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School Guide to Assessing STAR Applications

This guide provides a description of the types of skills and attributes expected from students enrolling in Southern Cross University courses.

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Courses available for STAR Early Offer program

Study areas/subjects:

Business and Tourism

CourseAssessment guidelines
  • Bachelor of Accounting
  • Bachelor of Business

Business students require strong analytical and mathematics skills and sound literacy. Students should be passing all Year 12 subjects and have, as a minimum, above average performance in Maths A (QLD) / 2 Unit Math (NSW).

  • Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Arts

Students wanting to undertake a double degree with Arts also need to be passing all of their Year 12 subjects, with above average results in HSIE, Social Sciences and/or English/English Communication subjects.

  • Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management
  • Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management

Students with an interest in studying Tourism degrees require sound analytical skills and would ideally have succeeded in Business Studies or Tourism or Hospitality VET courses in Year 12.

Strong interpersonal skills are highly valued in the Tourism industry.

  • Bachelor of Digital Business
Digital Business requires students to be passing all of their Year 12 subjects with above average results in Year 12 mathematics and computer studies.
  • Diploma of Business

The one-year course gives students the opportunity to develop their academic and business skills in areas of digital business, finance, management, economics and accounting. Completion of the diploma will guarantee entry into, and credit towards a range of Associate and Bachelor degrees.

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Engineering and Science

CourseAssessment guidelines
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Coastal Systems Engineering

Engineering requires excellent maths skills; students will have completed Mathematics (NSW), Engineering Studies (NSW) or Maths B (QLD). Students need to have achieved 70% or above in their trial HSC or mid-year exams.

Students who are not yet achieving at this level may be recommended for the Preparing for Success Program.
  • Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science provides students with a broad education in science as well as the opportunity to specialise in human biology, environmental chemistry, biology, engineering, information technology, psychology and mathematics. The degree is ideal for attaining a general overview of science and offers flexibility in subject choices, enabling students to tailor their study to their learning goals.
  • Diploma of Science
The Diploma of Science is a one-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) course that equips students with foundational knowledge and skills in areas including environmental, health and physical sciences such as engineering.

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Marine and Environmental Science

CourseAssessment guidelines
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Forest Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Marine Science and Management

 

Environmental Science and other science degrees require students to have strong analytical skills and demonstrated competency in maths and science subjects. Students should be passing all Year 12 subjects and have above average performance in one or more science subjects.

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Health Sciences

CourseAssessment guidelines
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
  • Bachelor of Pedorthics
  • Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies)
  • Bachelor of Podiatry
  • Bachelor of Podiatry, Bachelor of Pedorthics
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

While strong interpersonal skills are an asset in many healthcare fields, students interested in studying Health Science courses must have strong results in English, Maths and Science to succeed at University.

Students wanting to study Psychology will need to be passing all of their Year 12 subjects with above average results in mathematics and/or statistics.

  • Diploma of Health

The Diploma of Health will help build student’s academic skills while achieving this two-year university qualification. Eligible graduates can cross-over into the Bachelor Degrees in Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies), Pedorthics, Podiatry, Psychological Science, Speech Pathology, Sport and Exercise Science and Occupational Therapy with credit.

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Nursing and Midwifery

CourseAssessment guidelines
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Bachelor of Midwifery

While strong interpersonal skills are an asset in many healthcare fields, students interested in studying Nursing must have strong results in English, Maths and Science. SCU’s Nursing degree requires high levels of numeracy and literacy. SCU does not accept Certificate III in Aged Care as a basis for admission into the Bachelor of Nursing. Students recommended for Midwifery need to have achieved 70% or above in their trial HSC or mid-year exams and will have completed English, Maths B, Chemistry and Biology to succeed at University.

Students who cannot demonstrate strong results in English, Maths and Science, should be recommended for Preparing for Success, to build their academic skills. Preparing for Success can be completed in one study session and is free of fees.

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Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

CourseAssessment guidelines
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Associate Degree of Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Social Welfare

Students interested in degrees in Arts, Writing, Social Science or Social Welfare require sound academic achievement (passing all their year 12 subjects) with above average results in the HSIE, Social Sciences and/or English/English Communication subject areas.

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Indigenous Knowledge

CourseAssessment guidelines
  • Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge

Students interested in studying the Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge require to passing all their Year 12 subjects with above average results in the HSIE or Social Sciences subject areas.

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Digital Media and Information Technology

CourseAssessment guidelines
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Associate Degree of Information Technology

Students need strong analytical skills, be passing all of their Year 12 subjects and have above average performance in computer studies.

  • Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications

Students interested in Digital Media and Communications will be adept at storytelling across a range of mediums, from text to web and video.

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Law and Justice

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Media and Creative Arts

CourseAssessment guidelines
  • Bachelor of Contemporary Music
  • Bachelor of Art and Design

Students recommended for Contemporary Music and Art and Design will have successfully undertaken a related course as a Year 12 subject, such as Music or Visual Arts. Students wanting to study Art and Design will be asked to submit a portfolio and attend an interview.

Students wanting to undertake the Performance and/or Songwriting/Composition streams in the Bachelor of Music may be required to attend an audition.

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Education and Teaching

CourseAssessment guidelines
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Early Childhood)
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary/Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Technology Education/Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

Our education degrees are combined with a Bachelor of Arts to ensure a comprehensive foundation for our education students in relevant discipline areas like mathematics, English and science. Students recommended for Education courses need to have achieved 70% or above in their trial HSC or mid-year exams and should have demonstrated high academic achievement in English, mathematics and science.

Additionally, applicants for initial teaching courses must submit a 1,000-word personal statement outlining their non-academic capabilities. See education non-academic requirements for further information. These entry requirements will ensure that our courses produce teachers with high levels of academic capability, literacy and numeracy skills and the personal characteristics required by contemporary teachers.

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Pathway program

CourseAssessment guidelines
  • Preparing for Success Program

This award-winning 12-week program will teach students how to manage their time, write essays, undertake research and apply mathematical concepts — providing them with the skills needed to succeed at university and the confidence to progress towards their chosen career.

  • Transition to Uni

This intensive 6-week course is designed to provide required skills, confidence and an entry pathway into a Southern Cross University degree. Students will develop academic literacies, numeracies and time management skills as well as scientific and quantitative concepts.

The information contained in this document is correct at time of publication and the University reserves the right to make alterations to any information without notice.

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