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Preparing for Success at SCU Program

Jackson O'Keeffe Jackson O'Keeffe
Preparing for Success at SCU Program

Jackson thought he had blown any chance of ever studying a university degree after doing poorly in Year 12. But a year ago he embarked on the University's Preparing for Success at SCU Program (PSP), graduated with a distinction and is now studying an Associate Degree in Law (Paralegal Studies). He plans to transfer into the Southern Cross University's Bachelor of Laws next year.

"After I finished school, I started a chef apprenticeship, tried working for my Dad, and worked part-time as a cleaner. I didn't have much hope in relation to career plans. I realised that if I wanted a job that wasn't labour intensive I'd need a qualification, but I felt as though I had limited options due to my unsatisfactory HSC mark.

PSP gives you a seconde chance, it can open doors that you may never thought were possible."

Award programs

Honor O'Harae Honor O'Harae
Associate Degree of Business

Flexibility is the key for Honor, while juggling the demands of young children and a family business. Honor plans to use the Associate Degree of Business as a pathway into Southern Cross University's Bachelor of Business and its industry accredited accounting majors.

"I thought it would be really hard to get that same level of interaction online as you do in a classroom, but I haven't found that's the case at all.

I try to watch the lectures live online because I get a lot more out of the live questioning, but on weeks that I can't make them, I watch the recordings instead. I can't imagine doing it more traditionally now. The flexibility is fantastic.

I didn't finish my HSC, so I was quite nervous starting a degree, but the first subject I did was incredibly helpful. We did a lot of stuff on how to check your progress, create timelines and understand when assessments are due."

English language programs

Yuko Shintake Yuko Shintake, Japan (Olympic Gymnast)
General English

"My time in the SCU College English language program was very exciting. I learnt not only English, but also about Australia and cultures from all over the world.

I made many friends here. It has been two of the most important weeks for me.

Are you thinking of studying English? Of course study at SCU College!"

Updated: 02 September 2014