Improving Indigenous Access To Higher Education | Trinity College

Improving Indigenous access to Higher Education

The College provides opportunities for Indigenous students, particularly through scholarships to the Young Leaders Summer School, the Residential College and initiating and teaching the BA (Extended) and the pathway to the BCom.

Indigenous Students at Young Leaders Summer Schools 

Academically suitable Indigenous high school students are encouraged to participate in the Young Leaders Summer School (YLSS), where their educational aspirations are raised and their leadership skills developed. 

YLSS is a stimulating two-week residential program for 14–17 year old students from across Australia and around the world. Held at Trinity College each July and December, YLSS introduces students to life at university and gives them an intellectual and social edge for their final years of schooling. 

Scholarships for Indigenous students to attend YLSS are provided through the Victorian Government Wannik program, and generous private donors. Ten young Indigenous Australians participated in the YLSS programs in 2011 alongside students from across Australian and from many other countries.  

More about the Young Leaders Summer School 

Bachelor of Arts (Extended) for Indigenous students

In 2009, Trinity College partnered with the University of Melbourne and the Centre for Indigenous Education at the University of Melbourne (now Murrup Barack), to introduce the Bachelor of Arts Extended (BAX) for Australian Indigenous students.

The BAX course is only open to students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent who have an ATAR but not necessarily obtained the results required for direct entry into the University of Melbourne’s Bachelor of Arts course.

The BAX is a four-year degree program, where a series of transition are integrated into the first two years of the standard Bachelor of Arts course. The adjusted curriculum assists students to develop skills and competencies in reading, critical thinking, argument development, communication, time management, research, writing and participating in and leading groups. 

Students in the BAX are expected to live at one of the University of Melbourne’s residential colleges, and benefit from the extra academic and personal support provided. Additional Indigenous student support services are available through the Murrup Barak Institute.

More information about bridging subjects for the BA (Extended) from the University of Melbourne. 

Bachelor of Science (Extended) for Indigenous students

In 2015, Trinity partnered with the Murrup Barak and the Science Faculty to establish the Bachelor of Science Extended (BScX). Based on the BAX model, the BScX extends the first year of the Science degree over two years, and inserts a range of transition subjects to help provide students with a strong academic base. These transition subjects include various scientific literacies involving mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and a range of other areas.   

Like the BAX, the BScX course is only open to students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent who have an ATAR but not necessarily obtained the results required for direct entry into the University of Melbourne’s Bachelor of Science course. Students entering into the BScX are expected to live at one of the University of Melbourne’s residential colleges, and benefit from the extra academic and personal support provided. Additional Indigenous student support services are available through the Murrup Barak Institute. 

More information about transition subjects for the BScX from the University of Melbourne.

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

Following the success of the BA (Extended) the University began offering a pathway to the BCom in 2011 to encourage Indigenous students into financial services professions and broaden their educational and vocational opportunities.

Students who have successfully taken the mathematics option of the bridging subjects are eligible to enrol in the BCom program.  

Scholarships for Indigenous Students

Scholarships for Indigenous students are provided to encourage and enable Indigenous students to study at the University of Melbourne as a member of the Trinity community. Find out more about Residential College scholarships or please contact us for additional information.