Pathways to University

Untitled designWant to go to university but worried you won’t meet the entry requirements?

Then you should check out some of the different pathways available to help you get on to the course you love.

What are pathways?

Pathways to university are there to provide people who do not meet the conventional entry requirements for undergraduate study with an opportunity to join the program through another route. There are a wide range of options available for students to improve their knowledge, gain useful credits, and increase their chances of becoming accepted onto a higher course of study.

Whether you’re looking to improve your career options or gain access to higher learning, there are plenty of options available to suit your needs. They are frequently inexpensive and are available to study in a range of ways, including on-campus and online. Read of to see if there is a program that will help you get to where you want to be.

What pathways are available?

There are several pathways to university available to prospective students. These include:

  • Diploma of General Studies
  • StudyLink
  • A TAFE course
  • Single subject study

We’ve reviewed these pathways in greater detail below.

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What is Diploma of General Studies? How does it help you to enrol to university?

A Diploma of General Studies is a one year full-time study program offered by Charles Sturt University (CSU) that is designed for students who want to study at the university, possibly at Undergraduate level, but who don’t yet meet the entry requirements.

The course is offered in conjunction with several TAFE institutes, and consists of eight subjects which are studied over two 17-week sessions. There are four subjects taken from the TAFE Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC) and four subjects from CSU Bachelor degree programs.

Completion of the Diploma of General Studies provides guaranteed acceptance into most CSU undergraduate programs and credit for completed classes may be able to count towards a Bachelor’s degree. If you want to study at Undergraduate level, but don’t yet meet the eligibility requirements then the Diploma of General Studies may be a useful route.

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What is StudyLink?

Study Link is a program of 17 short, online courses designed to gear students up for higher study by preparing them for academic study and filling in any knowledge gaps they may have in their chosen field. They are low priced, occasionally even free if you’re already enrolled in certain courses, and are available to study in your own time, at your own pace, entirely online.

A StudyLink course typically takes between 15 and 40 hours, and the course can be spread to cover a period of up to five months, to allow you plenty of time to learn and respond to the course. These courses are non-credit bearing, so your study won’t count towards any higher courses that you may be considering, but they’re still a great way to learn and to brush up on your study skills.

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What is TAFE? How to enrol to university from TAFE?

Technical and Further Education (TAFE) is Australia’s largest provider of vocational and educational training. It has learning institutions in every state and provides a range of certificates designed to help people further their careers, or prepare themselves for further study.

There is a funding available to help students study at TAFE institutions and courses are provided on campus or online. If you’re interested in studying online, we’ve compiled a complete preview of the best courses available online. You should see them in a list on the left hand side of your screen. Simply click on your chosen field and you’ll be given your full options for online study.

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What is single subject study?  How does it help you to enrol to university?

Single Subject Study is exactly what its name suggests. Students will study a single subject taken from a higher course of learning. This is an ideal way for students to get a taste of the demands of undergraduate study, to expand their knowledge in their chosen field and to advance their careers.

The course will be taken directly from the Bachelor’s degree course, so you’ll get a taster of the level of learning and the workload that will be required from a full course. You’ll have the chance to interact with full student and professors, and access to online and campus learning materials, study centres and libraries.

Single Subjects are often ‘open entry’, which means that there are no specific requirements for entry, although in certain very specific study areas, such as chemistry or biology, some previous academic experience may be required in order to succeed. Assessment will vary depending on the course, and will sometimes include coursework, essays, presentations or exams, and you may be able to transfer credits earned towards future study.

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