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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 Street, 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 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 email 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 difference, 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

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 format 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

NOW OPEN

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.

NOW OPEN

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST for Semester 1, 2021