News from our institutions - July 2021

21 Jul 2021

Australian National University

There has been a change to the ANU Open Day. It will now be held on Saturday 14 August.

Find out what Australia’s #1 university has to offer students in 2022. They can explore programs. Meet students. Discover their future. Register now.



ICMS Professional Scholarships are open for students intending to begin their studies at ICMS in February 2022. Scholarships are not only awarded for academic excellence; community and sporting contribution is also recognised. Some scholarships are endorsed by a corporate partner – which is of enormous value to a recipient’s future career. All scholarships cover tuition fees for study and/or accommodation. View ICMS scholarships.

Early Offer Entry Pathways

ICMS offer a number of Early Offer Entry Pathways such as Early Entry, the Leadership Entry Program the Elite Athlete Entry Program, or the Schools Recommendation Scheme. Applying through these programs means students could mean you get a conditional offer before they sit their final school exams. Learn more.

Open day – Sunday 8 August

The annual ICMS Open Day will be on Sunday 8 August from 10am to 2pm. This will be an online and on-campus event. Students and their parents are invited to attend the ‘castle on the hill’ in Manly NSW to learn about courses, campus options, scholarships, accommodation and, of course, the famous Industry Training program. Register here.

Macquarie University

Co-op Program

Applications for Macquarie's Co-op program is offered across three degrees. Applications close Wednesday 15 September:

  • 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)
  • Business Analytics Co-op: Bachelor of Professional Practice and Bachelor of Business Analytics (UAC code 302223).

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.

Find out more about Macquarie's Co-op Program.

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme – applications now close Friday 20 August 2021

The Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme recognises students’ academic achievements as well as their leadership qualities and commitment to community. This scheme is available for students completing the NSW Higher School Certificate, ACT Senior Secondary Certificate or International Baccalaureate in 2021. It recognises their academic achievement in Year 11 as well as their activity beyond the classroom.

If their application is successful, students will receive an offer to study at Macquarie University in 2022 before they complete your final exams. Applications are open now and close Friday 20 August 2021 at 2pm AEST.

Find out more about the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme.

Macquarie University Q&A Series

Missed one of Macquarie's online Q&As? Each session focused on a different area of study. Hear from our Student Ambassadors, who are current students studying at Macquarie University.

Schools Recommendation Scheme

To apply for the Schools Recommendation Scheme at Macquarie University, students must be completing Year 12 in 2021 and attaining an Australian Year 12 qualification, or an International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia.

Applications are now open and close Sunday 19 September 2021.

Find out more about the 130 courses are offered through the Macquarie Schools Recommendation Scheme.

Macquarie University Open Day – Saturday August 2021

Do your students have specific questions about their study options at Macquarie? Do they need assistance with exploring their courses, understanding entry criteria or wish to find out more about university life?

Students can book a 30-minute personal consultation with one of their expert student advisors. This is their opportunity to talk through their individual circumstances and ask questions they may have.

They can select the date and time that suits them.

SAE Creative Media Institute


SAE Creative Media Institute is offering Kickstarter Scholarships for students graduating Year 12 in 2021. These partial-tuition grants are valued at $15,000 each and are on offer to students who excel in audio, animation, film, design or games development. Students can fast track their degree in two-years and work on real projects using the latest equipment and industry-standard software.

SAE is also offering a range of other scholarships and cash grants for students commencing – including The Excellence in Creative Media and the Creative Indigenous scholarships – as well as $3,000 Cash Grants to students commencing a Bachelor program in 2022.

Applications close Sunday 31 October.

Apply for an SAE scholarship now.

Early Entry

Year 12 can be stressful enough as it is, so we’ve created the Launchpad Early Entry Program to take the pressure off! This is an early pathway that allows students in year 12 to apply for their tertiary studies with SAE before the final school results are released. Apply here.

Course updates

SAE is now offering a Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production. If your students are passionate about songwriting, beats, and cool production then they are going to love our new course. This collaborative course provides a unique, hands-on, immersive experience that will guide students through each level of songwriting and music production.

Just like our courses in film, audio, animation, design and games students will be assessed through the completion of industry-based projects, not theoretically based essays. These projects will contribute to a student's personal song/music portfolio that they will be able to showcase in the music industry.

Australian Year 12 applicants

Applications can be made both directly to SAE and UAC. Once we receive the application, a member from our admission team will be in touch to book an interview.

Applicants who are 2020 or 2021 Australian Year 12 students, or have previously undertaken Year 12, are assessed on the basis of successful completion of Year 12 and a phone-based or campus interview – no ATAR is required.

