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Critical Thinking Skills for University Success
The University of Sydney is offering a free online course titled Critical Thinking Skills for University Success.
The course helps you develop your critical thinking skills, something essential to successful university study.
It can be done 100% online from anywhere in Australia, and is totally free.

TAFE for Music, Fashion, Art, Floristry, Photography, Sound, Design, Signs, Graphics, Film and Screen
Creative, fashion and music courses offer students a chance to explore their passions and bring their artistic ideas to life. Courses in this sector are formulated to equip you with the practical skills and background knowledge you need to accomplish detailed design tasks and utilise the latest technology within any organisation.


New Degrees in 2020

New Cyber Security Degree at Macquarie University

In 2020 Macquarie University will be launching a new undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Cyber Security.

With technology now an integral part of our lives, our security is becoming more and more important. If you love computers and IT and want to learn how to take on some of the world’s biggest online threats, this degree might be for you.

You will gain enhanced knowledge in areas such as information security and data privacy, offensive security, digital forensics, applied cryptography, secure coding and artificial intelligence. By the end of the degree, you will be equipped to deal with all kinds of cybercrime.

Macquarie to offer Australia’s only Bachelor of Cognitive and Brain Sciences degree
Macquarie’s Bachelor of Cognitive and Brain Sciences is the only one of its kind in Australia.

Have you ever wondered how we control our bodies without having to think about it?

Understanding how the mind and brain work is one of the greatest scientific challenges of our time. In the Bachelor of Cognitive and Brain Sciences students explore the workings of the brain and cognitive disorders like dyslexia and schizophrenia. This degree explores cognitive science, neuroscience and computation and builds students critical thinking and research skills in our human brain imaging and virtual reality labs.

You can also double the Bachelor of Cognitive and Brain Sciences with any other degree to build an exciting career in tech fields like AI, robotics and human computer interfaces or people-focused fields within the rapidly expanding health industry.


Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science
The University of Newcastle is launching the Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science in 2020.

If you love the ocean, the environment or science, this might be the course for you. Learn about the importance that the marine environment plays in our lives.

As part of the degree, you’ll have access to world-class facilities and participate in field and laboratory work to help develop your analytical, research and communication skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in work-integrated learning and gain recognised certifications such as a boat license, radio operator license, and drone and remotely operated vehicle operation.

University of Melbourne | Graduate Degree Packages
The University of Melbourne now offers Graduate Degree Packages. This means that, depending on your results at the end of Year 12, you may be offered a place in one of their graduate degrees as part of your undergraduate application.

This means you can start your undergraduate degree and know that there is a guaranteed place in the graduate program for you once you finish. But they also offer the flexibility for you to withdraw from the package if you change your mind after completing your undergraduate degree.

For example, if you leave school with an ATAR of 96.00 and above, you’ll be able to enrol in a Bachelor of Science/Master of Engineering pathway. Your Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in the Master of Engineering is therefore secured.

The ATAR score you need varies from 95.00 to 99.85 depending on which course you would like to enrol in. You can apply for a Graduate Degree Package through VTAC.

Flexible First Year Engineering at UNSW
Thinking about studying engineering but not sure what you want to specialise in just yet?
At UNSW, their Flexible First Year Engineering degree lets you experience a variety of study areas without having to make a commitment. You will undertake five core subjects and can choose from a wide variety of elective subjects. At the end of the year, you can then transfer into the speciality of your choice.
This is an excellent option if you are interested in engineering and want to start studying, but don’t want to commit to a speciality straight away.


ADFA - Study at UNSW Canberra
UNSW Canberra has international recognition as a successful, research-intensive university - generating new knowledge for the benefit of present and future generations which has had an impact around the globe.
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University Terminology
Confused about some of the terms used by universities? Check out this guide to terminology from Flinders University -

The Good Universities Guide – Education and Training for a Dentist
To become a dentist, you usually have to complete a degree in dentistry, dental science or dental surgery at university. Alternatively, you can complete a degree in a related field followed by a postgraduate qualification in dentistry, dental surgery or dental medicine. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required. Entry is highly competitive, and you usually need to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) and attend a structured interview. You may also be required to complete a structured oral assessment. Universities have different prerequisites, and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information. Find out more -

From UAC - How to get into Medicine
Entry into undergraduate medicine degrees is highly competitive. Take these steps to make sure your application is considered. Read the article -

Secondary School Courses and Studying in the USA
US colleges and universities take a holistic approach in reviewing a student’s application for admission.
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Dos and Don'ts of HSC Subject Selection from Uni of Sydney
Starting uni seems so far away - yet here you are choosing your HSC subjects so that you can achieve an ATAR and apply to do a degree at uni. So how do you make the right choices for you? And should you worry about subject scaling?
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HSC Maths Course Selection Advice from UNSW
How to make the right choice at High School to prevent issues later. Read the advice -