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

Careers Information

John Curtin Scholarship

Recipients will be selected on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence:  School leavers need to have a predicted ATAR in the top 5% of Year 12 graduating students at Scotch College.
  • Vision & Leadership:  Demonstrated leadership through being involved in school leadership roles, coaching roles, fundraising, youth groups or community volunteer coordinators.
  • Community Service:  Involvement in community as student mentors, members of fundraising or charitable groups, volunteers for school or community groups, or other similar community work.

Expressions of interest to be nominated for this prestigious can be sent to Mr Frusher by Friday 31 August, 2018.

The nomination form is to be completed by the high school principal and nominated student. This form is available to download from the scholarships website. These scholarships close for application on 19 September, 2018.

Melbourne National Merit Scholarship

This scholarship will offer from 2019 a one-off allowance of $8000 to talented students who achieve an ATAR of 99+, from Australian state other than Victoria, to assist with the cost of moving to study in Melbourne. Students will additionally be offered accommodation for the first year of study. Further information is available at:

Interstate University Applications

If you are planning to apply to university interstate, here is where you can apply. Make sure you keep an eye on the dates, as they differ from state to state. Most admissions centres allow you to change your preferences after the closing date, but make sure you know the rules (and fees) that apply in each state. Some have variable closing dates depending on the course you're applying to.

NSW & ACT: - Applications open 2 August; close 27 September

VIC: - Applications open 7 August; close 27 September

QLD: - Applications open 7 August; close 27 September

SA & NT: - Applications open 7 August; close 27 September

TAS: Direct to - Applications open 4 August; close 27 September

UK University Entrance Tests

Any Year 12 student who is considering university study in the UK in 2019 may need to sit an admission test. Students will need to check with the university to determine if an admission test is required. If a test is required students will need to contact Mr Frusher who will register you for the test. Please note: You cannot register yourself for the admissions test – you must be registered by your school or college, or nearest test centre.

Registrations to standard BMAT (Medicine) will be open between 1 September and 1 October 2018. A late entry penalty will then be charged for any BMAT entries made between 2 and 15 October 2018, after which no entries will be accepted.

Registrations for the CAT, ELAT, HAT, MAT, MLAT, OLAT, PAT, Philosophy Test and TSA Oxford tests will be open between 1 September and 15 October 2018.

You can find further information about specific tests, test dates and costs on this website Please see Mr Frusher at Scotch College if you require registration.

Scholarship Opportunity (Pilots of Tomorrow)

The Company of Air Pilots and Flight Experience are offering scholarships to students in Year 10, 11 and 12 who may be interested in a career as an airline pilot. Applications are now open and will close on 14 September.

For more information go to: or

Projects Abroad - Alternative Schoolies

You can go by yourself or with a bunch of your friends on a two-week volunteering journey to Sri Lanka, Samoa or Thailand. Here you will help to support disadvantaged children in education and care activities in local kindergartens and care centres, as well as grassroots healthcare campaigns, outreach work in the wider community and conservation activities.

The Alternative Schoolies programmes run for two weeks from 1 December - 14 December, right after you have finished your exams. The projects are structured to give you a variety of hands on, worthwhile and rewarding work.

Academic Task Force - Term 3 School Holiday ATAR Revision Program

  • One Day Exam Boost Seminars for Year 11 & 12 ATAR in Term 3 and 4

Exam Boost Seminars are popular with time-poor students who want subject specific, targeted exam help in the weeks before their exams. In one day, the Seminars pack in six hours of exam focused teaching from an ATAR marker, with the sole purpose of boosting your exam performance. Students will have access to the ATAR exam marking guide and learn strategies to improve marks in their Mock and ATAR exams. Enrol online today at or call 9314 9500 or email

  • Academic Task Force - Term 3 School Holiday ATAR Revision Program for Year 11 & 12

10 hr courses, perfect for students wanting revision of their ATAR subjects and review of topics in preparation for exams. Students will increase their understanding, receive fresh insights and gain intensive revision in a time-effective manner. ATAR subject-specialist teachers work with students in small groups to help students prepare for their exams and maximise their exam performance. 10% Early Bird Discount available until Monday 3 September. Available in Week 1 and 2 of the Term 3 school holidays at Rossmoyne SHS, Churchlands SHS and Perth Modern School. Enrol online today at or call 9314 9500 or email

  • Academic Associates – Term 3 School Holiday ATAR Enrichment Program for Year 12

Students will receive academic extension in their ATAR courses with advanced content insight and practise in higher level exam questions. In the 10-hour courses, students will be taught in a small, interactive class by top ATAR subject specialists with proven results in boosting exam performance. Available in Week 1 of the Term 3 school holidays at the University of Western Australia. Enrol online at or call 9314 9500 or email

  • Years 7 – 10 October Skills Development Programwith Academic Task Force.

Our Skills Development Program has been specifically designed to equip students with the necessary skills for ongoing academic success. Specialist teachers engage students with targeting teaching and class interaction that promotes learning development. Programs available in English, Maths, Learning Skills and Essay Writing in week 2 of the Term 3 school holidays at Perth Modern School. 10% Early Bird Discount available until Monday 3 September. Enrol now online at or call 9314 9500 or email

Mr Peter Frusher
Careers Adviser