News from our institutions – September 2020

03 Sep 2020

Australian Catholic University

Early Entry – ACU Guarantee portal now live

Applications are now open for ACU’s brand new early offer program, ACU Guarantee. The ACU Guarantee program offers eligible Year 12 students a place at ACU based on their Year 11 results.

The application portal is now live and will remain open until 25 September.

Offers can be made as early as September so now is the perfect time for students to finalise their preferences and submit their applications.

New course – Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)

Based at the North Sydney Campus, this liberal arts degree will give ambitious students a deep understanding of western literature, philosophy, art, politics, religion, science and history, and how these help us to understand our world and the dialogue between cultures.

The Ramsay Centre is funding 30 scholarships connected to this degree valued at $30,000 per year ($90,000) across the duration degree.

If you want more information about this degree, ACU is holding an online webinar for Careers Advisors on Wednesday 19 August 2020, 12–1pm, where you can have your questions about the course and scholarships answered by Professor Tim McKenry, ACU Faculty of Education and Arts. Register for the webinar.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)

Year 12 revision webinars

Worried about your Year 12 exams? You’re not alone, we’re here to help. Our free online webinars will help you revise and prepare for your exams. Choose from our English, maths, business studies, biology, PDHPE, legal studies, religion and IT webinars. Register now

Charles Sturt University

Doctor of Medicine applications open

Applications for the Doctor of Medicine are now open via UAC. This five-year undergraduate entry degree is a partnership between Charles Sturt University’s new School of Rural Medicine and Western Sydney University. If students have sat the UCAT test, just indicate the Doctor of Medicine at Charles Sturt (Orange) as one of their preferences (UAC course code 725505).

Renewed courses

Charles Sturt University has revitalised some key courses for study in 2021, working closely with employers to ensure they meet the needs of industry. Students can choose to specialise in an area that fits with their career goals. Plus, they all include employability, or ‘soft’, skills, which are important in any workplace. These are:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Information Technology.

Find out more about these courses.

Insight at Charles Sturt

Charles Sturt University has a dedicated blog for future students – Insight. It’s where they can find all the information and inspiration they need for taking their next steps into uni.


Application dates for Charles Sturt University scholarships are rolling out from September. There are many different types of scholarships, with lots of potential for students to be eligible for more than one. Scholarships provide help with all sorts of costs, and could be linked to a course, a campus or, simply, just being a Charles Sturt student.


New course

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Criminology (UAC code 160083) is a new double degree that puts the law into context and is particularly valuable for those graduates who intend to practise in criminal law.

Key dates

  • Online Chat Session – 16 September (3pm–6pm)
  • STEPS Information Session – 18 September (9.30am–10.30am)
  • Apply to CQUni Webinar – 22 September (4pm–5pm)
  • STEPS Information Session – 25 September (12pm–1pm)
  • Online Chat Session – 8 October (4pm–7pm AEDT)

Resources for high school students


CQUniversity has put together a Year 10 Subject Selection Toolkit and Year 12 Toolkit to help guide students as they prepare for university study. These toolkits are packed with important information, videos and frequently asked questions about choosing senior subjects, career insights, getting in to university, pathways, fees and scholarships and more. Encourage your students to explore the toolkits available.


Our High School to Uni and TAFE Guide is also available for schools and students to download.

Book a one-on-one conversation

If you, your students, or their families have questions about studying, book a one-on-one conversation with CQUniversity. We'll help you find the answers to your questions and support you as you explore the study options available. Book a conversation.

International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS)

Watch the ICMS Open Day recording

If your students missed the ICMS Virtual Open Day on Sunday 9 August 2020, don't worry. The live event was recorded and they can still login anytime and from anywhere to watch any of the 21 different sessions. The Open Day, themed ‘Don’t just choose a course, choose a career’ provides prospective students with multiple avenues to find out more about how choosing a future career. As well as course briefings, prospective students can listen to alumni talk about what it's really like to work in their chosen industry. Watch the Open Day.

Entry pathways closing soon

If you'd like to start in February 2021 and are currently in your final year of school (Aus/NZ) or taking a gap year, there are ways in which you can apply to ICMS which could mean you gain early conditional entry. Early Entry applications close on Friday 11 September 2020.

Scholarships now open

The scholarships listed below are now open to Australian & New Zealand citizens/permanent residents completing either year 12 (NZ: year 13) studies or who took a gap year in 2020. Scholarship applications close on Thursday 12 November 2020.

  • ANZ Scholarship for students commencing Bachelor of Business
  • HostPlus Scholarship for students commencing the Bachelor of Business (Sports Management)
  • HostPlus Scholarship for students commencing the Bachelor of Hospitality Management
  • Alceon Scholarship for students commencing the Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business Management (Accounting), or Bachelor of Property (Development, Investment and Valuation)
  • ICMS Business Scholarship
  • ICMS Business (Entrepreneurship) Scholarship
  • ICMS Business (International Tourism) Scholarship
  • ICMS Business (Marketing) Scholarship
  • ICMS Business (Sports Management) Scholarship
  • ICMS Business Management (Accounting) Scholarship
  • ICMS Business Management (Fashion and Global Brand Management) Scholarship
  • ICMS Event Management Scholarship
  • ICMS Hospitality Management Scholarship
  • ICMS Property (Development, Investment and Valuation) Scholarship

View scholarship information.

