Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Hard Work Wins Pupils Early Chances

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Hard Work Wins Pupils Early Chances

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Byline: Alina Rylko

WHILE most students anxiously await the release of their ATAR rank on Thursday, many others have already received early offers from universities to begin their degrees.

Offers have been made to hundreds of students, in some cases well before their final exams, based on academic performance, work experience, extra-curricular activities and referees.

The number of entries and calibre of courses offered varied across Tweed Shire schools.

Banora Point High School had 59 students in its year 12 cohort and of those 53 were made offers, six of them for double degrees in law - the most for any Tweed school.

More than half of Tweed River High School's cohort received early entry while Kingscliff High received 73, one for fine arts at Griffith's prestigious Queensland College of Arts.

Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School had 81 offers between 71 students, six into engineering, with honours in areas such as biomedical engineering.

Careers advisers such as Banora Point High's Jessica Dreyer have been instrumental in the early entry application process.

Ms Dreyer said she was proud the school was the only one in NSW taking part in a Griffith Clinical Health School program, a two-year, part-time course that aligns the state's Year 11 and 12 biology and PE courses with first year university equivalents.

"They get a lab day in year 11, and then a lab day in year 12, and they also have extra assessment that I give them that gets sent up to the university to get marked," Ms Dreyer said.

"It costs $100 per student (a saving of up to $1000 per course) and guarantees entry on completion in nine health programs, including biomedical science, a pre-requisite to medicine."

Students could also apply through programs like Southern Cross University's Head Start, completing a first year unit in communications for guaranteed entry. Held during sports, the course was limited to academic achievers who could balance university in addition to the HSC. …

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