News from our institutions – September 2022

13 Sep 2022

Australian College of Physical Education

ACPE Early Entry Program

The ACPE Early Entry Program is an alternate entry pathway for current Year 12 students allowing them to receive an offer into an ACPE degree program prior to sitting the HSC. Students apply direct to ACPE and upload their Year 11 results to be eligible. Applications close Wednesday 18 November 2022. Explore ACPE’s Early Entry Program

ACPE Schools Recommendation Scheme

ACPE is pleased to announce that they are now taking part in the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS). This means students can now be considered for an early offer using their Year 11 studies and school ratings. This early offer scheme is available for most ACPE bachelor degrees (excluding education degrees). Unconditional offers will be made to successful applicants from November Round 1. More about ACPE’s SRS criteria

Priority Entry Program

ACPE recognises ability goes beyond your ATAR. The Priority Entry Program is a non-ATAR based early entry scheme based on a student's performance in HSC subjects relevant to the course(s) they apply for.

Current Year 12 students who have selected eligible ACPE course preferences will automatically be considered for the Priority Entry Program. If they have not yet applied for studies, they can apply to UAC or direct to ACPE.

Enabling Access Pathway Program

If students have left school but have not completed their HSC and are under 21 years of age, ACPE has an alternative entry pathway to allow potential access to an ACPE degree. This will give students the opportunity to study one of their foundation units, at no cost, for one semester. More about ACPE’s Enabling Access Pathway Program


ACPE awards scholarships to commencing students to acknowledge academic excellence, outstanding sporting achievements, equity and diversity. Scholarships are also awarded to the highest achievers in the above early entry schemes to recognise excellent academic performance. ACPE scholarship recipients become ambassadors of the college, its values, and generations of alumni who share this legacy of excellence in industry.

Read more about ACPE scholarships and apply. Applications close Monday 5 December 2022.

Campus tours

Campus tours around ACPE’s purpose-built campus in the heart of Sydney Olympic Park run regularly on Thursdays each week. Fill in the registration form to lock in a day and time. If you have any other questions, call ACPE on 1300 302 867 or email

Australian Catholic University

ACU Guarantee

ACU Guarantee is ACU’s early offer program, designed to help Year 12 students secure a place at ACU before they sit their final exams.

Applications are free and students are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications are currently open and close on 23 September. Explore ACU Guarantee

Arrange a school presentation focused on ACU Guarantee for your students, which will provide more information about the program and allow your students to get all their questions about it answered.

Two new secondary teacher education courses for 2023

ACU has announced two new courses as part of its secondary teacher education suite: the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary) and the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Commencing in 2023, these fast-tracked courses will enable students to graduate with an undergraduate degree and a postgraduate teaching qualification.

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching (Secondary), 4 years full-time
By studying this double degree, students will deepen their disciplinary knowledge by completing a Bachelor of Arts alongside an initial teacher education qualification at the postgraduate level. They will have the option of completing their secondary teacher accreditation requirements for one of the following:

Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Master of Teaching (Secondary), 4.5 years full-time
This double degree is for students who wish to pursue a multidisciplinary Bachelor of Arts centred on key texts of the western intellectual tradition, followed by a Master of Teaching (Secondary), enabling them to become fully qualified secondary teachers in two teaching areas, including English. Scholarships valued at $135,000 ($30,000 per year) are available to high-achieving Australian citizens or permanent residents who are committed to the vertical double degree. Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation)/Master of Teaching (Secondary)

    ACU Year 12 Revision Webinars

    Completing high school can be intimidating and stressful, so ACU has teamed up with InspirED to help students do their very best and be ready for what’s to come.

    Students can join us for a series of free online webinars run by experienced Year 12 exam markers and assessors. They’ll guide them through how to respond to possible exam questions, help them get their head around the class content to deepen their understanding, and offer plenty of tips and strategies along the way.

    And, there will be a live 30-minute Q&A, giving them the chance to have their questions answered.

    Find out more about the ACU Year 12 Revision Webinars and register now

    Veteran Entry Program

    Partners, spouses and children of veterans and current serving members of the Australian Defence Force are eligible to apply via the veteran entry program. Veterans and members must have served for a minimum of two years. Applications are handled on a case-by-case basis and applications must be made directly to ACU.

