Why should I apply for an Early Offer?

Why apply for an early offer?

If you’re in Year 12 and thinking about applying for university next year, here’s everything you need to know about Murdoch’s Early Offer Program.

The great big adventure of university next year: the experiences, the excited butterflies, and early adulthood awaits. This new chapter promises to be one of the most fulfilling times in your life, so why not get it started? As in, right now started? Let us introduce you to the Year 12 Early Offer Program.

What you need to know about Murdoch’s Early Offer Program

How do I apply for an Early Offer?

To apply for an Early Offer, you'll need to submit your application through TISC. You’re able to select up to six course preferences as part of your TISC application, so we created a helpful guide on choosing your TISC preferences

Who can apply for an Early Offer?

If you're graduating from Year 12 in 2023, you're eligible to apply for an Early Offer. You can apply to study at Murdoch next year using your:

  • Year 11 ATAR subject results 
  • Year 12 mid-year ATAR subject results 
  • IB subject results
  • Portfolio pathway application
  • Certificate IV (please note: you don’t need to have completed your Certificate IV to apply – simply upload your Statement of Enrolment which you can get from your RTO/TAFE)
  • University preparation pathway like Murdoch’s TLC Learning for Tomorrow or FlexiTrack High courses (please note: you don’t need to have completed your preparation pathway to apply – simply upload your Statement of Enrolment which you can get from the university you’re studying your preparation course at).

If you’re in Year 12 but aren’t studying one of the pathways listed above, you can still apply for an early offer. You’ll just need to nominate a university preparation course as your first preference on TISC, and when you successfully complete the course, you can apply for your chosen university degree. Murdoch offers the OnTrack Flex and OnTrack Sprint preparation courses. 

If you’re concerned that you may not achieve an ATAR score of 70, it’s a good idea to include a university preparation course, like OnTrack Flex or OnTrack Sprint, as your sixth preference on your TISC application.

“My ATAR score in Year 11 was high, so I took the opportunity to apply in case something went wrong in Year 12.” -Alexis, Bachelor of Creative Media.

Why should I apply for an Early Offer?

There are plenty of reasons why submitting your uni application early is a good idea. It will help:

  • Organisation. Getting sorted nice and early means there’s one less thing to do when the latter part of the year gets hectic.
  • Provide you with more mental and emotional bandwidth. Mental space will be freed up so you can focus on exams and fun in your final year of high school.
  • You feel settled with your future plans. With a conditional offer, you’ll feel relaxed knowing you’ve secured your uni place for 2024.

“It'll save you time at the end of the year when it comes time to apply for university, so you’ll have more of your holidays to relax, and possibly even study before your first semester or trimester at Murdoch starts.” -Bella, Bachelor of Education in Secondary Teaching.

Myth busting!

People can get confused about the process, but we promise it’s actually very uncomplicated. It’s time to get our myth busting hats on and set a few things straight.

MYTH 1: I have to be 100% sure which course I want to study

You can nominate several preferences on your TISC application, but even if you change your mind beyond these, you aren’t stuck. There’s plenty of time to amend your application or rearrange your preferences, or even change course after you've started studying at uni!

Even if you are just slightly considering the Early Offers Program – apply; there is no consequence for applying, nothing is set in stone. -Jasmine, Bachelor of Creative Media / Bachelor of Communication.

MYTH 2: I can’t apply because there are entry requirements

Many students assume they can’t apply until they’ve ticked off all the entry conditions. For example, meeting English requirements, completing a Certificate IV, finishing an enabling course like FlexiTrack High or TLC Learning for Tomorrow, or obtaining final Year 12 ATAR results. What will happen is you’ll receive a conditional offer, rather than an unconditional offer. This means you’ll be offered a place at uni while you wait to meet the conditions.

MYTH 3: It seems complicated

It might all seem a bit bamboozling with everything else you have going on, but we know you’ll find the process very simple once you get started. However, if you do get confused, we’re here to help if you need us. And if you’re worried about what happens after you’ve applied, here’s what you need to know.

Important Early Offer dates to note down

Early Offer applications opened on 1 May 2023, and they will remain open until Friday 8 December 2023. The first university offers for the 2024 academic year will be made on Monday 17 July 2023.

Applying early for university will give you peace of mind and allow you to relax, have fun, and focus on the rest of Year 12.

Posted on:

1 May 2023

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