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February 4

posted 3 Feb 2016, 14:21 by Sue White   [ updated 4 Feb 2016, 17:57 ]

Welcome to Careers News for 2016.  Once again we feel privileged to be providing the SKC Careers Program for students and parents and look forward to sharing individual journeys with the young men of St Kevin’s from Year 10 to Year 12 and beyond.  One of the most rewarding and exciting times for Careers Practitioners is the release of tertiary offers for graduating students.  We were thrilled this January to find that over 85% of our 2015 Year 12 cohort received offers for either their first or second preference.  We now turn our attention to focus on the current St Kevin’s gentlemen of all year levels who are encouraged to be constantly aware of possible career opportunities and the ever changing world of work.   The exciting opportunity to equip students with a plethora of resources and the self-awareness to help shape their future is one which we embrace at this time each year.  We look forward to providing subject selection and tertiary study advice, career pathway resources and support to students and their families throughout the coming year


All families of Years 10 to 12 students will receive an email with the SKC Career Program for their year level following the House Information Evenings next week.  Year 12 students will receive an additional booklet Careering Through Year 12 2016 to provide information about the year ahead and the many resources available to help answer questions along the way.  Parents of Year 12 students are asked to remind students to share this resource with them.  Our Online Career Appointment Booking is fully operational with appointments available from Monday February 8.  Access to the online system is only available using your son’s SKC username and password.  Appointments are currently available to any students from Year 10 to Year 12.  Parents whose oldest son is in Year 10 are invited to register for our Parents As Careers and Transition Support Programs session which is being held on the evening of Monday March 21.  Details for booking are available on the SKC Careers Website and in the SKC Career Year 10 Program Booklet.


In this section of the Newsletter each week there will be a summary of the information provided on the Careers News section of the SKC Careers website.  We encourage both students and parents to refer to this each week, particularly those students in Years 10, 11 and 12.  The information contained may cover the following:


·         Upcoming Careers Events

·         The St Kevin’s Careers Program

·         Tertiary Course Information Sessions

·         Application dates for interstate and overseas universities

·         Special Career/University/Course Information Seminars at school

·         Special examination information such as for the UMAT and the SATs

·         University Open Days

·         Scholarships

·         Resources available either at the Careers Centre or online


What the Career Centre can assist you with?

Apprenticeships Information

Part-time & Casual Job Opportunities

Cadetships & Traineeships

Résumé Writing Skills

Career Assessment - Career Voyage

Scholarship Opportunities

Career Expos

Subject Selection Counselling

Careers Testing -Morrisby Profile

TAFE Courses & Programs

GAP Year Opportunities

University Courses & Programs

Individual Interviews

University Extension Studies

International Study

VCAA Information

Interstate Universities

VET in Schools

Interview Skills

VTAC & Interstate Application Processes

Open Days

Weekly Career News Updates

Overseas Exchange Programs

Work Experience Program

Group of Eight Universities

The Group of Eight (Go8) is an association of leading Australian universities - comprehensive in general and professional education and distinguished by depth and breadth in research.  The Go8 universities continually aim to -

  • enhance the contribution of its member universities to the nation’s social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being and prosperity;
  • extend the contribution of its member universities to the generation and preservation of the world’s stock of knowledge;
  • strengthen Australia’s capacity to engage in and benefit from global developments, respond to global and local challenges;
  • expand opportunities for Australian students, regardless of background, to participate in higher education of world class.

The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Located by the Clear Water Bay on the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is one of the top universities in the world.  In the recent QS Top Universities ranking, HKUST ranked No. 5 in the Asian University Rankings; ranked No. 28 in the World Rankings, and ranked in the top 15 universities for Engineering and Information Technology - QS Top Universities.   HKUST has exchange partners with universities all over the world, and the universities in Australia it partners with are:

ü  Monash University

ü  University of New South Wales

ü  University of Sydney

To find out more about the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, visit
The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology  

QS World’s Top Universities Rankings

The table below provides a brief comparison of where some Australian universities rank in the QS World’s Top Universities Rankings for 2015/2016.  Students should note that with QS World Rankings looking at over 4000 universities worldwide, the fact that Australia has a number of universities that rank in the top 500 is quite an achievement.




Australian National University


University of Melbourne


University of Sydney


University of New South Wales


University of Queensland


Monash University


University of Western Australia


University of Adelaide


University of Technology (Sydney)


RMIT University


Deakin University


La Trobe University


Bond University


To find out more about the QS World’s Top Universities Rankings, visit QS World University Rankings

QS Stars Rated for Excellence

Universities are awarded with a “Star” rating, ranging from 0 to 5 Star+, depending on the number of points achieved through the evaluation by QS World Rankings. 

The following criteria, the basis for QS Stars ratings, were selected as the key pillars of what makes a world class university, taking into account a number of factors that are often overlooked in university rankings and other assessments.

Research, Teaching, Employability, Internationalization, Facilities. Online/Distance Learning,

Social Responsibility, Innovation, Arts & Culture, Inclusiveness, Specialist Criteria.

Over the 2015/2016 period, the following Australian Universities attained the following number of QS stars:



Australian National University

  5 +

University of Sydney

  5 +

University of New South Wales

  5 +

Monash University

  5 +

University of Western Australia

  5 +

University of Technology (Sydney)


Macquarie University


RMIT University


Curtin University


University of South Australia


Deakin University


Griffiths University


Bond University


Edith Cowan University


Find out more at QS Stars Rating

Tax File Number (TFN)

Any student will need at tax file number if he/she starts work (part-time and full-time) and all students planning on a tertiary education require one when they start.

Importantly, current Year 12 students are reminded that they will need the TFN when they enrol in a CSP (Commonwealth Support Place) course at university, so it is worthwhile getting an application submitted early! 
Students must apply for a TFN online and have their identity verified through an interview at a participating Australia Post office.  To apply and also to find out about participating Post Offices, visit TFN Application


Year 12 students should note that applications to sit the UMAT2016 are now open and registrations close on Friday 3 June 2016 at 5pm sharp!  The UMAT2016 will be held on Wednesday 27 July 2016, and the results will be available late September 2016.  Students should also note that results from UMAT2016 can only be used for undergraduate medicine or health science courses beginning in 2017 but not 2018.  Students should not register for UMAT2016 unless they are planning to apply for a course commencing in 2017 and they meet the eligibility criteria specified in the UMAT2016 Information Booklet

For more information, and/or to apply visit UMAT2016 or call (03) 8508 7643.

Year 11 students may not sit the UMAT2016 and should they do so, their results will be cancelled and they may not be allowed to sit the UMAT again. 

Students sitting the UMAT should note that candidates who do not possess a current passport, driver’s licence or learner’s permit are strongly recommended to apply for an Australian Keypass or Australian Proof of Age Card as soon as possible as no other forms of ID will be accepted.  Candidates without correct identification will not be permitted to sit UMAT2016 and will be turned away.

The UMAT is required for the following courses:

Charles Darwin University

Clinical Sciences

Curtin University


Flinders University

Clinical Sciences/Medicine

La Trobe University

Health Sciences (Dentistry) (non-Y12)

Oral Health Science (non-Y12)

Monash University


University of Adelaide

Dental Surgery


University of Auckland (NZ)


University of Newcastle /

University New England

Joint Medical Program

University of New South Wales



University of Otago (NZ)

Dental Surgery

Medical Laboratory Science


University of Queensland

Dental Science

Medicine (provisional entry)

University of Tasmania


University of Western Australia

Dental Medicine (assured entry)

Medicine (assured entry)

University of Western Sydney


Year 10 Careers In Television Work Experience Opportunity With Channel 7

Seven Melbourne would like to extend an invitation for Year 10 students to participate in their 2016 Careers in Television Program.

Channel 7 will be hosting 2 x 1 day programs to be held on Wednesday 15 June and Wednesday 24 August.  The programs will be held on site at the Seven Broadcast Centre, 160 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands (on the corner of La Trobe Street and Harbour Esplanade near Etihad Stadium and AFL House).

The day will commence at 8:30am and will conclude at approximately 3pm and is a set schedule which includes observation within various departments such as Master Control, Production, News and presentations from key speakers. Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

In order to be considered for this program, they require an application form to be submitted (typed is preferred) and forwarded to  Places are strictly limited and interest is high therefore, the sooner that applications are received the more likely students will be in successfully gaining a place.

Seven will notify successful students within the first half of April of their placement.

If any Year 10 student is interested in this opportunity, please see Mrs White in the Careers Department, Godfrey Building, as soon as possible for the application forms.

Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White

The SKC Careers Newsletter is intended as an information source for students and parents of the College. Reference to tertiary institutions, TAFEs, Independent Providers, GAP Programs, Work Experience Opportunities, Study Skills Providers, Preparation Courses, etc does not represent endorsement by the Careers Practitioners or the College.

November 26

posted 25 Nov 2015, 14:03 by Sue White

Careers News

This week we have spent time with our new 2016 Year 12 students.  It has been pleasing to see that most students are taking a serious approach to their VCE studies and committed to getting that head start with their individual subjects.  Our message to parents and students alike is that it is equally important to commence research about pathways following Year 12.  Students have been asked to make an appointment with a Careers Practitioner early in Term 1 to discuss their initial ideas about what they would like to do in 2016.  Experience shows that students who methodically research pathways early in Year 12 are able to take up the myriad of information opportunities relevant to their particular interests and invariably find the decision making time in Term 3 and then December a lot easier.  Please encourage your sons to research courses, attend information sessions, career expos and lunch time speaker sessions provided at school throughout the Year.


We wish all the current Year 12s the best of luck for December 14 and remind students that the bookings for Change of Preference Appointments during the week December 14 to 17 will be open from December 1.  A representative from Monash University will be here on Tuesday December 15 from 12pm to 3pm for additional advice pertaining directly to Monash.


Any current Year 10 or 11 students who would like a further discussion about subject selections are welcome to email us with queries or to make an appointment in the first week of December.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Careers Department to all St Kevin’s families.

Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White

The SKC Careers Newsletter is intended as an information source for students and parents of the College. Reference to tertiary institutions, TAFEs, Independent Providers, GAP Programs, Work Experience Opportunities, Study Skills Providers, Preparation Courses, etc does not represent endorsement by the Careers Practitioners or the College.

November 19

posted 18 Nov 2015, 15:30 by Sue White

Over the past few days I was fortunate to be invited to attend the University of Otago Australian Careers Teacher’s Conference in Dunedin.  What an amazing opportunity to see a University which is the heart of a city, offering the most wonderful opportunities to students from across the globe.  With only 20% of their students being local, there is a strong residential college culture based on Scottish origins.  Students from Australia are treated as domestic students in New Zealand, thereby making the opportunity to study there both affordable and geographically proximate.  Residential college fees are well below those in Australia and provide a wonderfully safe, pastoral and caring environment for students.


Any students wanting to experience a college based tertiary education, away from home, but not too far, are encouraged to look into this option.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to know more about the courses offered at the University of Otago.

