.
New Bachelor of Engineering ^^ accepts Further Maths
80.30 (C/B)
80.05 (C) ^^
Swinburne University
H – Hawthorn Campus
*Professional Degree
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English other than EAL or at least 30 in English (EAL); Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics. 75.00 (H)
83.00* (H)


 
Victoria University
FP – Footscray Park
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics n/a (FP)
Visit VTAC for more information on these and other courses – including double-degrees.
 

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Tuesday July 28 (Posted: 28/07/2020)

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  • Yrs 10-12: VTAC update - Some updates to the VTAC website are now in place for Years 10-12:
    • Yr12: 2021 course information for students wishing to apply beginning next week, is now available via VTAC CourseSearch. You can access CourseSearch by clicking here. You can access CourseSearch directly from the VTAC homepage. We will say this over & over & over through the next few months - READ ALL COURSE INFORMATION CAREFULLY!
    • Yrs 10-12: The VTAC Prerequisite & Course Planner has also been updated with prerequisite information for 2021-2023 courses, so that Year 10 (2023 entry), Year 11 (2022 entry), and Year 12 (2021 entry) students can search for prerequisites in the relevant year using your VCE study program. You can access the Prerequisite & Course Planner by clicking here.
    • Both of these resources, and a range of VTAC tools, are available under 'Senior School' on siriuscollegecareers.com
  • Yrs 10-12: Bachelor of Biomedicine to Master of Physiotherapy - The Bachelor of Biomedicine at La Trobe University is a suitable degree to use as a pathway to the 2-year Master of Physiotherapy Practice. Students should note that La Trobe graduates are given first preference when applying for this program. So, as long as students complete compulsory tertiary-level subjects in anatomy, neuroanatomy, physiology and biomechanics (which all Biomed degrees have), and meet the minimum requirements of a WAM of 65 per cent and all relevant prerequisites, you set yourself up to be eligible to be considered for entry into the Master of Physiotherapy Practice. The Master of Physiotherapy Practice is accredited by the Australian Physiotherapy Council, and graduates of the Master of Physiotherapy Practice may be eligible to apply for registration with the Physiotherapy Board of Australia. For more information on the Bachelor of Biomedicine at LTU (current SR: 65.70), click here. To learn more about the Master of Physiotherapy Practice at LTU, click here.
  • Yr12: ACU Support for Year 12 students - While Year 12 is a challenge at the best of times, finishing school in the midst of a global pandemic is tough. So, ACU have been looking at a range of ways to help and support you during your final year of schooling – from exam support to university admission. ACU are hoping that the range of programs & opportunities they've developed will help you gain confidence as you approach exams, and provide some certainty around university entry, in a deeply uncertain time. ACU Guarantee & Exam Revision Webinars are just some of these programs & opportunties. To learn more, click here.
  • Yrs 7-12 female students: Robogals 101 - To coincide with the beginning of university Semester 2, Robogals Melbourne would like to welcome any and all students to Robogals 101 on Zoom this Saturday! From 3-3:30pm, Robogals will be hosting an informational session to explain what Robogals is, what they do, and how to join! Afterwards, from 3:30pm onwards, everyone is welcome to chat with other volunteers and meet the exec team. If you can’t make it on the day, be sure to check out the Robogals Melbourne Facebook page for more events and to fill out our membership form! To access the session this Saturday, click here.
 

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Monday July 27 (Posted: 27/07/2020)

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  • Yr12Melbourne Principals Scholarship - Last Thursday, we let you know about the Melbourne Principals Scholarship for 2020, which you can refresh yourself about by clicking here. If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, applications are now open. Please follow the following steps in order to apply:
    • Download a 'Career Development Opportunity Application Form' from the 'Student Paperwork (incl. all VTAC-related information)' page, inside your Student Secure Area of siriuscollegecareers.com.
    • State your reasons why you should be nominated for the $5,000 scholarship, specifically responding to the criteria below:
    • Submit your application form to any member of the Career Development Department by no later than Thursday August 20.
    • After conversing with the college's Executive Principal, Mr. Scott will be in contact with the successful applicant via SEQTA message on the afternoon of Monday August 24. The successful applicant will then work with Mr. Scott to submit the application by the deadline of Monday August 31.
 