We hold interviews with all prospective students to ensure we can meet their expectations and education goals. The interview is informal and helps us to understand personal motivations, previous study, relevant experience and expected course outcomes.

SAE also participates in the Schools Recommendation Scheme.

Open day – Sunday 8 August

Students can join us on campus, or at our virtual event and experience Open Day their way. Dates are as follows:

  • Byron Bay Campus, 8 August, 10am – 2pm
  • Sydney Campus, 8 August, 10am – 2pm morning session; 1–3pm afternoon session
  • Virtual, 8 August, 4–6pm

Attendees at both Open Day options will have the opportunity to:

  • attend course content presentations
  • see student work displays
  • take tours of the equipment and facilities
  • access internships and admissions information, and
  • ask questions to our friendly team of staff.

Register for the SAE Open Day.

Torrens University

At Torrens University we have removed the ATAR as an entry requirement. We know that the individuality of the student, their strengths, and future potential is a better indication of how they might succeed in higher education.

Learn more about Torrens University's pathways to entry.

School holiday workshops

Torren’s University Australia’s School Holiday Workshops are a great opportunity for students from years 9 to 12 to visit us on campus to experience the day in the life of a Torrens University student. Participate in activities, chat to academics, students and course and careers advisors, and enter cool competitions. Lunch and a goodie bag is provided. Register for school holiday workshops.

University of Sydney

Gadigal program

The University of Sydney’s Gadigal Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is now open. The Gadigal Program shifts the focus from the ATAR alone and provides eligible students the opportunity to tell the university more about themselves, including their interests, motivations and goals.

Eligible students will benefit from the opportunity to receive an early conditional offer and gain entry to a course with a lower minimum ATAR requirement. Students may also be invited to participate in an intensive two-week academic skills program before commencing at the University and receive ongoing support throughout their studies.

The application for the Gadigal Program is now included in a student’s UAC application, and Year 12 students who apply and are eligible for the program can have their UAC application fee ($70.00) paid by the University of Sydney on their behalf.

Applications for the early conditional offer round close on Sunday 8 August.

For additional information, including steps for applying via UAC, visit the University of Sydney's website or contact Jake Gordon, Engagement and Partnerships Manager.

Extended Bachelor programs

New in 2022, the Extended Bachelor Programs are a pathway to uni for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who have experienced significant disruption during their secondary education and do not have the required ATAR for admission through the Gadigal Program. The courses are designed to provide students the opportunity to make connections between in-depth discipline study and knowledge of culture and practice.

The new Extended Bachelor Programs include:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Extended)
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science (Extended)
  • Bachelor of Science (Extended)
  • Bachelor of Science (Health) (Extended)

Eligible students can apply now via UAC. For additional information contact Jake Gordon, Engagement and Partnerships Manager.

Early Offer Year 12 Scheme

The University of Sydney’s Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme shifts the focus from ATAR alone and provides eligible students the opportunity to tell the university more about themselves. Successful students will receive a conditional offer before the HSC results are released and benefit from a $5,950 scholarship in their first year.

To be eligible to apply for E12 students need to be assessed by UAC’s Education Access Scheme as:

  • attending a NSW rural or regional school (UAC EAS codes SO1R or SO1C)
  • experiencing financial hardship (UAC EAS codes FO1A, B, C or D)
  • residing in an area identified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as the lowest 25 per cent of socio-economic disadvantage in Australia.

Applications for E12 are open now via UAC’s Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) and close at 11.59pm on Sunday 19 September.

Information and eligibility on how to apply for E12 or email.

Online assessment days for double degree medicine and dentistry

Assessment days for the University of Sydney's double degree programs in medicine and dentistry will take place online for students applying for admission in 2022. The assessment days will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 14 December 2021
  • Monday 24 January 2022.

Detailed timelines including deadlines for applicants can be found under the admissions section of the following pages:

UNSW Sydney

UNSW Business School program updates

After the successful launch of UNSW’s new Bachelor of Commerce, we are excited to announce our newest Bachelor of Commerce major: Innovation, Strategy and Entrepreneurship. Students studying the BCom, BCom double, Bachelor of Economics or Bachelor of Actuarial Studies will be able to study this new major from Term 1, 2022. The Business School has also made significant updates to the Bachelor of Economics, including updated majors in Macroeconomics & Financial Markets, Data Analytics & Econometrics, and Economic Policy and Society. Students studying the Bachelor of Information Systems will also now have the opportunity to choose from three elective streams – Digital Transformation & Information Systems, Organisational Data Bases or Networking & Security.

More about the UNSW Business School program updates.

UNSW Gateway Admission Pathway and Program (GAPP) updates

The following changes have been made to UNSW Gateway Admissions Pathway and Program.