2015 VCAA Results
Year 12’s, and Year 10 and 11 students who may have sat Unit 3/4 exams, are reminded that the study scores come out on Monday 14 December 2015.  To access these results students can:


·         Log on to Results and ATAR any time from 7.00am, Monday 14 December to 5.00pm on Friday 18 December (AEDST.  This service is free and operates 24 hours a day.


·         Type in your VCAA student number and where a PIN is required, type in the first four digits of your birth date, e.g. 22 August = 2208


It should be pointed out that the school is not in a position to release results or ATARs to parents or other parties as the results are the property of the student. 

ANU Change of Preference Advisory Day

Year 12 students who have applied to study at ANU in 2016 might like to take up an opportunity to attend an Advisory Day in Melbourne and speak one-on-one with the ANU staff. 


Date:              Tuesday 15 December 2015
Time:              10am–2pm

Venue:            Melbourne City Town Hall, 90 - 120 Swanston Street in Melbourne


To register to attend, visit ANU Change of Preference Advisory Day - Melbourne   

News from Monash University

Ø  What happens if something occurs after the VTAC SEAS deadline?

In the case of a student experiencing educational disadvantage since the SEAS closing date which was in October,  Year 12 students may apply for SEAS directly with Monash by completing the Monash University Special Entry and Access Scheme form.  Students must provide their VTAC ID with their evidence, and send certified copies of all relevant documents to support their claim of disadvantage along with the form - Monash University Special Entry and Access Scheme


Ø  Important Information for International Students

International students undertaking an Australian Year 12 who are unable to meet the minimum 30 in EAL requirement are able to sit another English proficiency test.

Depending on which Australian Year 12 qualification the student has undertaken, the English proficiency test must be sat on or after the following dates for it to be considered.  The recommended English proficiency tests are –


Pearson’s Test of English (Academic)*

Overall score of 58 with no Communicative Skills lower than 50

Academic IELTS

Overall band score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0

Internet Based TOEFL

Total score of 79 with 12 in Listening, 13 in Reading, 21 in Writing and 18 in Speaking

Paper Based TOEFL

Total score of 550 with 4.5 in Test of Written English

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)

Overall score of 176 with no band less than 169.

Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)

Overall score of 176 with no band less than 169.


*If a student wishes to commence study in semester 1 2016, they should consider the Pearson’s Test of English
 (Academic) as it allows for the quickest return of results (5-7 business days) -
Pearson Test


**Note: Some Monash undergraduate courses have higher English language requirements, therefore the EAL
score and English proficiency test entry requirements may be higher.


Ø  The new Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Global Studies

This exciting new double degree is for students who aspire to be leaders in social change and gain the necessary skills to practice as a lawyer in Australia.  Students will have unique expertise by combining their law studies with an enhanced knowledge of the complex challenges facing cultures and communities around the world such as peace and conflict, the rich-poor gap, and crime and justice.



Students will acquire a solid foundation in the concepts, procedures and reasoning underpinning the Australian legal system.  The course will challenge them to develop career-ready skills in legal research, analysis and persuasive written and oral communication. In the elective component of the degree students can choose from a large number of specialist law units, to study overseas and to undertake work-based learning.



Global Studies

Students choose from three specialisations:

■■ International studies

■■ International relations

■■ Global cultural literacies (including a language major)


Students will gain a rich understanding of the interplay between local, regional and global forces. Underpinning this is a focus on the practical application of knowledge and skills to real life scenarios, which could take the form of an internship or a research project.

Graduates of this double degree will be prepared for a range of diverse careers including opportunities in both the public and private sectors. 
For further information, visit Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Global Studies




UniLink Diplomas

Year 12 students who do not quite have the ATAR to move straight into an undergraduate degree can enter at a UniLink level – a pathway into higher degrees at Swinburne University.  UniLink is a direct pathway to second year at Swinburne University.  It is equivalent to first year and will prepare students for second-year entry to their chosen bachelor degree; students need an ATAR of over 50 to enter a UniLink diploma, and best of all, it only takes eight months to complete.  Not only is this cost-effective, but it means students can finish their degree sooner rather than later.

UniLink programs are available in:

Students wishing to undertake a UniLink course can apply through VTAC.  For more information about the range of UniLink courses on offer, visit
UniLink Diplomas at Swinburne


Students commencing Year 12 in 2016, and planning to apply for any of the following university courses - Courses requiring the UMAT - are reminded that part of selection into these courses requires that students sit the UMAT – Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test.  Applications open early in December 2015. 

For more information, and/or to apply visit
UMAT2016  or call (03) 8508 7643.

Career as a Police Custody Officer

Victoria Police is currently hiring Police Custody Officers (PCOs).  Police Custody Officers (PCOs) are responsible for overseeing the management of persons in the custody of Victoria Police.  The Police Custody Officer role offers a stimulating, challenging and rewarding career.  You are a valued member of the local police team and play a crucial role in the management and welfare of persons in custody.

The role responsibilities of the PCO will be:

·         Perform all duties relating to the management of persons in the custody of Victoria Police.

·         Ensure the health, wellbeing, safety and supervision of persons in custody, staff and visitors.

·         Liaise with internal and external stakeholders regarding the management, transport, offsite attendance or video links for persons in custody.

·         Carry out all prisoner management functions in accordance with established legislation, policies and procedures, including preparing routine correspondence, attendance registers, creation of reports and other administrative tasks whilst ensuring appropriate follow-up action is taken when required.

·         Perform administrative duties.


In order to be eligible to apply, candidates must meet the following criteria:

·         Must be over 18 years of age

·         Must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident

·         Must hold full or probationary Australian drivers licence (must be transferred to Victorian drivers licence at commencement of employment)

·         Must hold Level 1 First Aid Certificate valid for 12 months at commencement of employment

·         Body Mass Index must not exceed 30

·         Must not have any outstanding warrants, payment orders or payment plans in relation to traffic or parking infringements.

·         Must have a ‘Working with Children’ card on commencement of employment


Find out more at Police Custody Officer

Work Experience Opportunities in 2016
Students considering applying for a Work Experience placement in a hospital next year might like to explore the following options:


1.    Royal Women’s Hospital

Year 10 Secondary School Work Experience places will only be available to students who can participate in the program on the available dates offered by the Women's Hospital.  Students participating in the program are given the opportunity to spend one week working within available departments to observe and participate in the daily activities of those departments. The Women's strongly promotes involvement in the program and encourages students from all areas of Victoria to apply.  Areas of the hospital offering general work experience placements may include: Nursing, Midwifery, Pathology, IT and Administration/Clerical. 

The 2016 Work Experience program dates will be published in the coming weeks and students are encouraged to check the following website regularly for updates!  For more information call (03) 8345 2080, or access the careers website at The Women's Work Experience


2.    St Vincent’s Hospital

St Vincent’s Work Experience placements provide secondary school students in Years 10 and 11 with the opportunity to explore possible career options within the healthcare industry.  The program offered is geared towards students who are interested in Nursing and Midwifery careers.  Dates for the 2016 Work Experience program will be available soon.  Students are encouraged to make a note to check regularly for updates and/or to apply at St Vincent's Work Experience

Gap Medics

Year 11 and 12 students considering a career in medicine, nursing, dentistry or midwifery might like to take up an opportunity to participate in a short-term healthcare work experience placement overseas.  Gap Medics is based in the UK, but its programs are open to students from all around the world. 

So, what does a placement involve?  During weekdays, students shadow highly skilled doctors in their day-to-day work on a fully-supervised hospital placement.  Students also benefit from clinical teaching on their placement. 

Gap Medics owns houses in all the destinations; the houses have 24-hour security with walled gardens and a full time staff team in every destination too.  There is a night time manager on duty every evening.  Students stay in the Gap Medics homes and food, pick up and transfers are all inclusive.  Approximately 90 % of current participating students are Year 11 and 12 students, with the remaining 10% being university students. 

Visit Gap Medics to find out more!

VCE 2016 Summer Schools

Ø  Access Education Summer School

The Access Education Summer School program is a unique opportunity for students
studying Units 3 & 4 to experience university life while preparing for the demands of the VCE year ahead.  The format of the program is that
extensive and detailed 3 ¼ hour VCE preparation lectures will be given, and subject specific study notes prepared by the lecturer will also be made available.  The presenters have been chosen for their extensive knowledge, communication abilities and passion for their subject.  Subjects on offer include Biology, Chemistry, English, Further Maths, Health & Human Development, Legal Studies, Maths Methods, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, and THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO VCE SUCCESS – an extremely useful lecture for Year 11 or 12 students.   


Dates:                        Monday 18 – Thursday 21 January 2016

Venue:                       Monash University (Clayton Campus)

Visit Access Education Summer School   to find out more or to download a brochure for this program.

Ø  Neap VCE Summer School Program

Get a head start on your VCE!  The aims of the Neap Summer School are to give students a head start on topics and concepts from the Units 3/4 course for each subject, and to revise key concepts from Units 1 and 2 that form an essential base for each subject.  There is also an emphasis on helping students understand each subject’s assessment criteria.  Strategies, problem-solving and exam techniques will also be a focus so that students can further develop these skills throughout the semester as they work towards their exams.  Each student also receives comprehensive lecture notes.   Subjects on offer include Chemistry

English, Biology, Legal Studies, Specialist Maths, Psychology, Accounting, Physics and

Maths Methods CAS and Strategies for Success in VCE.


Dates:                        Friday 8 – Wednesday 20 January 2016

Venue:                       Victoria University (City Campus)

Visit NEAP Summer School to find out more about the 2016 program.

Ø  The School for Excellence Summer School

The School for Excellence (TSFX) offers a comprehensive summer school program preparation, each lecture will thoroughly address Unit 1 or 3 materials in advance of school, and expose students to critical analytical/problem solving strategies and skills so as to maximise Unit 1 or 3 scores.

Students attending the programs receive detailed notes, fully worked examples and exercises to complete at home. The lectures are prepared and delivered by qualified, currently practising VCE teachers and markers from top ranking schools who possess the knowledge and experience to demonstrate the means by which students can achieve higher scores.    Subjects on offer include Accounting, Biology, Business Management, CAS Technology Applications, Chemistry, EAL, Economics, English, Further Mathematics, Health & Human Development, Legal Studies, Literature, Mathematical Methods, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, and Specialist Mathematics, and Succeeding in the VCE – An Intense Study Skills Program for VCE Students. 


Dates:                        Saturday 2 – Sunday 24 January 2016

Venue:                       University of Melbourne (Parkville Campus) and TSFX (Collins Street)

Visit TSFX Summer School to find out more about the 2016 program.

YHA Fact Sheet

YHA Australia is part of the world's largest backpacker accommodation network and has recently published a very useful fact sheet for students going travelling or on working holidays.  Below are some interesting travel tips:


Top Travel Tips

1.    Want to earn money while you travel? Australia has working holiday agreements
with many countries – see - be aware that some visas must be
applied for before you leave Australia though.

2.    Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after you plan to return, and check entry requirements for countries you plan to visit e.g. tourist visas, US pre-authorisation.

