Universities Showcase at BAC this week

Thursday, 9 March, ambassadors from ten Queensland and interstate universities and representatives from Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) and TAFE Queensland visited BAC to present options and information regarding post-school study to our senior students. 

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 for offering places to students at 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 favourites.

"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!). Students commented that they'd learnt a lot and that it was a really valuable experience." 

Universities at the showcase included:

  1. The University Of Queensland (UQ)
  2. Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  3. Griffith University 
  4. University of Southern Queensland 
  5. Bond University 
  6. James Cook University 
  7. Australian Catholic University
  8. Southern Cross University
  9. University of Tasmania
  10. The University of Sunshine Coast

Representatives from the Adventist university, Avondale (which is located near Newcastle, NSW), were not in attendance but 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.

The Australian Catholic University ambassador expressed how impressed she was by the students' attentiveness throughout the presentation and the quality of their questions. Bond University representative Sean Johnson said that it was an excellent showcase "due to student involvement".

"It was wonderful to see our students thinking about future pathways by utilising opportunities offered to them at BAC," says Mrs Tooley. Further opportunities for students to make career choices are part of the senior program this year.