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Late Round Offers & Alternative Pathways (1 Viewer)

JumboKHS

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Ok, quite a number of people have been buzzing around talking about non-awards courses, pathways, diplomas and transfers as being alternative methods to get into a course despite a low uai. Can someone please explain these options in detail.
 

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Guide to alternate university access


Guide to alternate university access


Many of you will recieve your UAI and look at it thinking its the end of the world and that you won't be able to get into the course of your dreams because your UAI is lower than expected. However it isn't the end of the world because there are plenty of ways in to uni with a lower UAI - each entry below describes another way in, so if you read it through you will be able to devise a way into uni regardless of your UAI.

Contents:



HSC Pathways:

Should your UAI be insufficiently high enough to gain entry to your course at first attempt, it would be possible to either repeat subjects that you feel you have performed poorly in or take up new subjects that may be more suited to your skills and thus be included in your UAI instead. It should also be noted that you do not have to repeat your entire HSC; you may select courses on an individual basis. It should also be noted that only your most recent results in a subject will be counted regardless if your second attempt was better or worse. Additionally, there exist a 5 year rolling period over which you may attempt your HSC on a part time basis if you feel unable to cope with the workload of the HSC full time.

This may be done at either a school, TAFE or Taylor’s College. However, at TAFE you have the option of undertaking subjects in a compressed fashion involving both preliminary and HSC components in the one year as well as the standard options. It should be noted that choosing to compress a particular subject does not mean you must undertake all of your subjects in this form.

Links with further information:
http://www.boredofstudies.org/community/showpost.php?p=1396050&postcount=1

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The Limited UAI :

The Limited UAI is an option for mature age students (aged 21 and over) which grants you a UAI with a lesser amount of studies ( between five and nine Board Developed units, two of which must be english) in a single year. You cannot accumulate a Limited UAI over more than one year.

Places that you may undertake your Limited UAI include TAFE, Taylor’s College and schools.

While most universities will accept the Limited UAI for admission into many courses, competitive courses such as Medicine and Veterinary Science and others will not necessarily accept the Limited UAI. Students are advised to check with universities if they admit students into a course on the basis of a Limited UAI.

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The TPC :

The TPC is a Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation designed by TAFE to perform a similar purpose as the HSC though usually for those 20 or above – though no firm rules apply. With the TPC your subjects will be scaled and you will receive a TES(Tertiary Entrance Statement which is your entrance score to get into uni) from UAC rather than a UAI. Also instead of the end of year exams that the HSC requires, you submit portfolios as your end of semester tests for all subjects excluding maths where you still must sit a written exam.

Links to further information:
http://www.tafensw.edu.au/howex/servlet/Course?Command=GetCourse&CourseNo=6502

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Vocational Diplomas and Certificates from TAFE and Private Colleges :

The Majority of universities accept Diplomas and in some cases Certificate IVs from TAFE and certain private institutions as meeting the standard for university entry for those who lack a HSC. Should you apply to university they will consider your Grade Point Average (essentially your average score for the last year) and convert this into a rank for you to compete for university entry with. Should you already have a UAI this will be averaged with the number that your GPA has been converted into(for a comprehensive explanation on GPA look at this post [post=952940]here[/post]. A wide range of universities also will allow you credit for your Diploma or Cert IV if it is in a relevant study area to your degree(click here for info on this), furthermore there are certain university degrees that require TAFE study(or similar) for entry. Examples include the BA(Applied Humanities) at UWS, BEdu(Secondary: Design & Tech) at USYD, BTeach(Birth to School Age) at MQ, BBus(Hospitality Management) and so on.

Further Links:
www.tafensw.edu.au
www.martincollege.com.au
www.apm.edu.au
www.acnt.edu.au
www.bedford.edu.au
www.icpp.net
www.kenvale.edu.au
www.kvb.edu.au
www.wesleyinstitute.edu.au
www.icthm.edu.au
www.hotelschool.com.au
www.macleay.edu.au
www.cit.edu.au

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SIBT (MQ) :
The Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT) is located on the Macquarie campus and offers diplomas and advanced diplomas in a variety of subjects to students who have completed the equivalent of Year 12 studies in Australia or overseas but who do not qualify for direct entry to Macquarie University.
SIBT diplomas and advanced diplomas cover the same subjects as the standard first year of the respective Bachelor degree and are taught by experienced University teachers on the Macquarie campus. Successful SIBT students may proceed into the second year of a Bachelor degree at MQ in the area they have studied. SIBT diplomas include: Business Administration, Commerce, Computer Science, Arts and Communication.

