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STEPS Bridging

In partnership with Central Queensland University

The PUC supports CQUniversity’s STEPS bridging program to provide an alternative entrance pathway to university. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

IS STEPS FOR YOU?

STEPS is suitable for you if you want to undertake tertiary study and may:

  • be returning to study or work after some time away
  • need to meet prerequisite subjects for your desired diploma or degree
  • want some additional support to gain the knowledge skills and confidence to successfully enter and undertake further study.

STEPS is designed for students who do not already hold an undergraduate qualification.  If you already hold an undergraduate qualification, please email info@puc.edu.au to discuss your study options.

AM I ELIGIBLE?

To be eligible for STEPS, you must be:

  • 18 years-of-age, or older, in the year of enrolment (you can apply at 17 years-of-age, but must turn 18 years-of-age within an academic year of enrolment)
  • an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident or a holder of a humanitarian visa
  • residing in Australia

WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED IN UNDERTAKING STEPS?

STEPS is FREE of tuition fees.

WHERE CAN I STUDY?

STEPS can be studied online or on-campus at:

  • PUC Karratha  –  Level 1, 20 Sharpe Ave, Karratha
  • PUC Port Hedland  –  WEB Business Hub, 18 Edgar Stree, Port Hedland

WHEN IS STEPS OFFERED?

Term 1 (on-campus and online)

Term 2 (on-campus and online)

Term 3 (online only)

On-Campus is provided in mixed-mode delivery format with online resources and two hours of face-to-face tutorials per unit studied.

WHAT STUDY AREAS ARE COVERED IN STEPS?

STEPS consists of one core unit, Preparation Skills for University, and ten elective units (on-campus availability of some units may depend on the unit and on-campus enrolments.)

  • Computing Skills for University
  • Essay Writing for University
  • Fundamental Mathematics
  • Intermediate Mathematics for University
  • Introductory Biology
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Introductory Physics
  • Positive Learning in University
  • Technical Mathematics for University
  • Technical Writing for University

Most students complete between two to five electives.  The electives that you undertake will depend on the results of a diagnostic test, your personal circumstances and the course you intend to study after completing STEPS.

You must complete at least four units in STEPS to qualify for entry into university.  Some courses require additional units to meet course prerequisites.

HOW LONG DOES STEPS TAKE? 

The course takes between one to six terms to complete, with two terms being average.  Each term is approximately four months in duration.  Completion time depends on the results of your diagnostic test, the time you have available for study, and the requirements of the undergraduate course you wish to entre.

WHAT SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE TO ME?

STEPS provides you with the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to begin a university degree.  If you require extra support while studying STEPS, your tutors are available to offer assistance.

You also have the support of the Academic Coordinator and a committed team at the PUC who will guide you through the course.  You will learn to access the online learning systems and make contact with other STEPS students, giving you the opportunity to discuss topics and make new friends.

WHAT COSTS ARE INVOLVED IN UNDERTAKING STEPS?

STEPS is FREE of tuition fees.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I COMPLETE STEPS?

Upon successful completion of STEPS, you can apply for entry to a diploma or degree course at one of PUC’s partner university’s or another state-based university.  Please speak with our academic coordinator to find out which University’s are available to you.

HOW DO I APPLY?

  1. Apply directly to the PUC by clicking here, or email your completed CL03 STEPS Application form to our Academic Coordinator at info@puc.edu.au
  2. Once we have received your completed form we will contact you to discuss your goals and options. 
  3. We will then email you a link to complete your STEPS diagnostic testing for literacy, numeracy and computing competence.
  4. Our Academic Coordinator will contact you the arrange a one-on-one interview to finalise your application.
  5. If your application is successful, we will use your results and personal information from the STEPS diagnostic testing and interview, along with the information about what you would like to study after STEPS, to plan an individual course of study for you.

WHY STUDY WITH THE PUC?

There has never been a better time to become a university graduate.  A University qualification can increase your employability, provide you with transferable skills, job satisfaction and salaries.  University study offers the opportunity to get ahead in the job market and get the career you have always dreamed of.

