News from our institutions - September 2021

15 Sep 2021

The Australian College of Applied Psychology

With understanding and skills, real change can happen in the world. The Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) specialises in human behaviour so students can gain the in-depth knowledge and experience which can contribute to this change. When they study at ACAP they have an opportunity to learn in a connected and supportive environment with help from the dedicated Student Learning Support team who offer one-on-one consultations, instructional webinars and feedback on writing, as well as the Student Engagement Team who are there to keep you on track and motivated.

ATARs are not a necessary component of the admissions criteria at ACAP. That means that all students need to focus on is what field of study interests them: Psychology, Criminology, Social Work, Counselling or Coaching.

For more information on the courses ACAP offers, view the ACAP Course Guides.

You can also watch one of the recent Discover ACAP information sessions on-demand. Select a recording under ‘Previous Events’. These sessions provide in-depth course details, entry requirements and career opportunities.

Students can talk to an ACAP Course Adviser about their future study options by email or call 1800 039 139.

Australian National University

This is a busy, exciting and confusing time. As the situation in each state and territory changes in relation to COVID-19, it’s understandable that you and your students may have concerns. We wish your students the best of luck as they prepare for their final exams. Our team can be reached at

International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS)

The pandemic has been particularly hard for school staff, teachers and, of course, students and we want to acknowledge you during this challenging time. COVID-19 will pass, the vaccination rollout is happening and the lockdown will ease. We support you and urge you to continue to show your students what resilience and hope looks like.

ICMS is supporting your Year 12 students class of 2021 in the following ways:

  • taking into consideration results achieved in Year 11 for entry
  • inviting all students to a personal interview to discuss their bachelors degree study options for 2022
  • encouraging applications for our early offer programs that are still open. These include Early Entry, the Elite Athlete and Performer Program and the Leadership Entry program.

COVID impact on February 2022 admissions to ICMS

The pandemic has been particularly hard for all Year 12 students. The Admissions Department at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) will not disadvantage Year 12 students seeking access to higher education studies who are completing their HSC (or equivalent) in 2021.

For students completing Year 12 in 2021, where results are not sufficient or available, ICMS may take into consideration results achieved in Year 11 for entry. Applicants must have been enrolled in Year 12 in 2020 or 2021 to be eligible.

The friendly ICMS Student Advisors are available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday to assist with your confidential enquiries. Call (02) 9466 1240, email us or via Zoom.

Elite Athlete/Performer Program

ICMS understands the additional pressures placed on students through significant involvement in sport and the performing arts and we believe this should be considered for entry to higher education. The ICMS Elite Athletes and Performers Admissions pathway is for students whose sport or performing arts commitments may have impacted on their studies.

Leadership Entry Program

ICMS understands the value of leadership and we believe it should be rewarded. Our ICMS Leadership Entry Program offers students who have demonstrated significant leadership in their school and/or community, a guaranteed place at ICMS based on their academic achievement, leadership experience and aspirations, and a nomination from their school.

ICMS 2021 Open Day is now on YouTube

Missed the course information sessions at the ICMS Open Day in August? Don’t worry, all sessions were recorded and can be accessed via video. Listen to lecturers explain what they’ll study, while current students share their experiences. You can also learn about pathway options, scholarships, accommodation and entry requirements as well as hear from industry professionals who will explain what it’s like to work in their sector. Watch the ICMS open day.

New Diploma of Business (Fashion and Global Brand Management)

Aspire (pathway provider to the International College of Management, Sydney) now offers an exciting new diploma for those interested in business, fashion, and retail management. The Diploma of Business (Fashion and Global Brand Management) offers students a stand-alone diploma qualification through the Aspire Institute or, should they wish to pursue further studies, they could choose to use their diploma qualification as a pathway into the second year of a Bachelor of Business (Fashion and Global Brand Management) at ICMS.

Macquarie University

Macquarie Leaders and Achievers has reopened

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the educational environment at schools and at universities over the last two years.