Links with further information:
www.sibt.nsw.edu.au

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SWIC (UWS) :

SWIC Sydney is a tertiary pathway college offering English Language, Senior Secondary (Year 11), Foundation (Year 12) and Diploma Courses in IT and Business for Australian and international students wishing to continue on to degree studies at UWS and other Australian educational institutions.

Foundation courses lead students into year one of Undergraduate Bachelor degrees at UWS. Students may submit an individual application for entry to other Australian universities.

Diploma programs in Business and Information Technology lead students into year two of undergraduate Bachelor degrees at UWS. Students are welcome to apply to other Australian universities and may wish to apply for academic credit for the Diploma subjects completed at SWIC, however, it is subject to individual application.

Links with further information:
www.swic.uws.edu.au

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INSEARCH (UTS) :

INSEARCH is a tertiary pathway institution that provides accredited educational courses across a broad range of disciplines, all INSEARCH academic courses are designed and taught by UTS teaching staff and approved by the UTS academic board. They offer English language courses to prepare for entry to UTS bachelor's degrees and post-graduate study.
INSEARCH also offers diploma courses that provide entry to UTS with advanced standing of one year in: Business, Communication, Design, IT and Architecture.

Links with further information:
www.insearch.edu.au

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WUC (UOW) :

WUC is a group of colleges owned by UOW that provides high quality university preparation courses and English language programs. In addition, WUC provides Diplomas in IT and Business that allow for entry into the second year of a Bachelor.

Links with further information:
www.wuc.edu.au

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UniAccess Programs (ACU):

A sector of ACU is dedicated to delivering Diplomas that faccilitate entry into the Bachelor of that respective area at ACU.Students who achieve a Credit Level pass in the Diploma (equivalent to successful completion of 1st year Bachelor degree) may commence their respective degrees in 2nd year. If a Credit Level pass is not achieved, the Diploma is treated as the Foundation year and students would enter their Bachelor degree in 1st year. UniAccess Diplomas are offered in the following areas by ACU: Business, Information Systems, Nursing, Visual Arts & Design, Liberal Studies, Environmental Science and Social Science.

Links to further information:
http://www.acu.edu.au/course_areas/Continuing_Education___ACUcom/UniAccess_Pathway_Programs/index.cfm


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Open Education Australia :

Open Education is a correspondence university that is made up of an alliance between Macquarie, Griffith, Curtin, and some other unis, where you may enroll for a degree without any previous qualifications or UAI. You will also have the option of completing a 3 semester year in order to finish your degree more quickly. In addition, for those worrying over prestige, they need not fear as the degree you receive will be accredited by the uni that provided Open Education with the particular degree for example, if you do MQ’s BA via OLA then regardless of whether your electives comes mainly from Griffith, you shall receive a MQ testamur. I'd also like to point out that transfers are just as possible from an Open Education degree as any other uni.

Links with further information:
www.open.edu.au

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Non-award study:

Non award study is where you take university subjects voluntarily and independent of a degree and once you complete a certain amount of subjects certain universities will allow you to compete for a place in an undergraduate degree at that uni based on your GPA(Grade Point Average) from your performance in these units. You will also receive credit for any units studied that are relevant to your proposed Bachelor.

Link to further information:
www.coe.mq.edu.au/nonawd.htm
www.uws.edu.au/studyoptions/alternativeentry#3

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Regional Bonus Schemes

Various universities hold it as a priority that they cater to as many students from their local catchment area as possible, details of which universities and locations use these schemes are detailed below:

Charles Sturt University - If you are a current Year 12 student and will complete the HSC/VCE at a school or TAFE college in the University's region, or a non-Year 12 applicant who resides in the University's region, your admissions rank will automatically be increased by five points under the University's Regional Bonus Scheme (RBS).

Southern Cross University - As evidence of its commitment to the region, SCU will add five bonus points to the admission rank of Year 12 students within the feeder region which is bound in the south by Bulahdelah, by Dubbo and Goondiwindi in the west, and Warwick and the Greater Gold Coast area in the north. Eligible applicants do not have to apply for this bonus.

University of Wollongong - If you have a UOW course as a preference and you completed your HSC in 2005 at one of the schools in our regional area your admissions rank will automatically be increased by three points for all Wollongong preferences. A full list of the schools eligible for the regional bonus can be located at www.uow.edu.au/prospective/bonus.html.

University of Newcastle - The University has a Regional and Rural Preference Scheme, which will award a bonus four points to your admission rank in 2005, for current NSW HSC students who attend schools within a defined postcode boundary. The scheme includes schools and TAFE colleges with postcodes in the Hunter, Central Coast, Central West, Northern Rivers, mid-North Coast, New England, Western Plains and Broken Hill mail centres. The scheme applies to all undergraduate programs except B Medicine or any combined degree. No application is necessary for this bonus. For further information call (02) 4921 5333.

