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Careers and VET Services


Students considering undertaking Drama/Acting at Flinders University must ensure it is added to their SATAC preferences by 22 November.


The last two weeks allocated for Work Experience in 2021 is Week 7, Monday 22 November to Friday 26 November or Week 8, Monday 29 November to Friday 3 December.

The deadline to return the completed paperwork to Mr Vizaniaris has been extended to Friday 12 November.

No placement can take place after Friday 3 December and there are no approved placements over the holiday period. Students who need assistance to meet this deadline for next Friday must contact Mr Vizaniaris ASAP.


The University of Adelaide HeadStart Program, Flinders University Extension Studies Program, and the University of South Australia Accelerate Program give high achieving students the opportunity to study at University while still in Year 12, and have these university studies count towards the SACE and the ATAR.

Whilst studying at university part-time, Year 12 students not only have the opportunity to find out what university life is like before they even finish school, but also contribute to and benefit from the diverse cultural and intellectual life of a university. Students can receive credit towards their university course depending on what university they attend and what course they enrol in.

Each of the three universities have different types of extension studies. At the University of Adelaide, it is free, but there is a very competitive application process. The majority of their courses require in person attendance at tutorials and workshops. Flinders University charge approximately per semester and parents need to cover this cost. Flinders University have both in person and online subject offerings. University of South Australia focus on online learning predominantly in the Business faculty. The first 100 highest ranked applicants can enrol for free and after that there is the normal HECS cost which could be as much as $1500 per semester and is paid for by the family.

Please note: Both approved Certificate 3 and higher education subjects are classified as recognised studies in the SACE and only one can contribute to ATAR.

Each of these schemes requires a recommendation from St Michael’s College. Listed below are criteria that would be considered in supporting a student’s application:

  1. Record of A grades in Year 11, in a particular related area of study.
  2. Record of excellent attendance, behaviour, attitude and organisation in Year 11 reports.
  3. Students have the support of the relevant Head of Department at St Michael’s College to indicate their assessment of your suitability to undertake such study.
  4. Given the impact on attending subjects at St Michael’s College we would need to know if you are doing in person courses, and that you have a means of transport/parking to and from the University to minimise lessons lost at school.
  5. Agreement that the student will make it a priority to attend compulsory events at St Michael’s College including the retreat. This could mean a lower score for tutorial participation due to absences.
  6. The agreement by the family that they are willing to cover any costs associated with extension studies.

The conversion from the University level of achievement to scaled score for ATAR is very generous. For more information please click here.

For more information regarding these programs please click the links below:

University of Adelaide HeadStart Program

Flinders University Extension Studies Program

University of South Australia Accelerate Program

The first step is to check if you meet the criteria, and then identify a relevant course at a university. There is a two part application process, the first application can be collected from Student Services or via emailing Ms Coorey (rose.coorey@smc.sa.edu.au) and it is due Friday 19 November. Once approved at the College level, students will make an application to the relevant University. Please note that not all applicants are approved for the scheme and as such all applicants remain enrolled in their “other” St Michael’s College subjects until accepted.


If you’re passionate about wildlife and interested in a career with animals and conservation, please consider attending the Careers Day at Adelaide Zoo.

This special full day event gives students a chance to learn all about the variety of careers that are needed to keep a zoo running. The education team will introduce students to a range of guest speakers from animal care, horticulture, marketing and administration, as well as investigating training pathways to animal-related careers.

Please note that students will need to independently register and attend as the College does not facilitate this event.

The Careers Day is open to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 and is held on Friday 19 November from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. It is $45 per students to attend, please click here to book.

For more information, please contact the Adelaide Zoo education team on (08) 8230 1258 or azes@zoossa.com.au for any enquiries.

Mrs Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Careers Counsellors