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What do these Uni terms mean?

What do these Uni terms mean?

When students are looking in to

When students are looking in to university study, they often come across words or terms they are unfamiliar with. So, here are a few of the more commonly used terms to help students understand what is being talked about!

Associate Degree An associate degree is generally a two-year qualification that is made up of two-thirds of a bachelor degree, and may be offered by both TAFEs and universities. Students often use this as a stepping stone to the full Bachelor Degree.
Assumed knowledge Refers to subjects the university recommends or prefers a student to have studied at school before starting the course.
ATAR Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank - the figure used by UAC and VTAC to calculate the entrance ranking for a university course.
Bachelor Degree The award/qualification a student gains when they have completed studies in an undergraduate course, which takes between 3 or 4 years of full-time study. This is the traditional starting point of a university qualification.
Bridging Course An introductory course to help students achieve the preferred entry level to a degree, e.g. a bridging maths course for students who do not have the preferred maths but need it to access a course.
Census Date The last day a student can withdraw from their university course and not owe fees.
Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) A student's enrolment in a university degree for which the Commonwealth government makes a contribution towards the cost of that student's education (formerly known as a HECS place).
Credit If a student has previously studied - perhaps at TAFE - and has Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), the student may be able to receive credit for a subject or subjects in their course. Also often referred to as Advanced Standing.
Double degree A student can choose to complete a double degree - this integrates studies in two degrees resulting in an award of two degrees, usually after a minimum of 4 years of study. Often also referred to as Combined Degrees.
Defer A student may choose to delay starting their course. Deferring an offer of a place might mean delaying for 6, 12, 18 or 24 months. Deferment ensures the student is guaranteed their place in their selected course.
Elective A subject that is not core to the degree and is often from another faculty, e.g. a commerce student might choose psychology (from the Arts Faculty) as an elective.
Faculty A department within a university devoted to a particular area of study - so, Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science.
FEE-HELP An Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible students (not CSP) to pay all or part of their tuition fees.
HECS-HELP An Australian Government loan scheme that assists students with a CSP place to pay their contribution. Students may choose to pay their fees upfront and receive a 10% discount, or choose to defer payment via the HECS-HELP loan scheme.
Honours Many Bachelor degrees offer a fourth (or extra) year - called an Honours year. The Honours year allows students to further focus on a particular an area of interest. The Honours year can either be integrated into a 4-year Bachelor degree or be offered as a separate year after completion of a 3-year Bachelor degree.
Lecture A period of teaching given by a lecturer to a large group of students in a lecture theatre; can often be as many as 300 students in a lecture.
Major study An area within a course that allows in-depth study in a particular field. More than one major may be allowed in some courses.
Minor study A grouping of subjects allowing a broader understanding of a few subjects, with less emphasis on in-depth study.
OP Your Overall Position (OP) is a Queensland statewide rank based on overall achievement in approved subjects. It is used for the purpose of allocating tertiary education places.
Prerequisite A set of conditions - usually a completion of a subject - that must be met before enrolment in a subject or course is allowed.
QTAC Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) - all students wishing to study at universities in Queensland must apply online through QTAC.
Transcript This is the university academic record each student receives, like a school report.
Tutorial A period of teaching given to a small group of students - involving discussion and participation.
UAC Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) - all students wishing to study at universities in ACT and NSW must apply online through UAC.
Undergraduate A student studying at university for a first level degree, e.g. a Bachelor degree.
VET-FEE HELP An Australian Government loan scheme for students undertaking higher level Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses. This applies to Diploma (and some Certificate IV) level courses. For some students, 20% loan fee applies.
VTAC Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) - all students wishing to study at universities Victoria must apply online through VTAC.
Workplace learning Practical training in a workplace, such as internships or practical work experience. This is a hands-on experience - some universities call it Industry Based Learning or Work Integrated Learning.
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