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

Careers Information

Year 12 Career Focus Breakfasts

Each year the Old Scotch Collegians sponsor Career Focus Breakfasts where OSC members from various career areas attend a breakfast to talk about what their career involves, how they got there and offer some helpful advice. These breakfasts commence on Wednesday 5 June from 7.15am – 8.25am at the Boarding House dining room annexe and then each Tuesday thereafter in June.

Year 12 students may attend as many breakfasts as they wish providing they have an interest in the career areas being offered on that day. Students need to go to the this link to register for breakfasts: register for a breakfast, they need to complete the flyer emailed to them and return it to me. Students from previous years have gained interesting career information, tips on appropriate university courses and have made a start to their networking contacts. Please encourage your son to register for one or more of these breakfasts.

Scotch College Combined Schools Careers Expo

The annual  Scotch College  Combined Schools Careers Expo  will be held in the Dickinson Centre on Wednesday 12 June 2019 from 5.00pm - 7.00pm. Students in Year 10, 11 and 12 are invited to attend this Expo that will have representatives from all Western Australian universities and TAFE Colleges, Eastern States universities and many other private providers. Please click here for further details.

University Information

The Australian National University

Applications to ANU will close 31st May 2019

Domestic school leavers willing to study at ANU and intend to commence in 2020 have until the 31st May to submit their applications. Many students have already completed the application process, which is open to domestic students who are currently in Year 12. The ANU admissions model looks beyond ATAR scores to consider a student's all-round character and will be unique in its focus on holistic student assessment.

Students can apply for all  ANU Bachelor programs  directly to the university. One form covers all students need to apply for a degree, accommodation and scholarships - there's no need to worry about multiple applications or deadlines. And even better: applications are free!  
Click here to apply for ANU.

Curtin University -  Commerce Information Evening

 Wednesday 29 May | 6.15pm – 7.30pm | Curtin University, Bentley Campus

Learn more about Curtin's Bachelor of Commerce, including the wide range of business specialisations, industry connections, innovative teaching facilities and internship opportunities, by attending the Commerce Information Evening.

During the evening, you'll have the chance to hear the real experiences of Curtin students, as well as learn more about the innovative facilities available on-campus, such as our stock-market Trading Room and The Agency, our social media command centre. You will also have the opportunity to ask our staff and students any questions you might have about studying a Commerce degree.

Register here

University of Western Australia  -  Engineering & Mathematical Sciences Information Evening

This free information session will provide students with valuable course and prerequisite advice, including direct entry into engineering with an ATAR of 80 and the $25,000 engineering scholarship. They can also talk directly to academic teaching staff and current UWA students.

Date: Tuesday 21 May 2019 
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Register at:  Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Course Information Evening

ECU Media, Communications, Arts and Design Twilight Tour
Tour the Arts Hub and experience the fabulous facilities for students in these disciplines.
Mount Lawley Campus

Wednesday, 29 May
6.00pm - 7.30pm

Register here


The  University Clinical Aptitude Test  is a compulsory test that you'll have to sit in order to apply for some degrees in the fields of medicine or dentistry.

If you're thinking of applying to Uni in 2020 for a degree in one of those fields, you should check their entry requirements to see if the UCAT is necessary for you to sit.

Registrations close on 17 May and the tests are taken between 1 and 31 July 2019.

It costs $298 to sit the test ($198 concession fee but you only have until 10 May to register for concession prices).

To see which Universities require the UCAT ANZ test for applications, to register, or find out more, click here.

Attention students considering a career in Medicine or Dentistry!

On the 24th of May 2019, 6.00pm - 8.00pm, The National Institute of Education will be conducting a FREE  information session about  UCAT and Undergraduate Pathways into Medicine and DentistryClick here to secure your FREE ticket to attend the seminar. Parents and Teachers are also invited and encouraged to attend.Venue: Perth Modern School.


UWA Fogarty Scholarship Program

There are 10 scholarships on offer to Year 12 WA high school students.

The UWA Fogarty Scholarship Program is enriching our community by investing in exceptional young people who use their skills, abilities and commitment to lead positive change in our community, State and nation.

Each scholarship is valued at $10,000.

Applications close 26 May 2019

Find out more here

Engineering Science Scholarship

UWA is offering an Engineering Science Scholarship  to high-achieving students who wish to undertake a major in Engineering Science, and subsequently the Master of Professional Engineering (MPE) at the University from 2020.

  • $5,000 will be awarded over a maximum of two semesters for candidates with an ATAR between 96 and 97.95.
  • $25,000 will be awarded over a maximum of 10 semesters, for candidates with an ATAR of 98 or above.

The main round of scholarships for prospective students will open Monday 1 July and close Sunday 3 November. Further updates and links will be provided closer to this time.

Bond University Scholarships

Bond University offers a number of full-fee and part-fee scholarships to the best and brightest applicants each year. These are designed to reward and encourage students who have excelled in the areas of academia, leadership, community and sporting. If you believe you have what it takes, apply for one these scholarships.

Download a copy of the 2020 Scholarship Brochure for domestic high school leavers. Scholarship applications for students currently completing their final year of high school in Australia are now open online.

School Curriculum & Standards Authority

The Year 10 Information Handbook 2019 and the Year 12 in 2021: Information for Year 10 Students and their Parents presentation are available on the Authority website and here.

The Year 12 in 2021: Information for Year 10 Students and their Parents  presentation has been developed to support schools for their Year 10 subject selection presentation.

The  Year 10 Information Handbook 2019 is essential reading for Year 10s, their families and teachers. It contains information for students on a range of important topics including the Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA) and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

Mr Peter Frusher
Careers Adviser