Congratulations to the Preshil graduating class of 2020. Despite the challenges that 2020 threw them, they did us proud.
We are delighted to share with you that, of the 19 students who applied, 89% received first round offers; 71% received their first preference and a further 21% their second preference. At Preshil, our students are supported to make course decisions; choosing pathways they find interesting and ones they will enjoy and that will excite them – that’s the goal.
The University of Melbourne and ACU equalled in popularity, followed by Monash, Deakin and Collarts, along with Latrobe, Swinburne, RMIT and ANU in Canberra. Our top ATAR was 99.55, with over 65% of students receiving ATARS over 80. Our students have taken up places in a range of studies which include:
- Biomedical Science
- Health Science
- Music Performance
- Audio Engineering
- Fine Arts
- Film & Television
- Arts/Social Science/Business
The most popular courses were Nursing, Nursing/Midwifery, Nursing/Psychological Sciences followed equally by Arts, Arts/Law, Arts/Education, Arts/Social Sciences and Business.
Several of our students received scholarships, including La Trobe University Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Scholarship (Aspire Program) and University of Melbourne’s Principal’s Scholarship. Of the students who achieved less than 24 for their Diploma Programme (but who gain an IB certificate), one has received a pathway course through Deakin College which, on completion, transitions to second year entry of the Bachelor’s degree, with the added bonus of receiving a Diploma qualification at the end of the first eight months. The remaining students are exercising their choice to re-sit elected exams in May this year – an option which further sets the IB apart as a very attractive fall-back to have a second chance to fulfil requirements or improve a particular subject result. This was the result for one of our 2019 cohort students who has now taken up an offer at their first preference.
The increased flexibility of tertiary pathways, entry points and transferability between courses and institutions align completely with our approach to preparing students for a much more diverse and rapidly changing career landscape, and the IB is the perfect vehicle for this journey.
Congratulations again to an absolutely brilliant group of students. We celebrate your achievements with you and know that your contributions to the world will be as active, compassionate and courageous lifelong learners.