Recent NSW Government announcements regarding delaying HSC written exams to 9 November has had significant impact on these students.

At Macquarie University, we recognise the anxiety and uncertainty many Year 12 students face due to the current situation. We understand there is some concern around university offers and planning for tertiary and HSC studies, as well as planning for attending university.

At Macquarie, we have always considered students to be more than their ATAR. That’s why we have multiple entry pathways to a degree.

One of our most popular pathways is the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme. Given the current situation in NSW, we have reopened this scheme for Year 12 students. Applications are now open and will close on Sunday 19 September.

Students can also still apply for early entry to Macquarie through the Schools Recommendation Scheme which also closes on Sunday 19 September. More information about Macquarie Early Entry.

The Future Students Contact Centre is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday to help with any enquiries students, teachers or parents may have. Call (02) 9850 6767 or email

Year 12 Personal Consultations are available via Zoom from 3.30pm to 7pm, Tuesday to Thursday. Book a Year 12 Personal Consultation.

Covid-19 Impact Points

Macquarie recognises the significant impact this pandemic has had on students and the stress related to university entry for 2022.

To reassure Year 12 students, all applicants applying for a Session 1, 2022 undergraduate degree will automatically receive five COVID-19 Impact Points to boost their selection rank.

Prospective students will not have to apply for these additional adjustment factors as they will be automatically applied via their UAC application.

Macquarie 2021 Open Day Streamed is now on YouTube

Thousands of potential students explored our student-hosted Studio MQ, watched videos on demand, met with our academics and asked questions through our live chat.

If you missed it, don’t worry! We have made sure that everything that happened on Open Day will be available to watch on our Macquarie YouTube channel.

New diploma programs, majors, and specialisations for 2022

New undergraduate diplomas
New majors available for the Bachelor of Arts
  • Croatian studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Modern Greek Studies
  • Russian Studies
New specialisations available for the Bachelor of International Studies
  • Croatian International Studies
  • Italian International Studies
  • Modern Greek International Studies
  • Russian International Studies

SAE Creative Media Institute


SAE Creative Media Institute is now offering kickstarter grants 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 – 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 31 October.

Apply for an SAE scholarship.

Early entry

Year 12 can be stressful enough as it is, so we’ve created the SAE 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.

CAA annual conference, 22 October 2021

The Careers Advisors Association annual conference for NSW and ACT will be celebrating its forty-sixth anniversary. SAE Creative Media Institute will be sponsoring this year's virtual event having the opportunity to present to Career Advisors from the government, Catholic and independent high schools in NSW and the ACT.

Course Advisors will be able to find out more information about the courses on offer, scholarships, the SAE early entry program and career pathways for year 12 students.

For more information, visit CAA’s website.

Southern Cross University

It’s been a tough year but we’re in the homestretch together with you and looking forward to welcoming your students next year to Southern Cross University. We haven’t been able to visit all of you as we had hoped this year (thanks COVID!) but you have been in our thoughts. We’ve produced discipline-specific videos and recorded our live Q&A sessions from the recent virtual Open Day to help your students navigate through the next phase.

Torrens University

We understand that life may seem tough right now and that you and your Year 12 students, especially, are under strain. It’s so easy to feel stressed and concerned during uncertain times. At Torrens University, we want to reassure you that your students’ final Year 12 grade doesn’t define them. Help your students feel reassured through our Early Entry Program which allows them to secure a place early with us, going into exams with peace of mind. Not only that, we’ve dropped the ATAR requirement, so entry into most of our courses is with their Year 12 Certificate. Above all, we want to send you and your Year 12 students strength, good vibes and smiles. We’re thinking of you.

Apply for the Torrens University Early Entry Program.

University of Newcastle

Year 12 COVID adjustment points

Given the extraordinary challenges faced by students completing the HSC in 2021, the University of Newcastle will again be offering 5 adjustment points to all 2021 HSC applicants.* There is no separate application required. The points will be automatically added to their rank. Students are eligible for a maximum of 12 adjustment points.

