It’s time to make choices – and we’ve got you sorted!

By Gemma Chilton

It’s hard to believe, but 2020 is actually coming to a close (insert all of the celebration emojis here) – and if you’re finishing up Year 12 that means there are some big decisions and changes around the corner. But don’t stress, we’ve got you sorted.

As you wrap up your final exams, await your ATAR results and (fingers crossed!) university offers, it’s also time to double check your university and course preferences and make any last minute changes.

To help you navigate this time as smoothly and stress-free as possible, we’ve compiled some of our top posts all about finishing school and getting ready for the next step.

  1. University preference-changes myths, busted.

Waiting for an offer can be stressful enough. We sort the real from the rumour so you can blitz through the preference acceptance process. Read more:

  1. A guide to changing preferences for Australian universities.

If you didn’t have your head on straight while choosing your university preferences, we’ve got good news: it’s ok to change your mind, and changing preferences at this stage could mean studying your perfect degree. Read more:

  1. What to do if you don’t get the ATAR you were expecting.

Did you know more students get accepted into university without an ATAR, than with one? Here are 5 alternative pathways if you don’t get the ATAR you were expecting. Read more:

  1. 5 quizzes to help you narrow down your university preferences.

In order to give your brain the chill space it needs to do other important things, we’ve dug up five quizzes designed to help you find a degree that fits. Read more:

  1. Staying Down Under as an international student? Here’s what to expect!

We spoke to a first-year student and a professor at Brisbane’s QUT for a low-down on kick-starting your STEM degree as an international student in Australia. Read more:

  1. How to build a global career with STEM – without going abroad (yet).

Sure, international internships and exchanges might be on ice at the moment, but that’s not the only way a STEM degree can set you up for a global career. Read more:

  1. Want to do a STEM degree at university? 8 things you need to know.

Making the leap from school to university is exciting but can be a steep learning curve. To help you get into the swing of things, we’ve put together this handy guide. Read more:

  1. 5 top tips to succeeding at your first year of university.

Starting university can be daunting. These 5 tips will help you make the most of your first year. Read more:

  1. 10 things I wish I’d known before starting university.

Get real-life insights from a real-life grad! Read more:

  1. QUIZ: Am I ready for tertiary study?

Find out whether you’re ready for university, or if you’ll take a different path – like a gap year, or alternative study pathways. Read more:



Bond University

Student for a Semester | Jan – April 2021

Just a reminder that applications are now open for the January 2021 intake of Student for a Semester at Bond!  The program will run from 18 January to 24 April.  Any interested Year 11s and Year 12s to apply at   Applications close Thursday 3 December.



Bond University is pleased to announce that through the generous support of The Optical Superstore, the Indigenous Medical Scholarship will now award up to 100% tuition remission. This unique offering will allow up to two Indigenous Australians the opportunity to study the Medical Program* at Bond University from May 2021.

Applications for the Indigenous Medical Scholarship are made through QTAC. Applications open 14 January and close 28 January, 2021. Eligible applicants who apply for the Bond University Medical Program and who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander will automatically be considered for the scholarship and their application fee will be waived. Indigenous applicants who meet the criteria for the Medical Program will be contacted by a Bond representative to talk through the next steps in the selection process, which will include an Indigenous Community-Based Interview, and the support available for eligible applicants.

Bond University is committed to fostering diversity and providing a culturally inclusive environment with equitable educational opportunities for Indigenous Australians. To learn more about this scholarship visit  You can also contact Jason Murray, General Manager, Learning Services on 07 5595 5617 or email [email protected].

*The Medical Program is comprised of two sequential degrees – the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD). All students selected for entry into the Medical Program will have to complete both the BMedSt and MD to be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner in any state or territory in Australia or New Zealand.


Central Queensland University (CQU)

The Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) is proud to showcase the production of Mary Poppins – 2021 Music Theatre Summer School Workshop.