    All courses are eligible through this entry pathway. Applicants will need to ensure they submit a copy of their partner's, spouse's or parent's ADF service record as part of their application. Following their application, the applicant will be contacted to schedule an interview and provide requested supporting documentation including a written ‘motivation to study’ form.

    This pathway aims to provide recognition of challenges and sacrifices that members and their family may be impacted by due to service commitments such as posting cycles, deployments and/or locality. Find out more about the Veteran Entry Program

    Looking to study abroad? ACU Rome campus

    All of ACU’s students have the opportunity to spend a few weeks or even a semester studying at ACU’s Rome campus during their degree. The campus is just three kilometres from Vatican City and within walking distance to historical sites, cafes and restaurants.

    Life at ACU’s Rome campus is about so much more than study. Students will be splitting their time between lectures, community engagement opportunities and exploration and will be immersed in Roman life. There’s time to explore historic sites, improve their Italian and, of course, stop for pasta with new friends. They’ll also have the opportunity to go beyond the tourist sights and engage with locals in a meaningful way, such as working with the homeless and refugees among the Sant’Egidio community.

    Learn more about studying in Rome with ACU


    As the end of 2022 approaches, CQU is here to help you support your Year 12 students to be what they want to be. The next couple of months can be challenging as Year 12s navigate their next steps, so CQU is highlighting the following opportunities.

    Early offer applications now open

    CQU’s early offer program, Principal’s Recommendation Scheme (PRS), allows Year 12 students to apply to an undergraduate CQU course based on the recommendation of their high school principal, rather than their ATAR.

    Applications for 2023 are open. For more information, visit the CQU PRS webpage.

    Looking for an alternative entry pathway into university?

    If you know a student who is concerned they won’t get the ATAR they need or do not meet the entry requirements to get them into the course they want, CQU’s Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies, or STEPS, is an ideal entry pathway,

    It’s free, Centrelink approved and individually tailored to help students gain direct entry into their preferred degree at CQU.

    Find out more about the STEPS program

    Join the CQU Online Chat Session

    • Wednesday 14 September 2022, 3 to 6pm

    CQU’s online chat session is an opportunity to chat directly with CQU’s staff about courses, student support services, scholarships, pathways, or anything else they'd like to know about studying with CQUniversity. If your students have questions about future study options, whether it’s TAFE or university, they are there to help. For more information or to register, visit CQU’s events page.

    Macquarie University

    Macquarie Co-op applications are open

    At Macquarie University, students can be financially supported to develop professional skills and network for the future. Co-op students alternate between classroom studies with practical workplace experience, while receiving financial support from partner organisations. Undertaking practical experience with leading organisations provides students the opportunity to develop in-demand skills such as communication, creativity, ethical practice and leadership.

    Macquarie University offers three Co-op programs:

    • Actuarial Studies with Professional Practice
    • Professional Accounting with Professional Practice
    • Business Analytics with Professional Practice.

    Applications close on 15 September 2022. More information about the Macquarie Co-op program and how to apply

    Macquarie Schools Recommendation Scheme

    The Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) allows current Year 12 students to receive an early offer to study a Macquarie degree before receiving their final results. This program is based on Year 11 academic achievement and the school’s rating of the student’s learning ability and aptitude. Applications for 2023 close on 19 September 2022.

    Find out more about about SRS at Macquarie University

    Explore adjustment factors

    Adjustment factors help students get over the line when their high school marks don’t meet the selection rank for their dream degree. Students can receive either 5, 8, 10, 12, or 15 additional points combined across eight adjustment factor schemes, depending on students’ degrees of interest. Points may be awarded based on achievement in academia (Academic Advantage; Big History Scheme) or in extracurricular activities (Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Scheme; Duke of Edinburgh, Queen’s Scout and Queen’s Guide awards scheme).

    Students may also be eligible for points based on where they live (Macquarie Catchment; Regional Entry Scheme), or due to educational or social disadvantage (Educational Access Scheme). Some adjustment factors are automatically applied, while others require them to submit an application. Check each adjustment factor page for the correct process.

    More information about adjustment factors at Macquarie University

    The Duke of Edinburgh, Queen's Scout and Queen's Guide awards scheme

    This new scheme is designed for current Year 12 HSC or IB students who have completed either the Gold or Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, the Queen’s Scout Award, or the Queen’s Guide Award. Eligible applicants will be recognised for their commitment, discipline, and determination with up to six additional adjustment points for most degrees. Applications for 2023 close on 28 November 2022.