*The 5 points are available for all programs with the exception of the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program).

Learn more about UON adjustment points.

Early offers

Despite the delay in ATARs, the University of Newcastle will still be offering 2021 HSC students early offers in November, via the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS).

The SRS offers early entry, guaranteed accommodation and scholarship opportunities for eligible students based on Year 11 results and recommendations from your school. To apply, there is a separate application that you need to submit via UAC. Applications close on 19 September.

Important program information

Bachelor of Midwifery - new offering on the Central Coast

The University of Newcastle’s sought-after midwifery program will also be part of the health degrees available to study at the new Central Coast Clinical School in Gosford.

Bachelor of Nursing - change of location on the Central Coast

The Bachelor of Nursing taught at our Ourimbah campus will be moving to the new health precinct. This is an incredible opportunity for students to be part of the new healthcare, research and innovation hub on the Central Coast.

New degrees and combined degrees
New diplomas coming soon

Following the success of the Diploma in Engineering, the University of Newcastle will be introducing more diplomas for study in 2022. Successfully complete a diploma and transition to the second year of a degree in most programs. Sign-up to receive UON course updates as these become available on our website.

Change to pathways

Take the opportunity to fast-track your pathway with the free and flexible Open Foundation pathway, which is incorporating Newstep from 2022, and get guaranteed entry into over 40 degrees in just one semester.

Yapug is a free pathway program designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people gain entry into degrees at the University of Newcastle. It is offered at the Newcastle Callaghan campus and will be offered at the Central Coast Ourimbah campus for the first time in 2022.

New campuses

Central Coast Clinical School

The University of Newcastle’s Central Coast Clinical School, located within Gosford Hospital’s Health and Wellbeing Precinct, has opened its doors. In partnership with the Central Coast Local Health District, the Clinical School and Research Institute will produce medical, nursing, and allied health practitioners who have trained in real hospital settings, alongside leading clinical practitioners, and medical experts. Learn more about the Clinical School.

Q Building in Newcastle City Precinct

The sleek glass cube building overlooking the harbour at Honeysuckle is open. It’s the University’s new creative and entrepreneurial hub providing state-of-the-art facilities for the School of Creative Industries (SOCI) and Integrated Innovation Hub (I2N). With purpose-built production, music, animation, design, sound and arts studios it is designed to support students to become leaders in their fields. Learn more about SOCI.

2021 Open Days Online 6 to 8 September

If you didn’t get a chance to attend our Open Days Online event earlier in the month, don’t worry, we recorded all the sessions so you can catch up on UON Open Day on demand.

University of Notre Dame Australia

In light of the extremely challenging situation Year 12 students in NSW, VIC and ACT are facing due to COVID-19 and resultant lockdowns; The University of Notre Dame Australia (Notre Dame) has extended the NSW closing date of its Young Achievers’ Early Offer Program until 10 October 2021. Notre Dame will be incorporating a COVID Adjustment Factor in its admissions approach, in addition to academic achievement and the university’s suite of adjustment factors including equity, individual attributes, subject and elite athlete adjustments. Notre Dame also offers an array of university transition support for students. At Notre Dame we consider the whole person as we know success is more than a single score.

'The uniqueness of the individual is the hallmark of Notre Dame’s pastoral care, with the focus on the wellbeing of every student. This year more than ever, we invite Year 12 students to consider Notre Dame and join us for a rich and rewarding educational experience, which challenges students to think critically, act ethically and contribute meaningfully to their local and global communities,' Vice Chancellor Professor Francis Campbell.


Following the announcement of a change to the HSC schedule the Co-op Program Interview Notification, Interview Briefing and interview dates will be moved to minimise the impact on students undertaking the HSC this year. Once the confirmed HSC schedule has been announced we will update all applicants and schools directly with revised dates.

