Choosing the right study path

Choose what you want to study

Before you do anything else, decide on the subject you would like to study. For example, do you want to study medicine, marketing, or management? What gets you excited and motivated for university? Then, research all the different courses available in that field. If you want to study medicine, then learn about the different types of medicine courses that are available, from biomedicine through to nursing, pharmacy, and even physiotherapy.

If you have an idea about what you might like, but don’t know the specifics, then it’s a great idea to choose a general degree – you can always change your major after first year if it’s not what you would like to pursue. For example, if you wanted to study marketing then you may pick a Bachelor of Business and intend to major in Marketing. But the first year subjects for all the majors are the same, so if you get through first year and decide you’d prefer to do Economics instead, then you haven’t lost any time.

You can search for undergraduate courses here:
New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
South Australia and Northern Territory
Western Australia


Find somewhere to study it

Once you have narrowed down the field of study you would like to apply for then you can start to look for institutions that offer courses in that area. Start by checking if that study area is covered at the universities you’d most like to attend.

Each university produces a handbook – a comprehensive guide to the university, its structure and details about admissions, enrolments and studying at that institution. Go to their website and enter “handbook” into the search box or google e.g. JCU University Handbook and click on the relevant link.

If you have any questions just get in touch with the university – they’ll be more than happy to help explain how their courses work and tell you what you could be eligible for.

If you only want to choose institutions from the one state (as in, everything you want to study is in Melbourne), then you only need to submit the one application. But if you’d like to widen your options you could apply for university in different states – technically this would increase your chances of getting an offer, but you’d have to be willing to move interstate. 

Click on the links here for lists of all the Australian universities, private colleges, TAFE’s and apprenticeships/traineeships

Make a list of EVERY course you’re interested in, then cut out courses until you have the right number to fit into your preferences. It’s a good idea to list some courses you really want, a few that are more realistic, and a couple of safe options. That way you’ll ensure that you get at least one offer at the end of each round.


UAC News:


Year 12 students, remember to download and print your ATAR Advice Notices when ATARs are released in December. You have free access until February; after that you will be charged for a digital or printed copy.



The most important offer rounds for Year 12 students are December Round 2 (Thursday 20 December 2018) and January Round 1 (Friday 11 January 2019). 

Not all courses will be offered in December Round 2, and applicants should check UAC’s website for details of excluded courses before they finalise their course preferences.

Students whose results are not available in time for December Round 2 can be assured that they will not be disadvantaged: universities will still have places available to make offers to all courses in January.



The early bird charge of $70 ends at midnight on Friday 28 September so remember to apply by then. SRS applications also close on Friday 28 September.  Read more



This year, applicants are unable to change their preferences between the deadline of each offer round  for changing preferences and the day offers are released. This will avoid confusion when a preference change takes effect. Read more

University News


Australian Catholic University – Know Your Options

December 10 | Strathfield
December 10 | North Sydney
December 10 | Canberra

Come along to ‘Know Your Options’. Our information sessions are where you can talk to experts about your course and career path, learn about alternative entry and admission pathways, explore our campus and meet staff and students.

Find out more

Introduction to Actuarial Science

The Australian National University (ANU) is running a special version of its popular Introduction to Actuarial Science course for Years 11 and 12 students in Australia over a flexible time period within Term 4 2018 to Term 1 2019.  The course is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and is FREE for all students.

Furthermore,  the ANU offers five scholarships  worth $10,000 each to Australian students who complete Introduction to Actuarial Science and enrol in a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies at ANU.

Click here for more information and to register interest

UNSW Women in Engineering Camp

Applications will close 17 October 2018.

Are you a young woman currently in Year 10 or 11 and want a career where you can be at the forefront of positive change for society? Do you enjoy using lateral thinking, creativity and design? Or do you love problem solving, working in teams or have an aptitude for maths and science?

Join us for a three day ‘camp’ and find out about the exciting careers available to professional engineers.

Applications for the 2019 camp are now open!  Apply here. 

The next camp will run Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 January 2019.