PUC understands that everyone’s circumstances are different, and we are committed to making study fit with your personal commitments and learning style.  We give you the flexibility to study full or part-time, on-campus or online, with many courses offering the option of fast-tracking your degree by studying during Term 3.

No matter whether you’ve just finishing school or thinking of taking up a new challenge, Pilbara Universities Centre helps you be what you want to be.

To find out more contact our friendly PUC staff here, email us at info@puc.edu.au or call us on 0428 320 877

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Applications for SEMESTER 2, 2020

Master of Education

In partnership with Curtin University

Specialise in an area of education to add to your classroom skills and lead improvement at your school.

The PUC conducted an initial survey to all educators within the Pilbara, both Department of Education and Catholic Education staff.  Based on the survey results, 80% of responders wish to study a postgraduate qualification in Education.

If you are interested in commencing a Masters by coursework in Education with Curtin University, apply now by clicking on the button below.

IS A MASTER OF EDUCATION FOR YOU?

Building on your professional knowledge and experience, this course offers engaging and intellectually challenging units of study that contain relevant, current and cutting edge knowledge and research in a range of specialist areas.

Delivered by dedicated educators and researchers, this course comprises coursework and a research project where you can investigate an area of personal or professional interest.

You can choose to study one of the following specialisation options:

  • STEM
  • Advanced pedagogies
  • Language, literacy and applied linguistics.

You can also study across specialisations.

This course is useful for those aspiring to promotion in school systems.

If you complete the master degree to a high standard, you may be eligible to proceed onto doctoral-level studies.

Please contact our Academic Coordinator here, email us at info@puc.edu.au or call us on 0428 320 877 for additional course information.

WHY STUDY?

  • You will be immersed in an e-learning environment, using the web extensively to complement your studies.
  • You will be encouraged to participate in the learning process and benefit from a focus on group interaction and continuous assessment.

HOW WILL THIS BENEFIT MY CAREER?

National and state initiatives are emphasising the importance of continuing professional learning for qualified teachers. Postgraduate qualifications in education are now favourably considered in applications for promotion in school systems.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Demonstrate and apply comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of educational research and theory
  • Formulate and investigate educational problems and solutions via critical engagement with relevant and contemporary empirical and theoretical literature
  • Identify, access, analyse and synthesise information from a wide range of sources using appropriate technologies
  • Communicate information and ideas effectively through a range of mediums and in ways that are appropriate for a range of audiences and education stakeholders
  • Engage critically and effectively with innovative and appropriate technologies for a range of purposes
  • Demonstrate a capacity for independent learning, critically evaluate personal performance and respond to feedback with a view to development as a reflective practitioner and lifelong learner
  • Consider educational and professional issues from a variety of national and international perspectives with a view to informing and improving educational and professional knowledge and practice
  • Appreciate the value of individual and cultural differences, and the important implications these have for knowledge production, effective practice and professionalism in education settings
  • Work both independently and collaboratively in a way that demonstrates professionalism, a commitment to socially-just and ethical practices and the capacity for future leadership in the field of education

WHAT IS THE ADMISSION CRITERIA?

  • An education/teaching degree assessed as being the equivalent of a four-year Australian degree.*

*A four-year degree in education is normally a Bachelor of Education, a four-year combined/double education degree, or a three-year degree in a non-education discipline plus a minimum one-year teaching qualification.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined below:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

  • Writing  :  6
  • Speaking  :  6
  • Reading  :  6
  • Listening  :  6

Overall Band Score  :  6.5

ADVANCED STANDING

At the Pilbara Universities Centre, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some subjects, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Find out how much CRL you qualify for by contacting us at:

E:  info@puc.edu.au

Ph:  0428 320 877

FEES & CHARGES?

Student Type  :  Domestic fee-paying postgraduate

Fee for year 2020  $18,000*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

HOW DO I APPLY?

