A NEW pathway has given hope to many high school students wanting to gain entry into the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management course at Muresk in 2014.
Enrolments into the tertiary level course started in September, running in conjunction with Charles Sturt University and CY O'Connor Institute (CYOC).
Both institutions have agreed on a Principal's Recommendation pathway which would allow students who do not have an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) to gain entry into the Bachelor course at Muresk.
CYOC director of higher education Dr Christine Storer said due to the uncertainty surrounding Muresk's future many high school students did not believe there were any pathways to a tertiary facility of their choosing.
She said because of this students didn't complete the relevant WA Certificate of Education (WACE), which replaced the Tertiary Entrance Exams, or the A-class stream needed in the agricultural colleges.
"A successful Principal's Recommendation application guarantees students the offer of a place in semester one at Muresk in February 2014, before the year 12 ATAR results are announced," Dr Storer said.
"The Principal's Recommendation has also been opened up to non-ATAR students, for example agricultural college students, as well as any student who has graduated in the last three years.
"Applications for entry by Principal's Recommendation close on October 31 and students will be notified of the outcome in early December."
Criteria for a Principal's Recommendation include a student having successfully completed Year 12, an assessment of a student's literacy and numeracy, motivation and perseverance, ability to work independently, time management skills, ability to think analytically and capacity for tertiary studies.
Many WA universities require a 78 ATAR result to gain entry, but Dr Storer said with a Principal's recomendation students need not have that result for course entry at Muresk.
Dr Storer said the campus was a hive of activity as staff readied themselves for students next year and core academic staff had started earlier this week.
While official enrolments were still coming in, she said they were expecting at least 30 students to start in 2014.
"We have had 82 expressions of interest, of which 45 are interested in next year, from those 45 we anticipate about 30 actually starting," Dr Storer said.
"Many students are waiting for their results to come through before they apply."