This is the transcript for the video Alternative Pathways to UTS

Unknown Speaker 0:02
Welcome to the presentation on the engineering and it entry pathways to the University of Technology Sydney. My name is Chris Wong. I’m the undergraduate program coordinator for Engineering and It. So it’s highly likely that I’ll be one of the first people you will meet when you join us at UTS; and a good thing about UTS is that we are Australia’s number one Young University. But we’re also the most highly ranked university in Australia, for Computer Science and Engineering. We are driven by innovation, we believe in practice based learning. And we like working with our partners, these partners are people like engineering firms, it firms. And so we always make sure that our courses are totally relevant to the real world and to industry, as well as giving you a sound theoretical knowledge. We also are praying very, very important to help create our leaders. So we don’t just teach you the technical components, we teach you all the components, you need to be a well rounded individual. And I think I’d mentioned the fact that we’ve got excellent partnerships with large companies, but also small companies as well. So we’re interested in all scales, from the smallest council to the largest mega multinational. And we’re very, very career relevant, we always aim to make sure the current software that you use our current industry leading software, and practices and equipment, and tools. So when you start your career, you’ll find that at UTS, we actually require you to undertake internships. And part of this is we have over 1000 industry partners to help you get those internships. We also have a lot of industry partners working with us on concepts called studios, where you actually learn how to develop and software or develop robot robots or mechatronic tools with real partners. And these are often people from industry, who come in to act as your mentors. And we also have a lot of professional skills workshops, we can catch it all that you can learn things like code from Cisco, for example, or make use of mathematical tools like MATLAB, for example. And we have plenty of networking opportunities to get you interested, and to get extra jobs and opportunities out there in the workforce. And because of that we have career fairs, with a lot of industry partners as well, that’s at least twice a year. So we aim to set you up to have a career not just as an IT or engineering professional, but as an ability to move to other industries because the world changes very fast. So you really want to ask the important question. How to join UTS? Yes. Now if you’re a school leaver, it does seem fairly obvious, just do the HSC or the IB or the equivalent, get an ATAR. And get your adjustment points. We’ll talk about those in a moment. You and you end up with what we call a selection rank. Alternatively, you may also have non recent school leaver backgrounds, you may have left school a couple of years ago, you might be working, you might be in another university, or you might have a TAFE diploma. We accept all of that. And we also accept work experience as well to adjust your selection rank. Now, what’s a selection rank? Well, selection rank is how you get into university. most universities have an ATAR plus adjustment points. So we advertise a selection rank, for example, to go into the Bachelor of Science in IT, which is our main degree is 84.5. Last year, or beginning of this year, autumn 2020. That will change. They always change plus or minus a point here or there. But that’s the minimum course selection rank with engineering, a main engineering degree. It depends on which major so it doesn’t really care what major you do. But in engineering you do. Traditionally civil has the highest and flexible engineering has the lowest. So you can see that civil structural engineering is 87 and flexible is 80. Now remember, this is not your ATAR This is your ATAR plus adjustment factors, which I’ll talk to you about to in a moment.

Unknown Speaker 4:42
Okay, so for a school leaver, this is what you do. We don’t require you don’t have any particular subjects for engineering in it. We don’t assume that you’ve done engineering studies at school or software design. We don’t even assume that you’ve done math Advanced or Mat extension one or extension two. So we do offer bridging courses for those of you who haven’t. Okay, when you join UTS will assess your ability and offer you extra support if you need it. We also have what we call a subject scheme. So because you’re engineering and It students, we looked at all the subjects at your HSC. And we gave extra points depending on what band you’re in. For example, if you’ve got a band six, in math extension two, you’ll probably get three extra bonus points on top of that. And this accumulates to a maximum number of points worth having it, Krishna, which we’ll talk about a moment, and other forms of adjustments as well. We call these admission schemes. So the subject schemes is fairly easy. You basically do well band for band five, or band six in your HSC. And it depends on the subjects. But you’ll be surprised what subjects for example, English, not just mathematics and engineering studies, but English as well gets bonuses, plus, a lot of vocational subjects you might do, for example, the TAFE exam question, subjects in the HSC.

