Morris completed a university transition program at Southern Cross University in January, giving her the opportunity to prove herself and qualify to study for a university degree.
Southern Cross University is among tertiary institutions offering students an alternative pathway to study and a second chance at career opportunities they might have otherwise missed. These include Transition to Uni and Star Early Offer for Year 12 students.
There are also diplomas in business, tourism, science, engineering or health that can help students transition into a degree.
The regional university, which has campuses in Coffs Harbour and Lismore in NSW and the Gold Coast in Queensland, has provided pathway programs to allow current year 12 students to study a free six-week full-time or 12-week part-time course online to secure a university place.
The Transition to Uni course will open new intakes next month and in early January, both online.
Morris attended Transition to Uni on campus at Coffs Harbour before deciding to study her bachelor degree online.
“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 from Transition to Uni,” she said.
“For those who feel as though they may not meet course requirements, it’s always good to have something to back you up to make sure you can start university on time, rather than having all your eggs in one basket and missing the start date.
“You meet other people and the course really prepares you for what it takes to be successful at university, including how to reference properly and how assessments should be presented.”
Successful completion of the Transition to Uni program guarantees entry into all Southern Cross University undergraduate degrees in 2020 and 2021 except midwifery, which involves an additional interview and selection process.
Southern Cross University has reported a 35 per cent increase in domestic mid-year enrolments from across the country, compared to the same time last year, particularly in its flagship courses in psychology, science, health, education and pathway programs.
The University of NSW has also opened a new program of conditional offers to year 11 and 12 students from low socio-economic backgrounds. The students will be assessed on school reports, samples of their work and a personal statement.
To qualify for the early placement offer, the student must achieve a minimum Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank but it will be less than the official published rank.
Western Sydney University and the Australian Catholic University have also introduced early entry programs for students, based on their Year 11 results and a personal statement to boost their application.
Anna Patty is a Senior Writer for The Sydney Morning Herald with a focus on higher education. She is a former Workplace Editor, Education Editor, State Political Reporter and Health Reporter.