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Spectacular Success for Students in recent Tertiary Access Program

Spectacular success for students

Yet again students from Terra Sancta and Wyndham Colleges (the two senior high schools on the Nirimba Education Precinct) have attained outstanding results in the Western Sydney University units they undertook at Western Sydney University The College. The students were presented with their awards at a special ceremony at Nirimba on Wednesday 30 April. The fifteen students achieved: seven High Distinctions; six Distinctions; and two Credits. This will entitle thirteen students to a special Nirimba scholarship with Western Sydney University. All students will be provided with an early offer of entry to the University.

An initial formal agreement was signed-off in May, 2011 between the Western Sydney University, St John Paul II College (Catholic Diocese of Parramatta), and Wyndham College (NSW Department of Education and Training). The agreement has since been updated and continues in force until June 2016, when it is due for renewal.

The agreement provided the opportunity for fifteen highly talented students to study a unit with the university whilst still at high school (usually during the second half of Year 11). This annual quota has just been increased to 20 students in recognition of the success of the program over past years.

On successful completion of a Western Sydney University The College or Western Sydney University The College of Business and Law unit of study while in Year 11 or 12, students who include a UWS course in their first three preferences on their UAC application will receive a Priority Offer of enrolment from Western Sydney University.

Students who receive a Distinction or High Distinction will also be entitled to a scholarship of $5,000 for their first year of undergraduate study, with a continuation of $5,000 per year for up to four years (subject to attaining a minimum GPA of 5.0 in each academic year of study).

Students who are eligible for a scholarship will also receive a $500 study grant during year 12.

In 2014, students studied a range of units including: Biodiversity, Communication in Health, Introduction to Business Law, Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice, Marketing Principles, Principles of Economics, and Psychology and Health.

Ian Wing
Manager, Education development and Coordination
May, 2014