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Ready. Set. Futures! BECOME comes to Saint Ignatius’ College!

This term students in the Middle Years, 7-9 have been engaging with a new and exciting career exploration program called BECOME. The program is designed to increase students’ sense of agency and their sense of optimism. Each year level is working on a sequential series of lessons which will culminate in an inquiry based learning activity. So far students have been investigating the weird and wonderful careers that they have not heard of before, been exploring the app and recording what they find and challenging their preconceived ideas regarding work stereotypes. Students work through a series of lessons called Awareness, Aspiration and Agency.

In a previous study of students interstate, post-testing revealed that career aspirations were broader and less stereotypical after completing the program

• 99% students stated that they had learnt more about careers

• 60% students noted that they discovered new careers that could be a possibility for them

• 58% reported being more excited about their future following the program.

Our students have completed a bench marking survey and we are looking forward to seeing the results at the completion of the program. If you have a student in the Middle Years, be sure to ask them about BECOME and get them to show you what they are exploring!

University of Adelaide Year 11 Pathway

Please note that the last date for students to apply to get an early conditional offer using their Year 11 grades is this Tuesday, 23 August at 5pm sharp! No late applications can be processed.

Students must complete two steps.

  1. Register with the university
  2. Set up an account with SATAC, have University of Adelaide as their first preference, and pay by 5pm on 23 August

After this date students can of course add / change their preferences to include other courses.

Week 4 events at Saint Ignatius’ College

SATAC Parent Information night and Plan B for Medicine

On Tuesday we ‘livestreamed’ the SATAC parent information evening and Jonathan from Flinders demonstrated how to create an account and how to order your preferences. This has been recorded and you can access the recording and watch it later at your leisure! Luckily Jonathan lives locally, as he was back at the College on Thursday for a “Plan B for Medicine” preference planning session. He was able to assist students plan their alternate pathway and answer all questions pertaining to Health and Medical Sciences at Flinders.


Emma Clisby from UniSA present to Year 12’s

UniSA Information Session

Thursday saw Emma Clisby from UniSA present to Year 12’s (above) about life at UniSA and all their fabulous new courses. Students can book a 1:1 with Emma for next Thursday 25 August. They have been sent an online booking link via email.

Upcoming Careers events at SIC

Thursday 25 August - UniSA 1:1 preferences/ pathways counselling for Year 12’s.

All day Thursday 1 September - 1:1 Flinders Uni

Thursday September 8 - Flinders Unitest (8am)

Thursday September 15 - University of Adelaide, presentation and 1:1

Friday October 21 - Mentor’s Breakfast

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. It will definitely get access to a diploma.

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.

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UniSA College

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.

Diploma courses, fees apply, can defer them. (usually ATARS 50+ but apply anyway!)

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.

Flinders University Foundation Studies

5 weeks intensive or 7 months FREE

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.

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

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.

Paid Market Research Opportunity

The University of Adelaide are launching a new initiative in 2023 and are seeking feedback from Year 12 students and parents. If you participate you will complete a confidential 45-minute discussion with our research partner.

- Interview to be with the student and their parent/ legal guardian so we can hear both perspectives

- Conducted online over the coming weeks at a time that suits you

- The family will collectively receive an AU$140 eGift card as a thank you for your time.

Who are we looking to speak to?

- We are looking for students who are seeking study specifically in fields such as Science, Engineering, Technology, Business, Arts, Law or Economics

- You don’t have to be considering the University of Adelaide to attend!

Click HERE for more details.

Lisa McDonald
Vocational Services Co-ordinator

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