3.    Visit the doctor at least 6 weeks before you leave to get vaccinations and prescription medication.

4.    Let your bank know you’re going overseas so they don’t cancel your card when they see an overseas transaction.

5.    If you can’t afford travel insurance you can’t afford to travel!

6.    Register with

7.    Always give a family member or friend a copy of your itinerary so they can contact you in an emergency.

8.    Book your first couple of nights’ accommodation ahead for peace of mind when you get off the plane and have to find your way around a new city, a new country.

9.    Always aim to arrive in a new town during the daylight hours as it is more difficult to get your bearings at night.

10. It can be cheaper to organise transport passes before you leave Australia, e.g.

Busabout hop-on hop-off between major European Cities, Greyhound Canada/USA, Eurail train network.

11. Pack lightly - you’ll be surprised how little you can comfortably travel with, and roll clothes when packing.

12. Sometimes the best plan is ‘no plan’… don’t be too locked into a pre-arranged       schedule that you have no time for spontaneous experiences!

13. Look at alternative low cost options to communicate with home – email, SKYPE, Facebook, Facetime, WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat (on Wi-Fi or from an internet café), prepaid local or international SIM cards.

For more information about YHA and to access many other useful tips, visit Travel Tips

Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White

The SKC Careers Newsletter is intended as an information source for students and parents of the College. Reference to tertiary institutions, TAFEs, Independent Providers, GAP Programs, Work Experience Opportunities, Study Skills Providers, Preparation Courses, etc does not represent endorsement by the Careers Practitioners or the College.

November 12

posted 11 Nov 2015, 17:48 by Sue White

It has been a pleasure touching base with many of the Year 10 students to finalise their VCE subject selections.  There is still a small opportunity to change subjects following examination results if necessary.  There will be some appointments available following the examinations should students and families require a further conversation about final subject choices.  Please book online.  Year 10 and 11 students are also advised that this Friday (November 13) is the last opportunity to inform Ms O’Sullivan of your intention to undertake Work Experience in December.  Students who inform Ms O’Sullivan after this date are not guaranteed to have all their paperwork in order to allow them to visit work places this year.


During Headstart Week each Year 11 study group will have one period with us in Careers during which we will outline the expectations placed on the boys as Year 12 students, the Careers Program for the year ahead and the importance of commencing the year well prepared and ready to put in their very best efforts.  All Year 12 students will be asked to make an appointment to see a Careers Practitioner in Term 1, 2016.  It is important to start researching pathways for 2016 as early as possible to make the decision making in Terms 3 and 4, which comes all too quickly, considerably easier.  To start the students thinking, we are asking them to complete a survey for us which will be discussed in their initial interview of 2016. We are looking forward to spending time with the “new” Year 12s.

Accessing VCE Results via SMS

Students must pre-register if they wish to receive their results by text message.  To pre-register students will need to send a message to 19 787 888 with their VCE student number (just the eight digit number, not including the letter on the end) then a space and then their PIN (4 digits). 

        Non-Year 12 students: The
PIN is the first four digits of their date of birth e.g. 21
        November = 2111. 
        Year 12 students:
The PIN is the first four digits of their date of birth e.g. 21
        November = 2111 unless students changed their PIN online as was recommended

This SMS will cost $1.10 max (incl. GST).  Students must send this message from the mobile number they want the results delivered to.  Registrations open at 9.00am on Monday 9 November and will close at 12 midnight on Sunday 13 December and the results and ATAR will then be sent to the registered mobile number at approximately 7.00am Monday 14 December 2015. 


Students who will be overseas as this time should NOT register to have their results sent by SMS, but rather access them on the internet.

Students encountering problems should please contact the helpline on 1800 501 083. Instructions on registering for SMS are also available on the VTAC website at VTAC SMS  

Year 12 students who have paid their VTAC fees will receive a copy of their ATAR statement through the post commencing Tuesday 15 December 2015.

Dates of Main Round Tertiary Offers for all States


International students Early Offers – Monday 21 December 2015
International students Main Offers – Friday 8 January 2016

Local students – Monday 18 January 2016


Tuesday 19 January 2016



Wednesday 20 January 2016



Thursday 14 January 2016



Wednesday 20 January 2016


EducationUSA Events & Free SAT Preparation

Sports Information Session December 7, 1:30pm

General Undergraduate Information Session December 7, 3pm

Both Events are at the Consulate.  For more information please visit

Free SAT Preparation The College Board is partnering with the Khan Academy to offer free, online SAT preparation.  This move is designed to make the college admissions exams more equitable and reduce stress for students.  For more information, visit

Low Income Healthcare Card for Australian Students

Once you have finished school you are no longer a student and you may be eligible for a Low Income Health Care Card.


This card gives access to a range of concessions, not only on some health care items but also on a range of other goods and services.  In particular, TAFE and other short courses offer substantial discounts for cardholders.


You may also be eligible for public transport concessions (note that if you are studying interstate you are not eligible for public transport concessions in Victoria).

Eligibility for a Low Income Health Care Card is based on YOUR income over the previous 8 weeks.  As long as your income is less than $4248 over that period you should qualify.  You will maintain the Low Income Health Care Card as long as your income does not exceed $5310 in any 8 week period.

It is recommended that all graduating Year 12 students consider applying for this card once the exams are over.

Visit Low Income Healthcare Card  and download the application form at

Low Income Healthcare Card Application

Academy of Design Open Day

The year maybe nearly over, but creativity never stops at the Academy! 
The Academy of Design is holding an Open Day in December and there will also be a range of free workshops for students to attend.  Registration is important!

          Thursday 3 December 2015
Time          3pm -7pm

Where:        220 Ingles Street in Port Melbourne

Registrations are important!  Visit  
Academy of Design

The University Of Melbourne VCA & MCM Summer School Program

Focussed on developing a broad range of techniques, the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) & Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s (MCM) Summer School courses are perfect for extending skills for VCE, preparing students for undergraduate studies, having a great time and learning something that students are passionate about!

Taught by leading industry experts, the Summer Schools are a great way to deepen understanding, grow confidence and have fun.  Students interested in Theatre, Music Theatre, Film & TV, Pop Song Writing, Dance, Musicianship, Visual Art and Gaming might like to consider attending.


Summer Schools are either three or five days long and take place within the two weeks of Monday 11 January to Friday 22 January 2016.  

Find out more at VCA & MCM Short Courses

Prosthetics and Orthotics at La Trobe University

La Trobe University is one of only three universities in the world offering a qualification in Prosthetics and Orthotics – the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and OrthoticsThis course offers practical experience, and is the only course of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region with institutions in Scotland and Sweden offering a similar program. 

Prosthetics and orthotics are clinical disciplines that deal with artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with amputations and supportive devices (orthoses) for people with musculoskeletal weakness or neurological disorders.  Students study anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, prosthetic and orthotic prescription, and design and fabrication.  They also develop strong practical skills in research methodology, clinical assessment and the application of prosthetic and orthotic techniques.  Clinical placements make up a very important part of the program.  All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics will undertake education at a clinical school during the fourth year of the course over a period of 16 weeks.  In addition, a professional placement program of 16 weeks full time duration will be undertaken in the final 12 months.  A professional education placement component of the program may need to be undertaken interstate. There is also an option for some students to undertake their placement overseas.

VCE requirements are Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in two of Biology, Chemistry, any Mathematics, Physical Education or Physics. 

Find out more at
Prosthetics & Orthotics

Career in the Police Force

Being a police officer no ordinary job!  In fact, it is rather an extraordinary career. People who want to be part of a dynamic organisation that is dedicated to making Victoria a safer place to work and live, and who is looking to make a difference every day of their working lives, might like to visit Police Careers and find out more about the range of careers, as well as the application requirements!


Students often enquire as to the physical requirements they need to enter the police force. 


Watch a YouTube video at YouTube to find out more! 


Students keen on further YouTube videos regarding the Victoria Police, can watch them at VPBlueTube

Diploma Courses At La Trobe College of Art and Design

La Trobe College of Art & Design is a small college in the centre of Melbourne offering specialised courses in visual art, digital media and design.  

In the Diploma of Visual Art, students develop a range of technical and conceptual strategies in art making whilst developing an individual direction.  Students undertake subjects in studio art, painting methods, sculpture, drawing and contemporary art theory, along with photography, and digital media.


In the Diploma of Graphic Design, students gain an understanding of fundamental design practices including concept development, typography, layout design and creative thinking.


For more information about the application process and selection criteria visit La Trobe College of Art & Design

Zoos Victoria School Holiday Programs

Zoos Victoria offers school holiday programs suitable for students from year 7 to Year 12 to experience what it is like to be a vet or keeper at one of our zoos.

Keeper for a Day

Are you an aspiring zoo keeper? Find out what takes to care for an amazing array of animals at Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo. Come behind-the-scenes and learn about how you can help us to Fight Extinction.

Age: Students in Years 7-12.


Healesville Sanctuary: January 2016: 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th

 Werribee Open Range Zoo: January 2016: 13th, 15th, 19th, 20th and 22nd

Vet for a Day

Come and work alongside our vets on real life cases involving Healesville Sanctuary’s animals, including endangered species, as well as injured wildlife brought to the Australian Wildlife Health Centre.

Age: Students in Years 7-12.


Healesville Sanctuary: January 2016: 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st

For more information, please see:


To make bookings please phone: 1300 966 784

Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White

The SKC Careers Newsletter is intended as an information source for students and parents of the College. Reference to tertiary institutions, TAFEs, Independent Providers, GAP Programs, Work Experience Opportunities, Study Skills Providers, Preparation Courses, etc does not represent endorsement by the Careers Practitioners or the College.

November 5

posted 4 Nov 2015, 18:07 by Sue White

Next week, all Year 10 students will have short interviews to discuss their VCE subject selection in light of their second semester studies.  At these interviews students have the opportunity to change selection if they feel it is necessary and advice will be provided by the Leadership Team, Heads of House or Careers Practitioners as to the suitability of selected programs.  Parents of Year 10 students are advised to have a brief discussion with their sons about their selections prior to the meeting and, again, afterwards.


To all Year 12 Parents, one final reminder about Tax File Numbers – students will be unable able to enrol for a tertiary course in 2016 if they do not have a Tax File Number.  Application forms are NO LONGER available from the Careers Office but should be completed online after which students are required to make an appointment with the Post Office somewhat like a passport interview.  Please ensure your Year 12 student has done this prior to leaving for Schoolies Week or the receipt of his Tax File Number prior to Christmas may be jeopardised.


Year 11 students who have completed a 3/4 subject this year will need to access their VCE results via SMS.  Instructions about how to arrange for this to occur have been emailed to all Year 11 students and are also available from the SKC Careers website by clicking here.  Students will need their VCAA Number which is available from Mrs White if they do not know it.  Registration opens on Monday 9th December and closes at midnight on Sunday 13th December.

