UTS:INSEARCH offers students alternative routes to uni
As HSC students and their parents anxiously await news of their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) to be released by the Universities Admissions Centre on 19 December, the admissions and academic staff at UTS:INSEARCH are gearing up to help those who want to explore ways to get into the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
“Many students may miss out on a chance to study their preferred course at UTS because of the impact of scaling in determining their ATAR,” said Dean of Studies, UTS:INSEARCH, Professor Tim Laurence, who adds that for the first time, admission to diploma courses at UTS:INSEARCH will be based on the student’s averaged HSC marks.
“We are keen to hear from students who have done well in their chosen subjects at school but may have missed out on entry to their desired course because one of their subject results has been scaled down,” said Professor Laurence.
“They may still qualify for our diploma courses and then have the opportunity to transfer to second year at UTS when they finish,” he added.
UTS:INSEARCH provides an alternative way for students to get to university by helping them develop the knowledge and skills which allow them to go on to UTS and future career success.
UTS:INSEARCH believes in a hands-on approach to learning, says Brett Hausfeld, a Diploma of Business graduate. Brett was worried he wouldn’t get the score that he needed for university when he completed his HSC. “I had a bad feeling that I was not going to do so well,” he said.
However, after successfully completing a Diploma of Business at UTS:INSEARCH, Brett transferred into the second year of a Bachelor of Business degree at UTS, which he is now completing.
“The teachers were really dedicated to helping us learn; they were friendly, explained things thoroughly and helped us, no matter how many times we asked for assistance,” said Brett.
Professor Laurence encourages students to attend one of three upcoming information seminars at UTS:INSEARCH.
Student and parents can register at www.insearch.edu.au for these free information sessions, which will be held on 23 January 2014, 30 January 2014 and 6 February 2014 in Sydney.
“This is a stressful time for students and parents as they consider the next step in education and we encourage students to select the pathway to UTS that suits them best. It’s all about setting them up for success, both in their studies and their future career,” said Professor Laurence.
To find out more and share real students’ experiences, go to www.insearch.edu.au or follow UTS:INSEARCH on twitter @UTS_INSEARCH.