The Summer Spectacular offers performers the opportunity to hone their theatre skills in an intensive, one week program under the guidance of a professional music theatre director and award-winning staff from the CQCM.

If you have students with a love music theatre, aged between 14 and 18 years old and are looking for a great summer school for the holidays please forward this information on.

Encourage your students to register before Friday, 20 November 2020 to save $50 on registration costs.


Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Hello from QUT International!

Now that most of the exams are over, I’m sure students are starting to wonder what happens after their results are released?!

This year, there might be more international students who decide to stay in Australia over the holiday season given the current situation with the border control.   QUT has prepared a lot of fun and exciting adventures for students to stay connected over the summer!

QUT Real Decisions

QUT is hosting live webinar and chat event on Saturday 19 December to talk to students immediately after their ATAR result is out.

International student may like to change their existing ‘conditional offer’ to another course or may now like to request a Diploma pathway into the degree as a results of their ATAR score.

International students are able to ‘accept’ earlier than domestic students and have different acceptance process.

Please encourage your international students to register for ‘International Year 12 – What are my options?’ session from this link: to have all their questions answered.

Sensational Summer Program at QUT!

This year, we have many international students staying in Australia over the break.     We would like all our QUT student (both existing and future QUT students who are joining us from next year!) to ensure they feel connected and engaged over the summertime, especially our international students who may be unable to return home over this summer.

QUT Sensational Summer is a FREE program brimming with fun and exciting experiences, adventure and resources.    It will run from mid-November 2020 to mid-February 2021, so please forward this to your students who might be joining QUT from next year and encourage them to join in on the fun!

For more information about Sensational Summer Program, please contact International Student Services on (07) 3138 2019, or email [email protected]

Experience QUT through virtual reality

For those students who may not have been able to visit QUT in person, we have an immersive 360⁰ video! Take a spin around some of the Virtual Reality (VR) productions created by our students and partners.  See here:


University of Queensland (UQ)

Guaranteed 2021 ATAR scores

Guarantee your place at UQ next year through our guaranteed ATAR selection scheme that’s available to domestic students applying for our undergraduate programs in 2021. In this time of unknowns, we want to offer you the certainty that you need to make decisions around your future study and career options. For this reason, we’re introducing guaranteed ATAR entry thresholds across most of our programs so that you know the ATAR needed to gain a position in your chosen program next year.  For further information:


Bachelor and Master’s in four years with a vertical dual degree

UQ has introduced a new vertical dual degree structure for students wishing to study Computer Science. These exciting new dual degrees will double student’s employability and enable them to gain a Bachelor and Master’s degree in four years, instead of five.

Available programs:

  • Bachelor of Computer Science / Master of Data Science
  • Bachelor of Computer Science / Master of Cyber Security

Discover more:


Queensland Mathematics Summer School

UQ’s Queensland Mathematics Summer School (QMSS) introduces students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and new ways of thinking.

Hosted by UQ’s School of Mathematics and Physics each January, this multi-day non-residential program is open to talented students who are going into Year 11 and have chosen to study Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics.

Register Now:


University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

Don’t forget students must get their application in now to study a USQ Head Start course in Semester Three 2020!

With USQ’s Head Start program students can gain QCE points and receive a rank to use towards entry into USQ. Semester Three is starting soon, make sure your students don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a head start over the summer break.

Student’s first Head Start course is fee free and they can choose from one of our  45+ courses to become competitive in applying for their dream degree. Applications close for Semester Three soon so be sure your students apply now!

Take a look at our Head Start Website: and our  Head Start Key Dates: calendar for more information.


University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)


Remind your students to apply for a USC scholarship – even before they receive an offer from USC. Students only need to submit one online application form to be considered for most USC scholarships and bursaries and they may need to supply documentation to be considered. Other information may be required for individual scholarships so students should read the application selection criteria. Applications close Monday 30 November.  Learn more:

Here our Careers Guidance Counsellor Dr David Short provides the latest information on employment and higher education opportunities.




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