Labour Market Information Portal

The Labour Market Information Portal provides up-to-date information about our local labour market.  It provides information at the national, State and regional level on:


ü  Unemployment and participation rates

ü  Employment by industry and occupation

ü  Centrelink and Job Services Australia customer populations


All data are presented with maps and can be viewed as charts or tables.  

Labour Market

News from Monash University

Ø  Profiling: Bachelor of International Business

The Bachelor of International Business offered at the city campus is regarded as a degree with a difference!  Some quick facts include –


  • Complete a three year business degree in two years
  • 3 trimesters a year 
  • Flipped classroom teaching style
  • Work integrated learning based degree
  • More contact with lecturers
  • Guaranteed industry placement or study abroad option
  • Study in a real-world business environment
  • Choose International Business or Accounting sequence
  • Designed for students who want to start their business career sooner
  • Monash Business School is in the top 1% of business schools globally and has achieved ‘triple crown’ accreditation

Find out more at
Bachelor of International Business

Ø  Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

A pathway to pharmacy for students and science graduates

Now there is more than one chance to study pharmacy!  Students who do not meet the entry requirements to enter the Bachelor of Pharmacy directly from Year 12 may be able to enter the Pharmacy program at 3rd year as graduates of science-based degrees.  This entry point means that graduates wanting to become pharmacists will no longer need to commence their studies at first year level and will qualify for their pharmacy degree in just two years. 


Students who have successfully completed an approved degree with a 70%+ GPA in the following disciplines may be eligible to apply:


  • pharmaceutical science
  • biomedical science
  • biomedicine
  • science

For more information, please visit Pathway to Pharmacy

Holmesglen Institute Advanced Diploma of Justice

·Are you interested in the justice system? Want to join the police force, or learn more about our courts and corrections? Holmesglen have a course designed for you. Our justice courses will take you into the real world of prisons, role playing opportunities at the Victorian Police Academy and practical placement in the justice industry of your choice.

The Advanced Diploma of Justice is a 2-year course providing training for students interested in a career in the justice sector – Victoria Police, community corrections, customs, local government, courts, youth justice and related agencies. 

Holmesglen has a unique partnership with the Victorian Police Academy. 


Students participate in a role playing program (playing victims and/or offenders) at the Academy in Glen Waverley, and this is particularly beneficial to students interested in a career with the Victoria Police.


Over the 2-year course, students get to cover a variety of subjects including Criminal Law, Criminology, Family Violence, Human Rights, Justice Administration, Justice and law enforcement, Legal studies, Police studies, Psychology, Sociology.


To find out more, visit Advanced Diploma of Justice

Work Experience at Austin Health in 2016

Each year Austin Health places secondary school students from within the local community for work experience.  This provides an opportunity to promote health professions to the youth of today who may become your workforce in the future. It also gives students the chance to observe a workplace and learn about the jobs available within the Health industry. This assists these individuals as it helps them to decide which career path suits them best.  The Work Experience program is typically aimed at Year 10 students and placements are usually one week long.  Applications have opened and students should note that placements are allocated on a "first come - first served" basis, and unfortunately not all departments are able to offer placements and not all weeks are available.


For further information and to download the application form, visit Austin Health Work Experience.

University of Canberra Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene)

Oral health therapists diagnose dental decay and gum diseases, and work in collaboration with dentists to provide oral health care for children and adults, and also help to promote oral health and preventive dental practices among school children and the broader community.


The Bachelor of Oral Health is a 3-year Charles Sturt University (CSU) degree offered at Holmesglen Institute’s Chadstone campus with the third year delivered in Wagga Wagga.  On completion of this program, students will be eligible to register with AHPRA as a registered Oral Health Therapist. 


For more information visit Bachelor of Oral Health or call (03) 9564 1920.

Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White

The SKC Careers Newsletter is intended as an information source for students and parents of the College. Reference to tertiary institutions, TAFEs, Independent Providers, GAP Programs, Work Experience Opportunities, Study Skills Providers, Preparation Courses, etc does not represent endorsement by the Careers Practitioners or the College.

October 29

posted 28 Oct 2015, 21:12 by Sue White

It is pleasing to see a number of Year 11 students booking Careers Appointments to discuss subject selection.  Those who are strong academically are reminded of the opportunity to enrol in a University Extension subject.  In the past, students have taken University Maths (offered at St Kevin’s), Accounting (either at the University of Melbourne or Monash), and Biology to name a few.  Deakin, Swinburne, La Trobe and RMIT all offer Extension Subjects also.  Please go to the SKC Careers VCE Extension Studies Section, or the University websites for relevant information then come up to the Careers Department to discuss.  Applications must be submitted to Mr Jones, Director of Studies.


We have also been busy with some past students who have chosen to return to the College to seek advice about changing courses/pathways.  It is wonderful to have this ongoing contact with these young men who we can advise about their options and the process of application.  More than this, though, we can learn from them about what they have and have not enjoyed, first-hand experience of Universities and TAFEs, campuses, support and the general tertiary landscape.  This proves beneficial for discussions with current students, strengthening our knowledge and helping us to counsel wisely. 


Year 12 students are advised that the Change of Preference area in their VTAC user accounts will close on 10 November at 4pm.  This will remain closed until November 23 when the VCE examinations have concluded.  Students are advised not to think about their preferences during the examination period.


Year 12 students are also reminded that there is an Interview Skills Workshop being held on Thursday November 18 from 10am till 12noon.  Any students who may have an interview as selection criteria for courses on their preference list, or who are intending on applying for part time jobs are encouraged to attend.  Registration is essential, either in person at the Careers Department or via email to Mrs White.

News from Swinburne University

Ø  Bridging Maths Course - MathsLink

MathsLink is a bridging program for students who do not have VCE Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Further Mathematics.  Students can consider MathsLink: Methods or MathsLink: Further to meet the maths prerequisite for selected Swinburne courses in:

  • aviation
  • computer science
  • education
  • engineering
  • health science

§  science


Ø  Extra-requirement for the Bachelor of Information Technology

A reminder to current Year 12 students who have applied for the Bachelor of Information Technology, VTAC code 3400234311, must complete a request for an interview.  The form can be found at the following link - Bachelor of Information Technology - Interview by the end of October 2015.

Law Scholarships
Introduced in 2012, the Thomas More Academy of Law Academic Excellence Scholarship reflects ACU's commitment to academic excellence in the undergraduate law program.

Valued at $20,000 each, the scholarships are paid as one instalment per semester for the duration of the course.

  • $2,500 per semester for a four year program
  • $2,000 per semester for a five year program

See full details on eligibility and how to apply at Law Scholarships

Deakin Environmental Science Blog
Students interested in Environmental Science might like to visit Deakin’s new exciting blog Deakin Environmental Science Blog

Photographic Imaging College (PIC)

Photographic Imaging College (PIC) was established since 1982 and is based in Preston at the Northern College of the Arts & Technology (NCAT).   The college offers both a Certificate IV in Photo Imaging, and a Diploma in Photo Imaging. 

Students studying at PIC get a holistic education on photography and a kick start within their photographic career.  PIC gives students a hands on technical approach to both analogue and digital Photo Imaging, and students leave PIC with an accomplished folio to present for future employment or tertiary education within the Arts/Photography. 


This course is perfect for domestic VCE students:

  • Who are passionate about Photography
  • Wanting to build a Folio to receive employment within the industry
  • Wanting to create a Folio to continue their education in the Arts / Photography
  • To encourage disengaged students to find their creative outlet.


PIC is government funded, so both the Certificate IV & Diploma have no Tuition Fees.

There is a materials levy which covers all consumables, film, equipment, studio hire, colour and Black & white darkrooms:

  •  1st year under 21 $2950 (Certificate IV)
  • 2nd year under 21 $3250 (Diploma) 


Students who require more information are encouraged to contact PIC at, or view the website at Photographic Imaging College (PIC)

What's the Right Health Job for You?

Are you considering a career in the health industry but are undecided about the range of careers you may be suited to? 

Health Heroes and browse the various videos and numerous jobs in the health industry from acupuncturist to youth worker and many in-between!

Change of Preference (COP) Dates & Contacts






Australian Catholic University

Hotline 1300 ASK ACU (1300 275 228)

Change of Preference Info Day (Melbourne)

Change of Preference Info Day (Ballarat)

9.00am – 5.00pm

12.00pm – 4.00pm

5.00pm – 7.00pm

Dec 14 - 18

Dec 15 (Tues)
Dec 16 (Wed)


Australian College of Applied Psychology

1800 061 199

Info Evening




Dec 8 (Tue)


Box Hill TAFE

1300 269 445

Study Options Information Evening


4.00pm – 7.00pm


Dec 16 (Wed)


CQU (Melbourne)

13 CQUni (13 2786)

National Online Information Session


4.00pm – 7.00pm

3.00pm – 6.00pm



Dec 1 (Tues)

Jan 12 (Tues)



Deakin College

Online Live Chat Sessions


(03) 9244 5600

Melbourne Campus at Burwood - Information Evening

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus - Walk & Talk Tours

Geelong Waterfront Campus - Information Evening


9.00am – 6.00pm

9.00am – 12.00 non


4.00pm – 7.00pm

2.00pm – 4.00pm

4.00pm – 7.00pm


Dec 14 - 18

Monday Dec 21


Dec 15 (Tues)

Dec 16 (Wed)

Dec 16 (Wed)



Deakin University

Online Live Chat Sessions



Change of Preference hotline:
1300 DEGREE - 1300 334 733

Melbourne Campus at Burwood - Information Evening

Warrnambool Campus - Walk & Talk Tours

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus - Walk & Talk Tours

Geelong Waterfront Campus - Information Evening

Werribee Learning Centre – Drop In Session

7.00am – 7.00pm

9.00am – 5.00pm
9.00am – 12noon



4.00pm – 7.00pm

11.00am – 1.00pm

2.00pm – 4.00pm

4.00pm – 7.00pm

4.00pm – 7.00pm

Dec 14 (Mon)

Dec 15 - 18

Dec 21 (Mon)
Dec 14 - 21


Dec 15 (Tues)

Dec 15 (Tues)

Dec 16 (Wed)

Dec 16 (Wed)

Dec 17 (Thurs)



Federation University

1800 333 864

Info Day (Mt Helen Campus & Gippsland Campus)


11.00am – 2.00pm


Dec 16 (Wed)


Holmesglen  Institute

1300 693 888
Change of preference information sessions

For more details refer to

9.00am – 5.00pm

Throughout day please refer to website for specific sessions

Dec 14 – 18

Dec 17 (Thursday)


La Trobe Melbourne

(03) 9479 2417

Same as La Trobe University



La Trobe University

1300 135 045




Melbourne Polytechnic

(03) 9269 1200




Monash University

1800 666 274 hotline

Change of Preference Expo
Building H, Caulfield Campus
One on one appointments for

Peninsula / Clayton

(Registration required)

9.00am – 5.00pm
3.00pm – 7.00pm


10:00am – 3:00 pm

Dec 16 (Wed)


Dec 17 (Thurs)


Navitas College of Public Safety

1800 783 661

Info Evening

123 Lonsdale Street Melbourne




Dec 10 (Thurs)


