Educational Access Scheme (EAS), Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) and Equity Scholarships

Reminder: Year 12 students who are planning on applying to a University in 2016 through the University Admissions Centre (UAC) will have the opportunity to apply for the following 3 programs depending on the application criteria. I have included below some information regarding the Educational Access Scheme, Schools Recommendation Scheme and Equity Scholarship program which are managed by the University Admissions Centre (UAC) so that you have some idea of what is available, the application criteria, documentation required, and the time frame.

1.  Educational Access Scheme

The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) that has been available in the past is for students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage as a result of circumstances beyond their control or choosing. Categories of disadvantage considered in the past include:

  • disrupted schooling;
  • financial hardship;
  • home environment;
  • English language difficulty;
  • personal illness/disability;
  • refugee status;
  • and school environment.
  • See the UAC website for further info:

2.  Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS)

Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) are one way institutions make early offers to current Australian Year 12 students who have applied for undergraduate admission  through UAC.

The Universities which took part in this program last year included:

 Australian National University

 Charles Sturt University

 Macquarie University

 Southern Cross University

 University of Canberra

 University of New England

 University of Technology, Sydney.

SRS aims to facilitate access to higher education for current Australian Year 12 students who might otherwise not be offered a place.

This is only a very new program (2014) and there will be some changes made for this year. Information will be distributed as it becomes available. Further information is available on the UAC website at, and this will be updated throughout the year.

3.  Equity Scholarships

Equity Scholarships assist financially disadvantaged students with the costs associated with higher education. Information regarding this is available on the UAC: The information has not been updated for this year, however, it will give you some idea of the eligibility requirements and the application requirements.


NSW COOP Scholarship program

The Uniiversity of NSW Co-op Scholarship Program applications are now open.

Applications close: 30 September 2015.

The scholarship program involves courses in the following:

Engineering. Business Science and Built Environment.

For further information, see the brochure on the Careers Noticeboard in Sophia as well as flyers emailed to Yr 12 students last week.

Also, for more information and to start your application online, go to the UNSW website:


NSW COOP Scholarship Information evening

Date: Wed 15 July.


Ernst and Young Sydney Cadetship Program

Applications open Mon 25th May and close Mon 22nd June

The Ernst and Young Cadetship program provides high school graduates the opportunity to combine full-time work with part-time study. Cadets will gain valuable experience working within the organization and with clients, ensuring they graduate from university a step ahead of their peers. If you want a taste of working life while you’re still a student, we can offer you a number of different options, from a two-week Work Experience Program to a year-long Industrial Placement.You’ll get a sense of our culture and values — and start to see the career you’d like to shape. The relationships you make, and the impression you leave, can help you secure a permanent position after you graduate. And the experience will last a lifetime.

We accept applications from all degree disciplines. Find out more here.

Discover which student track is right for you. Click here to download an overview of all our student programs. More info, go to:—Programs#fragment-4-na

The University of Notre Dame – MBBS Information Session

Date : 19th May 2015

Time : 6:00pm

Venue : 160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Cost : FREE

Contact : Anne-Maree McCarthy : / 02 8204 4404

Those considering studying the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) commencing in 2016 are invited to attend an information session at our purpose-built Darlinghurst campus.  The session is designed to help you find out more about the admissions process, an overview of course content, meet current students and tour our facilities.


UTS Bachelor of Accounting Cooperative Scholarship Program Information Evening

(More information about the Bachelor of Accounting Coop Scholarship program is found in previous Careers News – 1 May 2015 on the website).

Date : 19th May 2015

Time : 6.30 pm

Venue : UTS City Campus

Cost : FREE

Contact : Carin Alberts :

For more information or to RSVP, please visit:


UOW College Spring Session Information Evening 

Date : 19th May 2015

Time : 6pm-8pm

Cost : FREE

Venue : UOW College, Building 30, University of Wollongong

Contact : Megan Serrano : / 4221 5919

Event Description :  Find out about alternative pathways to UOW, as well as vocational courses to help students start their career. Staff will be on hand to answer questions on fees, enrolments, career paths and more.  Application closing date for Spring: 29th May Register now!