  • Yr12: News from Federation University: Guaranteed ATARs - A Guaranteed ATAR enables you to plan and list your course preferences with confidence. This means that you have complete transparency when choosing your courses and can make informed decisions about your future now. Federation university have these in place for 2020 for many courses, so should you receive an ATAR equal to or above the guaranteed ATAR, meet the course prerequisites and any ‘essential requirements for admission’, Fed Uni will guarantee you a place in the course/program you applied for. To find out more about which courses are included in the Guaranteed ATAR program at Fed Uni, click here (Remember, just because you’re guaranteed an place/offer doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll see that offer – that comes down to your preference order, as VTAC will offer you your ‘highest eligible preference’, whether that’s a guaranteed ATAR place or not).
  • Yr12: CASPer Entry Requirements for Teacher Qualifications - CASPer is an online test designed to assess an applicant’s personal and professional attributes. CASPer is a requirement of applying to many initial teaching training courses in Victoria; to learn more about CASPer, click here. Most universities offering undergraduate teaching courses will be requiring students sit the CASPer online test as part of the selection into teaching degrees in 2021. You are encouraged to browse VTAC from early August and learn which courses will require the CASPer for selection - registrations for CASPer are NOW OPEN. You might also like to browse CASPer, how it works and have a look at some sample scenarios. To do this, click here.
    NOTE:  Deakin University will be hosting a dedicated CASPer test webinar on Wednesday September 16 from 5.00pm – 6.00pm. If you’re keen on studying teaching, you are encouraged to register and participate even if you are considering a teaching course at another institution. To register, click here.
  • Yrs 10-12: New Courses at RMIT in 2021 - RMIT is offering four new courses for enrolment from 2021, including a return to undergraduate law. If you're interested in any of these, you are encouraged to browse the following links. Remember, because these are new, there'll be no Selection Rank yet, as there's nothing from 2019 to go on. However, where possible, the expected SR is indicated.​​​​​​​
    • Bachelor of Business (Blockchain Enabled Business): Click here (anticipated SR of 75)
    • Bachelor of Laws: Click here
    • Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Business (Information Systems): Click here
    • Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance): Click here

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Friday July 24 (Posted: 24/07/2020)

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If you're thinking about university after school, but are not sure you'll get the ATAR and/or VCE Study Scores needed, or you're missing a prerequisite study, or you want to 'tread your own path', there's many options available to you. Today, we'll highlight a few key options available to you in Victoria.

Dual-sector universities (Uni & TAFE together)

  • Federation TAFE - Federation TAFE provides a broad range of quality education and training programs, reflecting state and national priorities that address the training needs of individuals and industry. And with study options available in a very large amount of areas, there's bound to be an option that works for you, and potentially has connections with the correspondeing Federation University degree! To learn more about Federation TAFE's offerings, click here.

 
  • RMIT Pathways Guaranteed - Hot off the press this morning! RMIT will this year be bringing in a new way to access approx. 50 of their Bachelor degrees. RMIT have always had a fantastic way of identifying pathways into courses, in many of these cases avoiding the ATAR. In 2020, they're making this even easier with 'Pathways Guaranteed'. You'll be able to put a Pathways Guaranteed course onto your VTAC preferences (this will be a Diploma/Bachelor, or Adv. Diplona/Bachelor etc.), enter the first half, and have your spot GUARANTEED upon completion of the first half into the second half. You'll still come out with a Bachelor degree (plus a 2nd qualification), you'll lose no time, and the ATAR might not even be needed in the first place! More information will soon come out with what Pathways Guaranteed courses will be made available, but this is an excellent opportunity for you! To learn more about RMIT's pathways more broadly, click here.
  • Swinburne UniLink Diplomas - UniLink diplomas are an option for students who miss direct entry to a degree or who would benefit from a more supportive style of learning. The classroom content in a UniLink diploma is based on bachelor degree courses, but you will have more contact hours, smaller class sizes and more one-on-one time with your teachers. Successful completion provides entry into a bachelor degree, with credit of up to one year of full-time study (depending on the degree and major that you progress to). UniLink diplomas take eight months to complete. There are three intakes each year (February, June and October), so you can progress to a related bachelor degree sooner rather than later. UniLink diplomas are available in Arts & Communication, Business, Design, Engineering, Health Science, Information Technology & Science. For more information on what degrees can be accessed via UniLink, click here.
  • VU Polytechnic - There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. VU Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study. And once you're into your VU degree, you'll benefit from learning in the 'Block Model' - 1 subject at a time! Many VU Polytechnic courses have direct entry to corresponding VU degrees, lots of thes with credit. Courses in Arts, Business, Education, Engineering & Science, Health & Biomedicine, Law & Justice, and Sport & Exercise are available. For more information about what options VUP can open for you, click here.