RMIT University

Hotline (03) 9925 2260


Change of Preference Expo
RMIT Building 80 (Swanston Academic Building)

8.30am – 5.30pm

8.30am – 12.00pm

11.00am – 2.00pm


Dec 14 - 18

Dec 21 (Mon)

Dec 16 (Wed)


Swinburne University

1300 275 794

One on one appointments


Online Q & A

COP Expo & Info Session (Hawthorn)

8.30am – 6.00pm

10.00am – 2.00pm

8.30am – 12.00pm

10..00am – 7.00pm

8.00am – 10.00am

6.00pm – 8.00pm

11.00am – 4.00pm


Dec 14 – 18

Dec 19 – 20

Dec 21 (Mon)

Dec 14, 15, 17, 18

Dec 21 (Mon)

Dec 15 (Tues)

Dec 16 (Wed)




University of Melbourne

13 63 52

Course Information Day Parkville Campus

Online Support

9.00am – 5.00pm

10.00am – 2.30pm

11.00am – 9.00pm

Dec 14 – 21

Dec 16 (Wed)

Dec 17 (Thurs)


Victoria University

CHAT AND HOTLINE 1300 842 864


COP Expo at Footscray Park Campus

8.30am – 6.00pm

8.30am – 12pm

4.00pm – 7.00pm


Dec 14 - 18

Dec 21 (Mon)

Dec 16 (Wed)



William Angliss Institute

1300 264 5477

Course Information Expo – Melbourne Campus

One-on-one Consultations Available


4.00pm – 6.00pm


Dec 16 (Wed)




VCE results and ATAR released


Dec 14 (Mon)


Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White

The SKC Careers Newsletter is intended as an information source for students and parents of the College. Reference to tertiary institutions, TAFEs, Independent Providers, GAP Programs, Work Experience Opportunities, Study Skills Providers, Preparation Courses, etc does not represent endorsement by the Careers Practitioners or the College.

October 22

posted 18 Oct 2015, 19:56 by Sue White

As we farewell the Year 12 students knowing that they are well prepared to succeed in the forthcoming VCE examinations, we can reflect on their journey and how they have matured since their early secondary years.  Many I have spoken with this week cannot believe how quickly the time has passed as they prepare to enter the adult world and a world outside St Kevin’s College.  The transitions to tertiary study, full time or part time employment, travel, apprenticeships, College or professional sporting teams will each bring much change to the lives of our young men. 


From the Careers Department we wish them well and hope they know that we are available for them at any time should they require help making pathway decisions be they once VCE results are received in December, the receipt of their offer in January, twelve months, two or even ten years down the track.  It is always a pleasure to welcome past students back to the College, reflect on their journeys and endeavour to help them make new and exciting (but sometimes scary) decisions to move forward.


Parents and students have received information about the availability of the Careers Practitioners during December and January.  The SKC Careers and Change of Preference Websites will continually be updated with additional information during this period.  The SKC Careers Facebook page and the SKC Portal will also have notifications of importance.  Change of Preference appointments may be booked from December 1st.


Students in Years 10 and 11 are continually reflecting on their subject selections for 2016 as they prepare for their final exams.  Year 11s have received an email this week informing those who have completed a 3/4 VCE subject this year of how to receive their results.  Also, we have drawn the attention of any high achieving students to the University Extension Study option which they may like to consider.  Those interested can go to the following link for more details VCE Extension Studies.


Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you would like to ensure you have made choices which will keep options open and suit your strengths, interests and personality.

What If You Think You Won’t Get A Place At University?

There are many alternatives. Some suggestions are:

•        Contact your Career Practitioner

•        Apply for a related TAFE course if you have not done so already

•        Apply for a course at Monash College or Deakin College (see VTAC Guide)

•        Complete a Diploma in Tertiary or Foundation Studies – e.g. at Monash University, RMIT and Victoria University

•        Nursing - complete a Diploma of Nursing at TAFE

•        Aim for a Supplementary Offer in January (see VTAC website)

News from the Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Ø  Teaching at ACU

Sometimes students may not get the grades for their chosen career path at the end of year 12 and ACU offers flexible options on how to become a teacher - there is more than one way, and students can choose the best option for their situation.  For more information on alternative ways to become a teacher please click here.


Ø  Bachelor of Digital Media

This course will enable students to work across a broad range of careers by developing skills in video and audio production, social media production and journalism/text production to meet the demands of today’s exciting and fast changing media industry.  To find out more visit Bachelor of Digital Media


Ø  Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Exercise Science

This course is designed for students who want a career that combines a passion for sport, physical activity and a love of teaching. It is for students interested in pursuing a career in Education, specifically in health, PE and personal development.  Depending on the subjects students will graduate with not only health, PE and personal development teacher qualifications, but will also be able to teach a second teaching method as well.  Find out more at Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Exercise Science  


Ø  Biomedical Science Double Degrees

In the age of “big data”, we believe graduates who have the ability to make sense of large data-sets, to find and present patterns to others in an intelligible way will be highly sought after in a range of industries.  Biomedical Science at ACU will give students some entry-level skills in data management and analysis, and more.  Find out more at Biomedical Science Double Degrees

Ø  New Graduate Law Degree

This degree is open only to graduates who hold at least a three year bachelor degree.  Places in this course are Commonwealth Supported Places unlike many Juris Doctor courses. 
Like the law degrees taken by undergraduate students, the course is designed for the needs of legal practice in the 21st Century with four major themes running through the degree:

1.       a strong representation of the commercial law needed in practice

2.       a strong global and human rights stream that reflects the international environment
             in which lawyers increasingly work
3.       consistent with ACU’s commitments to social justice and advancing the common good
4.       a strong ethical and practical foundation to assist students bring about change in communities and society

Find out more by reading the following flyer - Law at ACU

Diploma of Nursing at the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Foundation (ANMF)

A Diploma of Nursing is the minimum qualification required to register as an enrolled nurse in Australia and this course will equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to be ready to work in a variety of healthcare settings.  Studying with the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF) (Vic Branch) Education Centre gives students the advantage of learning in an organisation that specialises in providing a supportive environment where teachers monitor their progress and the student support program provides students with additional assistance wherever possible.  Applicants must have successfully completed one of the following to enter this 18-month course:

ü  Successfully completed the VETASSESS*  literacy and numeracy test or equivalent

ü  Have passed Year 12  (VCE) Maths and English in the last two years  


On completion of the diploma, students are eligible to consider articulating into a bachelor degree should they wish.


Find out more about the course, the application, and dates of next intake at ANMF - Diploma of Nursing

Discover Hospitality

Students are invited to make use of this useful website called Discover Hospitality - Discover Hospitality. The resource was developed by industry and is aimed at providing information to those students looking to pursue a career in Hospitality.  

Career as a Geoscientist

Geoscientists (also known as geologists) study the nature, composition and structure of the Earth to increase scientific knowledge and locate materials and minerals.  They seek to reconstruct the past observations of the Earth and aim to forecast the future.  They also advise on mining, as well as environmental protection and rehabilitation of land after mining.

Geologists may perform the following tasks:

·         study the nature and effects of natural events such as erosion, sedimentation, glaciation, earthquakes and volcanic hazards

·         locate and manage groundwater resources, investigate groundwater contamination and land salinity

·         undertake geochemical sampling of stream sediment and soils

·         advise on the geological suitability of sites for structures such as tunnels, roads, coastal installations, bridges and water supply schemes

·         contribute information about land use, planning and rehabilitation, and the effects of pollution on sea beds to environmental assessments

·         use computers to integrate and interpret data sets of geological information

·         prepare geological models to describe processes and predict future situations

·         prepare geological reports and maps

Personal Requirements of Geoscientists:

ü  enjoy technical and engineering activities

ü  willing to adhere to safety requirements

ü  able to work independently or as part of a team

ü  able to prepare accurate records and reports

ü  able to cope with the physical demands of the job

ü  prepared to work outdoors in a range of environments


Sourced from the Job Guide – Geologist

To become a geologist students usually have to complete a degree in science or applied science with a major in geology, geological science, applied geology or earth sciences.  

Some undergraduate science degrees in Victorian universities, offering one or more of these majors include -

Deakin University
Geelong, Melbourne

Bachelor of Science

Units 3 and 4–a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in any other English

Federation University
Mt. Helen (Ballarat)

Bachelor of Geoscience

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English; and a study score of at least 20 in one of any Mathematics or any Science

La Trobe University

Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne

Bachelor of Science

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics

Monash University


Bachelor of Science

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS), Maths: Specialist Mathematics, Physics or Psychology

University of Melbourne


Bachelor of Science

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Maths: Specialist Mathematics; and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics --OR-- Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 25 in both of Maths: Mathematical Methods (CAS) and Maths: Specialist Mathematics

Employment Opportunities for Geoscientists:

Geologists work for mining and petroleum companies involved in the exploration, extraction and production of minerals and hydrocarbons; engineering and environmental consultancy firms; geological survey organisations; and state, territory and federal government departments.

Employment opportunities also exist in the securities industry and financial sector where geologists are employed as industry analysts and/or advise on the economic viability of particular mining projects.


Geologists may progress to exploration managers and even company managers or directors. They are highly mobile, both within Australia and internationally. There are some opportunities for self-employment.

For more information, visit the website of The Australian Institute of Geoscientists at
Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

Study Assist

Students are encouraged to browse the following link as the website provides information to students about Australian Government assistance for financing of tertiary study.  There is very useful information on study loans, how one pays back those loans, scholarship opportunities, etc. 


Visit Study Assist

Diploma of Product Design at Swinburne University

Swinburne University offers the Diploma of Product Design as a 2-year vocationally oriented, hands-on course that is a pathway into the 2nd year of Bachelor of Industrial Design.  


Find out more at Diploma of Product Design 

Victorian Transport Association Cadetships in Logistics

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) offers a two-year Cadetship Program for students keen on working in a logistics company.  Cadets study a Certificate IV in Logistics and a Diploma of Logistics, while earning a full-time wage.  They attend eight, one week blocks of training each year, conducted at TAFE.  Training is completed by workplace assignments and assessments.  Cadets are rotated through different areas of the business and each cadet is assigned a workplace mentor.  Completion of Year 12 is required for applying for this cadetship.

For more information contact the Victorian Transport Association (VTA) on (03) 9646 8590, email or visit VTA Cadetships

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium Work Experience for 2016

Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium is now taking applications for Work Experience in 2016.  This program is extremely popular, so students will be required to complete an application form to be considered for the program.  Students will experience all aspects of the business, including customer service, education, marketing, retail, animal husbandry and veterinary.

Applications for 2016 opened on Monday 12 October, and students must send their application by 5.00pm Friday 30 October 2015.  Students should please note that applications cannot be received outside of these dates.  Students should also note that the application form is not a guarantee of placement.  All applicants will be notified in writing if successful or not. 


