TAFE SA University Pathways

In addition to gaining a vocational qualification, studying at TAFE SA provides a number of pathway opportunities to university, including credit towards a degree or dual offer courses. For further information, go to: http://www.tafesa.edu.au/apply-enrol/how-to-apply/uni-pathway-programs

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 exam assesses a range of competencies considered important for successful tertiary study. The 2-hour test consists of 70 multiple choice questions, half of which are verbal/critical reasoning and half quantitative reasoning. Year 12 students, who will be 18 on or before 1 February 2017, 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.edu.au/

University Bonus Points Scheme – 2016+ entry

I have had several conversations with Year 12 students recently about the bonus point schemes for entry into the SA universities, so I have included the information below for you to read. In 2015, the three South Australian universities – Flinders University, The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia, and Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory, replaced all of their existing equity and subject bonus schemes with two new bonus schemes. The new schemes are now active and were used for entry to courses that commenced this year and will be applicable for courses from 2017 onwards.  The two new schemes are the Universities Equity Scheme and the Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme. The new schemes will be administered by SATAC based on rules provided by the universities. From 2016 onwards, Tabor university will also be included in this program of bonus points. For specific information about the bonus points schemes, go to http://www.satac.edu.au/universities-bonus-schemes

Pathways to South Australian Universities

These pages provide information about pathway options into universities in South Australia.

Flinders University: http://study.flinders.edu.au/pathways/

University of Adelaide: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/study/pathways/

University of South Australia: http://www.unisa.edu.au/Study-at-UniSA/Study-with-us/Entry-pathways/

This page has information about university pathways through TAFE SA.


Academic Ranking of World Universities 2016

There are many ‘rankings’ for universities published around the world, all based on different data. The Shang Hai ranking indicates the following Australian universities are in the top 100 in the world, with The University of Melbourne being the highest ranked Australian university at #40, with the University of Queensland at 55, ANU at 77, Monash University at 79, The University of Sydney at 82 and The University of Western Australia at 96. For further information on these rankings, go to http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2016.html. Another website with information regarding the world rankings of universities is the QS rankings, which can be found at http://www.topuniversities.com/qs-world-university-rankings. This ranking has ANU as the highest ranked university, at #19, The University of Melbourne at 42, The University of Sydney at 45, UNSW at 46, Monash University at 67, The University of Western Australia at 98. The University of Adelaide was ranked 113 in the world using this ranking criteria.

Useful websites for exploring careers

Below are several websites that students (and parents) may find useful to assist in the process of exploring possible future career areas.


http://www.studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helpfulresources/faqs/pages/faqs -



















Career Quiz websites

Below are several websites that allow students to take a short quiz and will give some suggested career interest areas for them to explore. Career Quizzes should not be used as the only indicator of possible future career areas but can be a good place to start if someone is unsure of which direction to take.


https://myfuture.edu.au/- need to sign up to the website and you can create a career profile by completing a detailed quiz





Youth Central Career Information

Youth Central is a Victorian Government website with a huge range of information relevant to senior students, including information on study options, health, finances, rights and internet safety to name a few. It also has a great section on where students can learn about different career and industry areas. To explore some career profiles, go to http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs-careers/career-profiles. To investigate industry areas, go to http://www.youthcentral.vic.gov.au/jobs-careers/industry-profiles.

Zoom In

Zoom In is an online guide for high school students, providing advice and useful links about school, university, finding a job, managing money, and their rights at work. Although it is directed at students in Melbourne, the information is applicable to students around Australia. Go to http://www.zoomin.org.au/ to explore the site.

Grow Careers

This website provides career information and useful links for students, including information about university, TAFE, getting a job, and advice on how to make career decisions. Go to http://www.growcareers.com.au/ to explore further.

Looking for a job?

Neuvoo is an online jobs board advertising job vacancies in Australia and in over 50 other countries. While it is not specifically aimed at school students or school leavers, it may be a valuable research tool for students into their future. Go to: http://au.neuvoo.com/en. Other websites for finding jobs include http://www.applydirect.com.au/, https://www.employme.com/, and https://au.oneshiftjobs.com/.

Careers in Psychology

For information about where a career in psychology can take you, go to http://www.psychology.org.au/studentHQ/careers-in-psychology/

Careers in Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is an exciting branch of medical radiation that uses radioactive materials in the form of radiopharmaceuticals to generate images that are used to diagnose diseases and in the form of radioisotopes to treat disease or relieve pain. For further information, go to


Careers in Sport

This website is for anyone interested in a career in sport and fitness. There is information about recommended qualifications and pathways, along with a list of available positions and courses. For further information, go to http://www.sportspeople.com.au/

Careers that started in science

This University of Queensland website profiles scientists who have used their qualifications to catapult themselves into rewarding and diverse roles across the globe. For further information about where science can lead to as a career, go to http://www.science.uq.edu.au/career-profiles.

