Career Start (Study Abroad)

2020 course information for Domestic Students
2020 course information for International Students

updated 2:39 PM on Wed, 7 April

Domestic snapshot

International snapshot

IELTS
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ATAR/OP
N/A
Duration
35 weeks full-time
35 weeks full-time
Location
Gold Coast, Lismore
Start date
March, July, November
Course code
9509910
Course abbreviation
CareerStart
Credit points
48
Equivalent units
5
CRICOS
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Fees
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Non-tuition fee: $240

Please note, some locations may not have all intake periods available. See the full availability details for further information.

Course overview

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.

This course is offered by SCU College which works with you and for you along the way, offering support through College Connect and additional workshops to develop your academic and study skills.

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
Lismore streams Starts
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

 

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.

This course is offered by SCU College which works with you and for you along the way, offering support through College Connect and additional workshops to develop your academic and study skills.

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
Lismore streams Starts
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

 

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Applicants for admission to candidature to the Career Start (Study Abroad) program must have an education qualification recognised as equivalent to having successfully completed Australian Year 12; and be a minimum of 18 years old at the start of the program.

Applicants must also have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or have completed an International English Language Test (or comparable test scores*) with:

  • a minimum overall score of 5.0 and a minimum score of 4.5 in each subtest (or comparable test scores*).
  • in order to successfully complete the core unit and progress to elective units students must complete ENG10002 with SCU College Exit Test scores of 5.5 overall and a minimum score of 5.0 in each subtest.
* comparable scores include SCU College Placement Test scores, CPE, CAE and TOEFL PBT (see www.scu.edu.au/englishskills)
 

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall Score5.0
Reading4.5
Writing4.5
Listening4.5
Speaking4.5

About the course

Streams available in this course for students to choose from include:

  • Arts
  • Business
  • Nursing and Allied Health
  • Science
  • Tourism and Hospitality.

Domestic students

International students

LocationSessionAnnual FeesCRICOS
Gold Coast1, 2, 3$12,040 ($2,408 per unit)096807M
Lismore1, 2, 3$12,040 ($2,408 per unit)096807M
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Applications are not available for 2020. Please select a different year above or see Course Options for courses currently offered.

View domestic application details View international application details

Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

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Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.


Assessment methods

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.

Teaching methods

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.

Career opportunities

This is a pathway course for study abroad students.

Students who successfully complete the Career Start (Study Abroad) course may receive up to four units of credit towards the Diploma of Business or the Diploma of Science.

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Domestic future
students

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International future
students

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Current
students

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Call 1800 005 687 during business hours.


Course requirements

To successfully complete the Career Start (Study Abroad), students must complete English for Academic Purposes and the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising:


Course structure


Schedule of units

TitleLevel of learningNote
Complete the unit English for Academic Purposes in the commencing session before progressing through this program
ENG10002 -  English for Academic PurposesIntroductory
Select one of the following Specialisations: Note 1

Specialisations



Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

TitleLevel of learningNote

Year 1

Note 1
Complete the unit English for Academic Purposes in the commencing session before progressing through this program.
ENG10002 -  English for Academic PurposesIntroductory Note 2
Complete the following two units:
EDU10010 -  Language and Learning in your DisciplineIntroductory Note 2
MAT10706 -  Quantitative Methods with EconomicsIntroductory Note 2
Choose two units from the following:
COM00207 -  Communication in OrganisationsIntroductory
ACC10707 -  Accounting and Finance for BusinessIntroductory
MKT00075 -  Marketing PrinciplesIntroductory
MNG10247 -  Managing OrganisationsIntroductory

TitleLevel of learningNote

Year 1

Note 1
Complete the unit English for Academic Purposes in the commencing session before progressing through this program.
ENG10002 -  English for Academic PurposesIntroductory Note 2
Complete the following two units:
EDU10010 -  Language and Learning in your DisciplineIntroductory Note 2
MAT10706 -  Quantitative Methods with EconomicsIntroductory Note 2
Choose two units from the following:
COM00207 -  Communication in OrganisationsIntroductory
ECO10250 -  Economics for Decision MakingIntroductory
MNG00441 -  Hospitality Services ManagementIntroductory
MNG10247 -  Managing OrganisationsIntroductory
SOY00411 -  Tourism Theories and PracticesIntroductory

TitleLevel of learningNote

Year 1

Note 1
Complete the unit English for Academic Purposes in the commencing session before progressing through this program.
ENG10002 -  English for Academic PurposesIntroductory Note 2
Complete the following unit:
EDU10010 -  Language and Learning in your DisciplineIntroductory Note 2
Choose three units from the following:
SCI10001 -  Nature of ScienceIntroductory
SCI10002 -  Science in SocietyIntroductory
ENG10759 -  Processes and Philosophy of EngineeringIntroductory
PHY10760 -  Physics and MaterialsIntroductory
MAT10251 -  Statistical AnalysisIntermediate
MAT10001 -  Foundation MathematicsIntroductory
MAT10706 -  Quantitative Methods with EconomicsIntroductory

TitleLevel of learningNote

Year 1

Note 1
Complete the unit English for Academic Purposes in the commencing session before progressing through this program.
ENG10002 -  English for Academic PurposesIntroductory Note 2
Complete the following unit:
EDU10010 -  Language and Learning in your DisciplineIntroductory Note 2
Choose three units from the following:
MAT10706 -  Quantitative Methods with EconomicsIntroductory
CUL00210 -  Australia, Asia and the WorldIntroductory
COM00207 -  Communication in OrganisationsIntroductory
HUM00270 -  Doing Cultural StudiesIntroductory
CUL00401 -  Indigenous World-ViewsIntroductory
EDU01290 -  Outdoor Education IIntroductory
SOC10399 -  Critical Thinking for Digital TimesIntroductory


Notes

Note 1: Students enrolling in the Arts, Business, Science, or Tourism and Hospitality Specialisations must select Language and Learning in Your Discipline.
Note 2: This is a core unit.

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