News from our institutions - March 2021

30 Mar 2021

Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University has two event series coming up.

Explore Day

Explore Day is a chance for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to come on campus, take part in hands-on workshops and attend information sessions about the courses and careers they’re interested in.

  • Albury-Wodonga – 30 March
  • Dubbo – 31 March

Book a spot

Medicine information night

If students are interested in a career in medicine, come along to CSU's free medicine information night for students to discover everything they need to know about their five-year undergraduate entry degree, the Doctor of Medicine. It’s a Joint Program in Medicine offered by Charles Sturt University in partnership with Western Sydney University.

  • Online – 4 May

Book a spot

International College of Management, Sydney

New DVC appointed

ICMS is proud to announce the appointment of esteemed Professor Michael Keppell as ICMS Deputy Vice Chancellor, Learning and Teaching. Read more

ICMS boosts professional scholarships for domestic students

ICMS boosted the number of Professional Scholarships by 25 per cent to more than 60 students for the February 2021 intake, largely in response to challenges caused by the pandemic. Read more

How COVID changed class delivery at ICMS

Face-to-face, online, and now ‘blended-synchronous’ classes – the global pandemic’s legacy has meant that ICMS students have more classroom delivery options than ever. Read more

New Wotif scholarship awarded to regional student

Mollyrose Simmons from Taree in regional NSW has been the first ICMS student to receive the prestigious Wotif Scholarship. This corporate-sponsored scholarship, part of the ICMS Professional Scholarships Program, will be put towards tuition and accommodation to assist Ms Simmons in completing a Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) degree. Read more

​​​​Seven intakes per year

All undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered by ICMS, and pathway providers Aspire Institute and the International Sport College Australia (ISCA), will now offer an additional four new intakes – offering more opportunities for students to enrol throughout the year. The new intake dates and calendar takes effect from this year. Learn More

Book a school talk

The 2021 ICMS Domestic Recruitment calendar is starting to fill quickly. Please schedule in school talk now, specifying your preference for: online or in-person. Email Nadia Hawdon.

  • Early Entry opens April 2021
  • Elite Athlete and Performer Entry Program opens April 2021
  • Leadership Entry Program opens April 2021
  • Scholarship Applications for study 2022 open May 2021
  • Open Day Sunday 8 August 2021

The University of Newcastle

Open Days

  • Saturday 31 July 2021 – Central Coast
  • Saturday 28 August 2021 – Newcastle

Students can learn more and register their interest.

New Degrees for 2022 to explore

New certificates for 2021

The University of Newcastle's undergraduate certificates provide a focused course of study, taken over one semester full time (or two semesters part-time), gain up to 40 units of credit and receive guaranteed entry into a number of related degree programs. Explore the new undergraduate certificates.

Ma & Morley Scholarship Program

As a Ma & Morley scholar, students become part of a community of people passionate about making change, harnessing wisdom and using courage to create a better world. A total of 20 scholarships are available for new students across three categories: Indigenous, Educational Disadvantage and Academic Excellence and 10 immersion experiences are available for continuing students. Scholarships offer up to $75,000 in financial assistance over the duration of the degree. Applications are open from 1 April to 3 October 2021.

Sydney Institute of Business and Technology

SIBT provides quality pathway programs for students who miss out on an offer or need a little extra support to transition to university.

Successful completion of a Diploma from SIBT is a guaranteed pathway to the second year of a bachelor’s degree at Western Sydney University, Sydney City Campus, or students can kick-start their careers straight away.

Find out more about SIBT.

Torrens University Australia

At Torrens University Australia, we believe passion unlocks potential. That’s why, late last year, we made the exciting decision to remove ATAR as our primary entry requirement.

To study with us, Australia’s fastest-growing university, all students need to do is complete Year 12. An Australian secondary school certificate or equivalent guarantees entry into Torrens University’s Bachelor programs.*

Read more about Torrens' university entry pathway.

*Exceptions may apply to some courses.

University of Sydney

Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning

New Urban Studies major and minor

The new Urban Studies major will equip students with the skills and knowledge to understand the complexity of cities and to deal with urban problems that will be the centre of a vast array of professions. It will challenge students to think about the dynamic relationship between understanding cities and city-making by exposing them to a range of critical approaches and professional practices vital to urban life.

