Eager secondary school students descended on the University of Tasmania Cradle Coast campus on Thursday on a mission to map out their futures.
Students from as far as Devonport and Smithton, and down to Zeehan, took part in the annual School Leaver Expo hosted by the University to give them the chance to find their perfect course for 2023.
University of Tasmania Cradle Coast Pro Vice-Chancellor Jim Cavaye said it was great to see so many people taking the opportunity to find out more about what they can study in the North-West.
“We can’t wait to welcome the school leavers to campus as future learners where they will have access to a great education that will set them up for life,” he said.
“The facilities here are state-of-the-art and it is wonderful that we have this resource where people can pursue tertiary study without having to leave and move to the city.
“We know that students who undertake tertiary study in our region are more likely to seek jobs locally after they graduate, which serves to benefit the community for years to come.”
The expo also provided school leavers with the chance to find out about the Schools Recommendation Program (SRP), which was introduced in response to the disruption caused by COVID-19. The program allows schools to recommend students for higher education based on a range of attributes, as an alternative to an ATAR score.
Hannah Eastwood (pictured) applied through the SRP while she was completing Year 12 at Hellyer College, Burnie.
“I was very determined to study with the University of Tasmania, though the thought of waiting until after exams to find out if my application was going to be accepted was daunting,” Hannah said.
“I applied to study with the University of Tasmania through the SRP to help ease the pressure I was feeling leading into exam time and open myself up to several career opportunities.
“Receiving an early, first-round offer to study with the University of Tasmania meant that I could solely focus on exams rather than worrying about the additional pressure of achieving the required ATAR score into my chosen course.”
Hannah encouraged students to get their applications in through the program and put their minds at rest before end of year exams roll around.
Professor Cavaye said the program helps to demystify what it takes to get into university.
In 2021, 92 per cent of school leavers applied to university through the SRP to obtain their course place.
Applications for Year 12s are open until 7 October. All eligible students will receive their offer ahead of sitting their TCE exams in November.
The School Leaver Expo will also be held at the University’s new Inveresk Library in Launceston on July 2 and at the Podium Building in Melville St, Hobart, on July 3.
For more information about the Schools Recommendation Program, visit utas.edu.au/srp
Caption: University of Tasmania student Hannah Eastwood gained early enrolment through the Schools Recommendation Program.