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From the Learning Pathways and Careers Office

From the Learning Pathways and Careers Office

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

QTAC questions answered

This week, Years 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to attend CHAC’s annual Tertiary Studies Evening to hear from speakers representing tertiary institutions and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) on the university application process.

For those students who missed the evening or who would like to refer back to QTAC’s advice, please find a copy of the presentation here

Meanwhile, QTAC’s website continues to be the best starting point for students investigating course options. All senior students are urged to get familiar with QTAC’s site and to investigate its course search engine.

Scholarship season approaches

With scholarship season fast approaching, Year 12 students are encouraged to jump online to start familiarising themselves with the financial support they may be eligible for. All major universities offer a range of scholarships to acknowledge academic merit, sporting success and community contribution.

Each year, CHAC has a number of successful scholarship applicants and provides support to eligible students with the application process.

More on scholarships offered by key tertiary institutions can be found at:

Experience UQ

Throughout Term 3 and 4, The University of Queensland will host a number of subject-specific experience days to help Years 11 and 12 students in their career decision-making. These events are a great way for both students and parents to gain a greater understanding of study areas through interactive lectures, guided tours and hands-on workshops with academics and current students. Dates are below.

  • Anthropology: Friday 9 August
  • Pharmacy: Sunday 18 August
  • Marine Science: Saturday 7 September 
  • Nursing and Midwifery: Sunday 8 September
  • Business, Commerce and Tourism: Sunday 8 September
  • Civil Engineering: Saturday 14 September
  • Business, Commerce and Tourism: Saturday 19 October

Please register for these events here.

Young scholars at UQ

The University of Queensland is inviting high achieving Year 11 students to apply for the Young Scholars Program (YSP).

Designed to nurture and develop future leaders, the program presents students with an exciting opportunity for academic extension and enrichment and is designed to ignite students’ passions for leadership, academic achievement and community development.

The program cost of $615 (inclusive of GST), includes all activities, meals and accommodation (four nights in total) for the residential camp. Please keep in mind that this program is among many that CHAC’s Past Students’ Association is keen to support with its Take Off Educational Bursary valued at $500. More on this competitive bursary and the application process can be found here.

To read about eligibility requirements and the application process for the Young Scholars Program, please go to Applications close on Friday 9 August so if this is an opportunity that a student would like to pursue, it is important that they work on their submission this weekend.

TAFE broadens options

Applications are now open for the TAFE at School Semester 1, 2020 intake.

Each year, a number of CHAC students from Years 11 to 12 participate in the TAFE at School program and work towards the achievement of a workplace qualification while completing their school studies.

TAFE offers a range of certificate courses from design and justice to electrotechnology. Many of these can contribute to a student’s ATAR. For more information on the variety of TAFE at School course available, please see the latest course brochure here.

For Year 10s interested in exploring TAFE at School, a special session will be held at next week’s Subject Selection Evening with a TAFE representative on hand to answer questions, including on TAFE pathways to university.

Experience aviation careers

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) is one of two Queensland-based institutions offering a Bachelor of Aviation and is now providing Years 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to participate in a two-day aviation workshop in the September school holidays.

The event is open to just 25 students and will take place at USQ’s Springfield campus on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 September. It will provide students with a chance to experience the aviation industry first-hand by flying in a world-class flight simulator, the first of its kind in Queensland. 

Parents are invited to the final session on Friday (2.45pm – 4.00pm), where a representative from the Qantas Group will discuss Qantas's partnership with USQ and the Qantas Group Future Pilot Program.

Places are strictly limited and must be booked.

More details are available here.

Know the Options

Edition 11 of the Options Career Information Bulletin is now available here and on CHAC Careers. The latest edition includes the latest advice from all Queensland universities and articles on a range of pathways from the Defence Forces to apprenticeships.