Unknown Speaker 6:16
We will give bonuses for those two. This is our cap though and five adjustment points. We have another scheme called the engineering and it questionnaire.

Unknown Speaker 6:28
Now this is slightly different. It’s not like an exam. We’re interested in finding out about your interest in engineering and it so focus the questions tightly on your why you want to become an engineer, or why you want to go to it. Tell us something about the experience you’ve had, have you done school robotics, have you been programming on the side or writing a website, put it down, and we can give you up to 123 extra bonus points on top. Okay, there’s one caveat though your selection rank really has to be at the 80 mark, this is not the ATAR your selection rank at a time at, we give you the extra points that get you into the major or degree that you want. So we consider it really important that you do this because reality is as long as you show an interest, we give you points. Okay. So if you have a little problem where you don’t make the ATAR or selection rank into UTS, we have alternative admission schemes that are possible for you. For example, we have UT s college, this used to be called insearch, you basically the first year of your course, the plumber of it leads into the Bachelor of Science in it, or the Diploma of engineering, which leads you into the Bachelor of Engineering. And that’s one year, it’s a private college, but a UTS owns it. And you do exactly the same subject as first year. Okay. Other methods, you can go to other universities, where you can do TAFE add external work experience, and that will give you a new selection ring. So let’s go for some of those schemes very briefly. Okay, you can do another degree. This means it doesn’t have to be a UTS degree, it could be one from another university. But one year, you have to complete one year first. And that gives you an ATAR as well, which is usually high enough to get into any degree UTS, you can do a relevant TAFE diploma advanced diploma. And we’ll have a talk about that later. And UTS college admits that already. We have other programmes called the jumbunna programme, which is for Indigenous students and want to go which is really aimed at women in engineering in it. And we also accept other foundation programmes, please look at the URL UTS. edu au forward slash entry pathways and these other private colleges, which gives pathways into universities. And we accept them as well. And there’s other pathways as well within the university. So let’s say if you want to do the Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Science in it, called the busy biscuit that has a higher ATAR than the Bachelor of Science in it, you can simply enter the Bachelor of Science in it and transfer into the Bachelor of Business Bachelor of Science in it, or games usually has a quite a high ATAR as well. We recommend to do the Bachelor of Science in it and do a sub major in computer graphics and animation which has much of the same subjects and then apply to transfer in your second year. key thing is you can’t transfer in the first year you have to transfer in the second year.

Unknown Speaker 9:51
Same thing with engineering. You may want to go into civil engineering, but you don’t have the data. It’s at least five to seven points higher in that Case choose the flexible engineering which has a flexible first year and apply to transfer in the second year. Alternatively, you can stay with the flexible programme and just choose sub majors that fit out for example, in civil, you can do environmental engineering, structural, you can do construction engineering as part of a flexible engineering degree. So you have other alternatives that are possible. Other pathways you could try, include TAFE. And this is a very important pathway because, as you understand the COVID years being quite difficult for most people. So, I’m going to talk get you to listen to a TAFE representative Peter Shriner, who’s the industry lead for TAFE, New South Wales. Hello, Peter.

Unknown Speaker 10:50
I, Chris, thank you. So I’m going to speak about the Diploma of engineering a national accredited course competency based, which is used for to work between trade levels and so and technician levels, technologist levels that is, and technicians broadly apply knowledge and skills and specific branches. They demonstrate practical understanding of engineering concepts really around the practical side of it. They solve practical problems, and they work at paraprofessional levels. Often this qualification is used as a stepping pathway into degrees. But there is also successful levels of people working in that industry at that level. In terms of a structure, it’s a one year full time qualification. It has a series of core units, which are quite similar to the first year of a degree in many parts. So there’s some common units around material science Computer Aided drafting, mathematics, physics, and then also some automation technologies that we’ve also included. Importantly, there is also a pathway that we’re offering with ETS, where students will undertake the foundation mathematics unit, along with a prior recognition of prior knowledge for the calc through the calculus scheme. And so we’re basically substituting one of the units that’s in the course the calculus unit, with the foundation mathematics unit, and that gives students the opportunity to study under both schemes under higher education and the vet programmes. The TAFE New South Wales department of engineering, as I said, is a one year course there’s no entry requirements, but we do recommend that there is some mathematics background in there that you have that entry level, the delivery locations for this pilot will be at whether or Park and Metro it maximum phase for students, for eligible students is $5,750. There is also that’s for a second qualification. For a first qualification, it is 5120 and Judah Cova. There’s a skilling for recovery programme. We were eligible students pay zero fees. So for 2021 that will mean eligibility for Smart and Skilled training, which is the state funding body is between 717 and 24 years of age. It also includes you 12 school leavers and employed or at risk of unemployment. The core start date is first of February, and enrollment can occur from here until first February. In terms of study load, it’s a 20 hour week, over 36 weeks.

