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Frequently asked questions

How do I choose my school subjects for Year 11 and 12?

Choosing the right subjects at school is critical in starting you off on the right track. Choosing a career first will allow you to find out what you need to study at uni and then check out the entry requirements. This will help you plan what subjects you need to study at school. Go to Choosing a career to get an idea of how to start looking at careers that might interest you. Then go to Choosing school subjects for our tips and guidelines.


Who can I talk to about careers and jobs that interest me?

It is important to know what these careers involve so there won't be any surprises in the future. Often the best way to find out about is to speak to someone who is actually working in the area. Ask them what they like and dislike about their job, what hours they work, what training is involved.


Can I volunteer some time to work along side someone in this occupation?

Yes, you can. Arrange to do some work experience in your chosen field. Work Experience is a great way to find out what the occupation is really like and helps you decide if it is the right sort of work for you. Most schools organise Work Experience placements for students. Speak with your schools career counsellor or alternatively you may like to try and get some work experience during your holidays.


What job opportunities are available if I get a degree?

It is hard to know exactly what careers will be in high demand in the future. It is wise to select professions which are in high demand or are predicted to be in high demand in the future. This will increase your chances of finding employment. The following are some ways in which you can get help with career choices:

Work with the career counsellor and teachers at your school

Your school can play a very important role in providing guidance and counselling when planning for your future. People that may be able to assist this decision making process within your school are your subject teachers and your career counsellor. Sometimes this may be as easy as arranging an appointment to discuss your situation or simply catching them when they have a free moment.

Discuss your options with parents, guardians, family and friends

Remember that you are not alone in this decision. Discussing plans with your parents, guardians, family members and close friends may be one way of helping you make your choices for the future. Friends and family can also give you an insight into your personal skills you may not be aware of. They may even suggest a career that you haven’t even thought of!

Look ahead and take into consideration what type of program you might like to do at university

Looking ahead at the types of programs you may want to study at university can assist you in deciding the appropriate subjects for year 11 and 12. Does the program you are interested in have any prerequisite subjects? Are there any assumed knowledge subjects suggested for any of these programs? Remember that being fully prepared and researching all of your options keeps doors open.


What if I already know which career I want to pursue?

If you are one of the lucky ones who feel they know exactly what they are going to do, that's excellent, but what happens if:

It is important not to limit your options. Ask yourself:

Make sure you do some research, not only on the program you are interested in, but find out what else is out there.


How can I better my chances of getting into the program of my choice at university?

You need to prepare in advance. Once you have identified the career you want to pursue, by finding out the entry requirements of the university programs that lead to that career, you are increasing your chances of entering that program. For example, if the prerequisite for the program you want to study is Chemistry, you'd want to start Chemistry in year 11 in preparation for year 12

For entry into UniSA you must have completed the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or equivalent and completed the right combination of subjects. If you are unsure about these requirements, go to Entry requirements for year 12 or simply call Future student enquiries on (08) 8302 2376.


How do I apply for University?

In South Australia, we have one central admissions centre called SATAC (The South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre). If you are interested in applying for programs at university, you must apply through SATAC by the end of September for entry into the following year.

More information about applying to UniSA


How much does university cost?

At many universities, there are two ways you may enter study:


In either case you may be eligible for Commonwealth assistance. For eligibility guidelines please refer to the Goingtouni website.



*HELP - Higher Education Loan Programme. For eligibility guidelines please refer to the Goingtouni website.

Why should I go to university?

The career you have chosen may or may not require a university education. However, most professions these days require some kind of further education. A university qualification opens doors to a bright future.

More information about the benefits of going to university


How is university different to school?

It is bigger

The year is structured in a different way

You are more independent


Why should I choose UniSA?

UniSA is one of the largest, fastest growing and most innovative universities in Australia and continues a long tradition of providing students with a high quality education.

More information about why UniSA is unique


Where is UniSA?

UniSA is based in South Australia with four campuses in or near the capital Adelaide, City East, City West, Magill and Mawson Lakes. It has a presence in two regional areas with the Whyalla campus and the Mount Gambier regional centre.

More information about UniSA campuses


What types of programs are offered at UniSA?

UniSA offers a wide variety of range of programs including those in the business, health sciences, engineering and information technology, and education, arts and social sciences areas.

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