    Find out more about this awards scheme and how to apply

    SAE Creative Media Institute

    SAE Early Entry Program

    Knowing the pressure that Year 12s can feel during their final year, the SAE Creative Media Institute has developed the Launchpad Early Entry Program. This early entry pathway allows students in Year 12 to apply for their tertiary studies with SAE and secure a place before final school results are released.

    Students can focus on their creative flair, without the stress of end-of-year results, knowing their creative future is already on track. Applying is easy; students simply need to complete an application form online.

    Find out more about SAE’s Launchpad Early Entry Program

    Apply for an SAE Scholarship

    The SAE Scholarship Program invests in future industry professionals, rewarding creative skills, academic excellence and strong leadership.

    Offering a range of domestic scholarships to assist students during their studies, SAE has full and partial tuition scholarships available. This includes the Kickstarter Scholarship offered specifically for current Year 12 students looking to commence their studies in February 2023.

    All scholarships are for the February 2023 intake and all applications must be submitted by 31 October 2022.

    Find out more about SAE Scholarships

    SAE Info Night

    • Thursday 13 October 2022, 5.30 to 7.30pm

    SAE is opening its campus doors to offer the chance to chat with industry experts who are ready to answer all questions about studying and working in creative fields. Attendees will get the opportunity to check out the campus facilities and cutting-edge equipment, hear from SAE alumni and find out more about their scholarships program.

    This free event is exclusively for high school students in years 11 and 12.

    Torrens University Australia

    Open Day at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School

    • Saturday 8 October 2022, 10.30am to 1.30pm

    Students can discover how world-class training at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School at Torrens University (BMIHMS) can lead to a successful career in hotel management.

    They will hear from academics and learn about unique industry placements around the world with leading brands including Accor, Four Seasons and Hilton Hotels and Resorts. Get a taste of what it’s like to study at the number-one hotel management school in the Asia-Pacific.

    Visit the Torrens events page to register or find out more about this event

    New courses for Term 1, 2023

    The University of Newcastle

    Open Days Online

    • 12 to 14 September 2022

    Register for Open Days Online for info sessions, webinars, presentations, tours and live chats with students and academics.

    Campus tours

    • Next campus tour date: 16 September

    Register for this and other campus tours at Callaghan, Ourimbah, CCCS, NUSpace or Q Building.

    New programs and locations

    Entry schemes and pathways

    Want to study medicine?

    The Miroma Bunbilla Program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. The program is a pre-entry pathway to the Joint Medical Program held from Monday 5 December to Friday 9 December 2022. Find out more about the Miroma Bunbilla Program and apply

    Early offer schemes key date

    Ensure that students have applied for the Schools Recommendation Scheme with UAC by 19 September 2022.

    Guaranteed entry

    Students can gain guaranteed entry into these undergraduate degrees if they have completed a Cert IV or above or a university pathway program.

    Open Foundation

    Students can include Open Foundation as their fifth preference to ensure they receive an offer to study in 2023. Open Foundation is a free pathway into uni and offers guaranteed entry into more than 40 degrees at the University of Newcastle upon completion.

    NUPrep Bridging

    NUPrep Bridging and refresher courses offer free academic preparation and support for all University of Newcastle students in the weeks leading up to the commencement of each semester.


    Ma & Morley Application Help Workshop

    The Ma & Morley Scholarship Program will prepare students turn their dreams and ideas into reality, providing up to $75,000 in financial support throughout their undergraduate degree, along with a world-class leadership program that will help them to unlock their potential. Register for the Ma & Morley Application Help Workshop

    The University of Notre Dame Australia

    As an ATAR+ institution, admission to Notre Dame is based on the whole person and considers students for more than their academic score. Applicants have the opportunity to demonstrate their personal qualities, motivation to study at Notre Dame, as well as their extracurricular achievements and contributions to community life.

    Early offer program

    Notre Dame is proud to offer its Young Achiever’s Early Offer Program as an avenue for Year 12 students to secure a place at university prior to completing the HSC. Admission criteria include extracurricular achievements, community involvement, leadership positions, as well as a student’s academic record.

    Applications close on Friday 30 September 2022.

    Notre Dame Schools Recommendation Scheme

    Notre Dame is pleased to offer entry via the Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) for all its programs listed via UAC.

