HSC students’ pathway to uni clear despite exam schedule changes
UOW Vice-Chancellor encourages and reassures year 12 class of 2021
University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor Professor Patricia M. Davidson has expressed support for year 12 students following the announcement today by the NSW Government regarding changes to the HSC this year.
Professor Davidson said she would like to reassure year 12 students that their Early Admission Program applications would not be affected, that UOW’s other admission processes would be adjusted to take account of the changes, and that UOW would ensure that opportunities to apply for scholarships would not be affected either.
“We send our very best greetings and messages to students, their parents and teachers, and family and friends as they embark upon their HSC at a really challenging time,” Professor Davidson said.
“At this really critical and crucial time in history remember to take care of your health. Remember, there are many pathways to fulfill your dreams. And all of us here at the University of Wollongong wish you all the very best and we want you to be happy, healthy and strong.”
Today’s announcement that HSC written exam will now start on 9 November does not affect UOW’s Early Admission Program in any way. The program and the timeline for remains unchanged, with students receiving their outcomes on 15 October.
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) said a revised HSC exam timetable and COVID-safe exam protocols would be available in early September.
Early Admission Program has been running for 21 years and has a demonstrated track record in assessing students beyond their ATAR and this will continue in 2021. It considers the unique skills and experiences of each applicant and takes personal attributes and attitudes into account.
2021’s program saw a record number of applications, with more than 8,500 applications for year 12 students and UOW’s academic staff members are currently conducting an initial assessment and will ensure that everyone who wants to come to UOW is assessed holistically.
The Vice-Chancellor reminded students that there are many different pathways to university, and that UOW was here to support them.
“I want to say to you that your ATAR will not define you, that life is long and there are many pathways to fulfill your dreams,” Professor Davidson said.
“Here at the University of Wollongong, we offer many of those pathways, as do universities around Australia and the world.”
University of Wollongong Vice-Chancellor Professor Patricia M. Davidson. Picture: Paul Jones, UOW
For students who may require additional academic support to gain entry to their university of choice, UOW has UOW College embedded on campus, offering programs leading to entry in to UOW Bachelor programs.
Professor Davidson also had a word of encouragement for students in regional NSW.
“With our network of campuses throughout the NSW South Coast, we are very mindful of the challenges faced by regional students who are part of the HSC class of 2021,” she said.
“After starting your senior high school years amid the trauma of the worst bushfires the region has seen in living memory, you have then confronted the disruptions brought by COVID-19 last year and again this year.
“You have endured hardship, trauma and upheaval, but you have persevered and when you complete your HSC exams you will have finally overcome. You will be stronger for the experience.
“I urge you to stay the course, remain focused and give it your best, knowing that all of us at the University of Wollongong – as at other universities – have your back. We are here to support you as you face this final challenge and then choose your pathway to university and beyond.”
Earlier this year, UOW acknowledged the impact of the lockdowns on year 12 students and developed the Year 12 Support hub to give students access to HSC study resources, information on wellbeing and support as well as tips and tricks on how to apply for university. This resource will continue to be updated throughout the remainder of the year.
Pending public health advice, UOW is planning an on campus event in December to give students an opportunity to receive academic advice and support prior to the ATAR release. UOW will also host an event in January to support students with their enrolment and admissions to the University.
UOW’s Future Student team is available to support any students throughout the process, and can be contacted on 1300 367 869.