La Trobe University - In pursuing its regional mission, the University may adjust upwards the admission rank of applicants from regional schools in NSW and Victoria. Details of the regional school bonus applied to specific course codes can be found at www.latrobe.edu.au/vtacinfo/.

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Macquarie Preffered Admission Scheme:

A certain number of schools are partners with Macquarie University in a sceme that allows students to apply for 5 bonus UAI points towards and degree at Macquarie University. In 2001 it recieved 220 applicants of which it approved of 21. Among the schools eligible for this scheme are: James Ruse Agricultural High School, Hornsby Girls High School, Normanhurst Boys High School, Marist Sisters College, William Clarke College, Pennant Hills High School along with many others. Enquire with your careers advisor as to whether your school is eligible and for the appropriate forms.

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Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) :

Some institutions accept the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as an alternative method of admission. The STAT is a series of related tests designed to assess a range of competencies commonly considered important for success in tertiary study. The purpose of STAT is to appraise your ability to understand the given material and to think critically about issues, rather than to assess knowledge of curriculum or a specific academic subject.
Many tertiary institutions in Australia use STAT results as part of their admissions procedure for certain categories of applicants for example you must achieve a certain score in the STAT in order to do Pharmacy at USYD. They use the STAT score, in addition to any other information available, to assess your application for admission. If you are a mature age student (age 21 and over) and you have no formal qualifications on which to base your application to a tertiary institution, you may be eligible to be considered for entry to a course by sitting a STAT.

Links to further information:
www.uac.edu.au/mya/admin/stat.html
www.acer.edu.au/tests/university/stat/intro.html

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Regional Entry Test(RET) for UWS:

The Regional Entry Test is a general literacy, numeracy and reasoning skills test that year 12 students in Greater Western Sydney can sit to gain an additional score to their UAI or IB Diploma that may assist their application to UWS. The test is a version of the STAT, which is composed of two parts – multiple choice which tests verbal and quantitative skills, and written English which tests writing skills.

Students will be given a competitive rank based on their performance in the test that can work like a UAI in allocating offers to UWS. For this rank to be used students must:

achieve a UAI* of no more than 10 points below the 2005 published cut-off** for the UWS course to which they wish to be considered.***
list a UWS course/s as one of their preferences to UAC.
Once students have satisfied the criteria, their RET score – if higher than their UAI* – will be used during the 2006 UAC offer rounds.
* IB students will be able to phone UWS to convert their IB Diploma to a rank equivalent to the UAI.

** Published UAI cut-offs are local HECS based course cut-off's. In the case of new courses offered for the first time in 2006, UWS will nominate a cut-off for RET purposes.

*** Note: 10 points are NOT added to either the UAI* result or the RET score.
Click here for an example of how the RET works

Links to further information:
[thread=78063]UWS Regional Entry Test 2005 FAQ[/thread]
http://www.uws.edu.au/about/adminorg/academic/oar/info/admissions/regionalentrytests

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Languages Certificates and Diplomas at MQ :

MQ offers several part time language programs that do not depend on UAI for entry, whats more they all provide pathways into the Bachelor of Arts should you maintain a decent grade. In addition, these programs are covered by the HECS scheme so the fees are rather reasonable. When applying, there are two options – the Certificate of Languages (which is roughly equivalent to a minor in the language of your choice) or the Diploma in Languages (which is roughly equivalent to a major in the language of your choice). The Certificate requires no previous qualifications whatsoever, only that you submit an application. The Diploma however requires that you either be currently enrolled in another university degree (at any uni) or that you have transferred from the Certificate after a certain number of units. A similar process exists between the Diploma and the BA.
The languages you get to choose from are:
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • Classical Hebrew
  • Croatian
  • Egyptian Hieroglyphs
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese (very limited placing)
  • Latin
  • Macedonian
  • Modern Greek
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Spanish (new for 06 onwards)
  • Ukrainian

Links to further information:
www.reg.mq.edu.au/Undergrad/UGAdmissions/Admissions/languages.htm

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School Recommendation Admission Scheme (SRAS) for UNE :

The SRAS uses only the recommendations of your school to assess you for admission to UNE. This scheme is for students wanting to study on-campus in Armidale.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application in December after your HSC. If you are selected by UNE to your SRAS nominated course(s), a place at UNE becomes a guaranteed and unconditional offer through QTAC providing:
  • you have listed the course as a preference on the UAC or QTAC system and;
  • it becomes your first effective preference.

Therefore, you must still complete a UAC or QTAC application. (All students studying on campus must apply through UAC or QTAC regardless of the entry scheme they use.)

If you are selected for a course(s) but haven’t included it in your preferences in your UAC or QTAC application, a change of preferences must be lodged with UAC or QTAC.

In the SRAS application, you should list 3 UNE courses for consideration in case you miss selection for your preferred course. Depending on your results, it may be possible to transfer to your preferred course later.
Selection for a course under SRAS does not affect any preferences you have lodged with UAC or QTAC for other course at UNE or any other institution.

Obtain an SRAS application form from your careers counselor or principal and submit before the 30th of September.

Links to further information:
www.une.edu.au

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Legal Practitioners Admission Board (LPAB) - Diploma in Law Practice :

The diploma provides the means by which residents of New South Wales and others have traditionally acquired their legal training when they did not have access to university law schools.
The LPAB is not a degree-granting body, and unlike a university, does not offer personal supervision or facilities for research. Emphasis in the Diploma course is on its practical, professional orientation.

If you posses any of the qualifications listed on the application form you may be eligible for registration. These include:
• a STAT result of 152;
• a university degree;
• a NSW Higher School Certificate and a UAI of at least 66 plus an English mark of 70(ESL) or 60(Standard/Advanced);
• a university or TAFE college Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma;
• working as a paralegal or legal secretary for at least three years;
• working as a police officer or registered nurse

After completion, you may take a Practical Legal Training course after which you may practice also after completing the Diploma you may be eligible for candidature in a University Master of Laws (LLM) program, or other specialised postgraduate law courses. Diploma students have a successful presence in the University of Sydney's prestigious postgraduate program. Current students of the Diploma also have the choice to transfer to a Bachelor of Laws program.

Links to further information:
www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lawlink/lpab/ll_lpab.nsf/pages/lpab_prospective_students_page
www.usyd.edu.au/lec

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Principal's Report Entry Program (PREP) for CSU:

The objective of the PREP scheme is to attract current school leavers from high schools in the region served by the University who, during their senior high school years, have been identified by their school principal as consistent achievers with the potential to succeed at university study. 2005 Year 12 students may be guaranteed an offer of a place in full-time on-campus courses prior to the release of their UAI. Application forms are available from the secondary school principal. Make applications through this scheme directly to CSU and not UAC. For further information call 1800 334 733.

The region served by CSU for the PREP is defined as the northern half of Victoria, the ACT and most of regional NSW, except the Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong areas.

Links to further information:
http://www.csu.edu.au/acad_sec/manuals/d10.rtf

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STAR entry scheme for SCU:

The University's STAR Entry Scheme is available to Year 12 students at a high school or TAFE institute within the University's feeder region, bound in the south by Bulahdelah, by Dubbo and Goondiwindi in the west, and Warwick and the Greater Gold Coast area in the north.

If you have been recommended by your principal and have satisfied specific University entry criteria you will be considered by the University under this scheme. Applications are sent to the schools and TAFE institutes involved and must be completed in addition to the UAC application.

Students whose home is within the region but who are studying Year 12 outside the region may also be considered under this scheme. Contact the University for details on 1800 626 481.

Links to further information:
www.scu.edu.au

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Canberra Institute of Technology ANU Associate Degrees :

