1500 University Courses

Posted on April 01, 2014


There are more than 1500 courses available for Year 12 students to choose from if they wish to do further study after graduating from Oxley College. Fortunately, these courses can be accessed through the one application process administered by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). The UAC 2013-2014 guide offers the following advice when considering which course to study:

  • what courses am I interested in?
  • what are my chances of being selected for the course?
  • what kind of career does the course lead to?

Answering these questions will involve self-knowledge, knowledge of possible occupations and an ability to follow a decision-making process. Students can access careers resources from the library or make an appointment to see me if they would like any assistance as they plan their future.


1500 Occupations

Posted on March 25, 2014


1500 Occupations

Year 12 Oxley students will soon need to make choices about what they aim to do next year and beyond. Further study, a break from study, or straight to the world of work?; What kind of work, and where?; What will I like and how will I know?

There are around 1500 occupations listed on the Job Guide(1) website . The best way to narrow this down to a meaningful list is to focus on your interests and your strengths.

To find your interests, the MyFuture(2) website has a survey to help students find out more about themselves.

A more in-depth survey can be found at authentichappiness(3) which helps to identify character strengths.

These are both great tools to help inform the decision-making process.




UOW Early Admission

Posted on March 11, 2014

2014 UOW Early Admission

As in 2013, UOW will offer students the chance to   earn a place to UOW in the UAC Early Round in December through UOW Early   Admission.

Early Admission will be open to all students to apply.   UOW will still be providing indicative criteria as part of the program –   criteria based on how students should be performing at school if they hope to   succeed in the course at University. However this criteria is not   exclusionary – students who don’t meet this criteria can still apply to be   considered for Early Admission.

For a student to be made a UOW Early Admission offer   in the UAC Early Offer round in December, they must be interviewed by UOW.   Students who are unable to complete this interview requirement will be   ineligible for an offer.

Please see below for a list of key UOW Early Admission   dates:

Date UOW     Early Admission Activity
May 2014 Application     guide available at Careers Markets and from UOW.
June 2014 UOW Early     Admission website refreshed with 2014 information (students can     head there now if they’d like to sign up for email updates). Will include     course and criteria information, key dates and information on how to apply.
Friday 1     August 2014 UOW Early     Admission online applications open at 9am.
Friday 29     August 2014 UOW Early     Admission online applications close at 5pm.
Monday 29     September – Wednesday 1 October 2014 UOW Early     Admission interviews at UOW’s Wollongong Campus.
Wednesday     3 December 2014 UAC     preferences for December Early Round close.
Friday 5     December 2014 Early     Round offers released by UAC.

Charles Perkins Centre- University of Sydney

Posted on March 04, 2014

Charles Perkins Centre January 2014

As Australia’s oldest university with a very strong reputation, the University of Sydney continues to be on the “I might want to go there” list for many Oxley students. A visit to the Charles Perkins Centre on 28th February allowed me to see what students can expect if they go on to research the problems of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The Centre is designed to support collaboration, new ways of thinking and to foster multidisciplinary research. What this means is that there are hardly any walls- workspaces are formed into clusters to encourage interaction, and surfaces are treated acoustically to minimise noise.

One of the teaching labs caters for 240 students – each with a computer, bench space, sink and lab equipment. This lab can be used by eight different classes, or one very large class. The teachers at one of the eight teaching stations can select which student benches will receive their commentary via directional speakers and screen images.

As students of a Visible Learning college, Oxley graduates would feel right at home with the teaching and learning philosophies at the University of Sydney in the Charles Perkins Centre.


Careers in the Hospitality Industry

Posted on November 25, 2013


Interested in a successful career in hospitality? Let us give you a hand.

With all the tools and support you need to succeed, Discover Hospitality is here to help your career take off — and stay on track. Discover the career possibilities and pathways with our industry leaders before getting yourself set, by opening an online Skills Passport. Then be free to explore the training and job opportunities available through our Skills Pathways Project and Job Search tool.

Australian Apprenticeships

Posted on June 19, 2013


About Australian Apprenticeships

Australian Apprenticeships encompass all apprenticeships and traineeships. They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

Australian Apprenticeships are the best way to combine training and employment and they can lead to a nationally recognised qualification. Australian Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age and do not require any entry qualifications. Australian Apprentices are available to school-leavers, those re-entering the workforce or those wishing to change careers.

Australian Apprenticeships offer a range of benefits, they:

  • are a great way to get a head start in a chosen career
  • involve paid work and structured training that can be on or off the job; or a combination of both
  • represent ‘competency based’ training which means individuals can complete their training faster when they reach the required skills level
  • enable existing skills and prior experience to be recognised and course credit granted, potentially reducing formal training time.
  • they are available as full-time or part-time, also as part-time in many schools
  • lead to nationally recognised qualifications and skills which provide the basis for further education and training over the course of a person’s working life
  • are also important pathways from school to work.

View a list of programs [1] and topics related to Australian Apprenticeships.

Australian Apprenticeships are available in a variety of certificate levels in more than 500 occupations across Australia. They are available in traditional trades, as well as a diverse range of emerging careers in most sectors of business and industry, including:

  • Agriculture, horticulture and related industries
  • Automotive
  • Building and Construction
  • Business services
  • Finance services
  • Food
  • Hairdressing
  • Community services and health
  • Information technology
  • Light manufacturing
  • Local government
  • Metals and Engineering
  • Printing
  • Process manufacturing
  • Property services
  • Public services
  • Retail
  • Seafood
  • Sport and recreation
  • Telecommunications
  • Tourism
  • Transport and distribution
  • Utilities and energy

No matter what industry you might be interested in, there is likely to be an Australian Apprenticeship to meet your needs. For more information contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre [2] in your region.

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