LISMORE High HSC graduate Danielle Read spends the day at the beach while waiting for her university applicationresults.
LISMORE High HSC graduate Danielle Read spends the day at the beach while waiting for her university applicationresults. Cathy Adams

Graduates to receive uni offers

DANIELLE Read is one of more than 85,000 people in Australia who will find out tonight if they have been offered a place at an NSW or ACT university in 2010.

The Lismore High HSC graduate is hoping for a berth at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, which falls under the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) zone, where she plans to study psychology.

Her career goal is to specialise in organisational psychology and work in human resources.

The course is a popular one, said Danielle, 18, and she confesses to having been ‘a little bit nervous’.

However, she achieved more ATAR points than she needs, so yesterday she was trying to relax and enjoy her holiday break.

Institutions participating in UAC will make 56,154 main round offers tonight, an inc-rease of almost 1000 on last year.

UAC had received 84,560 applications so far this year, compared with 82,000 at the same time last year. Offers will be made to more than 65 per cent of applicants.

Hopeful students can check if they have an offer at the UAC website from 9 o’clock tonight.

Letters go out to applicants today and are expected to drop into mailboxes from tomorrow. Southern Cross University is offering another 1000 students places in the main round.

There will be another UAC round on February 3, in which universities try to fill the courses in which they still have vacancies, and offer students places in courses that were their second choice.

Last year, universities made more than 6000 offers in this ‘mopping up’ round.

Meanwhile, North Coast TAFE is to offer extra youth training places this year.

It has announced an expansion in full-time course places to respond to the weaker youth job market caused by the financial crisis.

Completing a pre-trade or work skills course at a TAFE campus, or a TAFE course at school as part of an HSC, were great ways to open employment doors, North Coast TAFE director Elizabeth McGregor said.

TAFE is also encouraging school leavers to inquire about new course offerings in the Certificate II in engineering (welding and metal fabrication) at its Casino, Kempsey, Wollongbar, Taree and Coffs Harbour campuses.



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