The first Catholic school in WA to deliver fast track programs into university, Servite College has initiated partnerships with the tertiary education sector to pilot Uni MyWay.
Uni MyWay provides customised pathways for students seeking alternatives to ATAR driven university entry. Servite has established a foundation agreement with Murdoch university and is set to announce additional offerings.
A cohort of 15 Year 12 Servite students are already participating in a 30 week enabling program with Murdoch University and similar programs are expected to rollout later this year.
Students enrolled in the Murdoch program develop their academic skills to an undergraduate level, explore degree courses that match their aspirations, and qualify for entry into selected degrees, without the pressure of ATAR.
In 2017, 60 per cent of Australian undergraduate university offers were made on a basis other than ATAR. While tertiary admissions processes are becoming increasingly diverse, there is continued discussion around secondary education goals and the role of ATAR as the focus of schooling (Mitchell Institute Analysis, 2018).
At Servite, personalising the learning journey for senior students includes supporting their transition to a variety of post-school destinations. Among the further education and training pathways offered at Servite, Uni MyWay presents flexible learning opportunities aligned with students’ individual needs.
Preparing our students to thrive in a changing global society is our ultimate aim. Critical thinking, communication, collaboration and enterprise are the lifelong learning and employability skills we grow in all our students as they prepare for workplaces of the future. We are excited to present our students with opportunities to gain a head start on their undergraduate study through advanced skills development.
The Murdoch University course aims to develop the academic skills as well as the self-regulation and independent learning competencies needed to engage successfully with undergraduate study and flourish.
For students joining the program, the certainty of a degree place relieves potential anxiety around ATAR scores as a barrier to university entry. In learning how to learn at university, students build confidence in their lives beyond school, and gain immediate wellbeing benefits.
“With a secure pathway toward my goal course, I can balance study and life. Since switching to Uni MyWay I’ve picked up my swimming again, I’m enjoying the Year 12 experience and I’m confident my choice to start building university study skills now is setting me up for success.” Rebecca Yovanche, Class of 2018