New eligibility criteria

    Year 12 students are now eligible for the Gateway Admission Pathway if they are receiving an ATAR and either:

    • attend one of our 370 Gateway schools, and/or
    • are identified by UAC as eligible for the Educational Access Scheme based on SEIFA criteria. For more information about what this means you can download a fact sheet from UAC.

    ATAR reduction

    Successful applicants will receive an early conditional offer with an ATAR entry requirement up to 15 points lower than the advertised Lowest Selection Rank – more information here.

      Now administered through the UAC Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)

      UAC can directly access their Year 11 results as well as their school’s aptitudes and performance ratings in subject areas relevant to their chosen degree.

        UNSW Gateway Medicine Pathway

        If a student is planning on applying for UNSW Medicine, there are some additional requirements and eligibility criteria – more information here.

          A reminder: Registrations for the UNSW Gateway Spring Program are now open. Discover how you can help students succeed in their HSC, uni and beyond.


          UTS Early Entry Program

          UTS has launched an early entry program. Students can secure a place at UTS before the final Year 12 exams. The UTS Early Entry Program is designed to recognise the academic achievements of students from year 11 and is open to all local and onshore international Year 12 students.

          Applications open on 10 August with conditional offers released on 5 October. Unconditional offers will be released to NSW HSC applicants on 11 December and IB students on 7 January 2022 based on meeting the ATAR requirements. Applications are direct to UTS.

          Engineering and IT Early Entry Program – Edge

          For students interested in Engineering or IT courses at UTS, the Edge program is based on a broader criteria than the ATAR alone. Students are assessed on Year 11 results plus Edge points which are composed of the Edge Portfolio, Year 11 grades in relevant STEM subjects and the Women in Engineering and IT initiative.

          Edge is open to all local and onshore international Year 12 students. Applications open on 10 August with conditional offers released on 5 October. Unconditional offers will be released to NSW HSC applicants on 11 December 2021 and IB students on 7 January 2022 based on meeting the ATAR requirements. Applications are direct to UTS.

          Find out more about UTS Edge.

          Western Sydney University

          Free HSC study sessions

          Western is offering free study sessions run by qualified teachers and HSC markers online covering 14 subjects such as Chemistry, English, Maths and more. The sessions will run online from 20–24 September. Visit Western for a list of subjects and more information.

          Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program

          Western is committed to providing higher education pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Students who do not have an HSC or equivalent qualification or have an ATAR lower than required for their chosen course can apply to study through their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program. Students will be required to attend two assessment days (Essay and Numeracy) and will receive an early offer into their chosen course based on their results, not their HSC results or an ATAR.

          Applications are accepted throughout the year, with the next assessment dates scheduled as Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 August.

          Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Student Information Evenings

          The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Student Information Evenings at Western are an opportunity for Indigenous students to hear about what courses are on offer and how Western can help them during their studies. Students will learn about the different pathways to study, the support services available, including our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Badanami Centre, scholarships on offer and life on campus.

          Future Student Information Evenings will be held as a webinar on Tuesday 7 September, 6-7.30pm

            Discover Western Webinar

            Western is continually developing resources to provide further information on its early offer programs and pathways. The Discover Western Webinars are open for registration, providing parents and Year 12 students specific sessions in the coming weeks, delivered virtually in the comfort of their own homes and workplaces:

            • Parents – Your Role & How You Can Help Them to University, Thursday 26 August, online
            • Getting an Early Offer And How To Apply To University, Thursday 9 September.

            Register for Open Day 2021 – Sunday 15 August

            Western Sydney University’s Open Day on Sunday 15 August is a chance to discover everything Western has to offer with activities running across campuses at Parramatta South, Parramatta City, and the Engineering Innovation Hub at Hassall Street.

            Explore course presentations, speak one-on-one with academics and current students about courses on offer and get a feel for campus life. You will be able to hear about the student services available and find out about Western's early offer pathway, HSC True Reward.

            Register for Western Sydney University’s Open Day.

            True Reward – Western’s Early Offer Program

            The HSC True Reward early offer program will give school leavers much needed peace of mind, providing students an early offer into most university courses based on their Year 11* or Year 12 results. HSC True Reward was first launched in 2017, providing students an early offer into Western based on HSC results, instead of a scaled ATAR, following analysis showing subject performance is a robust key performance indicator of student success.

            Students will also, as part of the program, get access to Western’s groundbreaking digital experience platform – Alpha Edge. The Alpha’s Edge playlist within the platform will allow students to explore learning activities around career-path decision making as well as university preparation.

            *Offers made on Year 11 results are based on the condition that students successfully complete their HSC and other specified requirements.