Where to begin?
Whether you choose the 'path less travelled' or stay on the highway, will in all likelihood make 'all the difference' to where you are positioned emotionally, financially and perhaps even physically - five, ten or twenty years from now.
In all likelihood the decisions you make now about whether to continue study, what to study and how you will support your study, will also impact the quality of the journey you travel towards your academic goals and personal goals.
Area of Study researchers review study related websites to assist youth navigate the pathways and find direction.
Please note: Although we make every effort to publish accurate information from credible sources, we encourage all visitors to conduct their own research to verify the currency and accuracy of information.
Where to Study?
Options on where to study are often impacted by a number of factors including; academic results, career aspirations financial resources and emotional needs. Only you know the weight of factors impacting your decisions on whether to continue formal study and where to study. If the answer is yes: in your home country or abroad, at university or at TAFE, on campus or online?
Three websites areaofstudy researchers have determined to be valuable in guiding youth to decide on where to study are posted below:
Whether you're intending to study towards a vocational certificate or diploma, or an academic intensive undergraduate degree or postgraduate award, The Good Universities Guide, offers a wealth of informative information on everything from a comparative overview of 'all' Australian universities, TAFEs and private providers.
opportunity costs, employment prospects, social factors and course content delivery.
Times higher Education offers an easy to navigate platform, publishing a comprehensive overview of world universities and academic world rankings.
Unless you have wealthy parents who are prepared to back you, decisions regarding what to study, how long to study and where to study will invariably be influenced by your financial position.
If you are an Australian student planning to study in Australia you may qualify for government assistance.
Additionally, depending on your study choices, HSC results and career aspirations you may also qualify for government or industry backed scholarships.
Commonly available funding is offered to most students in the following forms. Please be aware that deadlines often apply for funding so it is important that you apply on time.
To get a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a HELP loan, students must be enrolled with an approved Australian education provider.
Approved providers are universities, approved private higher education providers and Open Universities Australia (OUA).
A comprehensive list of providers can be found at the following link:
Study Assist provides a simple form based assessment for determining eligibility for study assistance.
NOT EXPECTING THE ATAR TO SCORE A PLACE IN YOUR PREFERRED COURSE?
Didn't get into the books this year? Know you could have done better if COVID didn't interfere with your head, or your dog didn't die or your best friend didn't move or that Math's teacher wasn't so useless or blah blah blah?
IT IS NOT OVER! It is NOT TRUE that the only way to gain entry into that course is through a great ATAR in year 12.
While achieving a solid ATAR score will probably provide a shortcut to that course you want to enrol in, IT IS NOT THE ONLY MEANS TO GET THERE and NO you do not need to repeat the HSC to get in.
If your ATAR is reasonable it is probably possible to gain entry into a different course at your favoured university and then transfer to your dream course once you have established that you are capable of good grades at university level.
In other words instead of using year 12 to gain entry into your favourite course, use the results from a less favoured university course to gain entry into the one you want. Check with individual institutions to find out how to make this work for you.
The following article from 'The Art Smart 'contains further information on how to gain entry into a preferred course with a low ATAR
What to study?
Options on what to study are often impacted by factors like results, interests and career aspirations.
Again the weight of variable influences on your subject choices is yours alone. In an ideal world everyone would make tonnes of money doing something that they love. Unfortunately the reality of marrying a passion for composing poetry for financial stability is in all probability financially unrealistic but depending on your need to create worth the financial instability.
Some websites that may help you decide are listed below:
Even if you're not considering study at QUT, the following link is a useful tool for detangling the confusion around course options.
If you're really unsure about what to study Open Universities Australia offers subject choice advice based on multiple choice user input.
In The News
2020 NSW HSC RESULTS Released 18th of December
Results released 18 December.
Access your results at
2020 ATAR ACCESS
Access to ATAR available until February 29, 2021.
Students eligible for an ATAR will be able to access their ATAR score on 18th of December from 9am from
the University Admission Centre's website. You will need your student number and UAC pin to access your score.
To access your ATAR after 28.2.2021
you'll be charged $58.
PRESUMPTION OF 'CONSIDERATION OF EDUCATIONAL DISADVANTAGE' FOR EVERY VICTORIAN STUDENT
The Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) has announced they will introduce a “Consideration of Educational Disadvantage” process to recalculate VCE scores for every student, individually in Victoria.
Sept 5, 2020
If moving away from home to study is on the agenda, you'll want to consider accommodation options.
Should you live on campus, move out with friends, or look for cheaper private accommodation alternatives such as boarding or renting a room in a share house?
Again affordability and whether or not you can access assistance will often impact your decision.
Student.com publishes a comprehensive list of student accommodation providers with the added value of published price transparency.
Although flatmates.com.au isn't a dedicated student accommodation site, the website features student accommodation search filter options and publishes a vast array of affordable, well relatively more affordable, accommodation options for students through private accommodation providers and other students seeking flatmates to share group housing and costs.
Corona Virus & Your HSC
Every student in Australia has been impacted in some way by the Corona Virus. For some further information on ways your academic results and tertiary entry eligibility might be adjusted visit the following sites.
Regional Australia Scholarships
As part of The Australian Government's 'Planning for Australia's Future Population' program the 'Destination Australia Program 't has committed to support eligible tertiary education providers with funding to offer scholarships to domestic and international students to study and live in regional Australia.
So if you intend to study in regional Australia check with your institution whether they have regional education scholarships on offer and how to apply.
YOUR VOICES MATTER
After much lobbying from students and parents on 7.9.2020
Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced HSC celebrations could go ahead in NSW after the finish of exams on November 12.
Not ready to embark on a lengthy complicated course of study but feeling a bit bored and want to study something interesting, relatively affordable and maybe worthwhile?
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