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The Preparing for Success at SCU Program focuses on assisting students to develop the academic skills needed to succeed at University. It also provides an alternative university entry pathway. The program is offered as either full-time (13 weeks) or part-time (up to 1 year part-time). The program is designed to teach time-management, practical essay writing, research and numeracy skills necessary to pursue academic studies successfully.
If you have the ambition to upgrade your skills with university study but don't meet the formal entry requirements or if you are returning to study and would like to brush up on your skills, the Preparing for Success Program can help you to meet your goal.
Preparing for Success can be studied in a variety of flexible ways to assist those juggling other commitments. The course is available on all three campuses as well as by distance education.
There are no HECS fees charged to students, so the course is fee-free. If you dream about getting a university degree but lack the confidence or formal entry qualifications, now could be the time to act by applying for the Preparing for Success Program.
This course provides an alternative entry path into Southern Cross University. The course is useful for school leavers or TAFE students who have taken the vocational strand of learning but would now like to go to university. The course is also valuable for those who have spent time away from the academic environment for family, career or personal reasons and who wish to revise their skills before entering into the university environment to undertake a degree.
Students undertake study of four units. Three compulsory units focus on individual and group management skills essential for successful university performance, effective research strategies and written communication and practical numeracy skills. The fourth unit provides a choice of either developing research and writing skills in the arts and business or the sciences.
To qualify for the Preparing for Success at SCU Program a total of four units (48 credit points) must be completed, comprising 3 core units and 1 elective unit.
For course rules and a full list of units, please refer to the Specific Award Rules below.
|Distance Education||Session 1
|Coffs Harbour||Session 1
Southern Cross Drive, Bilinga
|Tweed Heads - SCU Lakeside
Caloola Drive, Tweed Heads
|Tweed Heads - SCU Riverside
Brett Street, Tweed Heads
|Course Duration||1 session full-time or up to 1 year part-time|
|Fees and Charges||No HECS fees are applicable to this course. Tuition is free.|
|Admission, Enrolment and General Enquiries||scu.edu.au/enquiries|
|Further Information||Ph: 1800 626 481
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On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, online activities. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Our distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive electronic study materials, online workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
MySCU is a student’s point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.
The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.
Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.
The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.
The Academic Skills Development team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.
The assessment methods used in this course vary from unit to unit and may include essays, reports, presentations and group work.
Southern Cross University provides students with modern well-equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audio-visual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.
You can apply directly to the University by clicking the Apply Online button.
Please note that the application process requires you to submit a Personal Competencies Statement where you address six questions:
The Personal Competencies Statement can be handwritten or word processed (typed). If you handwrite it and have access to a scanner you can scan it and upload it to your online application. If you are word processing your Personal Competencies Statement you can save it to your computer and upload it from there. You can also complete the online application and send the Personal Competencies Statement in later but attaching it to your online application means your application will get assessed faster.
Online applications for the Preparing for Success at SCU Program involve four key steps:
Once registered you can exit and return to your application at any time.
If you experience problems with the online application you may download and use the Direct Application Form
Important - Please contact the University for confirmation of the course structure prior to acting on this information. The University accepts no liability for any loss suffered by reason of reliance on this information.
The following University Rules Relating to Awards apply in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below: Rule 1; Rule 2 Section 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15; Rule 3. No other Rules Relating to Awards apply.4.1 Qualifications for Admission
Students may be admitted as follows:
To achieve satisfactory completion of the Program, a candidate shall successfully complete: