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

Careers Information

Year 12 Parents and Students

Year 12 WACE and IB Diploma examination timetables have been released and are attached to this edition of Thistle. These attachments also contain additional important information in regard to the respective examinations. Please ensure that both you and your son are both aware of this information and if you have any questions, check the respective websites or contact Michael Scaife for IB Diploma enquiries or Peter Frusher for WACE enquiries. (link timetable attachments)

The applications for further study at either TAFE or University have NOT been requested by the respective tertiary institutions at this stage. In August students will be given the 2019 TISC Guide that will outline all the procedures and dates that are relevant to the university application process and beyond. Mr Frusher will also be talking to the students as a group and explaining the TISC Guide, together with the application process. In August/September, Mr Frusher will be conducting one-on-one interviews with all Year 12 students to discuss applications and to offer advice. Even if applications have been submitted, they are still able to be adjusted for several months.

At this stage of the year all Year 12 students should have received a Prospectus from each of the WA Universities via the Careers Expo or Mr Frusher and a Year 12 WACE Information Handbook 2018 (on-line at Schools Curriculum & Standards Authority - Following on from the Scotch Careers Expo, students are encouraged to attend university and TAFE Open Days throughout July/August.

For information on interstate and overseas universities check the relevant websites or contact Mr Frusher who will be able to assist.

TISC Information

  1. Semester One 2019 Applications open on Monday 6 August. Student will receive the TISC Guide and personalised letters in the coming week. The application fee for current WACE and IB students is$40 until Friday 28 September. After this date, a late application fee of $160 will apply.
  2. Results and ATARs will be available from Monday 17 December 2018.
  3. One major round offers will available from Friday 21 December 2018 with another major round of offers being available from Tuesday 22 January. Most Year 12 students will get an offer in the December round. Those waiting on final results (IB students) or those who need to sit a second chance English test will get an offer in the January round. Universities will make sure that there are places available in all courses in both offer rounds. No student will be disadvantaged by these changes to offer dates.

For further information go to the TISC website:

As a parent, what can your son and you do together?

  • Discuss various courses in the prospectuses that may be of interest to your son
  • Gather more information by visiting university websites, or requesting further information from universities
  • Attend university Open Days that are advertised in each prospectus and in this newsletter
  • Be positive; don't panic (yet) and communicate with as many people as possible

University Information

The University of Melbourne New Scholarship

Melbourne National Merit Scholarship will offer a one-off allowance of $8000 to talented students who achieve an ATAR of 99.00- 99.85 from Australian states other than Victoria, to assist with the cost of moving to study in Melbourne. Students will additionally be offered accommodation for the first year of study.

Further information is available at:


Scholarship applications to most universities are now open and students need to start preparing their applications as soon as possible. Scholarships information can be accessed on individual university websites and also by contacting Mr Frusher at Scotch. There are many different scholarships available with different criteria attached to each. Applications for scholarships are made direct to the university concerned but some are made via a nomination by Scotch and students will be notified of these in the near future.

University of New South Wales - Canberra

  • ADFA Trainee Officers study Arts, Business, Computing and Cyber Security, Engineering, Science, or Technology degrees (while receiving military training and subsidised accommodation and living costs)
  • Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship students study Computing and Cyber Security or specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical (with full tuition fee scholarships and stipends)
  • Non-Defence Undergraduate students study specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical or Engineering / Science double degrees (with paid work experience opportunities).

All students are provided with a unique study experience, access to custom-built facilities and resources, outstanding industry networks, and graduate with a degree from one of the top universities in the world.

Find out more -

Notre Dame University - ATAR Geography Student Revision Seminar

September 8, Fremantle

Presentation will focus on typical ATAR Examination questions, how to deconstruct questions and plan suitable answers.

Find out more -

Defence Force Info Sessions

Tuesday July 31

Karrakatta: Army Reserve Information Session

Apprenticeships for 2019

Many large organisations are recruiting now for apprenticeships commencing in 2019.

Check out the Job Search sites ( or Google 2019 apprenticeships.

Rio Tinto Apprenticeships - 2019 Intake Applications Open July

Applications are now open for Rio Tinto's incredible apprenticeship programme. If students are interested, they are encourage to do their research and start putting their documents together to apply.

The four year programme offers qualifications in the following areas - electrician, heavy duty diesel mechanic, mechanical fitter and light vehicle maintenance.

Applications will be advertised here -

Find out more -

Jobs & Skills WA Job Board

A fantastic resource for job and apprenticeship seekers.

Apprentice electrician, SGL Electrical, Malaga

Apprenticeship program (2019) various trades, Westrac, Perth metropolitan

Jobs & Skills Centres

Western Australia's TAFE Jobs and Skills Centres are one-stop shops for careers, training and employment advice and assistance. Services are free, and accessible to all members of the community.

The centres are located on TAFE campuses, with additional outreach locations for regional areas. 5 are currently open, with more coming online over the next 12 months:

  • Joondalup
  • Balga
  • Northbridge
  • Thornlie
  • Rockingham

Find out more -

Mr Peter Frusher
Careers Adviser