Macquarie University

Macquarie University Open Day Streamed – on demand

Missed our Open Day? Macquarie Open Day Streamed is now available on demand. View recordings of our live segments, download information guides and booklets, review our extensive list of FAQs (you may find answers to questions that you never thought to ask!)

If you still have questions and would like to speak to one of our team, you can live chat with us or book a one-on-one Zoom consultation.

Co-op Program applications close 5pm (AEST) Friday 25 September 2020

Macquarie's Co-op program is offered across two degrees:

  • Actuarial Studies Co-op: Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with Professional Practice (Honours) (UAC code 300238)
  • Accounting Co-op Bachelor of Professional Practice and Bachelor of Professional Accounting (UAC code 302222)

These highly competitive courses provide an opportunity to alternate between classroom studies and workplace experience in the form of three placements of three to six months each.

To find out more about Macquarie's Co-op Program, how to apply and to watch our webinar, visit our Co-op page.

Still have questions about our Co-op program or your application?

Book a 1:1 consultation. For any other questions, email our Co-op Team.

Schools Recommendation Scheme closes Sunday 20 September 2020

To apply for the Schools Recommendation Scheme at Macquarie University, you must be completing Year 12 in 2020 and attaining an Australian Year 12 qualification, or an International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia.

You must also hold an Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or a permanent residency of Australia or an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa.

How you apply

Complete the SRS application when you apply for tertiary study via UAC. Follow the prompts to submit your application.

Applications are now open and close midnight 20 September 2020.

Read the important dates on the UAC website for more information on change of preference deadlines and offer rounds.

What you can study

Over 130 courses are offered through the Schools Recommendation Scheme at Macquarie.

University of Sydney

Join us at our Online Open Nights

The University of Sydney invites students to attend our Online Open Nights and learn about the University of Sydney from home.

Students will have the opportunity to visit virtual booths and get advice on their study interests, drop into our virtual student lounge and chat to a current student and watch our VR experience tour to learn more about the Sydney Undergraduate Experience

Date: Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 October
Time: 5–9pm
Register now

Creative Arts Special Admissions Scheme

The University of Sydney has introduced a new Creative Arts Special Admissions Scheme (CASAS), designed to recognise exceptionally talented year 12 students, ensuring that they are selected based on their ability and potential rather than their academic ranking. Students applying through the scheme may be eligible to receive an official offer to music and visual arts degrees based on an audition and/or portfolio, prior to receiving their ATAR.

The degrees available under CASAS are:

  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Music (Composition)
  • Bachelor of Music (Performance)
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts.

To be eligible for consideration in the scheme an applicant must be a Year 12 student who is:

  • attempting an Australian Year 12 qualification in the current year
  • a UAC applicant for undergraduate admission for 2021 entry
  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia or holder of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa.

To apply, students must lodge their UAC application by Thursday 10 September, with offers released on Thursday 8 October (October Round 1).

Students are also required to meet any additional admission criteria such as an interview, audition or portfolio submission.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music – September round auditions

Students who would like to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will need to register to attend an audition or interview.

Registrations for the September round auditions are now open, and close at 11.59pm on Friday 18 September 2020.

To register for an audition visit our website.

Sydney College of the Arts – portfolio submissions open

Portfolio submissions for the Sydney College of the Arts are now open.

Year 12 students who would like to study at the Sydney College of the Arts in 2021 will need to submit a portfolio of their artwork.

For more information, and to submit a portfolio, visit our portfolio website.

Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning – portfolio submissions open

Portfolio submissions for the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning are now open.

Year 12 domestic students who are expecting to receive an ATAR (or equivalent) of up to five points lower than the ATAR for their preferred course are encouraged to submit a portfolio. The portfolio is used to identify students with the potential to excel in architecture or design computing who have achieved close to the required ATAR for admission.

Submissions are now open and close at 5pm on Tuesday 8 December, in time for offers made on 23 December (December Round 2).

For more information, including portfolio requirements and the full list of courses that this applies to, visit our Portfolio admissions pathway website.

University of Wollongong

UOW Early Admission

With UOW Early Admission applications now closed, all Early Admission applicants will receive an email on Monday 14 September to let them know their next steps. For most applicants, this will be an invite to book and attend a virtual Early Admission event or interview. These events and interviews are running from Wednesday 23 September to Friday 2 October. Find out more about what happens next.

UOW accommodation guarantee and scholarships

UOW is proud to be one of the few Australian universities to offer an accommodation guarantee for first year students. To be eligible for guaranteed accommodation in 2021, students need to apply by Friday 13 November.

Accommodation scholarships are also available for commencing students who plan to live in a UOW student residence in 2021. Students can choose to live near the campus, city or beach, and may be eligible to receive financial support to help cover living costs. For more information and to start their application, students should visit the UOW accommodation website.

