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UWA Information Session

UWA are offering a free information session to give students a head-start on making their Year 10 or 11 experience a positive one... even if they're not sure if university is the right pathway for them future goals. Find out more about:

  • UWA's courses and entry requirements
  • Maximising your ATAR
  • How to keep your options open when selecting your upper-school subjects
  • On-campus activities and events we offer for Year 10 and 11 students.

They can also talk directly to Faculty-specialists about their specific interest areas.

Alexander Lecture Theatre Monday 19 March 2018

Expo available from 6.00pm, presentation 6.30pm - 7.30pm

Register now

Murdoch University

Science Careers Information Evening

Wednesday 14 March 2018 (7.30pm - 9.00pm)

Courses you'll learn about:

  • Animal Health
  • Animal Science
  • Biological Sciences
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Crop & Pasture Science
  • Conservation & Wildlife Biology
  • Environmental Management & Sustainability
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Biology & Toxicology
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physics & Nanotechnology
  • Veterinary Science

Year 10 - 12 students and parents

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University of Notre Dame - Indigenous Students Info Session

Tuesday 13 March, 5.30pm

We invite current Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and their parents/guardians to join us for Notre Dame's 'Have a Yarn' event. There will be an opportunity to chat about Notre Dame courses, alternative entry, hear from current students and enjoy a barbeque dinner.

For further information please email at or call (08) 9433 0533.

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University of Melbourne Aspiring Scholars Programme

This programme is open to Year 12 students from non-Victorian schools with a history of engagement and enrolments with the University.

The programme is largely an online community made up of 150 Aspiring Scholars from across Australia which is led by a small group of current University of Melbourne students who themselves have come from interstate and are now studying across the full range of Melbourne Model degrees. By joining the programme, students will be able to ask any questions they have about the University and studying at Melbourne and they will be answered from a current student point of view. There will be a set time each week when they will be able to ask me about more administrative and admissions related questions. At key times throughout the year webinars will run to address issues that are topical at the time such as "how to apply" and "accommodation options".

In addition to the online community the Aspiring Scholars will have the opportunity to win a flight to attend our Open Day on Sunday 19 August this year. The programme is ideal for students who are keen to come to the University of Melbourne to study and have already expressed an interest in doing so.

Applications are open to students currently in Year 12, with a view to commencing tertiary study at the University of Melbourne in 2019. Interested students are able to submit their own applications.

Below is a link to a flyer about the programme.

Based on answers to the questions in the application form, a maximum of three students from each school will be selected.

The deadline for applications is Friday 23 February.


UWA Fogarty Foundation Scholarships

The UWA Fogarty Program is one of Australia's premier scholarship programs, recognising 10 young people who demonstrate a wide range of positive attributes.

Through provision of holistic support and an award of $10,000 per year, the UWA Fogarty Scholarship will assist in tuition, accommodation and general living expenses while students complete their UWA undergraduate degree. Applications close 30 April 2018.

ANU Tuckwell Scholarship

This scholarship provides significant financial support for students planning to study at ANU in the future. It is awarded based on a number of criteria, including high academic performance. You can attend a webinar to understand more about the scholarship before applying.

Webinar dates:

Wednesday 21 February, 4.00pm AEDT and Tuesday 6 March, 7.00pm AEDT

More details -

UMAT Registrations are now open

The Undergraduate Medicine & Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) is a test developed and used specifically to assist with the selection of students into medicine and health science degree programmes at undergraduate level at specific universities in Australia and New Zealand. It is an aptitude test designed to assess general attributes and abilities in relation to critical thinking and problem solving, understanding people and abstract non-verbal reasoning. Registrations close 1 June, and the testing date is Wednesday 25 July 2018.

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Mr Frusher will has met with interested Year 12 students and distributed relevant information to them. If parents or students have any further queries please contact Mr Frusher at Scotch College.

FREE UMAT Preparation Course

iCanMed Perth UMAT Workshop: How to Score Above 90th Percentile and Predictions for 2018

In 2017, iCanMed was able to help students succeed in ways never thought possible. In less than three weeks of preparation, students were able to learn and master the techniques behind solving UMAT questions and achieve in the 90th percentiles. This was counter-intuitive as UMAT preparation has always been associated with tediously answering thousands of questions over years of study. This is no longer what students need to do! As a result, iCanMed students received 143 offers from medical schools across Australia.

In this event, iCanMed's co-founder, Michael Tsai, will be taking you through the most efficient and effective strategies to score above 90th percentile in the UMAT. Michael will be going through:

  • What UMAT is and what it assesses in students
  • Trends in the 2017 exam and predictions for the 2018 exam
  • Why UMAT preparation is different to preparing for subjects at school
  • The ways 95% or more students are preparing and the serious flaws in these preparation approaches
  • How UMAT questions are designed and made to be challenging - insight from an assessment writer
  • The basic components of section 1, 2 and 3 questions - the differences and similarities
  • The secret 5 step approach to deciphering each and every UMAT question - with applications to section 1, 2 and 3 question examples
  • Recommended timeline for UMAT preparation, medical school application writing, interview preparation and studying for your ATAR

iCanMed has helped over 500 students gain entrance into medical and dental schools across New Zealand and Australia and is looking forward to sharing the most useful strategies in this workshop. If you are serious about getting into your dream course, this workshop is one thing you cannot miss.

Here is the link to the event:

NIE UMAT Preparation Course

Students in Year 12 interested in medicine, dentistry, or optometry will need to sit the compulsory UMAT when applying for one of these career choices. On Saturday 24 February 2018, NIE will be conducting a full day UMAT preparation workshop at the Canning Vale College. Places are strictly limited. All details are available via

2019 Gap Year/Exchange Programmes

ADF Gap Year Applications Open

A Gap Year in the Australian Defence Force is more than just a great way to try out a career in the Navy, Army or Air Force. It's a fulfilling year of adventure, experiences, mateship, learning, leadership and travel.

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Free Live Online Information Session

Students can find out more about our exchange programmes to over 25 countries, listen to former exchange students share their experience and learn about our scholarships and discounts on offer in 2018. Please note that the deadline for Scholarship and Early Bird Discount applications is 31 March for programmes departing between October 2018 - March 2019.

Thursday 22 February at 7.00pm

Register now

Visit or call 0800 440 079 for more information

Letz Live & Tutors Worldwide

This organisation provides opportunities for school leavers to experience a Gap Year in the UK (12 months) or Thailand (6-12 months in British International Schools) in schools with residential facilities. Many Scotch College students have taken up this opportunity in the past and the experience is highly rewarding.

For further information and on-line application visit or . Applications are now open and will close Monday 9 April 2018.

Endorsed Programmes

An endorsed programme is a significant learning program that has been developed for senior secondary students. The programme may have been developed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, or it may have been developed by a private provider or a school and subsequently endorsed by the Authority. Each endorsed programme consists of a series of lessons, classes and/or activities designed to lead to the achievement of a common goal or set of learning outcomes. Endorsed programmes can be delivered as part of the school curriculum or as extra-curricular activities.

All endorsed programmes successfully completed and reported to the Authority by the school

  • are listed on the student's Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement
  • may contribute towards the breadth-and-depth requirement of the WACE
  • may contribute towards the C grade requirement of the WACE.

Each endorsed programme is allocated one, two, three or four unit equivalents.

Students are asked to contact Mr Frusher if they have any endorsed programmes that they would like to have recorded on their WASSA as outlined above. If programmes have been completed through Scotch College (eg. Duke of Edinburgh, Recreational Skipper's Ticket, Scuba Dive Certificate, etc.) these will automatically be recorded.

Mr Peter Frusher
Careers Adviser