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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

Year 10s plan pathways

Term 2 has been an important one for Year 10 students in planning their post-school pathway.

I am delighted to have met with most students and their parents during the term. This has been an opportunity to explore insights gained from career exploration activities in Term 1 and to commence considering subject choices for Years 11 and 12. Students who have not yet made a time to meet to discuss their learning pathway are urged to do so by going to the Book an Appointment tab at CHAC Careers.

Year 10s and their parents are reminded that students have access to a range of career investigation resources through CHAC Careers where students have their own secure area. Many have taken advantage of the tools here to also create a resume and cover letter.

The next step for Year 10s in planning their learning pathway is subject selection for senior studies, which commences next term.

To guide students in their choices, they will be able to participate in a webinar on Thursday 30 July being conducted by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre on the senior schooling system. This will be followed on Tuesday 4 August with the Subject Selection Evening when Heads of Faculty will provide information and presentations on the range of subjects available for study at CHAC in 2021.

For various university guides designed to assist Year 10s in selecting their senior course, students and parents can go to CHAC Careers here. This week, the QCAA also launched its Planning Your QCE Pathway resources for Year 10s, and this can be found here.

Health experience with the Mater

Students from Years 10 to 12 have the opportunity to participate in a three day ‘hands-on’ holiday program enabling them to explore a variety of health-related professions.

Mater Education’s High School Health Adventure will cover emergency and critical care, surgical, obstetrics and provide a forum to understand academic pathways required to become a health professional.

The three-day program costs $499 and will run during both the June and September school holidays. More information and registration is available here.

Scholarship news from UQ

While many UQ scholarships available to school leavers have not yet opened, the university is encouraging students with an interest in the humanities to investigate the UQ-Ramsay Undergraduate Scholarship.

The purpose of the scholarship is to support students undertaking a sequence of study in Western Civilisation either through the Bachelor of Advanced Humanities (Honours) program or the dual Bachelor of Humanities/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) program.

This scholarship is among the most generous in Australia and valued at $30,000 per year for the duration of the program (up to 5.5 years). More can be read here.

Meanwhile, UQ has announced that Sporting Scholarship applications will be open from Tuesday 4 August to Saturday 31 October 2020. For further information on UQ Sporting Scholarships, please email

CHAC will host a lunchtime workshop in Term 3 for Year 12s seeking more information on scholarships.

Other news from UQ

Over the next few weeks, UQ academics will deliver short seminars on topics directly relevant to students studying science and science-related subjects including Physics, Biology and Geography.

These seminars will provide insights into senior subjects for Year 10s and will complement Year 11 and 12 students' classroom study.

Sessions are free and will be delivered via a Zoom link. To read more or register, please go to UQ’s site at this link.

Can’t get enough film and TV?

The University of Southern Queensland is inviting students from Years 10 to 12 to ‘log in’ to a series of four free workshops covering scriptwriting, short film, reality television and working in the film and media industry.

These workshops commence on Thursday 11 June and will run each week from 4.30pm until 5.30pm. To learn more and register, please go here

Options Information Bulletin 

The latest edition of the Options Career Information Bulletin is here. This edition includes information on pathways to medicine and news from major universities.