Get your degree online
Open Universities Australia (OUA) is your ally in higher education. They’re not a university, but an online resource that helps you navigate the process of selecting courses and degrees offered by Australian universities. When you enrol through OUA, you study with leading Australian universities and you graduate with exactly the same degree as you would if you were on campus. Put simply, OUA makes tertiary education accessible for everyone.
Take mum of two, Jayn, who recently established her maternity fashion label, Mutha Maternity. Dividing her time between Melbourne and Bali, Jayn designs and markets her brand, working with Balinese tailors to create her collections. Before she started her label, Jayn earned her Bachelor of Business degree from Swinburne University by studying online, and she credits her degree with giving her the confidence to make strategic decisions for her brand. “My studies have had a huge impact on my career,” she says. “Without theoretical experience on top of my practical experience, I probably wouldn’t have had the confidence to do it.”
Having helped over 400,000 students to date, Open Universities Australia can get you started at uni even if you don’t have an ATAR or previous study experience. OUA gives you access to hundreds of degrees and thousands of subjects that are available to study online, and they support you all the way from helping you decide what you want to study right through to enrollment and beyond, in three easy steps.
With hundreds of degrees and over 1,500 single subjects to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. OUA can help you get the ball rolling. Their website is a great place to start, because it gives you a great overview of what they offer and how they work.
There’s a quick questionnaire you can take to get you started on the right track, depending on whether you’re starting your career, you want to progress your career further or you have already started a degree and would like to continue studying. Based on your specific answers and your goals, OUA can help you narrow down your options to find your best fit.
Finding that perfect fit was mandatory for busy mum, Emma. Between running a busy household, caring for her family and tending a thriving home hobby farm with veggies and chickens, Emma also wanted to fulfill her own dreams. With a desire to write for film, Emma enrolled through OUA and is currently studying Griffith University’s Bachelor of Communication online.
While her passion for film remains undimmed, since taking up study Emma’s direction has changed as she’s made new contacts, and now she’s looking at working in film production. The flexibility of studying through OUA means Emma can find her perfect fit, be it in a variable workload or the subjects she chooses. “The best thing is the flexibility,” says Emma. “I can study when it fits in with me.”
Emma knows that, like every student enrolled through OUA, that if she has questions or concerns, help is just a phone call away. The OUA team of expert student advisors are there to help guide you in the right direction. They know how important this decision is for you and they have the experience and expertise to help.
Once you’ve decided what to study you can choose how you want to do it.
Whether you fast-track your degree by taking additional subjects or you need flexibility to study at a pace that suits your lifestyle, the choice is yours. Through OUA you can take on a full degree, or just one subject at a time – you’re in control of the pace and your workload. They can also help you get credit for past work experience or study you’ve previously undertaken, so you don’t have to start again from scratch.
For Melissa, a desire to move from her job as a dental assist into a more communications-based role saw her choose Curtin University’s Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion. She had some early concerns about managing the workload, so started slowly with just one subject. She found over time that she could take on more, and gradually increased her load.
It was a weight off Melissa’s mind that she could ease off or put her studies on hold if family life got too hectic. “To be able to not do a subject for a study period, to regroup and get things back in order at home and to then pick up my studies in the next study period was really helpful to me,” she recalls.
In addition to subject and load flexibility, you also have the choice to customise your ideal degree when you enrol through OUA. By selecting subjects across a range of universities, you can build your own degree. Once you’ve completed the required subjects, you will receive your qualification from the uni you studied with the most.
An added bonus is you’re not restricted to traditional terms. With multiple start dates throughout the year, you enrol and start studying when you’re ready.
OUA takes the fuss and confusion out of enrolment. You simply go to the OUA website to enrol in single subjects or apply online for your degree through a simple approval process.
The site is also a student hub with all the information you could possibly need on texts and reference materials, computer requirements and exams. Plus, there are some great tips on study habits, where to get advice and even information on student loans.
Let’s get started!
When you study through OUA, you have online access to Australia’s leading universities, and the flexibility to study your way. So don’t wonder what might have been, take a look at OUA and consider the possibilities, whatever your age, life stage or education.