Additional information about the new Urban Studies major.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Creative Arts Special Admissions Scheme (CASAS)

The Creative Arts Special Admissions Scheme (CASAS), for domestic students is designed to recognise talented year 12 students. Domestic applicants undertaking a current recognised high school (Year 12) qualification and applying via UAC may be eligible for an early offer of admission prior to the release of ATARs (or equivalent) for the following degrees:

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

Applicants will be assessed on a combination of academic performance in year 11 and year 12 to date, as well as audition/portfolio/interview submissions.

To be considered for an early offer under the scheme, applicants must submit a UAC application with the relevant degree listed as their first preference before 30 September 2021 and have successfully completed their audition or portfolio requirement before the relevant September deadlines.

Early offers are made to eligible students in UAC rounds from August onwards.

Note, the following degrees are not available under CASAS:

  • Bachelor of Music (Music Education)
  • Dual degrees with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies

More details visit on the Bachelor of Visual Arts and the Music courses.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Revitalised Education degrees

The Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Sydney have been revitalised for 2022. The changes to these degrees aim to align their education degrees with innovations occurring throughout the University and the industry, ensuring that students have better opportunities to engage in a range of learning contexts and challenges.

The revitalised education degrees include:

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education)

Please note, these courses will also have new UAC codes for 2022.

Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

A new four-year Bachelor of Education (Secondary) will replace the following five-year combined education degrees:

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences)/Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education: Mathematics)/Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education: Science)/Bachelor of Science.

Students can choose up to two approved teaching areas and will complete 80 days of professional placement experience. An advanced coursework, honours pathway or approved third teaching area is also available in the new five-year Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Secondary).

Further information about the new courses will be available on the University’s website in the coming months.

Business School

New Innovation and Entrepreneurship major

The Business School's new Innovation and Entrepreneurship major will provide students from a range of disciplines with the entrepreneurial mindset and practical skills to launch new ventures and champion innovation in private, public, or not-for-profit organisations.

Details of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship major available from 2022 will be published on The University of Sydney’s website from March 2021. Learn more.

Faculty of Engineering

New Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

From 2021, Sydney's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) will see students undertake enhanced foundation studies in data and computation, and a sequence of real-world project units throughout their degree, designed to enable them to apply technical knowledge in practice.

While the degree and stream names will remain unchanged, from 2021 specialisations will replace majors and there are a number of new exciting specialisations to choose from Specialisations available are:

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Flexible First Year
  • Space Engineering (in conjunction with either Aeronautical, Mechanical or Mechatronic Engineering)

More information.

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

New Principal Study Area

A new Principal Study Area is being added to the Bachelor of Music – Performance – Music Theatre. Stay tuned for more information.

Faculty of Science

New major in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science

Health is now available as a major in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science. Previously this was only available through the Bachelor of Science (Health) or as a second major in the Shared Pool.

UNSW Sydney


Students who choose to study Engineering at UNSW can now include Humanitarian Engineering as a formal component of their studies through UNSW's newly launched minor. The Humanitarian Engineering Minor covers a breadth of humanitarian activities from disaster response and preparedness to long-term sustainable community development within Australia and overseas. It is a complementary skill to existing engineering disciplines and prepares students to work in challenging and diverse situations to help disadvantaged and disempowered communities and individuals.

Quantum Engineering

UNSW Sydney has introduced the world’s first undergraduate degree in Quantum Engineering. The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Quantum Engineering) will train students in advanced electronics and telecommunication engineering, specialising in how to design and control complex quantum systems. The degree will cover nanoelectronics, microwave engineering, and quantum technologies for advanced sensors, secure communications, and computing. The new major will train the next generation of engineers to help build a $4 billion Australian quantum industry. More about UNSW's Quantum Engineering.

Arts, Design & Architecture

UNSW’s newest faculty – Arts, Design & Architecture (ADA) – brings together students, staff, alumni and industry partners from across the Schools of Art & Design, Arts & Media, Built Environment, Education, Humanities & Languages, and Social Sciences. We recognise that complex situations require complex solutions, and it’s only through creative thinking, knowledge sharing and collaboration that we reach these. It’s this knowledge and spirit that lies at the heart of UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture. Through creativity, collaboration and inclusion, UNSW's diverse community seeks and solves problems to improve life on earth.

Western Sydney University

Discover Western Webinar Series

Western has two new webinars this coming March and April, focusing on exploring Western courses, HSC True Reward and Early Offer programs as well as pathway programs, and all the benefits of studying with us.