For more information Melbourne Aquarium Work Experience for 2016

Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White

The SKC Careers Newsletter is intended as an information source for students and parents of the College. Reference to tertiary institutions, TAFEs, Independent Providers, GAP Programs, Work Experience Opportunities, Study Skills Providers, Preparation Courses, etc does not represent endorsement by the Careers Practitioners or the College.

October 15

posted 14 Oct 2015, 16:50 by Sue White

It was a privilege to address the Year 12 students for the final time last week.  What a journey they have been on since we met them!  One of the things I have asked the students to remember is that once their examinations are over there is still important thinking and researching to be done prior to receipt of their VCE results and the extremely important Change of Preference Week.  Year 12 parents have all received an email this week with a copy of the documentation given to students regarding the VTAC procedures for accessing results and tertiary offers.


Year 12 students are also able to register for an Interview Skills Workshop on Wednesday November 18 from 10am to 11:30am.  Please encourage your son to register if he is likely to have an interview as part of his course admission process, or if he is intending to apply for a part time job.


Year 10 and 11 students may be contemplating undertaking Work Experience over the Summer break.  Students may do so only when the College Office is open (prior to Wednesday December 16 and from Monday January 18).  Students MUST complete their safe@work tests prior to obtaining the Work Experience Arrangement Forms from the Careers Department.  Students seeking to arrange Work Experience are advised to see Ms O’Sullivan prior to the commencement of exams.

Reminder: VTAC 2016 Key Dates 

Scholarships through VTAC close

Friday 16 October 2015


Monday 14 December 2015

COP for Early International Offers closes

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Change of Preference (COP)

Monday 21 December 2015

Early Round International Offers

Monday 21 December 2015

Main Round International Offers

Friday 8 January 2016

Main Round Domestic Offers

Monday 18 January 2016

Further Offer Rounds

Thursday 4 February 2016 onwards


For a full list of cancelled, amended and new courses, visit

Year 12 News

Ø  Change of Preference

Remember, you can change your application (preferences) as much as you like till 10 November, then again from 23 November till 12 noon on 21 December, 2015. VCE students will receive their results on Monday 14 December, so you will have a week to re-consider your VTAC application. Use this time to contact or visit tertiary institutions if you are uncertain, or contact me at school for advice.

Ø  Offers

Offers of places at tertiary institutions commence on 18 January 2016, with more places on offer later on (there will be five ‘rounds’ of offers in total). You are advised to accept the first offer you receive as most likely it will be your only offer (around 80% of applicants will only receive one offer); however, accepting an offer does not mean you cannot receive another offer in a later round of offers.

Ø Where Can I Get Assistance During Chang of Preference Week?

The week after you receive your ATAR is generally known as Change of Preference (COP) week (Monday 14 – Monday 21 December).  As per the documentation provided to Year 12 students, the Careers Practitioners will be available at the College from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 December.  A Monash University representative will be at St Kevin’s during the afternoon of Tuesday 15 December (12noon till 3pm) for queries relating to Monash University courses and preferences.


Also during this time tertiary institutions run information sessions, COP Expos, have phone assistance available and will assist you in any way they can. You can also obtain assistance at school.  These institutions are offering the following (check online for more details) 

·         Australian Catholic University Expo and Information Sessions: 12noon - 4pm, Tuesday 15 December (Melbourne) & 5 - 7pm, Wednesday 16 December (Ballarat); See:; COP Hotline: 1300 ASK ACU (1300 275 228)

·         Box Hill InstituteHotline: 1300 BOX HILL (1300 269 445)

·         Charles Sturt University Hotline: 1800 334 733

·         ChisholmHotline: 1300 244 746

·         Deakin UniversityInformation Evenings: 4 - 7pm, 15 December, Level 2, Building BC, Burwood campus; 4 - 7pm, 16 December, Geelong Waterfront campus; COP Hotline: 1300 DEGREE (1300 334 733); online chat visit  

·         Federation University - Information Day: 11am - 2pm, Wednesday 16 December (Mt Helen and Gippsland); Hotline: 1800 333 864

·         HolmesglenHotline: 1300 693 888

·         Kangan Hotline: 13 8233

·         La TrobeHotline: 1300 135 045

·         Melbourne PolytechnicHotline: 9269 1200

·         MonashCOP Expo: 3 - 7pm, Wednesday 16 December, Building H, Caulfield campus, 900 Dandenong Rd, Caulfield East; COP Hotline: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274); see

·         RMITHotline: 9925 2260; Visit Info Corner, 330 Swanston St, Melbourne (Cnr. La Trobe St)

·         SwinburneInformation session: 11am - 4pm, Wednesday 16 December (Hawthorn); Hotline: 1300 275 794

·         University of MelbourneCourse Information Day: 10am – 2:30pm, Wednesday 16 December (on campus), Thurs 17 December Course Information Day (online) - Register at COP Hotline: 13 MELB (13 6352), email 

·         VictoriaCOP Expo: 4 - 7pm, Wednesday 16 December (Footscray Park); Hotline: 1300 VIC UNI (1300 842 864)

·         William Angliss Hotline: 1300 ANGLISS (1300 264 547)

Ø What If I Do Not Get A High Enough ATAR To Get Into My Desired Course?

Many pathways and programs exist which may assist you to get to where you want to go. Here are some suggestions:


·         Complete a Diploma of Tertiary Studies at Monash University in either business (p 350 of VTAC Guide), education (p 362) or nursing (p. 381)

·         Complete a course at Monash College in Art & design, Arts (Human Behaviour or Psychology streams), Business or Commerce, Engineering or Science; see pages 341-2 of VTAC Guide

·         Complete a course at Deakin College in Commerce, Computing, Engineering, Health Sciences, Management, Media and Communication or Science; pages 197-8 of VTAC Guide

·         Complete a UniLink Diploma at Swinburne (eg Business p. 457, Design p. 463, Engineering p. 470, Health Science, IT p. 481)

·         Complete a Diploma at La Trobe Melbourne in biosciences, business, health sciences, IT or Mass Media Communications (p. 285-6)

·         Complete a Tertiary Preparation Course at RMIT in engineering, media or science (p. 437)

·         Consider studying a related university course with a lower ATAR; if you do well you MAY be able to transfer to your desired course later

·         Start with a VET (TAFE) course in a related field; two years of VET often equals one at university

·         Complete a Tertiary Studies Diploma at Melbourne Polytechnic (Preston) (p. 337)

·         Complete a Diploma of Liberal Arts – a pathway into a range of degrees. Swinburne (p.451) and Victoria Uni (p. 523) have this Diploma

·         Consider a country/rural campus. ATAR’s are often lower, usually due to lower demand; most have accommodation (apply ASAP)

·         For nursing consider first completing Division 2 at TAFE or a private provider; eg Box Hill (p. 172) or Swinburne (p. 478)

·         ACU has certificate/diploma courses that can lead to degrees (through ACUcom) See:

·         Complete a Foundation Studies one year pathways course at Victoria Uni; See:

Tax File Number

Year 12 students are reminded yet again that they cannot enrol in a CSP (Commonwealth Supported Place) university course next year without a Tax File Number (TFN).  Students who do not have one are reminded to apply for a TFN online and have their identity verified through an interview at a participating Australia Post office. 


To apply and also to find out about participating Post Offices, visit TFN Application

News from the University of Melbourne

Ø  Open Day 2015 - Recap

Over 60,000 people attended the recent Open Day and the university captured some of the action on video showing the highlights.  Watch and enjoy the Open Day 2015 Recap and Ambition Confessionals videos!

Ø Guaranteed Entry Into Professional Entry Graduate Programs

The University’s guaranteed entry pathways to graduate courses give students beginning an undergraduate degree the security of knowing that a place in a graduate course is reserved for them. For details see:

Ø  New major in the Bachelor of Science

The University of Melbourne will be offering a new major in Computational Biology as part of the Bachelor of Science in 2016.  Computational Biology is one of the most rapidly developing and entrepreneurial fields of modern day science, and the opportunities it creates for future Science graduates (perhaps in careers that are yet to even exist) are exciting and have the potential for explosive growth.


Students who are interested in biology and life sciences, and have a passion for computer science or mathematics and statistics can combine these traditional sciences to be at the forefront of future science.


Find out more by visiting Science at UoM and Computational Biology  

Ø  Where can a Bachelor of Biomedicine take me?

The Bachelor of Biomedicine provides a supportive environment which allows students to realise their potential and work towards their long term goals, and graduates from this degree have a high rate of success in gaining entry to a diverse range of competitive postgraduate courses, or enter careers in a number of industries.  Bachelor of Biomedicine students also receive ongoing support and advice throughout their degree from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Science (MDHS) Student Centre in planning their future pathways.

It is important to note that graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedicine develop important skills in scientific method, critical thinking and problem solving, the analysis of data and evidence, written and oral communication and the ability to work collaboratively in teams.  These graduates also possess specialist scientific knowledge and technical skills for further research.  They are equipped for a range of careers in industries including business, science, health, education and technology.

Students who choose to enter the workforce after completing the Bachelor of Biomedicine often find employment as a –


  • Hospital Scientist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Microbiologist
  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Supplies Representative
  • Scientific Equipment Sales Representative
  • Pharmaceutical Scientist
  • Diagnostic Technician
  • Forensic Scientist



Alternatively, graduates of the Bachelor of Biomedicine go on to further study in –


  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Public Health
  • Genetic Counselling
  • Clinical Audiology
  • Optometry


Visit Biomedicine Pathways to find out more!

News from Monash University

Ø  Access Monash Ambassador Program

Applications for the Access Monash Ambassador program are open and will close on 30 October 2015.  Current Year 12 students who are planning to study at Monash next year can apply to become an Access Monash Ambassador (AMA).  AMAs work with the Access Monash team to inspire and inform students in under-represented communities about higher education.  AMAs are involved in a range of activities including mentoring, on-campus tours and presentations, in-school programs, Q&A panels, and more.

AMAs are considered for the Monash Community Leaders Scholarship ($4000 per year), and have the opportunity to develop their leadership, public speaking and teamwork skills


Monash is looking for students who:

ü  Have a good academic record and expect to receive an ATAR of around 90

ü  Have strong interpersonal and communication skills

ü  Enjoy facilitating group work and encouraging  participation

ü  Have an appreciation of the barriers that can prevent young people from accessing university

ü  Can commit at least 2 hours of their time per week over the academic year

ü  Can travel independently to schools or Monash campuses to run activities

ü  Plan to study full-time at Monash University in 2016

ü  Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or holder of an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa

Students who believe they might qualify ate strongly encouraged to apply. 
For further information and to apply, visit The Access Monash Ambassador Program


Ø  Profiling: the Bachelor of Science Advanced – Global Challenges (Honours)

Monash’s Bachelor of Science Advanced – Global Challenges (Honours) is part of an ambitious vision to create a course unlike any other in Australia – a course that would combine science, leadership and entrepreneurialism, providing graduates with a springboard from university into business, community and government.

The core focus of the Bachelor of Science Advanced – Global Challenges (Honours) is to equip students to become global citizens who have the skills needed to engage communities, government and industry on pressing issues such as adaptation to climate change, sustainable development and the many other challenges associated with a changing world. 

