The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Careers Information

Year 12 Parents and Students

Year 12 WACE and IB Diploma examination timetables have been released and are linked. These attachments also contain additional important information in regard to the respective examinations. Please ensure that both you and your son are both aware of this information and if you have any questions, check the respective websites or contact Michael Scaife for IB Diploma enquiries or Peter Frusher for WACE enquiries.

TISCOnline is now open and students can explore this website and are able to enter their preferences for university studies in 2019. All Year 12 students should now have a copy of the 2019 TISC Guide that will outline all the procedures and dates that are relevant to the university application process and beyond. Mr Frusher has talked to the students as a group and explained the TISC Guide, together with the application process. In August/September, Mr Frusher will be conducting one-on-one interviews with all Year 12 students to discuss applications and to offer advice. Even if applications have been submitted, they are still able to be adjusted for several months.

At this stage of the year all Year 12 students should have received a Prospectus from each of the WA Universities via the Careers Expo or Mr Frusher and a Year 12 WACE Information Handbook 2018 (on-line at Schools Curriculum & Standards Authority - Following on from the Scotch Careers Expo, students are encouraged to attend university and TAFE Open Days throughout July/August.

For information on interstate and overseas universities check the relevant websites or contact Mr Frusher who will be able to assist.

TISC Information

  1. Semester One 2019 Applications open on Monday 6 August. Student will receive the TISC Guide and personalised letters in the coming week. The application fee for current WACE and IB students is $40 until Friday 28 September. After this date, a late application fee of $160 will apply.
  2. Results and ATARs will be available from Monday 17 December 2018.
  3. One major round offers will available from Friday 21 December 2018 with another major round of offers being available from Tuesday 22 January. Most Year 12 students will get an offer in the December round. Those waiting on final results (IB students) or those who need to sit a second chance English test will get an offer in the January round. Universities will make sure that there are places available in all courses in both offer rounds. No student will be disadvantaged by these changes to offer dates.

For further information go to the TISC website:

As a parent, what can your son and you do together?

  • Discuss various courses in the prospectuses that may be of interest to your son
  • Gather more information by visiting university websites, or requesting further information from universities
  • Attend university Open Days that are advertised in each prospectus and in this newsletter
  • Be positive; don't panic (yet) and communicate with as many people as possible

 University Information

Notre Dame University Open Day

Sunday 19 August from 10.00am – 4.00pm

Curtin University – Law Information Evening

August 29

Interested in a career in Law? Attend the information evening at the Curtin Law School Perth city campus to find out more about studying Law at Curtin. This evening will provide you with an opportunity to experience the teaching facilities and ask any questions you might have.

Find out more -

University of New South Wales - Canberra

  • ADFA Trainee Officers study Arts, Business, Computing and Cyber Security, Engineering, Science, or Technology degrees (while receiving military training and subsidised accommodation and living costs)
  • Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship students study Computing and Cyber Security or specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical (with full tuition fee scholarships and stipends)
  • Non-Defence Undergraduate students study specialist Engineering degrees in Aeronautical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical or Engineering / Science double degrees (with paid work experience opportunities).

All students are provided with a unique study experience, access to custom-built facilities and resources, outstanding industry networks, and graduate with a degree from one of the top universities in the world.

Find out more -

NETTS Apprenticeships

Programmed Training Services specialises in the employment of apprentices and trainees for some of the state's major oil and gas companies. Starting in January 2019, a unique apprenticeship opportunity is being offered by Programmed to join the NETTS program in partnership with leading oil and gas companies. This could be your chance to start an exciting and rewarding career in the resources industry.

NETTS offers you the opportunity to join a dynamic and growing industry where safety, production targets, and environment/sustainability are balances as the program promotes efficient plant operation to minimise our footprint. This apprenticeship sets you up for a long, challenging yet rewarding career in a growing and evolving industry.

NETTS are currently offering the following apprenticeships:

  • Process Plant Operations
  • Industrial Electrical/Instrumentation

These are entry level positions aimed at applicants completing Year 12 high school this year, or completed in the last couple of years. It requires no previous experience in the oil and gas industry.

To find out more and apply, visit

Applications close 5.00pm, Thursday 30 August 2018.

Medical School Admissions Seminar FREE EVENT!

Saturday 25 August 2018 11.00am – 1.00pm

UWA Social Sciences Lecture Theatre

This presentation is also based around answering key questions including:

  • Why choosing a career in Medicine might be right for you
  • Advice and information on applying to direct-entry Australian Medical Schools
  • Requirements for admission into Medicine (ATAR, UMAT, Interview etc.)
  • Information on interview systems across different Australian Medical Schools
  • Insights into the academic life of a Medical student

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WA Police Force are Recruiting

Joining the WA Police Force as a Recruit is an exciting, life-changing decision. If you've got enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and a passion for protecting your community, you are all set for a highly challenging and incredibly rewarding career.

You must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Australian Resident, hold a current manual 'C' class Motor Driver's Licence or equivalent and be at least 18 years of age.

Apply here -

Defence Force Australia – Careers Info Session

August 14 - Perth

Find out more -

Scholarship Opportunity (Pilots of Tomorrow)

The Company of Air Pilots and Flight Experience are offering scholarships to students in Year 10, 11 and 12 who may be interested in a career as an airline pilot. Applications are now open and will close on 14 September.

For more information go to: or

Skills West Careers Expo

This is the final careers expo for 2019 and will feature tertiary, skills training and jobs.

17 - 19 August, 2018, Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre, Free Entry

Royal Lifesaving Society WA

Students who may be looking for employment as a Swimming Instructor or a Pool Lifeguard can access the website below to gain the necessary qualifications.

For full course details please visit the AUSTSWIM website:

Projects Abroad Alternative Schoolies

You can go by yourself or with a bunch of your friends on a two-week volunteering journey to Sri Lanka, Samoa or Thailand. Here you will help to support disadvantaged children in education and care activities in local kindergartens and care centres, as well as grassroots healthcare campaigns, outreach work in the wider community and conservation activities.

The Alternative Schoolies programmes run for two weeks from 1 December - 14 December, right after you have finished your exams. The projects are structured to give you a variety of hands on, worthwhile and rewarding work.  

Endorsed Programs

An endorsed program is a significant learning program that has been developed for senior secondary students. The program may have been developed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority, or it may have been developed by a private provider or a school and subsequently endorsed by the Authority.

Each endorsed program consists of a series of lessons, classes and/or activities designed to lead to the achievement of a common goal or set of learning outcomes. Endorsed programs can be delivered as part of the school curriculum or as extra-curricular activities. Endorsed programs may include: Airforce Cadets, AMEB Music certificates, Recreational Skipper's Ticket, Bronze Medallion, Leeuwin Ocean Adventure, Open Water Diver, Senior Debating, Duke of Edinburgh, End to End Bibbulmun Track and others.

All endorsed programs successfully completed and reported to the Authority by the school

  • are listed on the student's Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement
  • may contribute towards the breadth-and-depth requirement of the WACE
  • may contribute towards the C grade requirement of the WACE.

If you think your son has any Endorsed Programs that he would like registered with SCSA, please email Mr Frusher with evidence of the program. Programs completed as part of a school activity at Scotch will automatically be recorded.

Evolve Teen Smartphone Photography Workshop – Perth Zoo

25 August, 10.00am at Perth Zoo - 12-17 year olds

This course teaches you how to get the most out of your smartphone camera and numerous photography apps on the market.

Learn to take great shots using techniques that make your subject stand out in the beautiful surrounds of Perth Zoo. Photography principles such as lighting, composition and editing will also be covered.

Book now -

Mr Peter Frusher
Careers Adviser