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Southern Cross University is among tertiary institutions offering students a free alternative pathway to study and a second chance at career opportunities they may have otherwise missed.
These include Transition to Uni and Star Early Offers for Year 12 students.
The newly-modified Transition to Uni program now enables current Year 12 students to study a free six-week full time or 12-week part-time course online to guarantee their place at Southern Cross, and has intakes this August and in early January ahead of Session 1, 2021.
For Belinda Morris, Transition to Uni was the ticket she needed to study at Australia’s top university for psychology.
The Grafton local, now 18, attended Transition to Uni on campus at Coffs Harbour before deciding to study her Bachelor degree online.
“You meet other people and the Transition to Uni program really prepares you for what it takes to be successful at University, including how to reference properly and how assessments should be presented,” she said.
“I couldn’t have gone into the psychology course without it and I wouldn’t be as successful in the degree I’m in now without everything I learned.”
Successful completion of the Transition to Uni program guarantees entry into all Southern Cross University undergraduate degrees in 2020 and 2021 – however the Bachelor of Midwifery involves an additional interview and selection process.
The STAR Early Offer program allows students to secure their place in a Southern Cross University degree before Year 12 results are even released.
It’s designed to remove some of the pressure from Year 12 and allows students to gain an offer into a Southern Cross University course of choice, based on high school grades and the school principal’s recommendation.
By Sandra MOON