Universities Showcase at BAC this week

Yesterday, ambassadors from ten Queensland and interstate universities and representatives from Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) and TAFE Queensland presented options and information regarding post-school study to Senior students at BAC.

During an informative introductory session, students gained an insight into the costs associated with attending university, including fees, textbooks, transport, and accommodation, and were made aware of government Fee Help and scholarships offered by individual universities.

Representatives from QTAC also explained how the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) is used in placing students in universities and introduced QTAC's role in helping students apply for specific courses. Year 12 students and their parents will learn more at the QTAC Seminar scheduled for the beginning of Term 3.

Then students were set free to ask questions at the university booths and find out about Open Days offered by their favourite unis and colleges.

"The buzz in the room as they spoke with representatives showed me just how engaged the students were," said Mrs Tooley, Secondary Coordinator, Management and Careers. "Many took away study guides (and prizes from the ambassadors!) and said they'd learned so much and that it was a really valuable experience."

Universities included:

  • The University Of Queensland (UQ)
  • Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Griffith University
  • University of Southern Queensland
  • Bond University
  • James Cook University
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Tasmania
  • The University of Sunshine Coast

Representatives from Avondale University (Adventist university near Newcastle, NSW) were not in attendance but they will spend a half day at BAC in Term 2, giving Year 10s a careers quiz, and chatting with Year 12s over lunch. Senior students from BAC will also make a trip to Avondale University in Week 10 this term.

"It was an excellent showcase and was a good indication of just how excited our students are about their future," says Mrs Tooley.