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From the Learning Pathways and Careers Counsellor

From the Learning Pathways and Careers Counsellor

Author: Penny Cummins
Author Role: Learning Pathways and Careers Counsellor

Important advice for students considering Medicine or Dentistry

Bookings are now open for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) required for entry into a number of medicine and dentistry courses across Australia.

Students in Year 12 hoping to achieve provisional entry into undergraduate degrees for medicine or dentistry should now be investigating the UCAT, which applies to students seeking entry into The University of Queensland’s courses. Currently, Griffith, Bond and James Cook Universities do not use UCAT as part of their entry processes.

Students must register for the test, which costs $299. Registration and bookings close on 11 May with testing taking place between 1 July and 31 July 2020. For further details on registration, please visit

While students cannot study specific content for UCAT, it is important to prepare for the test. The most effective preparation is to practice sitting for the test, using the same conditions and time limits as the real test. The UCAT website has practice tests that students can access.

Advice on various pathways to careers in Medicine and Dentistry is also available.

Year 10 trade taster

TAFE Queensland has announced details of its 2020 Year 10 Trade Taster Program.

This is a terrific opportunity for those who are considering pursuing careers in construction, automotive or electrical trades, plumbing or carpentry. Year 10 students try out four trades over a term to decide if such a pathway is something that they would like to pursue in Years 11 and 12.

If your Year 10 student is interested in participating in this fully-funded government program, please read my email of March 6 which includes details on registering for the program. 

Applications open on Monday 16 March at 9am sharp. Typically the program is booked out within an hour due to huge demand across Brisbane.

Students are welcome to contact me over the weekend if they would like to enrol on Monday morning with my assistance. They will need to have already obtained a USI as explained in my email. Alternatively, parents will find instructions in my email on how to register a student. 

Girls try a trade

Six Year 10 girls took up the tools last week at a Women’s ‘Try a Trade Day’ hosted by TAFE and Construction Skills Queensland.

Planned to coincide with International Women’s Day, the event was an opportunity for female students to explore a number of trades, including construction, plumbing, painting and tiling.

With just 3 per cent of Queensland apprentices female, business and government are working together to remind girls of the diverse careers open to them in construction.

Aviation Careers Experience

Griffith University, which is one of just two Queensland universities offering a Bachelor of Aviation, will be hosting its annual Aviation Flight Camp on 7 and 8 April.  

The school holiday Flight Camp is a two-day non-live-in camp that offers Year 11 and 12 students a unique opportunity to experience what an aviation career has to offer.

On day one, students will take part in a range of hands-on activities, connect with student mentors and hear from a variety of industry speakers. On day two, students will choose to attend one of the two behind the scene day trip tours. More information on the camp is here.

Applications for the two-day program, which costs $80 close on Friday 20 March. More on the application process can be read here.