Why your ATAR is not the be-all-and-end-all

Vocational study can offer an alternative pathway to university.
Vocational study can offer an alternative pathway to university.

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With the pressure surrounding the HSC, teenagers can be forgiven for thinking their ATAR score will decide their future. 

But the truth is, there are many ways for students to pursue the tertiary option of their choice – even if they didn’t get the required entry points.

Georgea Efthymiou dreamed of working in childcare and decided to undertake a one-year Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at Australian Careers Business College (ACBC) in 2016.

“The trainers at ACBC encouraged us to achieve our best and continue to work our hardest,” she says.

“They gave me the opportunity and the support to achieve my goal.”

Efthymiou recently graduated from the diploma and, with the credit her diploma gave her, was accepted into a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education at Australian Catholic University just like she had always dreamed.

She says she is grateful for the hands-on experience she gained at ACBC, including the work placement that was arranged for her at Scribblz Pre-School in Picnic Point. 

“They have taught me a lot during this time and did everything they could to help me complete my assessments,” she says.

Georgea Efthymiou is looking forward to studying at university this year.

Georgea Efthymiou is looking forward to studying at university this year.

Efthymiou’s experience in undertaking vocational study as a gateway to tertiary study is shared by fellow student Maja Cancar, who also completed a Diploma of Early Childhood Education in 2016.

Armed with the credit the diploma gives her, paired with her many practical skills, Cancar is able to continue her studies at the University of Wollongong in a Bachelor of Education in 2018.

She says that without her vocational diploma from ACBC, she would not have been able to go on to study her degree.

“ACBC helped me achieve my goal of becoming enrolled into university as well as fulfilling my overall aim of becoming an early childhood educator,” she says. 

“This would not have been possible without the help from my trainers, particularly when it came to applying to university.”

Cancar is looking forward to balancing her tertiary study with a permanent position at Keiraville Community Preschool. 

“ACBC provided me with the appropriate knowledge, skills and professionalism in order to work within the early childhood education and care industry,” she says.

“I loved my time at ACBC and would highly recommend the institution.”

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