The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Careers Information

2017 Leavers Information

TISC Final Date to Change Preferences

Thursday 4 January 2018 is the final closing date for prospective university students to apply to TISC, and add/re-arrange preferences for the main round of offers.

University of Western Australia

Future Students staff will be available to respond to queries as indicated below:

19-22 December 8.30am - 5.00pm

27-29 December 9.00am -4.00pm

2 January 2018 onwards 8.30am -5.00pm

UWA Residential Colleges

The five residential colleges are a close-knit community full of support, friendship and activity, which creates a unique opportunity for students living on campus. Students are encouraged to apply online via The colleges offer financial assistance through a broad range of scholarships and bursaries. For further questions, email the Residential Colleges Admissions Office.

Curtin University

Curtin University is offering a UniReady Enabling Programme in 2018. This course is designed for students who wish to enter Humanities or Business degrees at Curtin and did not get the required ATAR or did not do WACE examinations. The programme is one semester full time or two semesters part time and is also available online. Applications for Semester 1 are now open and can be accessed via the Curtin website.

Notre Dame University

Notre Dame University (NDU) is still accepting applications for Semester 1, 2018. Applications can be made directly to the university and do not incur an application or late fee. Please contact the Prospective Students Office on 9433 0533 to make an appointment for a campus tour, to receive course and application advice or to be sent an application pack. NDU is also offering an enabling course, the Tertiary Pathway Programme (TPP) which is a semester programme offered as an alternative entry to undergraduate studies at Notre Dame for students who did not achieve the required ATAR For further information contact Notre Dame University.

Murdoch University

Murdoch University offers three alternative entry pathways to university:

OnTrack is a free 14 week on-campus pre-university enabling programme that provides an alternative entry pathway into Murdoch.

OnTrack Sprint is a free four-week university preparation course that enables students who have achieved an ATAR between 60.00 - 69.95 to gain entry to a range of degree courses at Murdoch.

FlexiTrack is a free online university preparation course that qualifies you to apply directly for any undergraduate degree at Murdoch that has an indicative ATAR of 70.00.

For more information on any of these alternative entry pathways to Murdoch go to

TAFE Admissions Full Time Study Guide

Looking to study a full time course at a TAFE college in Western Australia? With hundreds of qualifications to choose from five TAFE colleges with campuses across the state, this guide features the complete list of full time courses available in Western Australia's TAFE colleges and is an essential resource for anybody considering their full time study options.

UWA School of Design Showcase

The UWA School of Design is opening its doors to current WA school students interested in the study areas of Architecture, Visual Arts, Landscape Architecture, Art History and Urban Design. This is your opportunity to speak to academics from various discipline areas, view current student's work on display and watch 3D printers in action.

Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Time: 9.00am - 7.00pm

Location: UWA School of Design, Cnr Clifton Street and Stirling Hwy, Nedlands

Current Students Information

Year 11 and 12 Course Changes

With the Spring Term nearing conclusion, it is an opportune time for students and parents to start reviewing student progress to date. In some cases students have already made course changes and have settled into their new courses. During Spring Term teachers have had the opportunity to administer several tests and the results of these tests are an indication of possible success or otherwise in chosen courses. If a student is obviously not achieving in a course, it is highly recommended that he arranges to meet with Mr Frusher to discuss the reasons for this and to look at possible solutions eg change of course, change of level (mathematics), attend a study skills course during the holidays (see below). To ensure a smooth start to Summer Term, it is recommended that any changes be made as soon as possible with Mr Frusher who will be available until Friday 15 December. Mr Frusher can be contacted via Email: or Tel: (08) 9383 6830.

2018 WACE Revision Programmes

Notre Dame School Holiday Workshops for 2018 Year 12 Students

8 - 17 January 2018 at Fremantle Campus.

Notre Dame University will be conducting 12 ATAR preparation workshops during the January school holidays. All of the workshops will be presented by highly experienced subject specialists currently working in WA schools, as well as academics from The University of Notre Dame.

There will be courses for Human Biology (15-16 January), Mathematics Methods (8-9 January), Mathematics Applications (10-11 January), Literature (10-11 January), English (8-9 January) and Chemistry (15-16 January), as well as Study Skills (12 or 17 January)

Register at

ATarget Senior School Jump Start Programme

Monday 15 January - Saturday 20 January 2018

Each subject course is six hours in total: three hours per day, over two days.

Early Bird Discount: Enrol by 18 December and receive a 10% early bird discount.

Academic Task Force 16-25 January 2018

January Head Start Programme at Rossmoyne SHS and Churchlands SHS

ATAR Head Start for Years 11 and 12

Head Start for Years 7-10

$190 per six hour course - enrol online at:

The ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a fun 3 or 4 days of science activities for Year 9 and 10 students in 2017/18

Each programme is designed to provide students who have an interest in science with an opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work. The programme takes place in over thirty-five universities and tertiary institutions, within many different laboratories and lecture theatres. Participants perform experiments in the laboratories, meet and hear senior lecturers in the lecture theatres, attend site visits and walk around and experience what it is like to be on the campus of a university or tertiary institution. More than 65,000 students have taken this rare opportunity, up to date.

The programme also provides information about further studies in science, technology and engineering. It highlights the wide range of careers that allow students to pursue their interest and abilities in the sciences. One aspect of the programme often commented on by participants is the opportunity to meet and share ideas with students from different schools. Each programme includes a BBQ or other social activity. Any Year 9 and 10 student is welcome to attend any one of the programmes listed below.

Curtin University, Perth

7, 8, 11 and 12 December 2017

Four days of hands-on science lab sessions (food science, biotechnology, chemistry, physics, maths, biology, computing), engineering lab sessions, expert speaker presentations, science and engineering talks, information on studying at university, careers in science and engineering, competitions and more.

Edith Cowan University, Joondalup

16 - 19 January 2018

ECU programme could expose you to the fascinating world of marine biology and environmental science, engineering with motor sport, sport analysis, medical science, astronomy, physics, chemistry and psychology.

The University of Western Australia, Perth

16 - 18 January 2018

At UWA you will experience hand-on science in a variety of areas including chemistry, physics, health Sciences, mathematics, engineering, earth science and the environmental sciences.

Murdoch University

11 - 14 December 2017

Engage in interactive sessions, workshops, lectures and games. Experience the fields of Physics, Chemistry, Nano Chemistry, Information technology, Atmospheric Science, Mathematics, Robotics and Coding, Biochemistry and System Biology, Forensic and Agricultural Science, Marine Biology, Ecology and Wildlife Biology.

Enrol online at:

General Careers Information

Find out which occupations have skills shortages

Choosing a job in an industry where they need more workers is usually a smart decision. Right now, most professions are adequately supplied with large numbers of qualified candidates competing for vacancies. There are shortages for architects, surveyors, sonographers, audiologists and veterinarians, and many trades need more qualified people.

Find out where more people are needed here -

Mr Peter Frusher
Careers Adviser