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Careers and VET Services


A reminder to Year 10 students who wish to undertake a VET Course (see list in previous newsletter here) next semester, that they must return their Expressions of Interest forms to the LEC reception desk before the end of this term. As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, please note that the Defense Industry Pathways Program is no longer being offered by TAFESA. Students undertaking the Sport Coaching Course (through Sports Science) do not need to return a form as they have already selected this during subject selection.


The Western Technical College located in Rosewater is a joint venture between Mount Carmel College, Catholic Education SA and the state government. It is a trade centre where many of the VET Courses are offered and it is currently undergoing additions to provide more opportunities to our students. Once complete, the centre will offer Construction, Metal Engineering, Hair/Makeup, Electrotechnology, Automotive and Information Technology. TAFESA is the Registered Training organisation.

Mr Kevin Woolford, VET Coordinator


A final reminder that on Sunday 28 March, this year’s most important Career Expo will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

This is one of the few times interstate Universities will be represented in Adelaide. The Defence Force, SA Police, TAFESA and South Australian universities will all be represented. Samantha Jackson from the US Consulate will be at The EducUSA Booth to discuss Sports Scholarships to the USA.

To register please click here and for more information please click here.


Are you interested in a sports scholarship and combined study at the same time?

The USA Consulate in Melbourne provides access to a knowledgeable and skilled advisor Samantha Jackson. She will be visiting Adelaide for the Tertiary and Careers Expo this Sunday, 28 March and has informed us there is likely to be an information session at Westminster School on Tuesday 30 March from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Families will be able to register for this session once we send the link via the daily notices to Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students next week. We encourage interested families to ‘like’ their Facebook page as they may have information regarding these sessions before the College has access.

Students interested in a USA pathway must choose the right subjects from Year 9 to be eligible for all USA colleges and universities as your marks count from Semester 1, Year 9.


Year 11 and Year 12 students are invited to participate in a special type of assessment to gauge their suitability for university. Based on a student’s participation and ‘score’, the student may be offered a place in a specified course at Flinders University the year after Year 12. The offer is not based on their ATAR.

Students will receive information as to which Flinders University courses are part of this scheme. It is also available on the SEQTA Careers and VET Tile under ‘Important Information’. Courses with a high ATAR such as Paramedics, Medicine, and Physiotherapy are not a part of the course.

In most cases, all that will be required to take up the conditional offer will be to achieve SACE and get a C or better for any pre requisite subjects. Successful Year 11 students would therefore enter Year 12 knowing they have an offer for university. Students are under no obligation to accept the offer at the end of Year 12 and can have other preferences at any university based on their ATAR.

This conditional offer may allow students to undertake more challenging subjects given they do not have to be as focused on their ATAR. For many of our students who have journeyed through Year 12 with this offer it has reduced anxiety.

To participate in the Assessment Day, students need to firstly register their interest by sending an email to Ms Coorey. The first 48 students who respond before Wednesday 7 April will then be invited to formally apply. This involves completing some paperwork, including a half page on why they believe they are suited to the course of study they have identified. They will also be required to ask a teacher (they currently have in Semester 1, 2021) to complete a brief assessment of their tertiary readiness.

The application will then be submitted and Flinders University will send a pack that requires one hour of work to be completed before the Assessment Day on Tuesday 18 May at the College.

Students who have participated in the Conditional Offer Assessment Day in the past have really enjoyed it and they have not felt pressured. There are group discussions, creative tasks, and a writing exercise.

We ask parents/caregivers to check-in and encourage their sons/daughters to respond to this offer. The deadlines are very strict and responses must come from students, not parents/caregivers, as this is the first measure of a student’s readiness for tertiary studies.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms Rose Coorey: rose.coorey@smc.sa.edu.au

To indicate your interest, students will be asked to respond by sending Ms Coorey an email that covers the five points below:

  1. Year level and pastoral class.
  2. Courses at Flinders University that you are interested in. For more information click here. Note: One of the listed courses MUST be from the list of eligible courses that can be seen on the Careers and VET Portal Tile on SEQTA / Important Information/ Alternative Pathways.
  3. I am happy to participate on Tuesday 18 May and commit to catching up on school work missed. Yes / No
  4. My parents/caregivers are supportive of my involvement. Yes/ No
  5. I will check my emails over the April school holidays to see what I need to do next. Yes/ No

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellors