Media centre

Date published: 1 December 2011

After facing a long year of indecision about their future and gruelling exam periods, students around the country are about to learn whether they have gained entry into their first preference university courses.

But a select few will be entering the New Year secure in the knowledge that they will go further than they ever thought possible, without the need to resort to Plan B. They have discovered the online education movement and the smarter way to study.

In 2012, thousands of people will join the online learning community of over 50,000 students that is Open Universities Australia (OUA).

OUA is the national leader in bringing more than 20 top universities and TAFE institutions into the homes and lives of everyday Australians.

Whilst there are no entry prerequisites for most first year undergraduate courses, there are a whole host of other reasons why more and more students are choosing to get a degree or qualification online.

Stuart Hamilton, OUA CEO says: "With over 17 years experience, OUA ensures that there are no boundaries preventing Australians from accessing higher education. Location, entry scores and financial worries don't have to be a concern for OUA students."

"Students can choose from over 1400 units and 170 qualifications from leading institutions including Monash University, RMIT, Griffith University, University of South Australia and Sydney Institute of TAFE.

"And don't be mistaken - the qualification awarded is from the institution of choice and not OUA," said Mr Hamilton.

Several courses offered through OUA attract financial assistance from the Australian Government for those that meet the eligibility criteria. Eligible students can use HECS-HELP to contribute to studying a full degree, while others may opt to use FEE-HELP if they are more interested in a unit-by-unit approach to their studies.

This choice is combined with extensive support so you don't have to be a technology whiz to study through OUA. From your very first step, experienced advisors are on hand to help you achieve your goals. You can also access 24/7 online tutorial support and free learning skills modules will give you the knowledge and experience you need to get ahead in your studies.

Finally, it's also the flexibility of OUA's offer that makes it attractive to so many students.

"The university in my town only offered select degrees so I looked at moving and attending different universities, but I still couldn't convince myself on any of it," says Rebecca Everingham, a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice student studying Curtin University's degree online through OUA.

When Rebecca discovered OUA and its extensive online education offering, she was immediately sold on the idea: "I like the flexibility of studying when it suits me and where it suits me. Studying through OUA means that I don't have to move away from home and it allows me to plan my study around my commitments rather than the other way around."

For students like Rebecca, OUA isn't Plan B, it's Plan OUA - the ideal way to get the degree you want, when you want so that you can realise your full potential.

Enrolments for Study Period 1, 2012 close on Sunday 12 February, 2012. Call 1300 363 652 today to take control of your own study future and find out what OUA can offer you. You can also visit www.open.edu.au/planoua for more information.

To learn more about HECS-HELP and other financial assistance available, call an advisor on 1300 273 804.

About Open Universities Australia - the leader in online learning

Owned by seven of Australia's premier universities, OUA is the national leader in quality online tertiary education. Enrolling more than 144,000 students since 1993, OUA provides access to over 1400 units and 170 qualifications taught by more than 20 leading Australian universities and tertiary education providers.

For further information, please see the contact information on the right.