Year 12 Tertiary Information Evening – 7 August - save the date!

On Wednesday 7 August, Year 12 students and their parents are invited to attend an information evening, which will be held in Wyatt Hall. Throughout the night, there will be guest speakers from each of the major SA universities, plus an outline of the SATAC application process will also be given. This is a very informative evening and all Year 12 students, and their families, are strongly encouraged to attend.

University and TAFE Open Days – 16 to 18 August – save the date!

Open days at University and TAFE are a fantastic way for students and their families to explore post-schooling options. This year, Adelaide University, UniSA and Adelaide TAFE, will be open on Sunday 18 August, with Flinders University open on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 August. Please put these dates in your diary, as I would strongly encourage all Year 10, 11 and 12 students, who are considering TAFE and University options, to attend. Timetables and more information will be available closer to the date, or on the respective institutions’ websites.

FUTURES website

Pulteney’s ‘Futures’ website can be found at www.pulteneyfutures.com. The website contains a large amount of information on all things ‘careers’, including job seeking skills, career exploration tools and post-schooling study links, plus links to other career and ‘future’ relevant websites. In addition to contacting me, I would encourage you and your child to explore the website when you are seeking ‘Futures’ information.

I would particularly encourage our current Year 12 students to continue (or begin) to explore their post-schooling options for 2020 and beyond in the upcoming July school holidays. Whilst I know many Year 12 students will be concentrating on their upcoming exams, the final week of the July holiday time provides an opportunity for students to begin to finalise their 2020 options. SATAC applications will open early in Term 3, and if students are able to have some ideas about their future, this will assist with their decision making at this time.

Below are several websites, which you can also find on the Pulteney Futures website under the ‘important information’ tab, which students (and parents) may find useful, when exploring pathways for the future.





http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/ (Apprenticeships and Traineeships)

http://study.unisa.edu.au/ (Uni SA)

https://www.adelaide.edu.au/study/undergraduate/ (Adelaide University)

https://www.flinders.edu.au/study (Flinders University)

http://www.tafesa.edu.au/home.aspx (TAFESA)



https://www.pulteneyfutures.com/?page=custom-page-2 – a series of online career quizzes which may assist students to focus their futures thinking.

University Adjustment Factors (previously known as Bonus Points)

I have had several conversations with Year 12 students recently about how the adjustment factors impact on their ATAR for entry into the SA universities, so I have included some information below for you to read. From 2018 onwards, bonus points are now referred to as ‘adjustment factors’. There are two components to the adjustment factors in SA – the Universities Equity Scheme and the Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme. The schemes are administered by SATAC, based on rules provided by the universities. For specific information about the adjustment factor (bonus points) schemes, go to http://www.satac.edu.au/universities-bonus-schemes

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). The test is used widely by tertiary institutions in Australia, to assist them with the selection of students across a broad range of academic programs.
The 2-hour test assesses a range of competencies considered important for successful tertiary study and consists of 70 multiple choice questions, half of which are verbal/critical reasoning and the other half quantitative reasoning. Year 12 students, who will be 18 on or before 1 February 2020, are eligible to sit the STAT as an alternative entry pathway to university if they wish. Students apply to sit the STAT through their SATAC application. For further information, go to: https://stat.acer.org/

If you have any questions concerning careers or related topics, please feel free to contact me on leeanne.bryan@pulteney.sa.edu.au or 8216 5553.

Have a great week!

Leeanne Johnston-Bryan

Coordinator of Futures