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New courses on offer include the bachelor of engineering (civil
engineering) at the Lismore campus and the bachelor of health
science and bachelor of social welfare at the Gold Coast campus.
SCU will continue to expand its course offerings, with two new
degrees planned for 2014. The bachelor of creative arts, which is
intended to be offered at the Lismore campus and via distance
education, will offer majors in art and design, contemporary
music, media studies and writing. A bachelor of science is also
planned for the Lismore campus.
Development has continued at the Gold Coast campus, with
the construction of the SCU Health Clinic. The clinic gives
students studying health disciplines the opportunity to apply their
knowledge by treating members of the general public. This facility
complements the existing anatomy and physiology laboratory,
nursing clinical lab, midwifery birth suite and occupational therapy
SCU’s School of Health and Human Sciences has formed a
partnership with aged care facilities in Ballina and Lismore that
will provide workplace training for nursing, exercise physiology
and occupational therapy students. Students will perform
individual consultations with residents of the facilities in
consulting rooms within the university’s mobile health facility,
preparing them to work in primary healthcare settings with older
See ‘Getting in’ ratings above and in the Section 3 field of study
SCU has a flexible admissions policy that recognises
applicants with certificate IV qualifications for entry to most
courses. The policy takes into account work experience,
professional qualifications and life experience. SCU College also
offers a number of alternative pathway programs into university,
including the Preparing for Success foundation program and
associate degrees in areas such as allied health, arts and
The STAR entry scheme is designed to assist Year 12
students from SCU’s feeder region to gain entry to the university.
Selected students receive an early offer based on their school’s
recommendation. In addition, there are bonus point schemes
available for students undertaking Year 12 at schools in SCU’s
feeder region and those who have performed well in Year 12
subjects related to their chosen university study.
The new Head Start program provides Year 11 and 12
students with an opportunity to gain direct entry and advanced
standing by completing university study while still at school.
Indigenous Australian Student Services (IASS) and the Gnibi
College of Indigenous Australian Peoples provide a range of
services and resources to Indigenous applicants and students.
All institutions have their own admission rules, so refer to
SCU’s website and the local tertiary admission centre’s
Costs and scholarships
SCU offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) to
domestic students. In addition to government scholarships (see
page 40 for more details), the following are just some of the
prizes, bursaries and scholarships that are awarded to
undergraduate students. To find out more about eligibility criteria,
contact SCU directly.
Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship: This scholarship provides
$5000 per year for up to five years. It is awarded to school
leavers entering a full-time undergraduate degree who achieve
the highest ATAR or OP.
SCU Strengthening Participation Scholarship: This
scholarship provides $2000 in the first year of study and $3000 in
subsequent years. It is awarded to school leavers commencing a
full-time undergraduate degree who come from a low
socioeconomic background and demonstrate commendable
academic performance, leadership and contribution to the
SCU Bowen Scholarship: This scholarship provides a one-off
payment of $2500. It is awarded to school leavers and mature
age students entering a full-time undergraduate degree who
reside in SCU’s feeder region and demonstrate genuine financial
need under conditions of disadvantage or hardship.
Humanities and soc sc
Sport and leisure
Tourism and hospitality
How the fields of study rate and compare (continued)
FIELD OF STUDY
GETTING A FULL-TIME
WHAT GRADUATES SAY
For an explanation of this table, see page 233.
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