Earn a Diploma
One of the fastest ways to gain entry into a bachelor degree program is to start with a Diploma of Higher Education. Earn your diploma through full-time studies over the course of one year or do it part-time. Learn the skills you need to be a successful university student and show yourself, and everyone else, that you have what it takes to succeed in higher education.
In addition to introductory skills, your diploma course will include first-year degree subjects in the areas that interest you. When you graduate with your diploma, you'll have a head start on those subjects. In some cases, you may be able to earn credit for first-year courses. In others, you have the opportunity to attain advanced standing.
Chat to the JCU Pathways team to select a diploma major that will set you on the path to your target degree. Whether you hope to succeed in business, become a teacher with an education degree, or make a difference with a career in healthcare, it can all start with a Diploma of Higher Education. As you earn your diploma, you'll study under lecturers committed to student success and enjoy additional support from the JCU Pathways team.
Leverage your Experience
If you have no ATAR score because you've been out of school for a time, you can still find a pathway to a university degree at James Cook University. We know that the experience you've gained on the job is invaluable. If you've been working full time for at least six months, there could be a pathway to university for you even if your ATAR score would not normally be high enough to automatically make you eligible.
Your employment does not necessarily have to relate to the field you hope to study or be with the same employer throughout your career. Contact us to find out more about how you might be able to use your work experience to gain entry into a degree. Your world-class education at JCU will build on the skills you've already gained through work.
Build a Bridge
Some of the most difficult prerequisites university applicants face are in Science and Mathematics courses. If you have an interest in pursuing a degree that requires high scores in subjects like Chemistry or Maths, a bridging course could be your way to a university degree. Bridging courses are the equivalent of Queensland Senior high school subjects and will satisfy the entry requirements for many of the degree programs you might be interested in.
One of the best things about bridging courses is that you can take them as intensives, so they fit into a summer or winter break. By taking a bridging course, you can gain the qualifications you need to pursue your course of study; but that is not the only benefit to bridging courses. Through your bridging courses, you may gain more confidence in your own abilities and choice of career. A bridging course can give you insight as you make effective plans for your future.
Bolster Your Academic Confidence
If you are a school leader, a mature age student, or just want to build your confidence in your English and other important skills necessary for university studies, a Tertiary Access Course (TAC) could be your pathway to a university degree. Study full-time or part-time and gain the prerequisites you need to enter many undergraduate courses.
TAC courses are all about gaining the important academic skills necessary for success in higher education. These include English and communication skills, a certain level of mathematics skill, and the ability to use computers and information technology effectively throughout your learning experience.
As you study the TAC core subjects, you'll learn how to choose the right technological tools to succeed in research, how to use online information effectively, and master the critical literacy and mathematics skills that will be crucial to your degree studies.