Macquarie University Student and Parent Information Evening

Date : 20th May 2015

Time : 6pm – 8pm

Venue : Macquarie University

Cost : FREE

Contact : Helena Cantrall :

Our Student and Parent Information Evening provides an opportunity for students in Years 11 and 12, and/or their parents, to learn about Macquarie’s degrees, unique learning experiences, bonus point schemes, scholarships and the transition from high school to university. You will also have the opportunity to speak with staff and current students. This is a free event, however registration is essential.


Your Path to Sydney Uni

Date : 20th May 2015

Time : 6pm-9pm

Venue : Revesby Workers Club

Cost : FREE

Contact : Fabi Fugazza : (02) 8627 0123

An information evening for students and parents will be held at Revesby Workers’ Club on 20 May 2015. Find out about University of Sydney alternative entry schemes, scholarships, fees and university life, and meet with faculty staff who can answer all your course-related questions. Registration is essential as places are limited – register now at

Chartered Accountants: Meet the Business Leader

Wed 20th May, 5.00pm – 8.00pm, 1 Olympics Drive Milsons Point

Meet the business leader, formerly known as Cadetship Evening, provides the chance for Year 12 students to connect with employers who offer a structured cadetship opportunity. Get practical and specific advice about where a career in business can take you and learn about the benefits a cadetship can provide.

Contact: 1300 137 322 or


HSC & Careers Expo

Date : 28th May 2015

Time : For 3 days

Venue : Moore Park
There are still a number of free tickets for this event. Please see Ms Gereige.


WEP Student Exchange Scholarship

Date : 29th May 2015

Time : 5pm

Contact : Judith Ortmann :

WEP is offering a $3000 scholarship towards semester and year-long student exchange programs commencing in 2016. This scholarship is of particular value for year 9 students, wishing to complement their secondary studies with an international experience during year 10. To find out more, students should visit, email or call 1300 884 733.

UWS Day Parramatta

Date : 2nd Jun 2015

Time : 9.30 am – 2.00 pm

Cost : FREE

Venue : Parramatta Campus, Cnr Victoria Rd and James Ruse Dr, Rydalmere

The University of Western Sydney is hosting UWS Day, a hands-on event allowing high school students to find out about UWS courses, scholarships and career pathways! The day will be filled with interactive workshops and the opportunity to speak one-on-one with current UWS students.  To find out more, visit


UNSW Youtube: UNSW Experience

UNSW has a number of online videos where current students and staff speak about topics of common concern to prospective students. Topics covered in the online videos include picking subjects, deciding on a degree, student life, and HSC bonus points.


Macquarie University: Double Degrees

This article explores the benefits of studying a double degree at Macquarie University and lists some of the double degrees that the university offers.


University of Notre Dame: HSC Study Week

Mon 6th July – Fri 10th July, University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus, Broadway

Cost: $345

A week-long program delivered by well qualified and highly experienced HSC teachers and markers. Attendees will be able to select the subjects they would like to focus on and attend dedicated lectures and skills workshops on these subject areas. Contact: 02 8204 4228 or


University of Newcastle: Mid-Year Entry Online Chat

Wed 20th May, 4.00pm – 6.00pm

University of Newcastle student ambassadors will answer questions on a range of topics including degree options, change of preferences, alternative entry schemes, and scholarships.


CSU Information Studies Webinar

Wed 13th May, 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Learn about Information studies, the benefits of the courses, career opportunities for graduates, what it’s like to study by distance education and the costs involved.

Contact: (02) 6338 6010 or


QS World University Rankings 2014/15

QS World University Rankings have been released for 2015 with the results based on academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international student ratio and international staff ratio.  The Australian National University was ranked number 1 in Australia followed by The University of Melbourne at number 2, The University of Sydney 3, The University of Queensland 4, and the University of New South Wales number 5.


