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

Careers Information  

Careers & University Information  

Schools Curriculum & Standards Authority Notices  

Non School-Candidates 2020  

Non-school candidates are typically Year 12 WACE students who wish to sit a language examination through Interstate Language offering where the course is not offered at Scotch College (e.g. Italian, German, Indonesian Background Speaker) or a Year 12 student who is undertaking the French background language examination where the course is not offered at Scotch College. 

Applications forms for Non-School Candidates are available from Mr Frusher at Scotch College. Applications close on Thursday 2 April 2020. 

Changes to Enrolments Year 12 students  

Year 12 students can withdraw from ATAR courses with practical examination components up until Thursday 23 July and from ATAR courses which do not have practical examination components up until Monday 10 August 2020.  

Year 12 students may withdraw from General courses up until Monday 10 August 2020. 

Students need discuss any changes of enrolments with Mr Frusher prior to the dates indicated above. 

COVID 19 University Up-dates  

All on-campus and off-campus events at  ALL  universities have been cancelled until further notice in response to the COVID 19 outbreak. Universities will be providing scheduled information evenings and events on-line where possible. 

Please check individual university website for updated information on events. 

Free UCAT Webinar (Perth):   
Final 90-Day Study Plan to Complete UCAT Prep!   
Friday, April 17th,   
1:00pm – 4:00pm 

This 3-hour webinar will cover:  

  • 90-day, week-by-week study plan with objectives and recommendations 
  • Detailed analysis of the  FIVE most common exam-day issues candidates faced in 2019, and how you  can AVOID them in 2020 
  • Breakdown of  Section 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 questions , including sample questions and live teaching 
  • Essential tools to  self-diagnose your progress and highlight your personal weaknesses 

ADFA Gap Year 2021 – now open.  

An ADF Gap Year is a unique opportunity to experience life in the Navy, Army or Air Force, without needing to make a long-term commitment. The skills obtained through the ADF Gap Year program will provide them valuable work and life experience and are completely transferable. It will enable your students to develop the confidence for their next endeavour. 

Students who take part in the ADF Gap Year program: 

  • Gain valuable skills and work experience 
  • Enjoy a great salary package plus free healthcare 
  • Live a varied, active and healthy lifestyle 
  • Make friends with like-minded people 
  • Have the opportunity to see more of Australia 

Whatever their interest, there are a variety of roles to select that will provide young Australians valuable life skills. These include experiences as an officer, in management, engineering, logistics and warehousing, combat and security, and administration. 

Academic Group  

Academic Groups is adapting to the current environment so schools and students can be confident that our April Holiday ATAR Revision Courses will be going ahead. To safeguard everyone's health all of our April courses  will be online in our live interactive classroom.  

Courses will help boost students' confidence and reduce anxiety by offering all the great benefits of our revision classes in a safe environment.   
We are working hard to ensure that Year 11 and 12 students are not disadvantaged during this difficult time. 

You can be assured that that our excellent teachers will adapt their teaching and their content and will deliver excellent quality interactive revision classes that will help students to maximise their school and exam performance.   
As always, each subject will deliver 6 hours of revision content, including topic revision, tips and strategies to increase exam marks and personalised help from the teacher on how to answer problems.   
Students will learn in a virtual class with limited numbers so that it is optimised for live interaction with the teacher. Student will also be provided with a workbook to support their revision.   
This means, your students can expect to receive all the same great benefits and value of our regular revision courses but with that added safety of being online.    

Classes will be available in all our regular subjects with class time options in both Week 1 and Week 2 of the school holidays. 

Students can enrol online by clicking here.

Apprenticeship Opportunities  

Apprenticeship Central  advertises full- and part-time apprenticeships as well as a number of opportunities for school-based apprenticeships.

Directions WA  is a community based, not for profit organisation working with employers, students and jobseekers in WA. Directions also take expressions of interest for a number of other positions that are not yet open.

Which is the best University????  

I am often asked this question so here is a website that you can access to provide some insight into the question. The top 10 is made up by cities from eight countries, including one Australian entry.  Read More

When you open this site, there are links to many universities and the courses they offer. 

Interactive ICT Career Wheel  

This site provides an interactive way to explore your possible future in an IT career. It shows which kinds of skills are necessary for different jobs in IT. Check it out –  

Career Exploration  

With subject selection for Year 10 students looming and Year 11/12 further study options becoming a reality explore the many careers available the website

Thinking of Aviation  

Thinking what students can study if the schools are closed due to Covid-19? How about obtaining their Cert III in Aviation, which includes a Remote Pilots Licence, with an  online training program , which can be completed at home at their own pace. For more information contact 

Sarah Hussein  

School Program Coordinator 

0403 338 849

UWA Information  

As you know, things are a little different  at the moment , and we hope that you're looking after yourself and supporting friends and family. We appreciate that there is a lot of uncertainty in the future, but we can assure you that we are working on ways to support you virtually. UWA is here for you! Keep reading to see how you can still stay in contact and be informed.    

Year 10 – 12 Course Information Webinar  

Monday 30 March, 5pm – 6pm

From the comfort of your very own home (note: trackpants optional), you can register to hear more about UWA. 

Led by current UWA students, our Course Information Webinar will tell you about our courses, entry requirements, student life, practical learning opportunities, support services and much more. We'll have Future Students team members available for Q+A during and after the webinar. 

Webinar is approximately 60mins. Live Chat Q+A included. Pre-booking essential. 

Online Individual Advisory Sessions  

Year 12 - Wednesday 15 & 16 April, 10am – 7.45pm

Year 10-11 - Wednesday 22 & 23 April, 10am – 7.45pm

Book a virtual appointment to meet with one of our friendly Future Students Team members to talk through all your own preferences and questions in a safe and informative session. With your booking, you can find out more about our courses, admissions requirements and alternative pathways. Parents and guardians are welcome. 

Each session is approximately 45mins. Pre-booking essential.

Mr Peter Frusher
Careers Advisor