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) – Canberra’s equivalent of TAFE, has created a series of two year programs composed of both CIT and ANU units that give direct entry into second year of certain Bachelors at ANU with 18 months credit. Listed below are these Associate degrees and their entry criterion:
  • Associate Degree in Science - a two-year program delivered by CIT to facilitate student access to science study at the ANU. It will provide you with a strong theoretical foundation in the sciences, particularly the natural sciences, and a higher education pathway to the Bachelor of Science degree at ANU. In order to qualify for entry you must have a completed year 12 including Mathematics and English. Alternatively, if you are 20 years or over and have suitable experience you may be considered. Preference will be given if you have completed study in Chemistry and one or more other sciences as part of your year 12.
  • Associate Degree in Engineering - a two-year program delivered by CIT and the ANU. It will provide you with both a strong practical base and the theoretical foundation required for engineering, and a higher education pathway to the Bachelor of Engineering degree at the ANU. Two fields of engineering will be offered, either mechanical or electronic. In order to qualify for entry you must have completed year 12 including Mathematics. Alternatively, if you are 20 years or over and have relevant work experience you may be considered. Preference will be given to those who have completed Physics and one or more of Chemistry or Senior Science as part of their year 12.
  • Associate Degree in Music - a two-year program delivered by CIT and ANU which will provide an alternative pathway to higher education for Music students through articulation into ANU’s Bachelor of Arts (Music). In order to qualify for entry you must have completed year 12 including a study of Music and English and be competent in at least one instrument (including your voice). You will be given preference if you can provide evidence of current interest in and referenced work experience in the music industry, eg performing/playing in public events, and/or results in AMEB sponsored examinations. Selection will also be based on an audition to determine your competence to perform.
In addition, CIT offer two Bachelors that do not require UAI for entry, it should be noted however that they are not HECS eligible but as CIT is a government institution they are fairly affordable compared to most FEE places.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Forensic Studies) - Graduates will possess the scientific knowledge and skills to be able to collect, analyse and interpret forensic evidence and to present that evidence in court. Entry requirements are year 12 including studies of Mathematics, English and one of the sciences. Preference will be given to those who have completed Chemistry and additional science subjects and/or computing subjects.
  • Bachelor of Design (Fashion) - The Fashion Design program prepares you for professional practice in a broad range of niche markets. You will develop the professional attributes required to participate in the diversity of the fashion industry in a global arena. Entry requirements include completion of year 12 including English, as present a portfolio containing at the least 10 pieces of art work and/or design work including a selection from: a visual diary, sketches and drawings in a variety of media, painting or mixed-media art works, design developmental work, illustrations and prints, eg silk screen, woodcuts, etchings or linocuts, related interests, eg three-dimensional work, photographs, textile design and written work, eg literary analysis, or demonstrating creative aptitude.

Links to further information:
www.cit.edu.au

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UNSW Foundation Year:

If you are an international student or someone lacking the appropriate secondary qualifications the Foundation year may present a pathway for you to tertiary or vocational study in Australia. Essentially what happens is you will take classes in a range of subjects(at approximately senior secondary level) to prepare you for further study, once you have completed your subjects your results will be used to determine which of the selected range of university courses at certain universities thatyou may succesfully enter. You will undertake one of several study patterns(in Arts, Design, Science etc.) in your preparation for further study. It should be noted that this program in identical fashion to HSC or TPC does not give credit toward your degree at university.

Links to further information:
http://www.ufy.unsw.edu.au/faq.htm
http://www.ufy.unsw.edu.au/adminpdfdocs/2006S1ApplytoUni.pdf

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Graduate Medicine:

Upon completion of a Bachelors degree in any discipline, prospective students may apply to the graduate MBBS should they have a minimum of a credit average GPA, an interview and an exam known as the GAMSAT. The GAMSAT examines three areas:
1. Reasoning in the Humanities and the Social Sciences
The Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences section tests skills in the interpretation and understanding of ideas in social and cultural contexts. Different kinds of text are used as stimulus, including passages of personal, imaginative, expository and argumentative writing. Although most of the stimulus materials in this section are in the form of written passages, some units may present ideas and information in visual and tabular form. Materials deal with a range of academic and public issues, with an emphasis on socio-cultural, personal and interpersonal topics. Questions in this section are in multiple choice format with four alternative answers from which candidates choose the most appropriate.
2. Written Communication
The Written Communication section is a test of the ability to produce and develop ideas in writing. It involves two thirty-minute writing tasks. Each task offers a theme and a number of ideas relating to that theme.The themes are general rather than specific in nature.The first task deals with socio-cultural issues while the second deals with more personal and social issues. In selecting topics for the writing tasks every effort is made to minimise factors which might disadvantage candidates from non-English-speaking backgrounds.
3. Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences
In addition to testing reasoning and problem solving within a scientific context, this section examines the recall and understanding of basic science concepts. Section III is made up of questions in three discipline areas in the following proportions:
Chemistry 40%
Biology 40%
Physics 20%
Questions from the three discipline areas are integrated throughout the section and are in multiple choice format.

The level of subject knowledge required for the Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences section of the test generally corresponds to the first year of
university studies in biology and chemistry, and Year 12 in physics.The test focuses primarily on problem solving and on the use of knowledge that will be presumed at the beginning of the medical or dental program: that is, a basic understanding of biology, chemistry (organic and physical) and physics. A student who has mastered these general concepts should have adequate knowledge to answer questions in this section.

http://www.acer.edu.au/tests/university/gamsat/intro.html
http://www.medfac.usyd.edu.au/futurestudent/index.php
http://medicalschool.anu.edu.au/admission/admission_info.asp
http://www.nd.edu.au/fremantle/colleges/medicine/prospective-students/index.shtml
http://som.flinders.edu.au/HTML/COURSES/GEMP/
http://www.griffith.edu.au/school/med/degreeprogram.html
http://www.medicine.unimelb.edu.au/future/gradselect.html
http://www.som.uq.edu.au/som/MQ_overview.shtml
http://www.meddent.uwa.edu.au/prospect/etc/subview.cfm/SectionID/3/PageID/26/SubpageID/54#mbbs
http://www.uow.edu.au/gsm/
Paths into Medicine - Flowchart by Lexicographer

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Graduate Law:

Upon completion of a three year Bachelor degree in any discipline, prospective students may apply to the graduate LLB or a Masters of Law & Legal Practice at UTS.