Students in this course have a unique level of access to some of the world’s most innovative, influential and disruptive thinkers.  Guest speakers this year have included Dr Sam Prince, Julie Bishop, Hugh Evans and Elliot Kotek, who have provided insights and advice to students as part of the regular guest speaker component of the course.


A core course component of this course requires all students undertake two internships (at least one international), and many of the students undertake internships in countries such as Vietnam, Nepal, India and Austria.  The Monash Science faculty and Monash Abroad provide generous funding to assist students with these internship experiences.


Monash invites high-achieving students with a passion for science and leadership to apply for this course.  For further information, visit Have you got the Edge?  

La Trobe University Engineering

La Trobe has reviewed engineering courses for 2016 and as a result some existing courses will be phased out.  They have been removed from VTAC and La Trobe will contact students who have included them in their VTAC preferences. Information: 1300 135 045.

The Hotel School Melbourne

The Hotel School Melbourne builds on the 26 years of education excellence of The Hotel School Sydney.  From new premises in Lonsdale Street, in Melbourne’s CBD, it delivers the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management, Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management, Graduate Certificate in International Tourism and Hotel Management, and Graduate Diploma in International Tourism and Hotel Management.


Studies at The Hotel School Melbourne include key operational subjects such as food and beverage, accommodation operations, and introduction to professional practice, together with introductory management subjects including finance, marketing and hospitality management. Students also develop advanced analytical, strategic, and management skills.


Graduates of The Hotel School Melbourne will have the opportunity to build their careers in hospitality and service management in Australia and overseas, including management positions in hotels and resorts, human resources, marketing, front office, food services, food and beverage, events and conferences and general management.

Applications are made directly and to find out more visit
The Hotel School Melbourne

RMIT Village

RMIT Village is located near Melbourne CBD.  It is only a 5-minute tram ride from RMIT University and offers fully furnished, self-contained apartments to suit a range of preferences.  Facilities include a student lounge, e-library, high-speed internet, heated swimming pool and a new gym (currently under construction). 


RMIT Village is conveniently located for RMIT’s City campus (just a 10-minute walk) and Brunswick campus.  


Applications for 2016 are opening soon at RMIT Village


For more information call (03) 8330 2000 or e-mail  

World Education Program (WEP) Australia

For students considering going on exchange towards the end of next year, now is the best time to find out more as applications will start closing in March/April 2016.  WEP offers student exchange programs to over 25 countries and is hosting two information sessions in the upcoming weeks.  Students keen on finding out more about these exchange programs are encouraged to attend a session.


Date:              Tuesday 20 October 2015
Time:              7:30pm – 9pm
Venue:           Kingston Arts Centre, 979-985 Nepean Hwy in Moorabbin



Date:              Tuesday 10 November 2015

Time:              7:30pm – 9pm

Venue:           Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street in Northcote


Find out more by visiting World Education Program (WEP) Australia 

Have a Browse of the aLife Website
As many as 84% of Australians describe themselves as having “no real idea” about what they really want to do with their careers!


aLife gives real life examples of career opportunities with a simple, video based starting point for all viewers whether they are school or university students, job seekers, currently employed or return to work mums.


Passionate people talk about their job and explain what they love about it, how they got where they are and where their job will take them in the future.  Students get to see them in their actual work environment, it could be in an office, on a boat, in a bus, in a factory - the jobs are almost endless! 

Visit aLife for a browse!

Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White

The SKC Careers Newsletter is intended as an information source for students and parents of the College. Reference to tertiary institutions, TAFEs, Independent Providers, GAP Programs, Work Experience Opportunities, Study Skills Providers, Preparation Courses, etc does not represent endorsement by the Careers Practitioners or the College.

October 8

posted 6 Oct 2015, 20:46 by Sue White

With initial tertiary applications submitted and the special consideration deadline passed, the Careers Department has, today, formally farewelled the Year 12 students until the completion of their examinations.  Student received instructions for registering to receive VCE results via text message together with an information booklet from the Careers Department with all relevant information about results, change of preference appointments, offers and much more.  Year 12 parents are asked to look through this information with their sons and familiarise themselves with the timeframe and processes post examinations.  Universities will be holding their own Change of Preference Information Sessions during the week of December 14 and information about the dates/times of these is available on their respective websites.  The College is fortunate to have a Monash University representative on site on Tuesday 15 December accessible to Year 12 students from 12pm to 3pm to advise about Monash courses and preference selections.


Now is the time when current Year 11 and Year 10 students may make Careers appointments to clarify that they have selected subjects wisely in terms of academic strengths, personal interests and with a view to keeping options open.  Students are asked to go to the SKC Careers website to log in and book appointments online.


High achieving Year 11 students might also like to look through the offerings of Extension Studies by the Universities outlined in this edition of the Careers News.  Students who have completed a 3/4 study in Year 11 may be eligible to take a University subject as part of their Year 12 program and are advised to come to the Careers Department if they are interested in pursuing this opportunity.

Reminder: VTAC 2016 Key Dates 


SEAS applications close

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Scholarships through VTAC close

Friday 16 October 2015


Monday 14 December 2015

COP for Early International Offers closes

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Change of Preference (COP)

Monday 21 December 2015

Early Round International Offers

Monday 21 December 2015

Main Round International Offers

Friday 8 January 2016

Main Round Domestic Offers

Monday 18 January 2016

Further Offer Rounds

Thursday 4 February 2016 onwards


For a full list of cancelled, amended and new courses, visit

Reminder: Early Achievers’ Program at ACU
Year 12 students applying for the Early Achievers’ Program (EAP) at ACU are reminded that applications close on Monday 19 October 2015, and offers will be made by the end of November 2015.   Please note that failure to meet all the requirements for the EAP will result in not being considered for the program. 

To find out more and/or to apply, visit
Early Achievers' Program

Deakin University - VCE Extension Studies
VCE Extension Studies program offers students studying VCE Health and Human Development and VCE Psychology the opportunity to take on two university units and start their Deakin University experience sooner.  

The two university subjects are Health Practice & Research for students who have completed, or will studying concurrently, VCE Units 3 & 4 Human Health and Development, and Psychological Science for students who have completed, or will studying concurrently, VCE Units 3 & 4 Psychology.

Students might also like to study two units of Criminology

To be considered for these programs students will need above average results and a recommendation from the school.  Permission from a Parent/Guardian is also required.  Besides the challenge of taking on a university subject, this subject will also count as part of the VCE and contribute towards the ATAR as the fifth or sixth subject.  Classes are available online or by attending classes on the university campus. 


Applications open   

Now open

Applications close

Friday 11 December 2015

Year 11 results due to the university


Final Day for Acceptance of Offers


Find out more and/or download the application form at Deakin University - VCE Extension Studies

La Trobe University - VCE Plus Program
VCE Plus is an opportunity for high achieving VCE students to complete two first year university subjects and have them recognised as part of their VCE.  Students enrolled in VCE Plus choose a pair of first year university subjects to study whilst completing Year 12 (one subject per semester).  VCE Plus is offered at all La Trobe campuses and subjects are delivered online, face-to-face, or a combination of bothFor a look at the VCE Plus subjects on offer, visit La Trobe University - VCE Plus Subjects


Applications open   

Now open

Applications close

Friday 4 December 2015

Year 11 results due to the university

Thursday 17 December 2015

Final Day for Acceptance of Offers

Thursday 31 December 2015

Find out more at La Trobe University - VCE Plus Program

Monash University - Extension Studies
Monash Extension Studies allows high achieving Year 12 students to get a taste of university before finishing school - and be rewarded for it.  Students complete a pair of first year university subjects as part of their final year school studies, allowing them to extend and enhance their learning in an area of interest.  Students also received credit towards their ATAR.   

Units offered in 2016 are accounting, biology, biomedical science, chemistry, economics & marketing, mathematics, mobile applications development, and physics.


Applications opened          

September 2015

All applications close

16 January 2016

Year 11 results due to the university

Friday 18 December 2015**

Offers released

January 2016

Orientation Day

Thursday 21 January 2016

** if you want to know the outcome of your application by the end of 2015

For more information about the Extension Studies program visit
Monash University - Extension Studies

Or attend the Monash Extension Information Evening:

Wednesday 14 October 2015
6.30 – 8pm
South One lecture theatre, 43 Rainforest Walk
Monash University, Clayton campus

For further information and to register your attendance, visit:

RMIT University – Higher Education Studies
RMIT’s Higher Education Studies in the VCE allows Year 12 students to undertake university subjects while completing their VCE.  These courses are VCAA-accredited towards VCE results and students may be eligible for credit in a related RMIT program.  Students will get a taste of university life, they attend lectures and study on campus with full access to all the services and facilities enjoyed by RMIT students.  VCE Extend subjects are taught at the City campus and are counted towards students VCE and provide a boost to their ATAR.  There are no fees or HECS for our VCE extension studies.

In 2016 students will be able to choose from the following extension studies - Calculus, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geospatial Science, Surveying, Project Management and Science.


Applications opened          

August 2015

All applications close

Monday 7 December 2015

Year 11 results due to the university

Friday 18 December 2015

Offers released

Early January 2016

Orientation Day

Late January 2016

Visit RMIT University – Higher Education Studies to find out more!

University of Melbourne – Extension Program
The Extension Program is an opportunity for high achieving Year 12 students to study a university subject whilst at school which counts towards their ATAR, as well as experience university life.  Over 26 subjects are on offer in 2016, in different humanities, language, mathematics, science and commerce subjects.   Students should browse University of Melbourne – Extension Subjects to find out more about these subjects.         

KEY DATES FOR THE 2016 EXTENSION PROGRAM – University of Melbourne

Applications opened          

Late August 2015

Applications close

Monday 1 December 2015

Year 11 results due to the university

Friday 18 December 2015

Offers released

Mid-January 2016

Welcome Day

Mid-Late January 2016

For more visit
University of Melbourne – Extension Program

News from RMIT University

Ø  Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology

The Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology focuses on civil engineering and building the skills for a career in engineering at a para-professional level.  This Advanced Diploma does not have a mathematics prerequisite and provides clear pathway into RMIT’s Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours) degree program.  Find out more by visiting Advanced Diploma in Engineering Technology


Ø  Pathway: Associate Degree in Engineering Technology

The Associate Degree in Engineering Technology provides a common first year before splitting in second year into seven engineering majors: Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics, Aerospace, Civil, Computer and Networking, Electrical and Electronic, Mechanical and Sustainable Systems.  Students who achieve a grade point average of 2.0 or greater receive automatic entry into relevant bachelor programs with the equivalents of two years’ credit.  Find out more at Associate Degree in Engineering Technology


Ø  Live Events and Technical Production

The Certificate IV and Diploma of Live Events and Technical Production are ideal for students interested in sound, lighting and video operation at live events.  Students learn production techniques for a diverse range of jobs in the AV and Live Events industry.   These programs are ideal for students who have completed VET in schools Music Industry or Technical Production.  An ATAR score is not required, and selection is by interview.