TAFE

  • If you are ruling out TAFE 'because it's not uni', you're making a poor decision in ruling out an excellent avenue, both to university & to a great career! And with the Victorian Government offering nearly 40 different 'Free TAFE' qualifications, in areas which have high demand for employment, it's an absolute no-brainer! Oh, and no ATAR! There are many quality TAFEs around Melbourne, including those in the dual-sector institutions above, as well as the following 4 stand-alone TAFEs near campuses of Sirius College (many of which have GUARANTEED transfers to specific universities):

Single-sector universities (University only)

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Thursday July 23 (Posted: 23/07/2020)

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  • Yrs 10-12: What is RMIT SNAP? Those of you who have spoken with the Career Dev. Dept. about RMIT courses might have heard us refer to the 'SNAP' program of which Sirius College is a participant. However, how many of you actually know what it is, and how it helps you? Well, RMIT have produced an easy-to-understand guide, explaining what SNAP is, how it helps you, and what to do to apply for it. If RMIT is on any of your radars, you should take the time to understand how SNAP can help you secure a position. To download this guide, click here.
  • Yrs 7-12: 'Mind Unwind' app - Your career is a major part of your life, but without being in the right headspace for it, you won't be able to make the best decisions to build that career the way you want. Mind Unwind is the only Anxiety management app that has been designed for young people by young people. Alongside breathing and meditation exercises, the app features a revolutionary panic button that will bring up your favourite songs, images and contacts for when things get tough. Mind Unwind is available on both the Apple App Store & Google Play, and is free to download. For more information on Mind unwind, click here.
  • Yr12: Melbourne Principals Scholarship - Planning on going to the Uni of Melb next year? Expecting a high ATAR? Want $5,000 off your HECS debt THIS YEAR? The Melbourne Principals' Scholarship is offered to 1 Victorian Year 12 student in every school across the state, in recognition of their academic achievement and contribution to their school or wider community. For Sirius College, this means $5,000 for all campuses combined, so only 1 student across the 3 VCE campuses will be eligible. For more information on this opportunity, click here. If you are interested in this scholarship, please make yourself known to any of the Career  Dev. Dept. staff members sooner rather than later.
 
  • Yr10: VCE & Senior School Information Session tonight - A final reminder for our Year 10 students of tonight's VCE & Senior School Information Session, which is starting at 7pm. Whilst your parents are the 'target audience', it is strongly recommended that you also view the session with them, so you & your parents both understand the same information, to support your progression into & beyond your senior years of schooling. Please start logging on from around 6:45pm onwards; we will start right on 7pm sharp. The Zoom session link has been sent out to each of you via SEQTA, as well as via an eMail to your parents last week; you will need to use your school Zoom account to login.
  • Yrs 7-12: 27 Jobs That TV, Movies, And Books Get Wrong, According To Professionals - Something a little more light-hearted from BuzzFeed, but still accurate. BuzzFeed asked their community to tell them what TV shows, movies, and books get wrong about their job. Here are the ones that prove media need to do more research! From "Doctors are usually portrayed doing things that are typically done by nurses or other medical staff", to "Teachers realistically work 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and don't send kids to the office at every minor disruption" & "The publishing industry is super cutthroat. It's not easy to get a book deal!", there's quite a bit of misinformation out there. Moral - don't just use television to shape your future - get your facts straight! To read more, click here.
 

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Wednesday July 22 (Posted: 22/07/2020)

