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ATAR and ATAR Edge

Michael McCann, Head of Future Pathways

Introducing the ATAR Path: Paving the Way to University Success

The ATAR Path has long been regarded as the traditional entryway to university for ambitious students. It entails dedicated study of four or more ATAR courses throughout Year 11 and 12, culminating in the completion of the final WACE exams to obtain an ATAR score. This path is particularly suited to students who aspire to pursue higher education. By embarking on the ATAR Path, students open the doors to a wide range of university courses available to them.

A feature of the ATAR path is the students commitment to undertake the challenging study load associated with the ATAR courses. This pathway not only offers comprehensive subject content but also equips students with invaluable transferable skills. These skills include effective time management, organisational prowess, efficient study techniques, and the ability to cope with the pressures of exams. By honing these skills early on, students are better prepared to excel in their undergraduate studies.

Recently, the University Admissions Centre published a paper emphasising the numerous benefits of the ATAR Path in setting students up for success at the university level. Alongside acquiring in-depth knowledge in their chosen subjects, students also develop a range of skills that prove instrumental in their academic journey. From mastering the art of time management to adopting effective study methods, these abilities foster a strong foundation for academic excellence.

Expanding on the ATAR Path, we introduce the ATAR Edge—an extension exclusively available to Year 12 students. Students following the ATAR Edge curriculum will also undertake four or more ATAR courses and sit for the final WACE exams to attain an ATAR score. However, they will also enjoy the added advantage of dedicated timetabled independent learning periods. During this time, students can pursue one or multiple unique microcredentials, further enhancing their academic profile.

The ATAR Edge offers students the opportunity to acquire valuable microcredentials that support their university readiness. For instance, students can opt for the Curtin UniReady (CUR) Academic Writing Unit, which focuses on developing the essential writing skills necessary for university-level studies. Alternatively, students can choose to enrol in a recognised Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to expand their knowledge in a specific area of interest. Additionally, the ATAR Edge program presents students with the chance to give back to their community by coaching younger students in a Learning Area of their choice, fostering leadership skills and nurturing a sense of responsibility.

By embracing the ATAR Path and its extended version, the ATAR Edge, students embark on a transformative educational journey. They not only gain a comprehensive understanding of their chosen subjects but also develop a range of invaluable skills that will serve them well in their future endeavours. The ATAR Path and ATAR Edge programs are designed to empower students to thrive in the university environment, setting them on a path to academic success and personal growth.

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