Career Start is just as it sounds – the beginning of your future. We'll help you refine your English language and academic skills, setting you on the path to study in Australia and to achieving your career dream.
Whether you choose the cool, green surroundings of the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, or the beachside buzz of the Gold Coast, our campuses are stunning locations for your studies.
Career Start begins with 10 weeks of English followed by four units of academic study aligned to your chosen field. This can be business, nursing and allied health, tourism and hospitality, science or the arts.
Successful completion of Career Start makes you eligible for credit into our Diploma of Business or Diploma of Science.
Nursing and allied health stream
Students may choose to study a specialised pathway for entry into nursing, occupational therapy and podiatry undergraduate degrees.
Graduates of the course in this stream who have an SCU College English Language Test score comparable to Academic IELTS 7.0, with no band less than 7.0, qualify for direct entry into the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and the Bachelor of Podiatry at Southern Cross University. No advanced standing is included in this pathway.
Graduates of the course in this stream who then achieve an official Academic IELTS 7.0, with no band less than 7.0 (or OET/PTE/TOEFL equivalent score), qualify for direct entry into the Bachelor of Nursing at Southern Cross University. No advanced standing is included in this pathway.
|Gold Coast streams||Starts|
|Arts||18 November 2019|
|Business||18 November 2019, 30 March 2020, 3 August 2020|
|Tourism and Hospitality||18 November 2019, 30 March 2020, 3 August 2020|
|Science||18 November 2019|
|Arts||18 November 2019, 30 March 2020|
|Business||18 November 2019, 30 March 2020|
|Nursing and Allied Health||3 August 2020|
|Tourism and Hospitality||18 November 2019, 30 March 2020|
|Science||18 November 2019|
Streams available in this course for students to choose from include:
- Nursing and Allied Health
- Tourism and Hospitality.
Assessment tasks vary from unit to unit and can include essays, reports, audio or video presentations, class participations individual and group work, online quizzes, case analysis, and examinations. Assessment items are in accordance with learning outcomes, and designed to ensure that all the graduate attributes are assessed throughout a course. The performance criteria, grading standards and due dates for assessment tasks are included in each Unit Information Guide. Students receive timely feedback on their assessment submissions.
During the English language component, the focus is on in-class intensive English language development.
During the undergraduate units, on-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.
Students in the EAP component will comply with ESOS standards for such programs in terms of attendance.