Unknown Speaker 13:48
Thank you, Peter. Um, one interesting thing that we should offer the students doing the pleasure of engineering technical, is you will get some credit recognition as well. Generally, we give you the first six months or the degree off after you do the Diploma of engineering technical. So, what happens if you’re not a recent school leaver, you could be a mature age student, you could be working, or you could have transferred from another university, or you did a type deployment either recently or not So recently, and we’re perfectly happy to accept students from these programmes. You do come under a slightly different pathway, though. Because you’re you’ve worked or you’ve had work experience, we apply, we give you an opportunity to complete an employment question, we get up to five adjustment points, and having one two or three or more years of experience in relevant fields. The interesting thing about the relevant fields, it doesn’t mean engineering what it it needs areas like in a professional field, or you had managerial experience or experience even in trades. So we do give additional adjustment points for that as well. Now, I did mention that You can transfer after your second year. But we have a lot of students who transfer after completing a first degree, maybe in science, for example. And we give credit regulation for that. So with the university admissions, look at the dates are very important. But we do give credit recognition, but it depends on the actual units of studies or subjects that you’ve taken at the other university. For engineering, it’s got to be within 10 years. So you could have done a degree three years ago in science, for example, you did mathematics, and maybe some physics, we would accept that into engineering, as well. So you don’t jump straight in the first year, it is a bit more restricted, we restrict you to the last three years because it is a very, very fast moving website. fast moving to subject, I guess, if you want to look at what sort of recognition you have in the system, click type the word utms credit recognition tool to Google search for. And you’ll see a tool where you can enter which country you did your degree, or diploma, and what amount of credit recognition you can obtain. Now, some important dates you need to be aware of, not 19th of December, is beginning of us, December round two. So this is the last date, where you can change your preferences, you would have got your eight hours. And that’s a date where you can choose what your preferences will be. And on the 23rd of December Christmas present, you’ll get your offers released. There’s another two rounds that we offer. January round one January round two, you can see the dates there. And there’s also later FEHB rounds for TAFE students as well. So please make sure you don’t forget these dates, it’s very important to get so you can get into UTS.. So once you enter UT is good news is a lot of you may have questions on where you have the mathematics background sufficient to do your degree. Now, if you did the Diploma of engineering technical, you would have done effectively what we call the foundation mathematics programme, which is bit more than the bridging courses, so you’re not going to be behind the other students. We also offer particular support for students with poor language we got helps. We have a programme called u pass where we have additional tutoring for students in your subjects, typically the first year. So it’s very useful to have peer students helping you a group study to help you pass the subjects. We have lots of societies like the technical society and the Engineering Society. And we also have various scholarships. So Google the word scholarship utms. We used to have additional support for women in engineering and it. Again, we have additional scholarships. But we also have a very big network of staff and students and professionals and people from outside UTS to help mentor Women in Engineering in it, speakers programmes, we get you to help other school presentations, for example, we have a mentoring programme as well and lots of social events for that. So that’s if you’re a woman.

Unknown Speaker 18:15
Other ways you can contact us to find out more information is to use Facebook or Instagram. You can see the tag there, or email us or look at our website I hope that’s enough information. If not, send us an email and we’ll try our best to get you the answer. So please come along to the info day. On the 18th and 19th of December. It’s coming up soon. Make sure you register at , and I hope to see you I’ll be around on the Friday for one on one consultations virtually Of course. And we have campus tours on the Saturday 19th of December. So don’t forget these two days are really critical. The 18th is when you need to get that it and engineering questionnaire in and get those preferences set. Number one viewed Yes, of course. So I look forward to seeing you. Thank you very much.

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