University degrees are internationally recognised for most professional qualifications. First-level university degrees are known as "undergraduate degrees" or "bachelor’s degrees". Different universities offer different courses, and each university has its own way of teaching and its own specialist areas. The general entry requirements for a degree are:
For more information on Australian Universities and their course offerings please visit the Australian Government's MyUniversity website.
- Completion of Year 12 successfully with minimum entry levels achieved to meet course pre-requisites OR
- Completion of a pre-university Vocational Education Training pathway course or diploma, for example through TAFE or a private college OR/AND
- Several years of relevant work experience.
The benefits of a degree include:
You may have students who are nervous about their Year 12 results and securing their preferred university course. It's important you assure your students that there are a number of options available to gain entry into their prefered course. Alternate entry pathways include:
- Access to professions in demand that require a degree, for example teaching, science, medical, nursing, architecture, medicine, law, some branches of engineering and many many more
- A great way to progress your current career by continuing study from VET to university, for example completing a Diploma of Accounting and moving onto a Bachelor of Accounting
- The opportunity to work overseas, because most university degrees are internationally recognised
- Better opportunities and future pay in professions where a degree is an advantage, for example journalism, law, creative arts, business, accounting, IT
- The opportunity to pursue a career as a researcher or university academic
- Better employment prospects from developing skills such as leadership, teamwork, research and communication which are very attractive to employers
- The opportunity to study overseas; most universities offer exchange schemes or international programs, which may involve overseas study in another language.
- Completing bridging studies (e.g. Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation)
- Undertaking Diploma or Advanced Diploma studies
- Accepting a place in another, less competitive bachelor degree program and completing at least one full-time year of study, once complete upgrading to your preferred course
- Applying on the basis of Alternative Entry provisions through selected Universities
For more information, including the maximum entry ranks for these pathways, please consult the Universities directly for entry options or contact your State or Territory Admissions Centre for further information.