Apply directly to the PUC by clicking here, or email our Academic Coordinator at info@puc.edu.au

NOW OPEN

Applications for SEMESTER 2, 2020

UniReady Enabling

In partnership with Curtin University

The PUC supports Curtin University UniReady Enabling program to provide an alternative entrance pathway to university. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

If you don’t meet Curtin University’s minimum ATAR requirements or are a mature age student, the UniReady Enabling Program can help you qualify for entry into a range of undergraduate courses.

  • Cost: free
  • Duration: 12 weeks (plus orientation, tuition-free and exam weeks)
  • Study mode: on-campus, online or a combination of both

Once you complete the program, you will be awarded a ‘notional’ ATAR based on your final grades. This means you’ll fulfil the minimum admission criteria of an ATAR of 70 and English language proficiency for the courses listed below.

Your score isn’t considered an official ATAR because it’s not awarded through SCSA, but it’s recognised by Curtin and TISC as meeting the University’s minimum admission criteria.

IS UNIREADY FOR YOU?

This program is an excellent option if you:

  • missed out on Curtin’s indicative ATAR; or
  • did not generate an ATAR score as you completed general studies; or
  • did not complete your high school studies; or
  • are undertaking or completed vocational studies and now want to come to university; or
  • are a mature age student (20 years or older).

Please note:

  • You do not have to fall into one of the categories above to be eligible for the program.
  • Applicants must be past the compulsory school age as defined by the Western Australian School Education Act 1999 in the year they wish to study in the UniReady Enabling Program.
  • Applicants must reside in Australia for the duration of at least one unit.
  • International students are not eligible for the program.

HOW ARE APPLICATIONS ASSESSED?

As UniReady is a government-funded contribution exempt (free) program, applications will be prioritised based on student equity and needs.

Applicants who have been disadvantaged in their previous studies due to circumstances beyond their control, or who are part of an equity group will be prioritised. However, there are a large number of places available for both equity and non-equity students and most UniReady students are non-equity.

Information based on the following will be captured in your application and will be considered.

  • Socio-economic (SES) background
  • Rural and isolated background
  • Mature-age (20 years and over)
  • Indigenous Australians*

The following circumstances will be also considered. If any of these apply to you, please complete the UniReady Educational Disadvantaged form with the required supporting documentation below and email it to info@puc.edu.au once you have completed your application.

  • Medical issues and disability
  • Home environment and responsibilities

WHEN IS UNIREADY OFFERED?

Term 1 (on-campus and online)

Term 2 (on-campus and online)

On-Campus is provided in mixed-mode delivery formate with online resources and two hours of face-to-face tutorials per unit studied.

WHAT STUDY AREAS ARE COVERED IN UNIREADY?

UniReady consists of two core units and two elective units (on-campus availability of some units may depend on the unit and on-campus enrolments.)

Core Units:

  • Fundamentals of Academic Writing
  • Foundations of Communication

Elective Units:

  • Introduction to Humanities
  • Introduction to Commerce
  • Introduction to Health Sciences
  • Mathematics Basics
  • Chemistry Essentials
  • Fundamentals of Physics
  • Mathematics or Science

Your elective units should relate to your preferred undergraduate course. Some undergraduate courses require you to study specific UniReady units. For example – if you are interested in Nursing you must complete the Introduction to Health Sciences unit. Other course requirements may also apply. Please contact PUC’s Academic Coordinator here, email info@puc.edu.au or call 0428 320 877 to discuss your options.

If you have completed a Certificate IV or higher you may be eligible for credit towards the two optional units.

HOW LONG DOES UNIREADY TAKE?

The program can be completed in one-semester full-time study or two semesters of part-time study. 

HOW DO I APPLY?

  1. Apply directly to the PUC by clicking here, or email your completed UniReady Application For Admission form to our Academic Coordinator at info@puc.edu.au
  2. Once we have received your completed form our Academic Coordinator will contact you the arrange a one-on-one interview.
  3. If your application is successful, we will plan an individual course of study for you.

To find out more contact our friendly PUC staff here, email us at info@puc.edu.au or call us on 0428 320 877

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APPLICATIONS FOR SEMESTER 2, 2020

Available in Semester 1, 2021

Indigenous Tertiary Enabling

(ITEC)

In partnership with one of PUC’s Partner University’s Centre, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now have the opportunity to study Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course at the PUC.