Find out more

WSU HSC True Reward – Early Offer Program

Applications close 10 December

It’s important to acknowledge and play to your strengths because, ultimately, your strengths will determine your future. This is the premise behind HSC True Reward – a program that recognises the strengths of each individual.

Our unique program makes an early offer into a university degree based on corresponding HSC subject band outcomes, not the ATAR. Why? Because at Western Sydney University, we recognise that too often, the ATAR system overlooks natural strengths and talent.

Applications are now open. This program is open to all 2018 NSW HSC students. Start your application to Western now and make sure you tick YES in the HSC True Reward section. 

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TAFE NSW Degree Early Entry Program

Early entry applications close 31 October 2018

No matter what happens come December, with our Early Entry program you could receive a conditional TAFE NSW Degree offer. No ATAR required.

Applications are now open – Apply Now

Discover their degrees 

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Scholarship/Co-Op News


Macquarie’s Co-op applications close this month

Applications close  5pm Friday 28 September 2018

For students interested in Actuarial Studies or Accounting, the Co-op program is designed for high-achievers who have potential to become great leaders. It’s a future-focused program, co-created with industry partners and guarantees 15 months of placements while being financially supported.

Students must apply online, submitting their resume and 2-3 minute application video by the closing date.

They will need to ensure that their nominated school contact submits an academic reference and trial HSC results before the application closing deadline.

Applications for our Macquarie’s Co-op programs can be accessed   here.

UTS Bachelor of Accounting Cooperative Education Scholarship Program

Closing date: Friday 19 October

If you are a high achieving school leaver and believe you could be one of Australia’s future business leaders, then the Bachelor of Accounting cooperative education scholarship program has been designed just for you.

The Bachelor of Accounting provides you with a multi-skilled accounting degree with strong emphasis on both accounting and financial management, both essential business tools.

All students in the course receive a tax-free scholarship worth up to $51,500. Learn more about the scholarship.

Find out more 

Teach.NSW Scholarships

You’ve   explored teaching  as a career and decided to become a teacher. Now’s the time to work out which scholarship, cadetship or internship could make your study more affordable! We’ve laid them all out so you can see what’s available to you.

Teacher Education Scholarships
$5000 per year of full-time study & $3000 appointment allowance plus a permanent teaching job.

Teacher Education Scholarships – Aboriginal
$5000 per year of full-time study & $3000 appointment allowance plus a permanent teaching job.

teach.Rural Scholarships
$7500 per year of full-time study, $500 per week for your rural practicum, up to $50k upfront course contribution fee & $6000 appointment allowance plus a permanent teaching job.

Great Teaching, Inspired Learning Cadetships
Part time job while studying plus a permanent teaching job on completion.

Find out more 

AFTRS Storytelling Scholarship

Applications close 15 November

The AFTRS Storytelling Scholarship will be awarded to support a student’s study by covering their tuition fees for the duration of their course.
One scholarship may be offered in 2019 to a Bachelor of Arts: Production student (worth $41,760).

Find out more and learn how to apply here 

Travel with Purpose this Summer – Projects Abroad

Summer 2018/19 is coming up fast but there’s still time to sign up for an unforgettable overseas experience. A High School Project is a unique opportunity for students in Years 10 and 11 (11 & 12 in NZ) to embark on a volunteering trip in a safe and supportive environment.

Spend two weeks volunteering alongside a group of like-minded students from across the globe, while contributing positively to communities in need. A High School Project is ideal for those keen to make new friends, see the world, understand a new culture and even gain insight into a potential career path.

The 2018/19 trips will run from December 9-22 and January 6-19 in Cambodia, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Thailand.

The projects are a rich mixture of volunteer work and cultural activities, so you can really immerse yourself into local life. There are loads of projects that you can choose from!

What’s On


Saturday 15 September

Bedford College Open Day
International School of Colour and Design – Styling 101
Tech Girls Movement – Tech Girls are Superheroes

Sunday 16 September

CASPer Test – Required for VET Science at UQ

Monday 17 September

TAFE Queensland – Webinar – Study Nursing Online
Indigenous Early Entry Scheme – University of Newcastle closing date