Find out more at Live Events and Technical Production  

New Scholarships for 2016

Ø  Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded by the Vice-Chancellor to Australian undergraduate students whose exceptional academic achievements, proven experience and leadership has truly set them apart. The scholarship includes:


  • 100 per cent of tuition fees
  • a cash payment of $5000 per year
  • participation in the Vice-Chancellor's Professional Excellence Program

For more information, visit Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship 


Ø  Deakin Scholarship for Excellence

This scholarship rewards strong academic performance teamed with excellence in extracurricular activities, community service or leadership.

The scholarship includes $5000 paid as cash or towards tuition fees per year, or a combination of both to the value of $5000 per year.

For more information, visit Deakin Scholarship for Excellence  


Ø  Deakin Student Support Grant

This scholarship offers financial support to students who have displayed passion, perseverance and commitment to study despite financial hardship or other disadvantages.

Various options for support are available:


  • $10,000 per year for the normal duration of a course, or
  • $7500 per year for the normal duration of a course, or
  • $5000 per year for the normal duration of a course, or
  • $2500 per year for the normal duration of a course, or
  • $1000 per year for one year

For more information, visit Deakin Student Support Grant  

Bachelor of Built Environment

This course will provide students with the required knowledge and skills to lead onto a Masters of Architecture, which is the minimum academic requirement to be registered as an architect.  The course is designed to ensure that students will gain the essential skills required by architects at the undergraduate level.  Prerequisite subjects are English and any Maths, and applications must be made through VTAC. 


Find out more at Bachelor of Built Environment

Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White

The SKC Careers Newsletter is intended as an information source for students and parents of the College. Reference to tertiary institutions, TAFEs, Independent Providers, GAP Programs, Work Experience Opportunities, Study Skills Providers, Preparation Courses, etc does not represent endorsement by the Careers Practitioners or the College.

September 17

posted 16 Sep 2015, 22:35 by Sue White

It is very pleasing that there are many Year 10 students who have taken the opportunity of the forthcoming holidays to spend one week at a Work Experience placement.  We hope that the placements are rewarding experiences and provide valuable insights into the worlds of work into which the students are venturing.  The benefit of this first-hand experience when discussing careers pathways cannot be overestimated.  Ms O’Sullivan will contact all students once during their time at the place of work to discuss how the placement is progressing.


Year 12 students who have not submitted their VTAC preferences have until Wednesday 30th September at 5pm to do so without financial penalty.  All such students have been contacted and reminded of this during the last week of term.  Students applying for Special Consideration (SEAS) are reminded that the deadline for submission of ALL documentation is Tuesday 6th October at 5pm.  With the release of the UMAT results imminent, it is important to remind students aspiring to Medicine NOT to remove any Medicine courses from their VTAC preference list as these CANNOT be reinstated at a later date, no matter what your UMAT result.


Year 10 and 11 students are reminded that there are many programs to attend at the Universities during the holidays to familiarise yourself with their environments and programs.  Year 12 students are reminded about the Monash and RMIT Folio Preparation courses which may still have some places available.


·         ‘AT MONASH’ SEMINAR Engineering: 17 September; Information/Register



·         EXPLORE VU SERIES - Information: 1300 842 864. Book:   

·         SWINBURNE ADVICE NIGHTSWantirna/Hawthorn; See; search:  Advice Nights.

·         KEEPER FOR A DAY AND VET FOR A DAYInformation:

Year 12 News

Apply for courses through VTAC ( Once you have applied, you can change your application as you wish. The fee goes from $29 to $95 if you first apply after 30 September.


The first round of offers of places will occur on 18 January, 2016. You can adjust your preferences after each offer round, irrespective of whether you have received an offer of a place already or not. There will be five rounds of offers. Change of preference will close a few days before each offer round and reopen the day after each offer round.


It is important to keep up to date with course changes, dates and events - sign up for the VTAC social media channels. Subscribe to the VTAC applicant blog by email or RSS:; follow of Twitter: @vtacguide or Like on Facebook:  

Monash University News

Ø  Changes At Monash

Monash is offering a revitalised course portfolio. Popular double degrees are still available, and students can still commence specialist studies from first year. Go to to find out about all Monash courses and a full list of majors and specialis-ations. You can make course comparisons, and find the right course for you. For example, journalism is now offered as a major (eight units) or an extended major (12 units) within the Bachelor of Arts. This offers you the flexibility to structure your other Arts and non-Arts electives to suit your interests (eg a student can choose to do a second Arts major or minor, such as a language, or choose to take studies in a different discipline such as marketing or IT). 


Ø  Languages At Monash

Monash offers a very comprehensive language program. Students can enter with no language background through to an advanced background. Languages can be studied in the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Global Studies, or students can complete a Diploma of Languages along with an undergraduate degree.


Ø  Software Engineering

The Software Engineering major is now a specialisation in the Bachelor of Engineering.


Ø  Health Sciences

The new Bachelor of Health Sciences is a parent course with four specialisationsEmergency Health, Human Services, Public Health and Radiation Sciences.  For the first year and a half students will study three common units at the Caulfield campus, as well as an additional specialist unit completed at different campuses – Emergency Health at Peninsula, Human Services and Public Health at Caulfield, and Radiation Sciences at Clayton. NOTE: Social Work is no longer offered as an undergraduate Monash course; those interested in Social Work are advised to study the Bachelor of Human Services followed by the Master of Social Work

Ø  Nutrition And Dietetics

The Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics is not offered for entry in 2016. Students interested in pursuing this career are advised to undertake the Bachelor of Nutrition Science, followed by the Master of Dietetics.

Ø  Monash Guarantee

This ensures fair entry for students to Monash, promising a course offer or access to a reserved place for students who have experienced financial disadvantage, attend an under-represented school or are Indigenous Australian. See:

Ø  Pathways To Monash

When applying through VTAC it’s wise to have a plan for if you don’t get your hoped-for ATAR.  Some pathways to Monash are: the Diploma of Tertiary Study (DoTS), a one-year course allowing you to begin studying towards a Monash degree; the Diploma of Higher Education (DoHE) for students wanting to study Science or Science Education but didn’t get the required ATAR.  You will need an ATAR of at least 50 for DoTS and 65 for DoHE (also complete an online supplementary form).


The University Of Melbourne

Many are aware that Melbourne operates on a different model from other Victorian universities. Students who study there start with a degree in either Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Fine Arts, Music, Oral health or Science. Once the initial degree is completed students can head into the workforce, do a professional qualification at masters level or complete a graduate research degree.

What Is The Bachelor Of Biomedicine?

It is a three-year degree concerned with the processes and systems that create, sustain and threaten life. It offers 13 majors across biomedical disciplines and is a good choice if you want to enter health professions. Some of these are clinical audiology, dental surgery, medicine, nursing science, optometry, physiotherapy, social work and speech pathology. As with other degrees, it includes studying mandatory breadth subjects outside the Faculty. Major studies are determined during second year to commence in third year. Most graduates go on to study medicine, others to research in an Honours year, others into physiotherapy, Engineering (eg Bioengineering Systems), IT (eg Health Infomatics), Dentistry, etc. NOTE: Some choose to do a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne as a pathway into health degrees.

Deakin University News

Ø  Health Sciences & Public Health, and Public Health Promotion

An information night is being held for these courses. When/Where: 4.30-6pm, Thursday 17 September, Melbourne Burwood campus; 4.30-6pm, Wednesday 16 September, Geelong Waterfront campus.



Ø  Pathways To Deakin

Deakin has several pathway options for those who do not obtain the required ATAR for the degree of their choice: TAFE pathways, Deakin College and Associate degrees. See:

Ø  Scholarships

Deakin’s new scholarships include the Vice Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship, Deakin’s Scholarships for Excellence, and the Deakin Student Support Grant. More information at:

Ø  Cognitive Science

Will be offered as a new major sequence in 2016 in the Bachelor of Computer Science at Burwood.  Subject areas include: psychology, understanding the mind, thinking systems and cognition science, human behaviour and computer interaction, and data visualisation and decision making. 


Australian Catholic University News

Ø  Teaching At ACU

ACU offers alternative pathways into a number of their degrees. For example, there are several options for becoming a teacher. See:

Ø  Bachelor Of Digital Media

The Bachelor of Digital Media is a new degree in 2016. This degree will enable students to work across a range of careers by developing skills in video and audio production, social media production and journalism/text production to meet the demands of today’s changing media industry.

Ø  Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Exercise Science

New in 2016, this is for students wanting a career combining physical activity and a love of teaching. Depending on the subjects, students will graduate with health, PE and personal development teacher qualifications, and a second teaching method.

Ø  Bachelor of Biomedical Science Double Degrees

The Biomedical Science degree will be offered with Applied Public Health, Law and Business Administration from 2016. 


Ø  Pathways

Like other universities, RMIT offers pathway programs to help you reach your study and career ideas. You can often transfer from one program to another, with recognition of your existing skills and knowledge. More information see:

Ø  Computer Science and IT Animation

Choosing the right computer science and IT degree depends on how your wires are connected. RMIT has launched a new animation that will inform you about the difference between computer science and information technology programs at RMIT. See:

Ø  Science In The City Laboratory Tours

See RMIT’s laboratories and range of programs; When: 11am - 2pm, Monday 21 September; See:

Ø  RMIT Medical Radiations Scholarships

The Department of Health (Victoria) is offering five scholarships of $10,000 in nuclear medicine. See:

Ø  Nuclear Medicine Workplace Visits

Visit nuclear medicine departments that support the Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) program. When/Where: 10am - 12 noon, Thursday 24 & 25 September at St Vincent’s Hospital; 2 - 4pm, Thursday 24 & Friday 25 September at the Austin Hospital. Register:  

Rail Careers

Rail is a strong, exciting and growing industry with a prosperous future.  It plays an important role in reducing carbon emissions, relieving congestion, improving health and safety, connecting communities and driving economic growth in Australia.  And with increasing demand for skilled and talented employees, there is no better time to join rail.   Yet despite the benefits and opportunities, few candidates consider the industry when searching for a career.


Rail Careers Week (21st to 27th September) is the perfect time to find out about the unique and interesting careers that rail has to offer.   Whether candidates are leaving school, changing careers or returning to the workforce, rail offers fulfilling careers in:

·         Engineering and technology

·         Corporate specialties

·         Customer service

·         Trades and technicians

·         Infrastructure

·         Asset management

With a strong commitment to diversity, rail is an excellent choice for people of all ages, backgrounds and experience.


Visit our website for more information on the activities and events taking place during Rail Careers Week, along with details about careers and stories from people in the industry.

Ms O’Sullivan, Mrs Pingiaro & Mrs White

The SKC Careers Newsletter is intended as an information source for students and parents of the College. Reference to tertiary institutions, TAFEs, Independent Providers, GAP Programs, Work Experience Opportunities, Study Skills Providers, Preparation Courses, etc does not represent endorsement by the Careers Practitioners or the College.

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