Links to further information:
http://law.anu.edu.au/Undergraduate/ProgramsOffered.asp#lawGrad
http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/undergraduate/programs/2005/4790.html
http://www.uow.edu.au/handbook/yr2005/cour770.html
http://www.law.usyd.edu.au/fstudent/undergrad/graduate.shtml
http://www.handbook.uts.edu.au/law/pg/c04148.html
http://handbook.uws.edu.au/hbook/course.asp?course=2501.1
http://www.une.edu.au/law/degree/courses.php
http://ccdb.newcastle.edu.au/courseinfo/displayprogram.cfm?docid=85&FOS=8&UGPG=13
http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/lawj/index.php?page_id=15&menu=2_21

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Graduate Education and Teaching degrees:

It is essentially possible to turn just about any bachelor degree into a teaching degree by undergoing a one or two year upgrade course afterward. Many universities have these courses, called the Graduate Diploma/Bachelor of Education or the Bachelor/Masters of Teaching and serve for both the primary and secondary school sectors. There are however some prerequisites and these will be discussed here:

PRIMARY
As Primary teachers are required to teach across a range of Key Learning Areas (KLAs), they must have university studies in at least three of these to be considered for admission to the program.

Applicants for the Primary program must have completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent studies) which includes study in at least three of the following areas, comprising either (i) 1-year of study in four separate subjects/areas from the list below or (ii) a 2-year study in one area and 1-year of study in two other areas, from:

  • Mathematics
  • Science & Technology
  • English
  • Personal Development, Health & Physcial Education
  • Human Society & Its Environment
  • Creative & Practical Arts
  • Languages other than English, Information Technology, Psychology
  • Education studies

It is expected that Primary Teachers will be able to demonstrate a level of performance in English and Mathematics which is at least equivalent to that required for the completion two units of English and two units of Math in the HSC or higher.

SECONDARY
Secondary school teachers are generally required to specialise in two teaching methods or curriculum areas: a first teaching method or 'main subject', and a second teaching method or 'additional subject'. In some cases - such as Visual Art, Music, Mathematics, Science, and Technological & Applied Studies - it is possible to teach in just the one method or curriculum area (these are referred to as 'Double Methods'). Prospective teachers in these areas therefore have the choice of studying them as either 'double methods' (as their only curriculum area), or as 'single methods' (in combination with another single method curriculum area). All other subjects are studied as 'single methods' and must be taken in combination with another 'single' teaching method.

In general, applicants must have:

  • a major sequence (3 years of study) in one teaching-related discipline area (e.g. English, History, a Language, a Science, Mathematics, a Social Science) and
    a minor sequence (2 years study) in another teaching related discipline area. Some subject specialisations have additional specific requirements (e.g. Science requires at least 1 year of either Physics or Chemistry), and
    must meet the NSW Department of Education and Training, or some other recognised national or state body's, criteria for accreditation as a teacher on completion of the degree.

OR

  • a good academic record (a credit-average or better in their major or in the degree) or professional experiences relevant to their teaching specialisation, and
    at least two 2-year minor studies in discipline areas relevant to school subjects, and
    must meet the NSW Department of Education and Training, or some other recognised national or state body's, criteria for accreditation as a teacher on completion of the degree.

OR

  • an exemplary academic record (a high credit to distinction-average or better in their major area of study or in their degree, or an honours level award), and
    at least one 2-year minor study in a discipline area relevant to school subjects, and
    at least one year of study in a second teaching discipline area, and
    must meet the NSW Department of Education and Training, or some other recognised national or state body's, criteria for accreditation as a teacher on completion of the degree.