Sydney TAFE Information Session

Library Services Information Session: Wed 20th May, 2.00pm – 3.00pm, Ultimo

St George School of Fashion Information Session: Mon 25th May, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Kogarah

Information Technology: Wed 27th May, 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Petersham

Certificate IV in Accounting: Wed 3rd June, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Ultimo Associate Degree in Accounting: Wed 3rd June, 6.30pm – 7.30pm, Ultimo

Applied Fashion Design and Technology: Mon 22nd June, 5.00pm – 7.00pm, Ultimo

Photography Information Session: Mon 22nd June, 6.00pm – 7.00pm, Ultimo

St George School of Fashion Information Session: Mon 22nd June, 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Kogarah


Australian Apprenticeship Pathways: Career Interest Explorer

A new resource which aims to help job seekers identify the strength of their career interests.


Shillington College Information Session

Fri 3rd July, Level 3, 50 Margaret Street, Sydney Learn about studying a course in graphic design at Shillington College.


Think Education: Design Faculty Course Guide 2015 & 2016


JMC Academy Open Day

Sat 29th August, 10.30am, Harris Street, Ultimo

Speak to staff and students, get an overview of courses and take a campus tour.

Contact: 02 8241 8899


JMC Academy: Design Day with Nick Vegas

Sat 30th May, 11.00am, Harris Street, Ultimo

Nick Vegas, one of 3D’s biggest names, will be speaking and taking question about 3D work for network news, music clips and also how to prepare for a career in 3D.


Sydney Design School Open Day

Thu 14th May, 6.00pm, Level 2, 40 Oxley Street, St Leonards

The Information session will run for approximately 40 minutes and will cover the courses available at the design school as well as career opportunities available to graduates.

Contact:  02 9437 1902


Academy of Information Technology: Creative Careers Expo

Tue 23rd June, 7 Kelly Street Level 2, Ultimo Join industry experts for a fun and interactive careers expo showcasing opportunities within the creative and digital fields.  This is an opportunity for teachers to expose their students to the career opportunities within the creative world.


Academy of Information Technology: New Bachelor of Digital Design

The new Bachelor of Digital Design is a three-year (or two-year accelerated) degree with a hands-on focus, supplementing theory with practical experience in a wide range of design principles. Students will learn key design elements while also having the flexibility to broaden their study by choosing electives that are of interest to them.


TSFX Mastering the Exams 2015

Sun 31st May or Sat 13th June, 10.00am – 2.00pm, The University of Sydney, Camperdown

Mastering the Exams is a free unique lecture designed to provide students with the best opportunities to maximise examination scores. During the course of this program, students will learn vital skills that will help optimise examination performance as well as strategies that will maximise learning and cut down on study time.

Students attending this program are required to make a minimum $10 donation to The Fred Hollows Foundation representatives on the day.


Australian Defence Force: Information Sessions

Forster – Women in Defence: Mon 18th May, 6.00pm, 19 Strand Street, Forster

Sydney – Navy Careers: Mon May 18th, 6.30pm, 9 George Street

Canberra – Army Careers: Tue 19th May, 6.00pm, 64 Northbourne Avenue

Port Macquarie – Women in Defence: Tue 19th May, 6.00pm, 1 Bay St, Port Macquarie

Wollongong – Army Reserve: Tue 19th May, 6.30pm, 91 Gipps St, Gwynneville

Wollongong – Defence Careers: Wed 20th May, 6.00pm, 91 Gipps St, Gwynneville

Parramatta – ADF Fitness: Wed 20th May, 6.30pm, 9 George St, Parramatta

Online – Army Reserve: Thu 21st May, 6.30pm – 8.00pm


Ms Viviene Gereige

Vocational Education Coordinator