ACU TAFE partnership to improve uni access

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Access to a university accounting degree is now easier thanks to a new agreement signed by Australian Catholic University (ACU) and TAFE NSW.

The Tertiary Sector Pathway Degree to Accounting is the first of its kind for TAFE NSW. 

The three-year program targets disadvantaged students and allows them to complete the first two years of an Associate Degree of Accounting at TAFE, and then progress to the third year of a university bachelor degree program.  

Professor Grant Jones, Head of the School of Business at ACU, said the new program was an important step towards promoting equal access to university. 

“It’s a great way to provide another pathway into tertiary education, as often disadvantaged students miss out on the opportunity to attend university,” he said. 

“The program ‘absorbs’ the TAFE course, allowing them to build on the two years at TAFE with a third year at ACU, and earn an accounting degree.”  

The program is designed to offer increased education opportunities, leading to employment and stronger local economies. 

The NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, said the Program is especially important for people who have not had the opportunity to take part in higher education, including people from low socio-economic communities, rural and regional communities and Indigenous Australians. 

Other participating organisations include CPA Australia, Innovation Business Skills Australia, Charles Sturt University, and the University of New England. 

It is proposed that students will be able to commence the new tertiary pathway program in 2012 at six TAFE NSW locations across the State, including four metropolitan (Northern Sydney, Sydney, South Western Sydney and Western Sydney) and two regional (North Coast and Riverina) locations.