2021 scholarship applications open

UOW also offers a variety of other scholarships and grants to reward and encourage students who have demonstrated excellence in areas of academia, leadership, community and sport. Our commitment to support to students extends to those experiencing financial and other educational disadvantages, who may be eligible for our equity scholarships and grant programs. Find more information about UOW scholarships and grants.

UOW Global Sports Programs

For those serious about sport, applications are open for the UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Program and UOW Crusaders Global Rugby Program. These programs offer your students an opportunity to study a qualification of their choice at UOW’s Wollongong campus, while receiving up to 20 hours a week of professional-standard coaching from some of the world’s best clubs. Interested students should apply by Friday 27 November to start in February 2021.

Two new courses at UOW South Western Sydney

UOW is pleased to be offering two new degrees at our campus in Liverpool from 2021. The Bachelor of Applied Analytics and Bachelor of Social Change and Advocacy expand the course offerings at UOW South Western Sydney and deliver further opportunities for prospective students in the region. Explore all courses at UOW South Western Sydney.

UNSW Sydney

Applications for UNSW Gateway Admission Pathway close 9 October for Year 11

UNSW Gateway is an admission pathway to for students in Years 11 attending Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for students’ preferred UNSW degree and provides them with an early conditional offer to UNSW. Gateway Spring Program registrations for current Year 11 students are open now. Applications for early conditional offers will close on Friday 9 October 2020.

Applications for UNSW Scholarship close 30 September 2020

UNSW Scholarship applications for 2021 are open and will close on Wednesday 30 September 2020. Find further details and apply.

Western Sydney University

Free HSC Study Sessions

Join our Free HSC Study Sessions run by highly qualified teachers and HSC markers online from 6–9 October, to assist you with final HSC preparation. Sessions include a 2-hour interactive webinar in the morning (including a workbook) outlining content analysis, tips and strategies across all topics and detailed exploration of key syllabus areas. A 4-hour afternoon session will include a 2-hour practice exam and 2-hour deconstruction of the exam with detailed analysis of each question, provision of annotations and exemplar responses and solutions. All sessions will provide you with the opportunity to engage in Q&A and have all of your questions answered.

The following HSC subjects are available for you to register and attend online:

Standard English, Advanced English, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Family and Community Studies, Geography, Mathematics Standard, 2 Unit Advanced Mathematics, Legal Studies, Modern History, Physics and PDHPE.

For further information and to register, visit HSC Study Sessions.

HSC True Reward

HSC True Reward is for Year 12 students completing the HSC. It provides you with an early offer into Western based on your Year 11* or Year 12 subject results instead of a scaled ATAR. The first round of conditional offers was made on 30 July to over 1,900 Year 12 students.

The final date to apply for True Reward to be considered on Year 11 results is Sunday, 20 September. For more information and to apply, visit the HSC True Reward page.

*Those that apply using their Year 11 results will need to successfully complete the HSC.

Western Webinar Series

At Western, we are continually developing resources to provide further information on entry offers, pathway information and the re-imagined HSC True Reward Early Offer Program. New webinars are continually added to our live schedule. To view previous webinars on-demand, visit the Western Webinar page.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can apply to study at Western Sydney University through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program. The program includes completion of Literacy and Numeracy assessments and based on the results you can receive an offer into your chosen course. We accept applications throughout the year with the next assessments scheduled on Tuesday 17 to Wednesday 18 November 2020 (for 2021 commencement). You don’t need a HSC or other qualification to apply to the Pathway Program.

Our recent July assessment round for the Pathway Program saw 94 Indigenous Year 12 students participate and those who successfully met the requirements will receive an early conditional offer in August. To find out more information, visit the Pathway Program page.

Campus tours

Come and explore all Western Sydney University has to offer. Prospective students, their family and the general public can take one of our guided Campus Tours and see what life at Western is really like.

Tour our lecture theatres and teaching spaces, stroll through our campus libraries, and visit some of our world-class facilities where students gain hands-on, practical experience. You will speak to Academic staff, current and past students while having the opportunity to learn more about the various degrees on offer, course selection, living on campus and university life.

Tour dates for 2020 are Monday 30 November – 11 December. Visit the Campus Tours page for more information.

Music auditions

Auditions to study music at Western in 2021 are now open. To audition, either submit videos of two performances made on a phone or other video recording device saved as MP4 files, or a composition portfolio of two or more works, in score and recorded formats. Find further information on how to apply and to submit your audition files.

The College – Pathway to Western Sydney University

The College at Western Sydney University is the perfect pathway for domestic and international students needing to complete a Diploma program before transitioning directly into degree programs offered at Western. Successfully completing one of our Academic Pathway Programs guarantees you a place at Western, and our highly-qualified staff will make sure you graduate from The College with the necessary skills to take on a bachelor degree. Applications for Term 3 are now open and will close on 12 October.

Western Sydney University scholarships

Did you know Western Sydney University offers over $25 million in scholarships, grants and prizes? Explore our range of scholarships that reward academic excellence, leadership and community involvement, and support motivated students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Scholarships are not only available to high achievers, but cover a broad range of criteria including those with long-term family difficulties, people from rural or remote areas, course selection and community involvement initiatives.

Find out
what scholarships are on offer for you.