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Student boom as university places top 10,000

A Record number of Year 12 students has been offered a place to study at WA’s four public universities. Just over 10,500 school leavers were offered first-round places for 2012, compared to 9603 in 2010, according to the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre.

That means that 90.5 per cent of the Year 12 students who applied for a place at university were successful this year, compared to 88.9 per cent in 2010. This year, Edith Cowan University will offer 30 courses with a cut-off rank of 55, meaning students must have achieved an average scaled WA Certificate of Education score of 47.25 per cent.

Those courses include an arts/science double degree, criminology and justice, hospitality and tourism management, psychology and registered nursing. Murdoch University’s lowest cut-off rank was 55, for applied events management at its Rockingham campus.

The lowest cut-off rank for Curtin University was 70 – and 80 at the University of WA. Across the board, TISC executive officer Steve Hoath said 86 per cent of the people who applied to study at university this year were offered a place. That compared to 81 per cent last year.

“Of these, over 77 per cent had been made a first preference offer (compared to 75.5 per cent),” he said. Mr Hoath said he expected most applicants to accept their offer. “However, there is an opportunity for students who weren’t offered their first preference to reserve that offer through to the second round, and be considered for a higher preference in the second round via a safety net procedure,” he said.

Mr Hoath said applicants can rearrange preferences or add new courses to their preferences up to January 24. “There are also still opportunities for anyone who has not yet applied for a university place,” he said. “Most courses are still open and TISC will take applications until January 24.”


UWA offers increase with new courses on offer

A record number of students have been offered a place to study at the University of WA this year. UWA revealed it has made 4,896 first-round offers for undergraduates place this year – up from 4,599 in 2011. UWA acting vice-chancellor Bill Louden said 2012 represented the first year of the university’s new courses.

Professor Louden said the new curriculum, which offers five undergraduate degrees followed by professional and other postgraduate opportunities, aligned the university with other leading international universities. It would also ensure that a UWA education provides the best possible opportunity for graduates to pursue careers anywhere in the world, he said.

UWA’s new prestigious Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course has attracted strong demand, with hundreds of students applying for 30 regular entry places, making the cut-off point for entry an ATAR score of 99.85. Professor Louden said the overall number of offers and the strong demand for the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course represented a resounding endorsement of the new direction the university was taking.

“Universities are increasingly operating in a global environment where they must compete for the best students and offer the highest standard degrees to attract students,” Professor Louden said. While the figures for New Courses are not directly comparable to previous years’ figures, there have been significant increases in those wishing to study Science and Arts.

In some other areas, such as Commerce and Engineering, which are likely to be attractive as second majors, the full picture will not be known until enrolments at the unit-level have been completed. There were 611 offers to students in rural WA and 134 to students through the University’s Mature-age Access Program.

UWA’s commitment to ensuring access to all those who have the capacity to benefit from a UWA education has seen new equity and diversity programs in demand. In this main round, 106 offers have been generated as a result of the Broadway UWA alternative entry pathway which supports students from areas traditionally under-represented at UWA, such as those from rural and remote areas.

A further 27 offers have been generated as a result of the Aboriginal Provisional Entry scheme. Enrolment will be either on-line or in-person over the next two weeks.  A further round of offers will be made at the start of February.

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