Enjoy learning in a culturally appropriate environment that gives you the foundation skills necessary for university studies.

Why study the Indigenous Tertiary Enabling Course with the PUC in Karratha?

  • The short duration of this course is beneficial if you want to fast track your education.
  • You will attend the PUC in two-week intensive study blocks through the semester, allowing you to balance work and family commitments between studies.
  • Additional tutorial and pastoral support will be provided by the PUC in between intensive blocks of study.

When you complete this course, you will be equipped with the skills and confidence to start university studies.

To find out more contact our friendly PUC staff here.

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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR SEMESTER 1, 2021

Commerce

Delivered in partnership with one of PUC’s Partner University’s you can now broaden your opportunities and build the foundations of your business career with this unique course structure featuring a management major and real-world case studies and scenarios.

With a Bachelor of Business you will be well equipped to meet the contemporary challenges of the business environment and depending on your chosen major/s there are a number of professional associations that you may be eligible to apply for.

The Bachelor of Business is a 3 year full time or 6 year part time program.  

To find out more contact our friendly PUC staff here.

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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR SEMESTER 1, 2021

Education

(Early Childhood and Primary)

Build your teaching skills and confidence to graduate as an Early Childhood or Primary teacher with these very hands-on programs delivered in partnership with one of PUC’s Partner University’s.

The Early Childhood and Primary programs are fully supported with a two hour tutorial/workshop at the PUC for each unit of study.  Students also undertake assessed practicums in local schools throughout the program.

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Teachers Registration Board of WA.

The Bachelor of Education is a 4 year full time or 8 year part time program. 

To find out more contact our friendly PUC staff here.

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EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR SEMESTER 1, 2021

 Coming in 2021/2022

Engineering

(Associate Degree)

With major streams in Civil, Environmental or Mining Engineering, this Associate Degree will see you developing sought after industry skills in planning, design and construction.

This course is currently running by supported distance education with the option to run tutorials should sufficient student numbers enrol in any one unit at the same time. 

The Associate Degree of Engineering is 2 years full time or 4 years part time and provides credit* into a Bachelor of Engineering degree.

*Amount of credit will vary depending on the university

Graduates are eligible to register as Engineering Officers with Engineers Australia.

To find out more contact our friendly PUC staff here.

Nursing

Qualify as a Registered Nurse, and open up a professional career path in private and public institutions, in clinical, education, research and management roles.

With online lectures, face-to-face tutorials and laboratories, simulation and practical placements in local health institutions, this program provides many opportunities to develop nursing skills.  Graduates are eligible to apply for initial registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

The Bachelor of Nursing is a 3 year full time or 6 year part time program. 

To find out more contact our friendly PUC staff here.

Psychology

Begin the journey to a sound understanding of psychological principles and the critical-thinking skills necessary to gain a comprehensive overview of the scientific discipline of psychology and its applications.

The course is delivered in accordance with the foundational (level one) competencies for three-year undergraduate psychology programs as specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is a 3 year full time or 6 year part time program.

To find out more contact our friendly PUC staff here.

Social Work

Develop an understanding of the practice methods, skills, knowledge and values of the social work profession. With an emphasis on problem-based learning, you will gain valuable experience in critical and reflective thinking and practice.

As a recognised professional you will be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers.

The Bachelor of Social Work is a 4 year full time or 8 year part time program.

To find out more contact our friendly PUC staff here.

Coastal and Marine Science

(Double Major)

This Double Degree Major provides students with the knowledge and practical skills to plan and manage human activities while conserving the coastal environment.

The course emphasis science and management techniques for the aquatic environment.  Study fields  include biology, aquatic animal production and management, environmental impact and assessment, aquatic resource management, geology and the physical environment of the coastal zone.

This double major is an opportunity to meet the need for increased research into the coastal environment while managing the sustainability of the current and future anthropogenic activities within the coastal zone.

This Bachelor of Science (Coastal and Marine) is a 4 year full time or 8 year part time program.

To find out more contact our friendly PUC staff here