What study options are available?

Discover what’s available, from degrees to short courses and online learning.

Discover what’s available, from degrees to short courses and online learning. What learning style suits you, and how can you find a course that suits your needs?

What level of education are you seeking?
What is available? The following brief outline of the educational providers may assist your planning.

Universities
Most Australian universities offer both degree courses and single subjects. Degree courses generally take from three years full-time to ten years part-time, with many variations in-between. A full listing of Australian universities can be accessed from the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DETYA). New Hobsons Press also provides a directory of higher education courses. These ‘Good Guides’ are a popular way of choosing university courses. These guides are comprehensive and independent listings of university courses nationally. The guides are supported by a website which allows an online search by course subject for the most appropriate institution. The printed guides include application forms, and the website allows for online applications.

Higher education in Australia is subject to the HECS fee (Higher Education Contribution Scheme). This can be paid up-front, for which a discount applies, or will be removed from your post-study salary via income tax. The fee will vary according to your chosen course and institution, but, as a benchmark, a three-year full-time Arts degree will require a HECS payment of approximately $3768 per annum, to be repayed when you start earning more than $25 347 a year. If you pay HECS upfront, there is a 25 per cent discount. All HECS fees are likely to increase substantially in 2005. Most universities also allow students to enrol for a single subject in selected courses. These classes usually involve a six-month or one-year commitment, and cost approximately $600 for eight 3-hour sessions.

TAFE courses
Courses offered by TAFE institutes around the country are often the most effective way of starting a career change. TAFE courses not only offer very practical, vocationally based education, but they also work in partnership with industry providing work experience and job opportunities along the way. Some courses are as short as one-year certificates, and the delivery of subjects is usually highly flexible, allowing a combination of work and study in the chosen field.

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