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#1 ~*Twilight~Zone*~

Posted 30 December 2012 - 07:52 PM

my DD didn't get the ATAR score she needed to get into Uni  so is applying for the contract programme being offered byMurdoch.

Has anyone else's child applied before?

Very disappointed girl here and trying to lift her spirits  by letting  her know there is life after bad ATAR.  You know  looking at other options  for getting in to Uni etc.

#2 anabh

Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:41 PM

I feel for your daughter. Mine got a fantastic score more than what she needed by far, unfortunately she freezes with essays and didnt get English competency which excludes her. She has to take a stat test next Saturday but it will mean she will miss first round offers sad.gif

I just looked at the Murdoch site and the independent study contract is for units not currently provided? Is that right?

#3 ~*Twilight~Zone*~

Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:55 PM

I'm not sure but this is the link to it.  http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/Stu...sfully/OnTrack/

My DD did well in her exams but the weighting bought it down to much.

Edited by ~*Twilight~Zone*~, 30 December 2012 - 10:55 PM.

#4 galba

Posted 30 December 2012 - 11:03 PM

I was at Notre Dame Uni  in Fremantle last year and one of the girls in my tutorial has done the Alternative Entry program to get on to the course as her ATAR was not high enough.


#5 ubermum

Posted 31 December 2012 - 07:59 AM

TZ what does your daughter want to study at uni? So often the whole score at the end of highschool is the focus and if kids don't get it, they don't know about other options. I missed out on the score for the degree I wanted, so did another degree that I got into. In hindsight, it would have been better to get into uni using one of the many alternate routes rather than doing something I wasn't excited about. I ended up dropping out half way through, owing HECS and then doing something completely different. Ónly now have I completed a degree, much closer to my original plan.

#6 Lady Lovely Locks

Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:25 AM

OP a year after highschool graduation could she not enter as a mature age student? or as an alternate could you look into Open Universities? they are brilliant and once she has studied online for a SP or 2 she could transition to on campus?

#7 ~*Twilight~Zone*~

Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:38 AM

This ontrack program actually sounds pretty good, gives them an intro into Uni life. She just has to get in. Luckily she has easy access to all of the 3 campuses offering it so hopefully that helps her get a place.

She wants to to Biomedical science and Forensic science.

#8 ~*Twilight~Zone*~

Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:49 AM

This weighting they do is bizarre. For example she got 78% in her Human Biology exam but the weighting then changed that to 48. So whilst she received good exam marks the weighting killed her end result.

#9 Chief Pancake Make

Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:32 AM

I went to Charles Sturt (many years ago) and did biomedical science.  It is offered by distance ed and probably has a much lower score to get in than the capital city unis.  Has she thought of that?

#10 anabh

Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:54 AM

I think the whole marking thing is wrong. If your daughter is happy to do it then go for it. For the sake of two stupid marks, my daughter has to sit the stat on Saturday to get English competency, yet scored 20 marks in total higher than what she needs for the degree she wants to do! Not only that she was doing stage 3 English, she should not have to prove she is competent if she is doing stage 3!

I wonder if my daughter will meet your daughter one day, same uni and same course pathways! How freaky!

#11 ~*Twilight~Zone*~

Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:15 PM

Anabh what area are you? We are down in the rockingham area.

#12 anabh

Posted 31 December 2012 - 04:22 PM

We are about 15 mins south of the city. We went to the Tisc office today to apply for the stat. Along with about a hundred others (that tells you something about the scaling system!). There was a boy two in front of us and one behind who both went to the same school, one of them got an 82 and the other an 85 yet didn't get their English competency! I really felt for them, they were both going for engineering at uni and now will miss all the first rounds.

Have you spoken to Murdoch about the program?

#13 jks91

Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:14 PM

If it helps OP, Murdoch gives special preference for students who live in the Rockingham/Kwinana/Mandurah area who apply for the Ontrack program at Peel or Rockingham.  However I am a Murdoch student and I would honestly recommend doing it at South Street if she wants to go onto the courses you described earlier.

Otherwise Murdoch offers foundation units and Introduction to Uni Learning through Open Universities Australia.  Doing these units in SP1 next year may  be enough to get her in for Semester 2 AND will give credit for her preferred degree.  

In my experience the admissions people at Murdoch are really really good, your daughter has chosen well original.gif

EDIT: My DP also didn't achieve English competency, despite having passes in all other maths and science subjects.  It was enough to discourage him not to go onto uni sad.gif

Edited by jks91, 31 December 2012 - 08:16 PM.

#14 ~*Twilight~Zone*~

Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:15 PM

Murdoch are closed until the 5th so I sent an email requesting a place in the introduction but will also ring to try and ensure a place.

#15 ~*Twilight~Zone*~

Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:17 PM

Thanks jks91. I think Murdoch is the only campus offering the course she wants but she will take where she can for the ontrack.

#16 MakeLoveNotWar

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:15 AM

hi just saw your post and as a murdoch grad thought i'd add my two cents...
i agree with pp that the admissions people at murdoch are really helpful (and its a fantastic uni great choice!)

also can she enrol in a similar course (say biological science) and then swap to biomed once she's finished first year (with good grades this is usually pretty easy to do). most first year units are the same for a number of courses and you can use electives to cover those which arent so she will be up to speed at the end of the year.

but again speak to the people at murdoch they know best original.gif
hope this helps xx

#17 EsmeLennox

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:23 AM

Just out of interest did she do Stage 2 subjects in Year 12?

The Murdoch ontrack program is excellent. Good luck, hope you can work something out. General science may be an option too and then transfer later?

My niece is doing the forensic science course at Murdoch and loves it, so I really hope you can find a way.

Edited by Jemstar, 01 January 2013 - 11:56 AM.

#18 whydoibother

Posted 01 January 2013 - 04:35 PM

Yeah do what degree will get you in the door. I know plenty of people who did arts and then if they did well in the subjects related to the course they wanted to do they transferred to that degree.  My cousin did it-she ended up with a BBus Management but went in through an arts degree and got HDs in her business subjects

ETA If she got enough to get into BSc then do that choose a biomedical stream.  Forensics is very hard to get into most universities and really doesn't offer many employment opps.  Biomedical is a great degree though

Edited by IAmCal, 01 January 2013 - 04:37 PM.

#19 ~*Twilight~Zone*~

Posted 01 January 2013 - 09:40 PM

Jemstar she did 3 level 2's and 1 level 3. The level 3 was in Human Biology.

Does anyone know how hard it is to actually get a place in the ontrack program? That's what is worrying her the most.

Edited by ~*Twilight~Zone*~, 01 January 2013 - 09:41 PM.

#20 EsmeLennox

Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:32 AM

Wow, if the human biol was stage 3 that is some serious scaling! Was it explained to your daughter the impact of doing stage 2 subjects? Sorry, I know this is water under the bridge, I am just interested in the advice being given to students who are seeking university entrance. This whole system in WA needs an overhaul, too many kids are ending up like your daughter. It makes me incredibly angry.

I believe the on track program is quite competitive. Good luck.

Edited by Jemstar, 02 January 2013 - 09:35 AM.

#21 ~*Twilight~Zone*~

Posted 02 January 2013 - 10:39 PM

I just checked and she actually did 2 level 2's and 2 level 3's.

I see Murdoch also offers other alternatives so when they reopen I'll call.

There are lots of students in the same position from what my DD said.

My daughters results letter noted that she was eligible for the on track program so she is very keen on it but its good to know there are other alternatives. It actually sound very good to get them ready for Uni.

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