Experience

For senior students preparing for the HSC and higher education our programs are tailored to provide targeted information on:

  • Specific degree related information
  • Admissions, alternative entry routes and special admissions schemes
  • Access to the University' Open Day and Life at Sydney
  • HSC Science academic enrichment and study skill workshops

In the Thinking Ahead (year 11) and Promote Yourself (year 12) workshops students practice writing persuasively about themselves and receive support in drafting scholarship and pathway applications.

Activity Name Year Group Broad Aims Description Outcomes

Thinking Ahead

Location: In school

11

Planning forward and HSC support

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- Literacy and Numeracy
- Personal capability

Compass staff and student ambassadors visit Year 11 classrooms to support the students in developing scholarship and entry pathway applications with focus on how extracurricular activities can be used to enhance their chances.

Students:

- learn about the different pathways to university
- understand the scholarships available and how they work
- identify things that they can do to increase their leadership and teamwork skills
- learn how to find information about university options and pathways
- learn how to find information about scholarships

Promote Yourself

Location: In school & on campus

12

Application support

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- Literacy and Numeracy
- Personal capability

Students practise writing persuasively about themselves and receive support in drafting scholarship applications.

Students:

- understand university scholarship applications
- gain a better understanding of what to include in a scholarship application
- practise writing persuasively
- increase confidence in writing a scholarship application

Kick-start

Location: On campus

12

STEM Academic encrichment

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- Science
- Literacy and Numeracy
- Personal capability

Students participate in workshops designed around the HSC syllabus and delivered by University faculty members in Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.

Students:

- increase understanding of a specific HSC science subject
- understand the connection between STEM subjects, academic study and careers
- experience  university learning environment
- access materials and equipment they may not be able to use at school

Seymour Centre

Locaton: On campus

12

English Academic enrichment

Links to KLAs/National Curriculum Skills and Capabilities:

- English (Advanced/Extension)
- Literacy and Numeracy
- Personal capability

Compass provides a number of places for HSC students in the Seymour Centre’s HSC Intensive Shakespeare workshops and performances.

Students:

- increase their understanding of specific HSC English text
- to understand and appreciate Shakespeare's use of language through live performance and in context
- recognise and comprehend how meaning is constructed in Shakespeare's text with reference to word usage, image and poetic allegory
- experience the university learning environment
- attend a live theatre performance