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EMPLOYMENT FOR 2012 both Full Time and GAP year positions: Students need to be regularly checking the Galen website for positions. These can be found in the virtual class folder under careers/employment opportunities. Last count there were 8 positions available!!
FOCUS ON CHANGE OF PREFERENCE PERIOD: This information is for students in Year 12 who have applied for TAFE or university courses through a Tertiary Admission Centre (i.e., VTAC)
WHAT IS CHANGE OF PREFERENCE (CoP)? CoP gives you the chance to add, delete and reorder your University and/or TAFE preferences. This is important, as providing you meet the ATAR and selection criteria requirements, you will be accepted into the highest preference course listed through the Tertiary Admission Centre you qualify for. It is also the last chance you have to make sure your preference list reflects what you would like to study in the future.
WHEN CAN I APPLY FOR CoP? VTAC – from now until 5pm 21 December 2011. NB: You can apply for an ‘irregular offer’ after round 1 offers are released on Monday 16 January. For information on irregular offers, go to www.vtac.edu.au/get/ offers.html
UAC – From now until Thursday 5 January 2012 for main round offers. NB: You can change your preferences at a later stage to be eligible for late round offers, but many courses will already be full by then and some courses won’t have late round offers.
CoP HINTS, TIPS AND TRICKS: Research all of your options. Go to change of preference information sessions at the institutions of your choice. See below for weblinks.
If adding any new courses, make sure you meet the pre-requisites and have not missed any important dates to hand in supplementary forms or book in interviews.
Put in the courses that you really want to get into at the top of your preference list even if you don’t think you will get the ATAR.
The ATAR cut-offs won’t be determined until January 2012, and could go below the 2011 cut-offs. Make sure you have applied for all courses you are interested in. Use the course search links on the Tertiary Admission Centre websites.
Add in plan B courses as back ups in case you don’t get the ATAR you need. Research TAFE to University pathway courses, foundation or pathway programs at each University and courses with lower ATAR cut-offs, which can provide a second year transfer.
HOW DO I MAKE CHANGES? •Victorian courses- VTAC: Log onto www.vtac.edu.au. Click on MyInfo and enter your VTAC ID number and password. Click on Course Application & Information. Click on the change preferences link.
Change your preferences and click submit.   
•NSW courses- UAC: Log onto www.uac.edu.au. Click on ‘I’m an Undergraduate’ Click on the ‘Check and Change’ link. Log in using your UAC number and password. Click on edit preferences. Change your preferences. Click save.
Go to these web links for: dates for change of preference information sessions, information session guides, change of preference hotline numbers and online chat times.
University of Melbourne-www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/admissions/applications/ change-of-preference Monash University-www.monash.edu.au/ monash2012/
La Trobe University- www.latrobe.edu.au/prefer Deakin University- www.deakin.edu.au/cop Swinburne Uni-www.swinburne.edu.au/cop University of Ballarat- www.ballarat.edu.au/ future-students/change-of-preference
RMIT- www.rmit.edu.au/cop Victoria University- www.vu.edu.au/change Australian Catholic Uni – www.acu.edu.au/281778 Box Hill Institute- www.bhtafe.edu.au/services/ Pages/VTAC-preference-close.aspx Holmesglen- www.holmesglen.edu.au/start/ change_of_preference Charles Sturt University- www.csu.edu.au/apply/ change-your-preference
HIGHER EDUCATION NEWS: Launch of International Development Studies at ACU: Australian Catholic University recently launched their new Bachelor of International Development Studies at the Melbourne campus with representatives from leading aid and humanitarian organisations including Catholic Care, the Australian Red Cross and World Vision Australia. To find out about this exciting new program, and also their Global Studies Degree, go to www.acu.edu.au/336979
Australian College of Sports Therapy: Study Fitness and set up a career in Fitness and Personal training. Starts Monday 28 November, 3 days per week for 13 weeks. The certificate III & IV will provide you with the skills and knowledge to hit the ground running in your career as a gym instructor and personal trainer. Must be 18 years. www.sportstherapy.edu.au or 03 9670 3735.
Yarrawonga Students/Diploma of Nursing: When you have graduated and registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), you can work as an Enrolled/Division 2 nurse in acute care hospitals, aged-care facilities, adult day centres, and community health services. You complete the course in 18 months! For more information contact Wodonga TAFE 02 6055 6505 or csh@wodongatafe.edu.au or www.wodongatafe.edu.au/csh
SUMMER SCHOOL REMINDERS Melbourne University Architecture & Design Summer School: This program runs between 12 – 15 December and registrations close soon. There is a cap of 100 students. To register, go to http:// go.unimelb.edu.au/4wo
Melbourne University Student Union VCE Summer School: This program runs between 9 – 20 January 2012 and applications close Friday 9 December. To register, you must be entering either year 11 or 12 in 2012. Apply now via http://union.unimelb.edu.au/summerschool/how-to- apply
the University of Technology Sydney:
This program runs between 9 – 20 January 2012 and applications close 23 December. Only 40 students can participate. To apply go to www.utsarchitecture.net/ discoverarchitecture/
RMIT Science Experience: This program is for students entering Year 10 in 2012. It runs between 18 – 20 January 2012. Participants are taken in order of application and full payment, so register as soon as possible at www.rmit.edu.au/scienceexperience
Gap Medics are offering a 2-week program in Tanzania for Year 11 and 12 students during the January holidays and a 2-week placement in Thailand during the April holidays for students looking to apply for medicine, nursing, dentistry or midwifery. Students will have clinical teaching, safe and secure accommodation in our own students house, food, transfers, local orientations, 24/7 support from our teams overseas and in the UK and help preparing. For more info contact Mark Hinksman, 0044 191 269 6818, mark@gapmedics.com, www.gapmedics.com
UPCOMING EVENTS Trinity Young Leaders Summer School: Trinity College at the University of Melbourne are running an intensive residential program for talented students aged 14 – 17 years. The program will run between 4 – 18 December, cost is $2999. For more information and to register, go to www.trinity.unimelb.edu.au/young_leaders
Be a Zookeeper for a day! Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Zoo present a day of activities for students in years 7 – 12 where you get to work alongside their Zoo- keepers. All events run in January – www.zoo.org.au/Learning/Campus- Holidays or 03 9285 9406.
Love making short films? As part of their annual Martini Awards, JMC Academy has announced the Mocktails Award for the best high school short film. You need to submit a 3 – 5 minute film by 23 November. The prizes are amazing. To find out more go to www.themartiniawards.com/ mocktails.html
Interested in sustainable systems engineering and renewable energies? RMIT and the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies are hosting a community workshop on 3rd Dec and they will be showcasing the new Bachelor of Sustainable Systems Engineering at RMIT. www.rmit.edu.au/aeromecheng
If you are in year 12 and have applied for University or TAFE courses, don’t forget to look into scholarship opportunities. All institutions have scholarships available with different application periods and selection criteria. Just Google the institution you are interested in and the word scholar- ship and this should bring up links for their scholarship home page. Don’t give up trying to find a scholarship – you have to be in it to win it.