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  • Yrs 9-12: Discover Deakin Online Information Events - The Discover Deakin course information webinars are running through to late July. Discover what it’s like to study at Deakin – meet future teachers, hear student stories and get all the info you need to choose the right course for you. Many of the webinars are listed below, but for a comprehensive list and to register, please visit Discover Deakin by clicking here. All webinars will take place at 5.00pm or thereafter in the evening. Students are encouraged to take note of the times when registering.
    Exercise and Sport Science Monday 27 July, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
    Health Science Thursday 30 July, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
    Nursing and Midwifery Thursday 23 July, 6.00pm – 7.30pm
    Nutrition Science Tuesday 28 July, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
    Psychology Wednesday 29 July, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
    Public Health and Health Promotion Tuesday 21 July, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
    Medical Imaging Wednesday 15 July, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
    Optometry Wednesday 22 July, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
    Occupational Therapy Monday 20 July, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Yrs 10-12: Ready to reset? If you've been feeling rather wobbly about emerging from lockdown, facing the world and planning for whatever's going to happen in your future, don't worry: we all feel it. But you can either use it as an excuse, or make the choice to grow up and roll with the punches by engaging with the things you can control in your life. From sorting out your mental and physical health to killing it during your first day at work, there's plenty of resources offered to support to help you to start working on a positive plan for your future: one where you're in control. To learn more, click here. Resources are offered in the following areas:
    • Get Your Head Right
    • Discover Your Options
    • Make a Plan
    • Personal Branding
    • Career Progression
    • Killing it at work (this one is for full-time workers, but those of you wanting part-time work should also read this part)
  • Yrs 9-12: Australian Apprenticeships Pathways (AAP) - This website contains fantastic resources for young people interested in pursuing a professional trade or traineeship. You can visit the website by clicking here. Some of the resources include:
    • ​​​​​​​Job and training descriptions
    • Career interest explorer
    • Job pathway charts
    • Information on apprenticeships and school-based apprenticeships
    • Literacy and numeracy quizzes for different industries such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and hairdressing.
 
  • Yrs 9-12: Commerce Degrees in Victoria in 2020 - Students will note that in many cases the majors offered in commerce degrees are similar to those offered in business degrees. One particular difference between a business degree and a commerce degree is often the VCE maths prerequisite entry requirement. For a comprehensive list of all courses, their majors and double degrees on offer, visit VTAC
     
    INSTITUTION COURSE NAME VCE PREREQUISITES MAJOR STUDIES IN 2020 ATAR 2020
    ACU
    M – Melbourne
    Commerce Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. Accounting, Event Management, Finance, Human Resource Management, Informatics, Management, Marketing. 58.55 (M)
    DEAKIN
    G – Geelong Waterfront
    M – Melbourne
    W – Warrnambool

     
    Commerce Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL Accounting, Economics, Finance, Financial Planning, Food and agribusiness, Human resource management, Management, Management information systems, Marketing. 70.00 (G)
    80.00 (M)

    62.85 (W)
    FEDERATION
    B – Berwick
    Gi – Gippsland
    Ba - Ballarat
    Commerce Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English. Accounting, Economics and Finance, Law. n/a (B)
    n/a (Gi)
    n/a (Ba)
    LA TROBE
    M – Melbourne
    Commerce Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. Accounting, Economics, Financial management, Management, Marketing. 80.00 (M)
    MONASH
    Cl – Clayton
    Commerce Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics. Accounting, Actuarial studies, Behavioural commerce, Business analytics, Business law (minor), Econometrics, Economics, Finance, Management studies, Marketing science, Sustainability. 90.35 (Cl)
    UNI MELBOURNE
    P - Parkville
    Commerce Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics. Accounting, Actuarial studies, Business, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing. 93.00 (P)

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Tuesday July 21 (Posted: 21/07/2020)

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  • Yrs 9-12: Speaking to a Medical student - Want to know how to get into medicine? Ask a medical student. A third year medical student will be speaking to Sirius College students on 30 July at 6pm. All students welcome to tune in via Zoom. Ms. Yucel (EMC Career Dev. Practitioner & College Alumni Outreach Officer) will send more information out via SEQTA in the upcoming few weeks, so keep an eye on your direqt messages for more information.
  • Yr11: Higher Education Studies in Year 12 - If you achieved a culumative grade of B+ or better in your Semester 1 report, and you can maintain that this term, you should begin considering if you would like to undertake 2 university subjects as a part of your Year 12 studies next year. Students can undertake subjects from a number of universities (currently Deakin, La Trobe, RMIT & Uni of Melb), gain course credit for the degree these studies are a part of, have them potentially count as an Aggregate boost to the calculation of the ATAR, use the knowledge in the potentially correspondening Year 12 subject to strengthen that subject's Study Score, have full access to the university's resources (including having a uni student card!) and undertake the subject for a significantly cheaper cost than 'normal' or maybe even free of charge! For more information on Higher Education Studies, click any of the following links, and speak to your Career Development Practitioner for more information:
       
  • Yrs 10-12: Double-up 5 reasons to do a double degree - Want to stand out from the cohort of university grads and design your own career path? Taking on a double degree might sound like a big undertaking – and it’s not for everyone – but the decision has some serious upsides if you’re up for the challenge. Here are 5 reasons you might want to double up when considering your uni options. Click here to read more.
 
