UWS puts students a few steps ahead

While other year 12 students will anxiously await their HSC results at the end of the year, a group of Wyndham College graduates are more certain of their post-high school path.

Year 12 students Blake Hawkins, Mitchell Johnson, Karina Giggins and Brandon Gerial each completed a university unit through UWS College while in year 11 to gain automatic entry into their degree of choice at the University of Western Sydney.

“It wasn’t too stressful but it was very beneficial,” Mitchell said.

“It was a bit demanding to do both school and uni.”

The partnership between the university’s pathways college and schools at the Nirimba Education Precinct allows up to 15 students to take part each year, attending a weekly lecture and tutorial for their chosen subject at the precinct.

Blake and Brandon studied principles of economics and received $20,000 scholarships to be used on their degrees.

Blake said he now felt calmer about the HSC and that his friends wished they had done the program, too.

“Doing the course provided the uni experience and let us see what it would be like studying there and the degree of difficulty,” Blake said.

‘‘It was a good opportunity.’’

Blake and Mitchell will complete a business leadership course next year.

The three-year degree combines business, commerce and leadership projects.

Brandon has a cadetship with accounting firm Moore Stephens in Parramatta, and Karina’s study of a human biology unit has prepared her for entry to a physiotherapy degree.

On course: Wyndham Collage year 12 students Karina Giggins, 17, Mitchell Johnson, 18, Blake Hawkins, 18, and Brandon Gerial, 18, already know which university degrees they will begin next year. Picture: Carlos Furtado

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