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

Careers Information

Schools Curriculum & Standards Authority Notices

Non School-Candidates 2018

Non-school candidates are typically Year 12 students who wish to sit a language examination through interstate language examination where the course is not offered at Scotch College (eg Italian, German, Indonesian Background Speaker) or a Year 12 student who is undertaking the French background language examination where the course is not offered at Scotch College.

Applications forms for Non-School Candidates are available from Mr Frusher at Scotch College. Applications close on Thursday 5 April, 2018.

Changes to Enrolments Year 12 students

Thursday 5 April, 2018 is the final date for changes to enrolments in ATAR and General courses for Year 12 students.

Year 12 students are able to withdraw from ATAR courses with practical examination components up until Friday, 27 July and from ATAR courses which do not have practical examination components up until Friday, 17 August, 2018.

Year 12 students are able to withdraw from General courses up until Friday, 17 August, 2018.

Students need discuss any changes of enrolments with Mr Frusher prior to the dates indicated above.

University Information

Which is the best University?

I am often asked this question so here is a website that you can access to provide some insight into the question. The top 10 is made up by cities from eight countries, including one Australian entry. Read More

When you open this site, there are links to many universities and the courses they offer.

UWA Health Campus Open Day

For students interested in studying healthcare or pursuing a career in the fast-growing and in-demand health industry, UWA is holding a Health Campus Open Day on Sunday 8 April 2018.

Those attending will be able to meet staff and current students from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and discover courses available in areas like medicine, biomedical engineering, sports science and pharmacology. The full programme is available here.

Simulated UMAT Day 2018 - PERTH - 21 April 2018

Where: UWA
Time: 9.00am - 5.30pm

Students who are in Years 10, 11 or 12 and are considering a career in medicine or dentistry, will need to sit a compulsory entry exam known as UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) before they can apply for relevant placements in the above fields with universities.

While the Simulated UMAT Day is extremely beneficial for Year 12 students, who will be attempting the real UMAT on 25 July 2018, this workshop is also highly recommended to anyone in Years 10 - 11 and aiming for a head start in UMAT preparation.

On 21 April 2018, NIE will be conducting a full day UMAT preparation workshop. All details are available via

The workshop includes an overview of the entire UMAT process - exam, scores, standardising, applications, university requirements, interviews, past experiences, professional advice, performance expectations, and more. Each student is individually assessed and fine-tuned for peak performance. Strategic problem solving and tuition in each UMAT construct, and of course medical interviews (MMI and structured panel). Parents are invited to join their children at the final part of the day. The workshop will be conducted by highly experienced and expert lecturer who will define and explain each UMAT construct. A full practice test conducted under exam conditions, followed by marking and feedback session. This intense full day preparation workshop allows students to identify and explore their true strengths and weaknesses in relation to UMAT-readiness.

Cost: $289 (food and refreshments will be provided)

'Click here' to enrol online.

UWA - Year 10 - Individual Advisory Sessions

School holiday sessions designed to help students answer questions about future study.

Date: 17-19 April 2018

The Circle Room, Reid Library, 35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley

April school holidays (17-19 April). 10.00am - 8.00pm (last appointment 8.00pm)

St George's College

St George's College provides accommodation for students studying at universities in Perth and is the oldest and most prestigious residential college in Western Australia. Free gym memberships, tutoring, social events and three meals a day are included in our competitive fees. Apply today to join the community of St George's College for 2019. Applications are welcome from metropolitan, regional and international students.

For more information check out our webpage, email or call 9449 5555. Information about scholarships can be found here:

University of Melbourne will be conducting an Information Day for interstate students and their families at the Parkville campus on Monday 16 April from 8:30am.

Rather than focusing on course information readily available on the website, this event looks specifically at the Melbourne experience for interstate students.

The programme includes information about the application process, scholarship opportunities, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. They will also have the chance to ask current interstate students about their experiences and hear how they managed the transition to Melbourne and experience what it is like to live in one of the Residential Colleges with lunch in a college dining hall as well as a college tour.

When the main programme finishes at 3.30pm participants can also opt to stay on for extra tours of the Residential Colleges or the Victorian College of the Arts at the beautiful Southbank Campus.

Date: Monday 16 April 2018

Location: University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010


Bond University Upcoming visit to Perth

A Bond University representative will be available in Perth to meet with prospective students and their families on the following date:

Monday 9 April - Friday 13 April

If families would like to book an appointment with Jennifer Latorre, please contact her directly at or phone 0437 024 134.

Free Webinar: Everything You Need to Know About US & UK Universities

For students in Years 9-12, this webinar is a great introduction to all things related to US and UK universities. Students will learn:

• The strengths of top universities

• The US and UK application process

• How to make your application stand out

• The financial aid and scholarships available

• The academic requirements

• The differences in the US and UK education systems

• A typical application timeline

• How to avoid common mistakes

The webinar will take place on April 14. Students can register for free at the following link:

Apprenticeship Opportunities

Apprenticeship Central advertises full- and part-time apprenticeships as well as a number of opportunities for school-based apprenticeships.

Directions WA is a community based, not for profit organisation working with employers, students and jobseekers in WA. Directions also take expressions of interest for a number of other positions that are not yet open.

Interactive ICT Career Wheel

This site provides an interactive way to explore your possible future in an IT career. It shows which kinds of skills are necessary for different jobs in IT. Check it out -

April ATAR Revision Courses

Academic Associates

Year 12 enrichment program at UWA 16-20 April 2018.

ATAR enrichment courses will consist of five two hour sessions each day with academic extension in ATAR courses with advanced content insight and practise in higher level exam questions.

Enrol on-line:

Academic Group

ATAR Revision will help students to consolidate their subject knowledge, boost their confidence and apply what they have learnt a school to maximise their marks. The program will be taught by excellent teachers who will provide structured revision for students and prepare them for their first semester exams.

Each course is six hours at Churchlands SHS, Rossmoyne SHS and Perth Modern.

Enrol on-line:


Study skills, essay writing and subject revision for Year 10, 11 and 12 students will be offered at Christ Church Grammar School, Monday 16 April - Friday 20 April. Subject revision will consist of five two hour sessions each day with study skills and essay writing consisting of five one hour sessions each day.

Enrol on-line:

Wed 04 Apr 2018 @ 5:30pm

AIA WA Careers Night - 4th April

Are you a student studying for a tertiary qualification in agriculture, horticulture, natural management or related field? Interested in learning about career opportunities?

Then you should come along to the Ag Institute Australia Careers Night on Wednesday 4th April.

You'll hear from representatives of 23 companies and organisations about the opportunities that abound in our broad profession.

Learn about the profession, opportunities for casual/vacation work, career opportunities and meet prospective employers.

What's more, you'll get to network with the employers and other students over free pizza!

Date: Wednesday 4th April 2018
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Royal Agricultural Society Showgrounds Claremont
Entry & Parking: Entrance No 1
Enquiries & RSVP (for catering purposes) to James Fisher

Please click here for event flyer

Mr Peter Frusher
Careers Adviser