  • Yrs 9-12: Business Degrees in Victoria in 2020 - Many students are keen on studying business degrees at Victorian universities that offer majors including accounting, marketing, human resources, and management, and these can be found included in the following degrees. Note that 'Commerce' degrees are similar but different; a Commerce degree list will be sent out tomorrow. For a comprehensive list of all Business courses, their majors, and double degrees on offer, visit VTAC.
INSTITUTION COURSE VCE PREREQs MAJOR STUDIES IN 2020 ATAR 2020
  ACU
M - Melbourne
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. Business Administration. 59.40 (M)
CQU
M - Melbourne
Business n/a Accounting, Financial Planning, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Property, Social Innovation. n/a (M)
DEAKIN
M – Melbourne
G – Geelong W’Front
Business Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. Business and digital communication, Entrepreneurship and innovation, Event management, Organisational psychology, People management, Project management, Retail and supply chain management. 63.20 (M)
60.05 (G)
FEDERATION
Be – Berwick
Ba – Ballarat
Gi - Gippsland
Business

 
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English. Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Professional Experience. 40.75 (Be)
39.95 (Ba)
36.35 (Gi)
LA TROBE
M – Melbourne
Be – Bendigo
AW – Albury Wodonga
Business Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. Accounting, Agribusiness, Business, Economics, Event Management, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management and Marketing, Marketing, Sport Management, Tourism and Hospitality. 55.30 (M)
57.50 (Be)
63.55(AW)
MONASH
Ca – Caulfield
P - Peninsula


 
Business Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in Maths: Further Mathematics or at least 22 in Maths: Mathematical Methods or at least 22 in Maths: Specialist Mathematics. Accounting, Banking and finance, Business law, Business management, Business statistics, Economics and business strategy, Human resource management, International business, Marketing, Taxation. 82.10 (Ca)
Business Administration Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. Accountancy, Business administration studies, Economics and business decisions (minor), Finance and economics, Management practice, Marketing and communications. 70.05 (P)
RMIT
C - City
Business
(Associate Degree)
Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. Accounting, Business, Business (management), Economics, Human resource management, Information Technology, Legal Studies, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Management, Marketing. 48.20 (C)
SWINBURNE
H – Hawthorn
* Professional Degree
Business Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. Accounting, Accounting and finance, Accounting and financial planning, Business administration, Commerce, Economics, Entrepreneurship and innovation, Finance, Financial planning, Human resource management, Information systems, International business, Logistics and supply chain management, Management, Marketing, Sports management. 60.00 (H)
75.45 * (H)
VICTORIA
CF – City Flinders
FP – Footscray Park

 
Business Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. Accounting, Banking and Finance, Event Management, Financial Risk Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems Management, International Trade, Management and Innovation, Marketing, Supply Chain and Logistics, Tourism and Hospitality Management. n/a (CF)
n/a (FP)
 

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Monday July 20 (Posted: 20/07/2020)

