These programs focus on enabling students from targeted groups to enter university. They provide non-traditional pathways to study at ACU. Traditionally, universities use the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or Overall Position (OP) to rank and select school leavers for admission to tertiary courses. In contrast, the programs listed below offer students the opportunity to gain entry to the ACU in ways that do not depend solely on the ATAR/OP attained.
Access programs aim to:
Provide academic support to assist students to develop higher order numeracy and literacy skills necessary for successful university entrance
Offer a range of pathways into university other than by the traditional ATAR entry mode
Provide opportunities for all those despite their educational background, aspire to higher education
We collaborate with high schools to deliver the below Access programs:
A series of two, one-day academic skills workshops, focussing specifically on the development of writing skills for Year 12 students. Workshops will cover such topics as improving clarity of expression, improving and developing revision techniques and analysing and answering past paper questions.
Offered to: Year 12
Making Maths Work
A series of two, one-day academic skills workshops conducted in the school holidays at the end of Term 2 and Term 3. Workshops aim to support and encourage participation in the study of mathematics and to assist students to optimise their maths grades to enhance university entrance. Workshops include consolidation of knowledge in areas such as Statistics, Calculus, Trigonometry and Probability.
Offered to: Year 12
Secondary students are offered the chance to undertake a selected range of first year university units of study. Units of study available and how they are delivered vary according to state.
Currently, courses are available in the areas of Education, Health Science, Exercise Science, Arts and Business.
Students who successfully complete their chosen unit of study, and who choose to enrol in a related ACU undergraduate degree course will receive credit points towards that degree. If students enrol in another university it will be at the discretion of that university to award credit.
Offered to: Year 11 & 12 (Qld). Year 12 (Vic, NSW)