Skilling your future: Break down study barriers

CHRIS HINDER: Completing a Bachelor of Nursing and enjoying his clinical placements. Chris has a career goal of becoming an army nursing officer after graduating.
CHRIS HINDER: Completing a Bachelor of Nursing and enjoying his clinical placements. Chris has a career goal of becoming an army nursing officer after graduating.

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MATURE AGE SUCCESS: In the last 10 years, over 6,000 students who started their UOW degree after an extended break from school, have graduated from UOW.

MATURE AGE SUCCESS: In the last 10 years, over 6,000 students who started their UOW degree after an extended break from school, have graduated from UOW.

Have you been thinking about returning to study? Maybe you completed a TAFE course and are looking to expand on what you’ve learnt.

Maybe you finished school years ago, and are now looking to further develop your knowledge or change your career.

Whatever your situation the University of Wollongong (UOW) can help you start working towards a more rewarding future.

“Over the past 10 years, more than 6,000 students have started an undergraduate course after an extended break from school, and have graduated from UOW,” Brad Carter, UOW’s domestic student recruitment manager said.

“And there are thousands more currently studying across UOW’s seven NSW campuses.” 

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Some students are worried they can’t fit uni into their busy lives or that it’s expensive, and these factors become a barrier to getting started. Brad Carter believes this couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Most UOW courses can be studied part time to fit around other commitments.

“And with all UOW undergraduate courses being Commonwealth supported and all domestic students having access to defer their fees through HECS, these worries should not stop anyone from considering further study.”

UOW has campuses in Wollongong, Bega, Batemans Bay, Moss Vale, Nowra, Loftus and Liverpool.

For many students, having a campus close to their home removes a large barrier to further study.

“I felt the close community on the Batemans Bay campus suited my personality,” said Jamie-Ann, who is studying a Bachelor of Arts, Batemans Bay campus. “It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, because once you start university, you become part of a whole new community.”

Practical skills are important to students who want to graduate ready to launch into their chosen career.

All UOW students have the opportunity to gain practical skills as part of their studies, either through work placements or co-curricular programs.

Chris Hinder, currently studying for his Bachelor of Nursing at UOW, said, “I’ve participated in clinical placements from the first semester and this will continue all the way through my degree, so I really get to test out the degree and see if it is a career I’d like to build on.

“My goal is to be an army nursing officer.”

Domestic student recruitment manager Brad Carter said, “We talk to a lot of students who haven’t studied for many years, and have doubts about their academic ability, but again, this shouldn’t be a barrier. 

“UOW College offers pathway programs that get students ready to succeed at uni, and guarantee entry to UOW on successful completion.”

UOW offers over 300 undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees across: Arts & Humanities, Business, Communications & Media, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Geography, Health & Medicine, Information and Communication Technology, International Studies, Law, Maths & Stats, Physics, Psychology, Public Health, Science, Social Science and Social Work.

Applications are now open. You can apply directly to UOW for all courses except for Nursing, Pre-Medicine, Science and Health and most Education degrees which must be made via UAC at uac.edu.au

If you have any questions or would like more information, please phone 1300 367 869, email futurestudents@uow.edu.au or visit your nearest UOW campus.