Links to further information:
http://www.edsw.usyd.edu.au/future_students/postgraduate/deg_mteach.shtml
http://www.uws.edu.au/about/acadorg/caess/seecs/pathwaystoteaching
http://www.education.uts.edu.au/courses/postgraduate-courses.html
http://www.acu.edu.au/course_areas/Education/index.cfm
http://www.aces.mq.edu.au/downloads/educ/Graduate_Programs_In_Pre-service_Teacher_Education.pdf
http://www.scu.edu.au/schools/edu/index.php?page_id=77&menu=157_120
http://www.newcastle.edu.au/faculty/education-arts/programscourses/facultypostgraduatecourseworkprograms.html
http://fehps.une.edu.au/Education/edu2002/career_path.htm
http://education.arts.unsw.edu.au/courses.htm
http://www.ce.canberra.edu.au/secs/areas_of_study/teacher_edu.htm
http://www.uow.edu.au/educ/courses/graddiped.html
https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/employment/teachnsw/index.htm
https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/primary.pdf]

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Graduate Pathways into Psychology:

The basic requirement for becoming registered as a psychologist in NSW is a four-year university degree in psychology plus two years supervised experience or a two-year postgraduate degree.

If however you have undertaken a three-year university degree in psychology you may apply for either; Honours or a Postgraduate Diploma in psychology to constitute your fourth year of study. If you have already completed a Bachelor in another area but have yet to undergo either a three or four year degree you may undertake the one year Graduate Diploma in psychology which for graduate students constitutes a three year study in psychology and students may then proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology in order to meet the four year university requirement.

For admission to membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), which amounts to recognition of full professional status, six years of academic training (a four-year university degree plus a two-year postgraduate degree) is required.

Links to further information:
www.psy.mq.edu.au/index.htm
www.uws.edu.au/about/acadorg/caess/sp
www.psychology.org.au/study/studying/11.1_4.asp
www.psychreg.health.nsw.gov.au
www.psych.usyd.edu.au
www.uow.edu.au/health/psyc
hds.canberra.edu.au/hbms/psych
www.psy.unsw.edu.au
www.une.edu.au/psychology
www.newcastle.edu.au/school/behavioural-science
www.scu.edu.au/schools/psychology
www.csu.edu.au/psychology
www.anu.edu.au/psychology


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yeh hi...kami...newaiz...i woz wonderin if u knew anythin, apart 4rom what ive just read, about the STAT/RET tests coz lyk i applied 4 them and was wonderin how they are and if u had any questions apart from the ones on the ACER website...thanx...n laterz
 

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There aren't any other past papers I can give you, sorry, but in truth you shouldn't really need them since the STAT/RET is designed to test your cognitive and reasoning skills not study or assumed knowledge - everything you need to know will be there when you take the test. Just make sure you are well rested the day before.:)
 
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For an alternative entry to MBBS, I believe you can take basically any degree, though the science one may be best - maintain a decent score and sit the GAMSAT and thence do Graduate Medicine. The other alternative is to gain entry to a BMedSc, BSc(Adv), BSc, BHealth etc. do extremely well(so long as you have a UMAT score too) and use your university grades to transfer into MBBS.
With alternative entry to Medical Science, your best options would either be transfer from a degree with a lower cut-off, undergo Pathways at TAFE, or non-award studies depending on the university.
 

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I was just wondering with organisations such as Insearch at UTS and SIBT at Macquarie uni, that offer courses that are equivalent to first year uni study, is HECS applicable to the alternative courses these organisations offer?
Or are these alternative courses all full-fee paying?

Much appreciated if that could be clarified.
 

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deanomyte said:
Kami,
Are there any alternate entries into medical science or medicine?
not many ppl know that there is graduate entry level medicine at ANU. So get into ANYTHING at ANU, thats true, any degree is fine, and if you can maintain a distinction average for the three years of your degree, and go well in the GAMSAT thing, (and i think there's an interview??) you can get into graduate entry medicine. They say its pretty competitive but I think I'm going to try. If i dont get in I think I'll try and do physiotherapy post-graduate at UC.

(I've decided to do it like this not so much from the marks perspective, although that is a factor; its taken the pressure off me; but because i didnt want to move to sydney or further to do medicine)

It would add an extra year to get your medical degree, but how would you like a triple degree??
i.e. Degree of your choice/B Medicine/B Surgery
 
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Insanity said:
I was just wondering with organisations such as Insearch at UTS and SIBT at Macquarie uni, that offer courses that are equivalent to first year uni study, is HECS applicable to the alternative courses these organisations offer?
Or are these alternative courses all full-fee paying?

Much appreciated if that could be clarified.
When you take up these Diplomas at Insearch or SIBT I think that it is essentially identical to accepting a first year FEE place and transfer to a HECS place after your second year - the only differences being the initial entry requirement and that your HECS placing in the Bachelor is virtually assured if you pass.