    SRS allows current Year 12 students who have applied through UAC, and who meet the requirements, to receive early offers of undergraduate admission to Notre Dame prior to the release of their ATAR through a recommendation from the applicant’s school in addition to their application.

    Read more about eligibility and how to apply via SRS for entry to Notre Dame

    Applications for SRS close on 19 September 2022.


    Opportunity and Merit Scholarships, worth up to $20,000 each for undergraduate students, are now available at Notre Dame.

    The Opportunity Scholarship is designed to provide financial support to new Notre Dame students who have experienced or are experiencing financial hardship or other forms of educational disadvantage.

    Notre Dame’s Merit Scholarship offers financial support and encouragement to a commencing student who demonstrates academic promise.

    The University of Sydney

    Medicine and Health

    • Closing date to add Medicine and/or Dentistry as a preference to be considered for Assessment Day 1 is Sunday 11 December 2022.
    • Online Assessment Day 1 for domestic applicants for students applying for Medicine and/or Dentistry is Friday 16 December 2022.
    • Closing date to add Medicine and/or Dentistry as a preference to be considered for Assessment Day 2 is Friday 8 January 2023
    • Online Assessment Day 2 for domestic applicants for students applying for Medicine and/or Dentistry is Friday 20 January 2023.


    Select engineering degrees have had their guaranteed entry mark reduced from 92 to 90 (not applicable to all engineering degrees at the University of Sydney).

    Education and Social Work

    There are updated requirements for undergraduate secondary education degrees in 2023. The three Band 5 requirements for Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and Bachelor of Education/B Advanced Studies (Secondary) have been removed. Students now no longer need to get the three Band 5s during their HSC or equivalent.


    The newly launched MySydney Scholarship will be offered to domestic students from low socio-economic backgrounds and disadvantaged schools. The University of Sydney will provide holistic support to ensure university life, and not just academic study, is an option for MySydney students. These scholarships are awarded automatically following the release of an undergraduate offer to study at the University of Sydney.

    The scholarship is valued at $8,500 per annum for the duration of an undergraduate degree (including combined undergraduate degrees). Find out more about the MySydney scholarship or email

    UNSW Sydney

    Kickstart a career as a Naval Architect at UNSW Canberra

    Naval Architecture is concerned with the design, building and utilisation of all types of ships and marine vehicles. Graduates of the program are expected to meet UNSW Graduate Capabilities embodied in the Program Learning Outcomes and Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies.

    UNSW Scholarships

    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) on 30 September 2022. 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.

    Western Sydney University

    Free online HSC Study Sessions

    From September 26 to 30, Western is offering free HSC Study Sessions to help students prepare for their HSC exams. Highly qualified HSC teachers and experienced markers will deliver 26 free sessions across 14 key HSC subject areas, and students will have the opportunity to sit a practise exam and receive feedback and advice. To secure a place register now for the free HSC Study Sessions

    Discover Western Webinar – Applying and Early Offers: Getting an Early Offer and How to Apply to University

    • Tuesday 13 September, from 5pm

    Year 12 students, their parents and teachers are invited to register now for Discover Western Webinar – Applying and Early Offers: Getting an Early Offer and How to Apply to University. Join to find out important information about applying for university, discover Western’s many early offer programs and pathways, and explore how students can apply and get an offer without an ATAR. Register now: Discover Western Webinar

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Students Information evenings

    • Tuesday 20 September, 6pm to 7.30pm, Parramatta South Campus

    Registrations are open for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Student Information Evening. This evening is a great opportunity for Indigenous students to learn about scholarships, services, pathways and much more available to them at Western. Find out more and register for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Future Student Information Evening

    Portfolio and audition pathways and dates

    Western recognises all students’ potential and offers a range of alternative entry pathways into university taking into account additional factors as well as academic results. Visit Western Application Pathways to learn more about alternate entry and book an interview for:

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program Assessment

    • Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 November

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program is an alternative entry pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of all ages. Applications are open throughout the year, with three rounds of online assessments per year. The next round of assessments, for 2023 commencement, will take place on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 November 2022. Visit the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pathway Program to find out more and apply.

    HSC True Reward

    Western’s HSC True Reward program gives select students an early offer to many of their courses based on their 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 students to play to their strengths and embrace their 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 to see if you’re eligible for an HSC True Reward early offer.