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

Careers Information

TISC Applications 

Year 12 students now have a copy of the 2020 TISC Guide and have been give information regarding the use of this guide and how to apply to universities in Western Australia (excluding Notre Dame).   

Applications to these universities is now open with on-time applications closing on Monday 30 September 2019 after which a late application fee will apply. Even though some students may have applied for a conditional/early offer to a university they are still required to complete as TISC application. If students or parents have any questions or concern regarding TISC applications, please contact Mr  Frusher  at Scotch.  

Course Seeker Website  

Universities across Australia have been working with the Australian government over the past two years to provide clearer information on entry requirements for university courses. One of the outcomes of this work has been the development of the Course Seeker website , which allows students to search and compare courses across the country. This website will be particularly useful for students considering studying at interstate universities.  

Interstate University Applications  

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

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

VIC:  Applications close 30 September 2019 

QLD:  Applications close 30 September  2019  

SA & NT:  Applications close 30 September  2019  

TAS: Applications close 30 September 2019  

What’s TISC and How Does It Work?  

The TISC Information Evening is designed specifically  for Year 12 students and their parents .  

How to make the most of your  ATAR score  and help you get  into your preferred course at UWA .    

This session will cover:  

  1. Important application dates and deadline  
  2. Entry requirements  
  3. TISC application and offer process  

UWA Fox Theatre Tuesday 20 August  2019   

Time –  6 .00pm  - 7:30pm  

Register now  

Curtin University - John Curtin Scholarship  

Recipients will be selected on the following criteria:  

Academic excellence  
School leavers need to have a predicted ATAR in the top 5% of Year 12 graduating students at Scotch College.  

Vision & Leadership  
Demonstrated leadership through being involved in school leadership roles, coaching roles, fundraising, youth groups or community volunteer coordinators.  

Community Service  
Involvement in community as student mentors, members of fundraising or charitable groups, volunteers for school or community groups, or other similar community work.  

Expressions of interest to be nominated for this prestigious scholarship can be sent to Mr  Frusher  by Friday 30 August 2019.  

The nomination form is to be completed by the Headmaster and nominated student. This form is available to download from the  scholarships website  

These scholarships close for application on   18 September   2019 .  

Melbourne National Merit Scholarship  

This scholarship will offer a one-off allowance of $8000 to talented students who achieve an ATAR of 99+, from Australian state other than Victoria, to assist with the cost of moving to study in Melbourne.   

Students will additionally be offered accommodation for the first year of study.   

Further information is available at:  

No application is required. You will be automatically  be  considered for this award.  

UK University Entrance Tests  

Any Year 12 student who is considering university study in the UK in 2020 may need to sit an admission test. Students will need to check with the university to determine if an admission test is required. If a test is required students will need to contact Mr  Frusher  who will register you for the test.   

Please note : You cannot register yourself for the admissions test – you must be registered by your school or college, or nearest test centre.  

Registrations to standard BMAT (Medicine) will be open between 1 September and 1 October 2019. A late entry penalty will then be charged for any BMAT entries made between 2 and 15 October 2019, after which no entries will be accepted.  

Registrations for the CAT, ELAT, HAT, MAT, MLAT, OLAT, PAT, Philosophy Test and TSA Oxford tests will be open between 1 September and 15 October 2019.  

You can find further information about specific tests, test dates and costs on this websit e:  

Please see Mr  Frusher  at Scotch College if you require registration.  

University of Cambridge  

Amy Roberson, a Deputy Student Recruitment Manager (International)   at the University of Cambridge, will be at Presbyterian Ladies' College   to provide information on studying at the University of Cambridge. Amy will give an insight into student life at Cambridge, including information on Colleges, courses and extra-curricular activities as well as outlining the admissions process and what makes a competitive application. There will be time at the end for questions.   

The event will take place on  Tuesday 20 August 5.00pm   -   6.30pm in the PLC Auditorium Students, parents, University advisors and teachers all welcome!   

To book your place please visit:  

Projects Abroad -  Alternative Schoolies  

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

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

Academic Task Force - Term 3 School Holiday ATAR Revision Program  

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

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

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

10 hr courses, perfect for students wanting revision of their ATAR subjects and review of topics in preparation for exams. Students will increase their understanding, receive fresh insights and gain intensive revision in a time-effective manner. ATAR subject-specialist teachers work with students in small groups to help students prepare for their exams and maximise their exam performance.  10% Early Bird Discount available until Monday 9 September.  Available in Week 1 and 2 of the Term 3 school holidays at Rossmoyne SHS, Churchlands SHS and Perth Modern School. Enrol online today at  or call 9314 9500 or email  

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

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

Enrol online at  or call 9314 9500 or email .  

Vacation Employment  

Year 12 students who are not sitting ATAR examinations may be interested in casual harvest work employment with CBH Group. Casual positions commence in October in the area of Receival Point Operators. Full training is provided – no need for qualifications or experience, just a great attitude.  

To find out more about the CBH Group and what harvest is like and where to apply,    visit:  

Mr Peter  Frusher  
Careers Adviser