Six students from The Riverina Anglican College have all received early entry offers to university through the The International Baccalaureate (IB) program.
The college joined the program in 2020 to give year 11 and 12 students further options when studying in their senior years, with the internationally recognised course designed to help prepare students for tertiary education.
Students Miles Martin, Ciara and Holly Wilson, along with Hugo Currie have all have offers from The Australian National University. While Mia Bowcher has received her offer from Bond University, with Eliza Parker having an offer from Charles Sturt University.
The students are set to sit trial exams next week and Miles Martin said receiving an early entry offer has helped ease some of the pressure.
He is considering undertaking a double degree with a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Science.
"I am personally very happy about it, I am very pleased as it was my first preference," he said.
"I think (IB) also prepares us a bit more for the future in terms of university as well, that is one of the main ideas of the course."
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Students undertaking the IB program are required to study English, a second language, a humanities subject, a science subject, mathematics and then have the option to undertake either a creative arts class or alternately, an additional science or humanities subject.
They are also required to complete a Theory of Knowledge component, a Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) element and an extended 4000 word essay in a subject area of interest.
Holly Wilson, who plans to study a double degree in Arts, said they have all just handed their 4000 word essay in for making, with the CAS component still being undertaken.
"We all handed in our extended essay only a couple of weeks ago, which is a really nice feeling, that is something everyone put a lot of time into," she said.
"But we're still continuing to do our CAS element, which is making sure that even though we may be studying hard, we are involving ourselves in the community and offering services to our peers."
Students who complete the IB receive a mark out of 45, which then translates into an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
The early entry offers are a mix of conditional and unconditional, with Hugo Currie requiring a score of above 24 in the IB, a pass in the program which guarantees his place at ANU with a double degree in a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science.
The four students who received offers from ANU were all planning on heading to the university's open day on Saturday, but these plans will now be on hold as the ACT enters a snap seven-day lockdown.
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