Given the changes to trial HSC exams we have built in greater flexibility for schools to comment on the academics of the applicant in the Schools Assessment Page (SAP) and the due date has been moved to 15 October 2021 to provide Educators more time to complete. Please note the closing date for applications remains 30 September 2021.

Co-op online chat is available to you and your students to quickly/easily respond to enquiries, and provide afterhours support on Tuesdays & Thursdays each week. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Co-op Program team with any enquiries via the website or email us

UNSW offers a wide range of scholarships and awards to recognise achievement and support students to make the most of their studies. Merit scholarships for High School Leavers are now open and close 11:59pm (AEST), 30 September 2021. UNSW also offers a wide range of Equity Scholarships to assist commencing students to undertake full-time study. If you are from an identified low-SES background UAC will automatically generate an application for equity scholarships as part of your UAC application. You only need to submit an EAS or Equity scholarship application if you want us to know about any additional hardships that have affected your studies. All other applicants for equity scholarships will need to submit either an Educational Access Scheme application via UAC (, or an Equity Scholarships Application via UAC (

How to apply for UNSW scholarships.

Western Sydney University

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Students Information evenings

Tuesday 7 September, 6.00pm to 7.30pm (online)

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Student Information Evening at Western Sydney University is 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. This online information evening will explain everything about studying at Western, including scholarships, different pathways to entry, and more. Students and their parents can find out all this and more at these online information evenings. Register for the Western Sydney online information evening.

Discover Western Webinar Series

Join us online via Zoom with live Q&A with staff and current students for the Discover Western Webinar Series. Learn about university entry options, careers and courses and pathways to Western with our upcoming Webinars. Register now for a Discover Western Webinar.

  • Applying & Early Offers - Thursday 9 September, from 5pm
  • Uni Life @ Western - Thursday, 18 November, from 4pm

Free HSC Study Sessions

To help students prepare for their HSC exams, we’re hosting free online HSC Study Sessions covering 14 subjects from 20 to 24 September. The sessions are led by highly qualified HSC teachers who will give students the skills and knowledge to maximise their HSC results, help them prepare for exams, and give invaluable study tips in the lead up to the exams. Places are limited, so register now for HSC study sessions.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program Assessment Days

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program November assessments days are open for students to apply. Students sit a numeracy and literacy test for their chance to receive a conditional early offer. To be eligible to participate in the assessment days, students will need to complete an application and opt in for participation in the program. The Pathway Program will be delivered virtually with required assessments and an interview component completed online. Applications are open for the November assessment days, Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 November 2021. How to apply for the Western Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program.

Campus tours: 18 to 29 November 2021

Come and explore all Western Sydney University has to offer on our Campus Tours. You’ll take a tour of our lecture theatres and teaching spaces, stroll through our campus libraries, and visit some of our world-class learning facilities. You will have the opportunity to 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.

Our Western Sydney 2021 Campus Tours will be held from 18 to 29 November.

Register now for a Western Sydney campus tour.

To those aspiring to do more. We’ve got you.

At Western, we value passion. We believe it’s a good indicator for success. That the areas of study that draw you in, push you to excel, and light you up, are the ones that will set you up for success in your chosen degree.

We also believe passion should be rewarded. That’s why our HSC True Reward program gives select students an early offer to many of our courses based on your Year 11 or Year 12 results in the subjects that matter most to your chosen degree.

Because True Reward puts the focus on the subjects that lay the foundation for success in specific degrees, it allows you to play to your strengths and embrace your passions. And unlike a scaled ATAR, True Reward sees you for who you are and lets results in relevant subjects speak to where you’re headed.

Apply now to see if you’re eligible for an HSC True Reward Early Offer.

Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship

The Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship is a game changer for any high school graduate who is passionate about tech and eager to explore its potential for good.

With this scholarship, students will receive $15,000 over three years, and have access to an Enrichment Program which includes access to mentoring, internships, professional development and more to launch a career in technology.

Apply for a Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship.