From the Careers Desk

25 May 2017

University early entry programs

Early Achievers Program at Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This is an early entry program that takes into account factors other than just your ATAR for admission into courses. Factors include evidence of community service, leadership and school participation etc. If you are accepted into the program, you will be guaranteed entry into the degree of your choice with a minimum ATAR, providing you meet prerequisites. The following are the minimum ATARs for the 2018 intake:

70: Law and all dual law degrees

70: Physiotherapy (subject to change)

65: Occupational therapy, speech pathology, and paramedicine.

58.5: all other degrees.

Applications are now open and close Monday, July 17 July 2017.

Direct early entry program at the University of New England

Applications are open for this early entry program. Selection is based on the recommendation from the applicant’s school, not their final ATAR. The program is free, fully online, and students can start their university applications now. Click here for a list of eligible courses and application information

Aspire early admissions program at La Trobe University

Applications for the Aspire program open Thursday, June  1 June and year 12 students are encouraged to apply if they would like to study at La Trobe in 2018 or defer their studies until 2019. The program recognises community service and leadership, and guarantees successful applicants entry into La Trobe courses with a guaranteed ATAR. Click here for more information and to register your interest.

UMAT registration

A reminder that if you are in year 12 and would like to apply to study medicine next year you must enrol by Friday, June 2 for the UMAT test. I wrote an article about this in a previous newsletter or you can find further information here.

Victorian Training Awards

Now in their 63rd year, the prestigious Victorian Training Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of vocational education and training students, teachers, training providers and employers.

There are 15 categories for these awards,  and students who are completing a school-based apprenticeship or are about to finish their VET certificate can apply for these awards.

The Vocational Student of the Year Award identifies an outstanding student’s achievement in a course of study leading to a nationally recognised qualification. To qualify for this award they must have either completed or be due to complete training in the period October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017.

The School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year Award is presented to a student who is undertaking a Certificate II or above qualification as a part-time Victorian school-based apprentice or trainee. The award recognises the student’s commitment to their formal studies at school and in the workplace. Applications for these awards are open and close on June 16.

Winners of these awards have the chance to go on and represent Victoria at the Australian awards later in the year.

Assumption have had 4 previous Victorian Award winners and 6 finalists in the last decade so we do encourage students who feel they are eligible to apply. For further information and to complete the online application click here.

Open days

I have sent all year 10–12 students a calendar listing open days. These dates and times are correct at the time of publication but I encourage students to check institutions websites  closer to the dates. These dates are also on the Career Library page.

Indigenous Student Experience Monash Day

Indigenous students are invited to apply for the Indigenous Student Experience Monash Day on July 27 at the Clayton campus. Students will be able to participate in hands-on sessions that explore different course and career areas such as business, arts, architecture, law, medicine, engineering, nursing, health sciences and science. Students will also find out about Monash's application process. For more information and to apply, email Kristel Keleher at

Jenny Pendlebury - Careers Coordinator