Maths Ad(d)s – an online career resource

Students interested in Mathematics are encouraged to access the Maths Ad(d)s at http://careers.amsi.org.au/mathsadds/ . This free online publication will help answer the question, “Where can I go with Maths?” as it lists recent job advertisements showcasing the scope of careers available to university students who have included mathematics and statistics in their tertiary degree. Maths Ad(d)s highlights career opportunities combining mathematics and statistics within the health, finance, computing, data analysis, biology, business, medical research and meteorology areas, to name a few.

Top tips for applying for scholarships

Year 12 Students are encouraged to apply for any scholarships that they are eligible for. The link below is to some advice from a USQ student, which applies to applications for any university.


University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne has a range of courses for high achieving Year 12 students called the Chancellor’s Scholars’ Programs. Students selected into one of these degrees will receive a Melbourne National Scholarship, providing a HECS exempt Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), an annual allowance of $10,000 and one return flight home. In addition, students will be guaranteed access to an internship and academic enhancement opportunities. To be considered, students are required to achieve an ATAR of 99.90 or above and must have satisfied the undergraduate course prerequisites. Students with an ATAR below 99.90 may be considered depending on demand. For further information, contact the University on 1800 801 662 or go to http://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/high_achievers_programs/chancellors-scholars-program.

Gap Medics Australia

If students are thinking of applying to study medicine in the near future and want to get some real world experience in the industry, then they may like to explore ‘Gap Medics’ as a possibility. Students are able to attend 2 week placements, where they will have weekdays immersed in a working hospital environment learning from mentoring Doctors and Specialists as they go about their usual work in hospitals in Tanzania or Thailand. Evenings and weekends are free for students to get to know their fellow students and enjoy the facilities at the Gap Medics student house. There is also time on weekends to explore the local culture and see the sites. For further information, go to http://www.gapmedics.com.au/.

Premed Projects

Premed Projects provides opportunities for high school students planning on studying medicine, nursing, midwifery or dentistry to do hospital placement in the UK, India or Thailand. These projects provide students with the opportunity to see what working in a hospital is really like, and relevant work experience can give students something to talk about when applying to medical schools. Students need to be 16 or older to participate. For further information, go to http://www.premedprojects.co.uk/

Pre-Apprenticeships Course Finder

The pre-apprenticeships course finder helps students to search for courses which can teach them skills that can lead to an apprenticeship or traineeship. Students can search by where they live, the industry they are interested in and whether the course offers work experience. For further information, go to http://www.aapathways.com.au/Search/Preapprenticeships/Course-Finder.aspx.

Australian Apprenticeships: My Gain Videos

The next series of Australian Apprenticeship My Gain videos have been published on YouTube. These videos ask apprentices and trainees to respond briefly to set questions about their job and job hunting experiences. They are directed at young people contemplating career pathways and where to look for job opportunities. For further information, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/AAPathways

TAFE SA Associate Degrees in Engineering

TAFE SA is offering four new Associate Degrees which will provide students with a pathway option into a university-based Bachelor of Engineering.  For further information, please go to


The International College of Hotel Management Career Week and Open Day

The International College of Hotel Management (ICHM) at Regency Park runs a ‘Career Week’ program during the July and September holidays. It is a ‘live in’ introduction to the Hotel Management/Business course offered by ICHM. Information brochures and application forms are available from the Futures Office, or email admissions@ichm.edu.au. For further information on ICHM go to www.ichm.edu.au or phone 8228 3612.

Australian Jobs 2016

Australian Jobs 2016 provides a snapshot of employment prospects in a very large range of occupations in Australia. It provides details on jobs by location, by industry and also provides a summary of the employment situation in each state. The material is designed to provide accurate career information to assist individuals with their career planning. For details, go to https://docs.employment.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/australianjobs2016_0.pdf .

Taxation and Superannuation information for students

A digital resource is available to help high school students understand the principles of taxation and superannuation, by gaining an insight into how the taxation system works to support the community and how superannuation can provide a retirement income. To explore this information on the website, go to https://www.taxsuperandyou.gov.au/.

If you have any questions regarding careers, please feel free to contact me on leeanne.bryan@pulteney.sa.edu.au, 0400 477 512 or 8216 5553.

Leeanne Johnston-Bryan
Coordinator of Futures