Oh, and I've updated my post for anyone who wants a look - tell me if everything came out properly, lol .:)
 

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kami said:
When you take up these Diplomas at Insearch or SIBT I think that it is essentially identical to accepting a first year FEE place and transfer to a HECS place after your second year - the only differences being the initial entry requirement and that your HECS placing in the Bachelor is virtually assured if you pass.

Oh, and I've updated my post for anyone who wants a look - tell me if everything came out properly, lol .:)
Thanks for clearing that up. Just wanted to ask another thing
Macquarie Uni ==> SIBT
Insearch == > UTS

Just wondering what's the equivalent institutions for UNSW and USYD?
 

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Insanity said:
Thanks for clearing that up. Just wanted to ask another thing
Macquarie Uni ==> SIBT
Insearch == > UTS

Just wondering what's the equivalent institutions for UNSW and USYD?
They don't have them - what they do have is basically a more expensive version of the TPC at UNSW and USYD doesn't really have anything, unless you count the Conservatorium's Diploma of Music as one but thats a different animal all together.
 

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Re: Alternative pathways to your desired university degree

the best way .. and money saver is ...
to go TAFE..

advantages are you also have an extra qualification to add to your resume..
ie DIPLOMA..

disadvantages.. you wont get exempt as much subjects hence longer time in uni once u get in ..

however tafe is the cheapest and most efficient method for alternative entry into uni
 
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Re: Alternative pathways to your desired university degree

University of Southern QLD offers Tertiary Preparation Program, which garauntees you a place in your chosen undergraduate program upon successful completion of TPP.
http://www.usq.edu.au/ltsu/tpp/default.htm

However, it is only offered externally. All of your study materials will be couriered to you from USQ. TPP is offered in Semesters 1,2 and 3.

I completed TPP early this year, just before Semester 1 started, and I was able to get a place in the B.Ed program via direct entry application.

I strongly recommend the TPP program - the staff are wonderful, and the study materials are excellent.

*please excuse my spelling errors, lol, for some weird reason, I cannot spell today.*
 

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kami said:
When you take up these Diplomas at Insearch or SIBT I think that it is essentially identical to accepting a first year FEE place and transfer to a HECS place after your second year - the only differences being the initial entry requirement and that your HECS placing in the Bachelor is virtually assured if you pass.

Oh, and I've updated my post for anyone who wants a look - tell me if everything came out properly, lol .:)
I heard about that SIBT and Insearch are changing to having HECS as well.....
but of course ask their staff is better :p:p
 
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Insanity said:
Thanks for clearing that up. Just wanted to ask another thing
Macquarie Uni ==> SIBT
Insearch == > UTS

Just wondering what's the equivalent institutions for UNSW and USYD?
Due to SIBT and Insearch are awarding a Diploma after you grad. there then you can proceed to Year 2 ....UNSW and USyd. don't have such kind of program....

But UNSW and USyd. do have foundation program (UNSWF and Taylors College) .... after you grad. there you'll start year 1 in UNSW and USyd.
 
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Re: Alternative pathways to your desired university degree

i just received a letter from UWS regarding the RET.
Does any other uni do this as well, offer this scheme?
 

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i just received a letter from UWS regarding the RET.
Does any other uni do this as well, offer this scheme?
As you can see in the second post of this thread, other universities do offer similar schemes however the RET is for UWS only. However, the RET uses the STAT which is one of the criteria used for entry to USYD Pharmacy and Veterinary Science as well as mature aged entry at various unis.
 
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Re: Alternative pathways to your desired university degree

I am currently using a alternative pathway to uni.

(BA Nursing, BA Midwifery, BA nursing/BA science)

I completed certificate 3 and 4 in aged care at high distinction level. Which is enough for entry in my chosen profession in almost every uni in the country. but i wanted to do my BA externally so i opted to complete a "Open Universities" subject via UNISA called SSk10 to improve my knowledge and skills surrounding university study.
From this i chose 1st CDU BA nursing, 2nd CDU BA nursing/science(double degree) 3rd UNISA nursing & 4th UNISA Midwifery, all of these being external.

I hope after 1yr of study with high marks to sit the UMAT and apply for BA med.

I don't find out till 15th jan 6pm where i get in. but most people i have spoken to have feel i will get my 1st choice.

Just thought my story might help some of you planning to use alternative pathways to uni.
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I don't find out till 15th jan 6pm where i get in. but most people i have spoken to have feel i will get my 1st choice.
:)
Just to let you all know i got in to CDU which was my 1st choice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I have to say I took the tafe route and received credit at Macquarie university for general credit.
So in my degree which is completely unrelated I do not need to do electives.
 

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