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  • Yr12: 2020 VTAC Information Session - Notification has been sent out to all Year 12 students today on SEQTA for the upcoming VTAC Information Session that the Career Development Dept. will be running on Monday August 3. All Year 12 students who are planning on applying through VTAC are expected to both view the session, and create their VTAC account in the week commencing Monday August 3, prior to 1-on-1 interviews occurring from the week commencing Moday August 10. Year 12 students should check their SEQTA direqt messages for more information regarding this session.
  • Yrs 7-12: 10 jobs you'll be applying for in 2050 - The notion of an 'app developer' wasn't even a real career option until the late 2000s; drone pilot even more recent! One popular estimate suggests that 65% of school students will work in jobs that don't exist yet. This makes it hard to predict a future - and really, you might want to consider not 'predicting' what you'll be doing with yourself after school anyway! What might those future jobs look like? While no one can predict exactly - here's 10 jobs you might be submitting your CV for in the year 2050. To view this short video (less than 90sec), click here.
  • Yrs 10-12: Updates from the University of Melbourne: Some news items from the Uni of Melb:
  • Study Website - Study is a very useful online toolkit that has all the information prospective students need to make the most of their post-secondary plans. From choosing a course - to application advice, finding accommodation, making the most of campus life and accessing support services. Access this resource by clicking here.
  • Stay Connected - Students considering studying at Melbourne are recommend signing up to receive updates from the University, especially during these changing times. You can nominate your area(s) of interest to personalise your communications from the University. Signing up to hear from Melbourne means, if there are any changes that impact your future study plans, you will be the notified directly. Register by clicking here.
  • Meet Melbourne Online 2020 – You are reminded that you can still access the recordings of the Meet Melbourne 2020 webinars, with each webinar providing more information about the courses and careers that interest you most. View these by clicking here.
  • Yrs 10-12: New Nexus Program - Introducing a revolutionary new path into secondary teaching - the Nexus Program: providing a first of its kind pathway into secondary teaching. Nexus students will be supported by the Federal Government’s High Achieving Teachers Program. This means successful participants will receive a salary while studying as well as access to mentoring and professional development. Nexus aims to recruit, prepare, graduate, and assist in the employment of teachers in low socio-economic schools in urban, regional and rural Victoria. All Nexus places are Commonwealth supported. Current Year 10-12 students considering a career in secondary education are highly recommended to learn more about this excellent opportunity by clicking here. Nexus students will receive all the benefits of the Master of Teaching (Secondary) plus:
  • payment at teacher aide rates as they become a fully qualified secondary teacher
  • placement in a low socioeconomic secondary school in regional or metropolitan Victoria throughout their degree
  • extra opportunities for professional development in social justice areas
  • employment support at graduation and for two years as a beginning teacher
  • a blend of block study during intensives and highly mentored external study
  • Nexus students will spend more time with lecturers, teachers and local communities

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Friday Jul 17 (Posted: 17/07/2020)

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  • Yrs 7-12: Virtual Open Days update - Since yesterday's single-focus Daily News Fix on the upcoming Virtual Open Day season fast approaching, we have received updated information on the University of Melbourne's VOD. This has now been added to the document sent out yesterday, and you can now access the new VOD listing document (accurate as of today) by clicking here.
  • Yrs 10-12: Preparing the digital workforce of tomorrow - ING have released a Future Focus Report that explores the rapid acceleration of digital technologies in the workplace brought on by the impact of COVID-19. It looks at the impact this is having on the jobs and skills needed for the future workforce. You may find the research interesting - it's your future! You can download the report by clicking here.
  • Yrs 9-12: Do it YOUR WAY with Vocational Education & Training - Knowing you’re on your way to finishing school is exciting. You’ll soon be free of the constraints of teachers, uniforms and homework. Knowing what step to take next however, is not always so easy. Should you keep learning? Go travelling (when we can)? Start your career now? Whatever your goals, vocational education and training is an opportunity to be in control of your future. 'Succeed' will take you through some of the options available to you, and give you a sneak peek into where your vocational education and training could take you. To download the 'Succeed' guide and get the CORRECT understanding of VET, click here.
  • Yrs 10-12: Biomedicine/Biomedical Science Degrees in Victoria in 2020 - A Biomedicine or Biomedical Science degree is offered at a number of universities and is often regarded as an excellent pathway degree to graduate medicine, however it has its own fantastic career outcomes on its own! Click here to see some of them. Visit VTAC for more information on these and other courses – including double-degrees.
    INSTITUTION COURSE NAME VCE PREREQUISITES MAJOR STUDIES IN 2020
    ACU
    M - Melbourne
    Biomedical Science
    ATAR: 58.70 (M)
    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in any Mathematics. Biomedical Science, Physiological Pharmacology.
    DEAKIN
    M – Melbourne
    G – Waurn Ponds
    Biomedical Science
    ATAR: 80.15 (M)
                 72.50 (G)
    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL. Anatomy, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biology, Biomedical science, Bioscience, Cell biology, Environmental health, Genetics, Human biology, Immunology, Infection and immunology, Medical biotechnology, Medical genomics, Medical microbiology, Medical research, Medical science, Microbiology, Molecular and cell biology, Molecular and human genetics, Molecular biology, Molecular life sciences (Burwood), Pathophysiology, Pharmaceutical Science, Physiology.
    FEDERATION
    B – Berwick
    Gi – Gippsland
    Ba - Ballarat
    Biomedical Science
    ATAR: 50.45 (B)
                n/a (Gi)
                52.75 (Ba)
    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics or at least 20 in any Science; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English. Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Genetic Sciences, Health sciences, Medical microbiology, Medical science, Microbiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Public health, Statistics.
    LA TROBE
    M – Melbourne
    AW – Albury Wodonga

