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Discover a career in Cookery for School Leavers

The Adelaide Institute of Hospitality has been given the opportunity to facilitate a Cookery Skill Shortage Program to assist businesses find more staff and for school leavers to access a supported pathway into cookery.

What makes this program different is providing interested participants a week of immersion. Immersion week includes venue tours, market tours, taste testing, cooking demonstrations, hands on participation and talks from industry experts. This is a great opportunity for participants to cross cookery off their list or to take the next steps required to be successful in this area.

The best option is for participants to attend an information session to find out more about the offering. If they like what they hear they can nominate to attend the week of immersion.

If they enjoy this and see themselves working in commercial cookery they can then nominate to do a short course (4 units of accredited training) to build some basic skills before ultimately being placed into a SIT30821 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery apprenticeship. The only cost associated with the training is a contribution fee of $52.50 if they opt to do the accredited short course.

To be eligible to participant in the course students must be 16 years or over and not enrolled in schools.

The next intake for this program will start in Jan 2024 however AIOH are running the information session on Monday the 18th of December 2023 in their kitchen at Pirie St so students can come in and find out more, ask questions and meet the team.

To register to attend email Elizabeth Bell to pop your name on the list.

Careers in Automotive Motor Trade Association’s ‘Try a Trade’ for School Leavers

School leavers are invited to attend a day at the MTA to discover the many and varied careers in the automotive industry close up and hands on to discover if this is the industry for you.

When: November 1, 24 or December 1 from 9.00am.

Program highlights:

  • Site tour including new EV training area.
  • Intro to Auto activity
  • Intro to spray painting and body repairs careers
  • Career Presentation

Bookings are essential. To secure your spot register HERE

Australian Government School Leavers Information Kit (SLIK)

This federal government website is designed to assist students make informed decisions about further study, work, financial assistance, setting up a My Gov account and much more. It has information for students and parents, as well as some handy case studies and guides. Find out more HERE

No ATAR? No problem! Entry to Tertiary Study without an ATAR / Low ATAR.

Whilst many of our students get excellent ATARS, for some students achieving their SACE is an amazing achievement and can provide a pathway into further tertiary study. Many institutions are recognising that the ATAR is not the best way to gage academic success and that in fact successfully completing a preparatory course can be a better indicator of success.

All universities offer a form of entry without an ATAR or a low ATAR. At Flinders it’s called Flinders Foundation Studies, at UniSA Foundation Studies and Diplomas at UniSA College, and at the University of Adelaide it’s the University Preparatory Program. Don’t forget the smaller universities. They often have small classes, more personal approach and helpful staff who know who you are! Check out Tabor, Torrens, SAIBT and TAFE!


Do you have a Cert III? It can sometimes be used to gain access via the VET pathway / cohort of applicants for some courses especially at Flinders. It will definitely get access to a diploma at UniSA.

University Preparatory Program, University of Adelaide.

The UPP is a one-year full time (two-year part time) free course that prepares students academically and pastorally for university success. Successful completion of the UPP provides students with guaranteed entry into one of eight generalist degrees at the University of Adelaide.

During their time in the program, students will have the opportunity to settle into university campus life and develop the tools to confidently transition to further university study. UPP students have full access to all university services and facilities.


Students must be 17 years or over by 1 January on the year they commence study. If they have not completed Year 12, they must have been out of school for at least one year.

You must be an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen resident in Australia, permanent resident of Australia, or holder of a permanent Humanitarian Visa.

Students must not have studied for longer than one semester of full-time undergraduate studies at any Australian university, regardless of the results, unless that study was undertaken more than five years previously.

Find out more HERE

UniSA College

Pathways to UniSA. No ATAR / SACE completion

  • 12 months: 6 months Foundation Studies + Undergrad cert in Uni studies = entry to your degree
  • 18 months 6 months Foundation Studies+ 12 month diploma = entry to your degree

ATAR 50+

  • 12 months Diploma = degree. 21 specialisations, plan ahead for entry, get 2 units of credit.
  • Aboriginal program remains the same.