Discover Western Webinars: Exploring Western, Early Offer Programs, Pathways & More

  • Who: Senior high school students, teachers and parents
  • When: Thursday 25 March 2021
  • Time: 5pm

This webinar will support senior high school students through making informed decisions on:

  • navigating through Western courses
  • early offers and pathway programs
  • all the benefits of studying with us.

Discover Western Webinars: School Staff - HSC True Reward, Pathways & Early Offer Information Session

  • Who: Principals, Teachers, Careers Advisers
  • When: Thursday 26 April 2021
  • Time: 3.30pm

Designed for School Principals, Teachers and Careers Advisers, this webinar will provide you with information to share with students focusing on:

  • providing students with information on early offer programs
  • how students can apply and receive conditional offers
  • exploring pathways to university
  • Q&A with Western staff and current students.

Visit the Discover Western Webinars page for further information on all webinars, including on-demand content. Students and teachers can register below to secure their spot.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program

Western’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program provides an alternative pathway into Western. Indigenous students can receive an early offer based on their results in a numeracy and literacy assessment.

The Pathway Program will be delivered virtually with required assessments and an interview component completed online.

Western accepts applications throughout the year with assessment workshops scheduled in May (2021 mid-year commencement), August (2022 commencement), and November (2022 commencement).

Upcoming assessment round

Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 May 2021 (mid-year commencement). Students can find out more or register their interest for the upcoming assessment days.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Students Information Evenings at Western Sydney University are an opportunity to hear about what courses are on offer and how Western can help students during their studies. Students can learn more or register their interest about the different pathways to study, the support services available, scholarships on offer and life on campus.

Upcoming pathways programs May (2021 mid-year commencement), August (2022 commencement), November (2022 commencement).

Campus tours

Western's highly successful Campus Tours are back again this year. Prospective students, their parents and families and the general public can check out Western's state-of-the-art facilities and hear from current students and staff about courses and degrees Western offers.

Upcoming dates and campuses:

  • Thursday June 17 – Monday June 21
  • Thursday June 24 – Monday June 28
  • Thursday November 18 – Monday November 22
  • Thursday November 25 – Monday November 29

Parramatta City, Parramatta South, Liverpool, Hawkesbury, Penrith and Campbelltown.

Apply now for The College

Apply Now for Term 2 at The College, Western Sydney University’s official pathway provider. Students can choose from a wide range of Diploma’s and Foundation Studies programs including Engineering, ICT, Health Science, Communications and more.

Online short courses

Whether students are looking to upskill, pursue a new career or challenge themselves by learning something new, Western has a range of Undergraduate Certificate short courses on offer in Health, Information Technology, and Environmental Sustainability. Apply now and register or find out more about Western's Online Short Courses.


Western offers $25 million in scholarships, grants and prizes every year. Students can find a scholarship and explore their options or search the undergraduate scholarships on Western's website to discover unlimited opportunities.

Australian Defence Force/Veteran Programs

Western Sydney University is proud to support currently serving Australian Defence Force members and previously serving veterans in their transition to study and balancing service or post discharge requirements throughout their education.

Support is available for admissions and enrolment, including five bonus points; student club and dedicated Student Veteran program; health clinic and psychology services; welfare services including counselling and disability support; study and career transition services.

Discover more about their programs.

New courses for 2022

Bachelor Engineering Advanced (Honours) WSU-UNSW Collaborative Program

Developed in collaboration with UNSW, the Bachelor of Engineering Advanced (Honours) equips a new generation of engineers with the technical expertise, social awareness and practical experience to take on future engineering challenges. Western's Future Engineering sub-major allows students to develop a broad range of multi-disciplinary skills to complement their technical abilities. All students commence at Western Sydney University at their new Parramatta Engineering Innovation Hub where they will have access to state-of-the-art facilities. The first two years of the course will be taught by Western and UNSW academics. After satisfactory completion of second year, students will have an option to continue their studies with Western or transition to UNSW for years 3 and 4.

Bachelor of Mathematics

The Bachelor of Mathematics at Western Sydney University gives students a solid basis in the key areas of mathematics. This degree also gives students the option of completing majors in Financial Mathematics, Data Science, or Computational Mathematics, or they can use the degree as a pathway to secondary teaching.