    B - Bendigo
    Biomedicine
    ATAR: 65.70 (M)
    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biomedicine, Biosciences, Cell and molecular biology, Chemistry, Health, Human Physiology, Medical science.
    Biomedical Science
    ATAR: 66.20 (AW)
                61.45 (B)
    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL. Biochemistry, Biomedical Science, Biosciences, Cell and molecular biology, Chemistry, Health, Medical science, Pharmacology.
    MONASH
    C - Clayton
    Biomedical Science
    ATAR: 92.10 (C)
    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods, Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Physics. Anatomy and physiology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biomedical science, Biomedicine, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Genetics, Health sciences, Human biology, Human sciences, Microbiology, Molecular and cell biology, Neurobiology, Pathology, Pathophysiology.
    RMIT
    B - Bundoora
    Biomedical Science
    ATAR: 70.40 (B)
    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics or Physics; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in Chemistry. Anatomy, Biochemistry, Biomedical science, Biotechnology, Cell biology, Cell physiology, Human physiology, Medical science, Microbiology, Molecular medicine and biotechnology, Neurobiology, Pathology, Pharmacology.
    UNI MELBOURNE
    P - Parkville
    Biomedicine
    ATAR: 94.00 (P)
    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in Chemistry; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics. Biochemistry and molecular biology, Bioengineering systems, Biotechnology, Cell and developmental biology, Genetics, Human nutrition, Human structure and function, Immunology, Microbiology and immunology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychology.
    VICTORIA
    F – Footscray
    St. A – St. Albans
    Biomedical Science
    ATAR: n/a (St. A)
    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Health And Human Development, any Mathematics or Physical Education. Human Physiology, Molecular Cell Biology.
    Biomedicine
    ATAR: 82.55 (F)
                n/a (St. A)
    Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics or Physics. Biomedicine.

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Thursday Jul 16 (Posted: 16/07/2020)

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(with a difference...)

We're coming into the 2020 Open Day season. However due to current circumstances & restrictions, all institutions offering an Open Day are running digital versions this year. That's still no excuse though to not take up the opportunity, and every year level can gain something out of these:
  • Years 7 & 8 - Curiosity. What are Open Days? What is out there after school in the first place?
  • Year 9 - What options could be available for me after school that suit me?
  • Year 10 - AFTER READING THE 2023 PREREQ. GUIDE (sent out on Monday!) What information can I get about courses I'm interested in? What subjects should I be looking at  taking in my VCE?
  • Year 11 - What other options exist for me? Are there pathways into my desired course for 2022?
  • Year 12 - .............do we even need to state a question?
To help you plan these days, we're providing the most current & up-to-date information we have on the virtual Open Days in this Daily News Fix post:

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2020 VIRTUAL OPEN DAY LISTING

(current as of today, Thursday July 16 2020)
As more dates & details are gathered, we will provide them via subsequent Daily News Fix posts for you.

Why should you attend a Virtual Open Day? Apart from the opportunity to obtain course information, and for the year level-specific questions above, there are many other reasons for participating:
  • You are going to feel more comfortable arriving at a university or TAFE institute on the first day of classes if you have done your research and found out more about the institution.
  • What is really involved in the course or courses you are interested in?
  • If you have to move away from home, where are you going to live?
  • Will you be happier studying in a large metropolitan institution or a smaller, perhaps rural institution?
  • What does the place ‘feel’ like? Watch or participate in Virtual Tours, and try gaining an insight into whether or not it is a bustling environment with lots of activity, or a quieter, more relaxed campus set in landscaped grounds?
  • How are you going to get there? Is it close to public transport or should you start saving now for a car?
If you don’t know the answers to any of these questions, then you should participate in a Virtual Open Day

How to make the best of Virtual Open Days: To make your Virtual Open Day activity fun and informative, here are some pointers:
  • Write down a list of questions you would like to ask about particular courses – if they are not addressed during the virtual event, you can always follow up with the institutions later
  • If the event allows Q & A, make sure you ask lots of questions
  • Enjoy the activity!
Finally, there is a dedicated Open Day page available on siriuscollegecareers.com. More information can be accesed from this page, not just for Victoria, but for all participating instutions around Australia. To access this page, Post School Options --> University --> Open Days/Virtual Tours. The Victorian page is shown below.

