What is a study pathway?
A pathway involves taking a slightly different route to the course you would like to study, allowing you to pursue your dream course even if you don’t initially meet the entry requirements. You may also want to begin your studies at a lower level to get some experience before entering the higher education sector, or simply to see if the field you’ve chosen is right for you. In some cases you may be awarded credit for the study you have already completed once you enter your degree. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and could mean that you finish your course at the same time as students who were admitted directly. Pathway study also gives you extra time to settle into Australian life, improve your English language skills and gain valuable skills and knowledge for future study.
VET is offered by private colleges and government-owned institutes. These courses are lower-level qualifications than those in the higher education sector, and include certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas. They are generally much more accessible than bachelor degrees and are a great pathway into further study if you are struggling to meet the requirements for a university course. VET courses can be studied in just about any field, including business, creative arts, health and science. Because VET study is typically more practical and ‘hands-on’, it can provide a very good background for more theoretical study in the higher education sector. When selecting a VET course, it is important to do your research to see if it will provide an appropriate pathway into your desired bachelor degree and if you will be granted credit for your studies. Entry into VET courses usually requires a level of study equivalent to Australian Year 10, 11 or 12. See Vocational Education and Training (VET) for more.
Higher education pathways:
There are a number of pathway options within the higher education sector. You may choose to apply for a course with more manageable entry requirements and then transfer into your desired degree (applying for an arts degree with the intention of transferring to law, for example). Entry requirements and entry difficulty vary between institutions, so you are likely to find a course to suit your needs.
Upon completion of your studies with Axial, you may wish to pursue further studies at one of Australia’s many excellent universities.
Once you have completed your studies with us, you may be eligible for course credits if you wish to apply to study at an Australian university. A course credit may reduce the time it takes to complete a university degree. Please note that each university/field of study has its own entry and credit requirements.