Foundation Studies 1 year full time, FREE. Must be an Australian citizen and 18+

This course is like a year 13, whereby a general program of study is completed which allows students to learn how to “do uni” in a nice small group, on campus at UniSA. At the completion of this course, a GPA is calculated which will then allow you to transition into a full degree course at UniSA. Apply via SATAC.

UniSA Diploma courses, fees apply, can defer them. (ATARS 50+)

These 2 year diplomas allow entry into a range of full degrees at second year at UniSA upon completion. Whilst you study the content of your degree, with lecturers from UniSA you will also complete some uni prep courses to assist your transition. Apply via SATAC.

Undergraduate Certificate in STEM or Health (Atar of 50+)

The Undergraduate Certificate in STEM or Health offers a pathway into a range of Health and STEM degrees. The course is 6 months (13 weeks full time) and based at City West or online. Fees apply for CSP student. Starts in Feb or July. Apply via SATAC.

Aboriginal Pathway Program

This is an 18 month free course for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders students. City West, Ceduna, Port Lincoln and Whyalla. Students take 9 courses to prepare them for tertiary study.

Find out more HERE

Flinders University Foundation Studies

  • 5 weeks intensive in January, fast tracked to start in Semester 1 FREE


  • Foundation Studies, 4 months FREE

Find out more HERE

This program is for Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens who have not previously studied at university and do not hold a TAFE/VET Advanced Diploma.

This program is not available to students enrolled in Year 12 studies (South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or equivalent) or to students enrolled below Year 12 studies; or to those who were eligible to be enrolled in Year 12 studies in the year they wish to commence this program.

*Apply next year * when you are not enrolled in Year 12, have a gap year while you wait! Applications open in August.

Applications for the Foundation Studies course should be submitted through the Online Application System portal.

Refer to the enrolment guides below or contact 1300 354 633 for assistance with the application process.

Online and campus location options are available to choose after a successful application has been made.


*Has fees but can access Fee HELP*

SA Institute of Business and Technology provides pathways into UniSA. Start a diploma which will allow access into a degree. Feb / June/ October intakes. Domestic and Internationals. Smaller, more personal classes.

Find out more HERE

ATARS 45+ Stage 2 Diploma.

No ATAR? Use your Year 11 grades, Stage 1 Diploma, then Stage 2 diploma. Good if unsure of pathways and don’t have pre req’s.

Contact Evelyn Truong. Evelyn can come and do a 1:1 chat with you.

Credit varies due to pathway / course. Usually a pass will allow entry into most courses (Except Law and Health Science) NOT a GPA.

Can fast track over 2 Trimesters.

Can package with a UniSA Degree, apply via SATAC.


(Music, Education, Social Work, Youth Ministry)

Tabor Early Entry program (TEE) = No ATAR pathway

Find out more HERE

Application form and a reference from your school. Can enter with Year 11 grades.

For students in Years 11 and 12, average B grades.

  • Music must audition.
  • Education must have English or Maths and must be B grades.


Your cert III will get you access to a variety of courses.

Torrens University

Worried about your low ATAR? Don't be.

Torrens no longer requires an ATAR as an entry requirement, and instead offer a variety of alternative pathways to entry:

Successful completion of Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate or equivalent) guarantees entry into our bachelor’s programs*.

Diploma programs offer a pathway to a bachelor’s degree.

For Design and Creative Technology degrees, creative portfolios will be considered. Student interviews will be conducted for entry into other courses.

*Exceptions may apply to some courses.

Find out more HERE

Reminder: SATAC Important dates

  • December 1 Equal Consideration cutoff
  • December 18 Results Day. Careers Office will be open, call on the day to make an appointment.
  • January 3 2024 Change Of Preference cut off
  • January 11 2024 Main Offer
  • January 24 2024 2nd offer

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