 

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Career Development Daily News Fix: Tuesday July 14 (Posted: 14/07/2020)

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  • Yr12: ACU Guarantee Program - Guarantee your place at ACU, even before your Year 12 exams. The new ACU Guarantee program offers eligible Year 12 students a place at ACU based on your Year 11 results. Students can make an application through this program, have their Year 11 results considered, and ACU will produce a predicted selection rank and make a conditional early offer before final exams have been sat. Applications for 2021 entry open August 3 and close September 25. Students are required to apply through the ACU Guarantee application portal on the ACU website. Students will have to upload their Year 11 reports and may also choose to supply a brief statement outlining their personal circumstances and motivation for university study, which may help improve their selection rank.  Students need to be mindful that not every course is participating in this program. Find out more by clicking here.
  • Yrs 10-12: Inside Monash - The Inside Monash webinars are faculty and course specific and participants can register for as many as interest them. Many of the webinars will take place from 6.30pm – 8.00pm but you are encouraged to check the times when registering:
    •            15 July - Design
    •            15 July - International Business
    •            22 July - Education
    •            23 July - Nursing and Midwifery
    •            28 July - Advanced Science Degrees
    •            29 July - Discover Unexpected Careers in the Health Sector
    •            30 July - Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Paramedicine
    •            12 August - Engineering
    •            13 August - Music
    •            19 August - IT
    •            20 August - Science
    •            26 August - Debate: Autonomous cars are better than human drivers
    •            27 August - Law 
    Register for any of these webinars by clicking here.
  • Yrs 7-12: Space careers - Looking for a career that’s out of this world? The space industry in Australia is taking off - we're talking $10 BILLION dolloars worth of investments over the next decade! Definitely more than just astronauts! Launch your space career, or discover real people working within the space industry by clicking here.
  • Yrs 9-12: Parents, how can you help your children get a career? This one is for mum & dad - you should read it first before taking it to them.

    Can you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Or perhaps what your first job was and how it’s changed over the last 15-20 years? It’s almost impossible to remember a day in the office not relying on email and websites. Even jobs like transport and manufacturing have already been impacted by the growth in technology – and that trend is going to continue. So, what does that mean for you? Perhaps not too much, as long as your job doesn’t change too dramatically over the next few years. But what about your kids? If technology continues to change and adapt, then so must the educational pathways we offer young people to create opportunities and improve their working lives today and into the future. In this blog, some common misconceptions around the VET pathway will be busted, and way for parents to help their kids get a leg up in their career will be discussed. Click here to read more.

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  • Yrs 10-12: New VTAC resources - VTAC have published a new range of resources to help with decision making through the senior years of school. You will find your year level-specific resources in the following links, and they'll all be up on siriuscollegecareers.com in the near future as well:
    • Year 10:
    • Year 11:
      • VTAC Year 11 Guide: Click here.
      • Prerequisite guide for 2022 (downloadable pdf; a reminder - you've had access to this for a year): Click here.
    • Year 12:
    • Years 10-12:
      • VTAC 'Guide to Researching Tertiary Education' (downloadable pdf): Click here.
  • Yrs 9-12: 8 nursing career paths to explore - Health professionals have always been our heroes, and they are now more than ever. And if you’re one of the many people thinking of a career in health, now is a great time to consider pursuing a career as a nurse. It’s an engaging and rewarding profession that offers a variety of roles and ways to work. Whether you want to assist in surgery or work with the elderly, here are eight great nursing careers to look into. Click here to read more.
  • Yrs 9-12: How Australians can find work and pandemic-proof their careers - Finding work has never been so difficult, but job seekers can boost their chances by learning new skills and broadening their horizons. Keeping an open mind increases the number of opportunities available to those seeking work, especially during a time of economic upheaval. And learning how to articulate your skills and strengths will give you a leg up at interviews. Click here to read more.
  • Yr12: New La Trobe Uni pathways for Year 12s -  La Trobe Uni has created two new pathways, as an alternative to ATAR, to help Year 12 students demonstrate their academic achievements and university potential. The new pathways - 'Achieve at La Trobe' & 'Prepare for La Trobe', invite Yr12 students to study LTU subjects free and online, earning a score which the University may use instead of an ATAR to assess their application. LTU will use your subject mark or average mark to calculate a La Trobe ATAR equivalent score, and if you also receive an ATAR in 2020 they'll use whichever result is higher to assess your application. To learn more about "Achieve at La Trobe', click here. To learn more about 'Prepare for La Trobe', click here.
 
 

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