10 of the best online undergraduate courses to study in 2023

The new year is almost here, which means it’s time to dream big and plan your future. Check out these trending online courses that could open brand new doors for you in 2023. 

Undergraduate courses to study in 2023

Many of these courses are available for enrolments throughout the year, so you don’t have to rush to finalise your plans. 

1. Undergraduate Certificate in Teaching Education Studies

CURTIN UNIVERSITY

Entry requirements: None
Study method: 100% online
Close of enrolment dates: 15 February, 14 May, 13 August, 12 November 2023

Why should you choose this course? 

If you didn’t quite get the marks for a Bachelor of Education but you have your heart set on teaching, we have good news. You don’t actually need an ATAR to study teaching in Australia. You can get in through an undergraduate certificate like this one, which is open to everyone.

You’ll study 4 subjects on the fundamentals of teaching and child development. Once you finish, you’ll be guaranteed entry into the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) or (Primary) degree at Curtin University—and well on your way towards a fulfilling career as a registered teacher. Better still, there are 4 different start dates throughout the year, so you can study when it suits you.

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2. Undergraduate Certificate in Social Media

UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST

Entry requirements: None
Study method: 100% online
Close of enrolment dates: Check with the university

Why should you choose this course? 

Knowing how to use social media is one thing—but knowing how to curate content for brands is another skill entirely. This short 4-subject qualification will teach you how to develop a professional social media strategy for a real client. You can use what you study as credit towards a communications degree, or kickstart your freelance social media career. 

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3. Diploma of Community Welfare and Wellbeing

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND

Entry requirements: Completion of 2 non-ATAR subjects through Open Universities Australia
Study method: 100% online
Close of enrolment dates: 12 February, 11 June, 8 October 2023

Why should you choose this course? 

Want to sleep well knowing you’ve changed someone’s life? This diploma is ideal for those who want to work in a community support role. You'll learn how to communicate sensitively with clients who need your help, solve complex problems and work appropriately with young people at risk.

You can use this qualification to work in an area like child protection, family violence or housing support. Enrol straight out of Year 12, or if you already have some experience in the industry. You will also be eligible to keep studying a Bachelor of Social Work.

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4. Diploma of Branded Fashion Design

TORRENS UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA

Entry requirements: Successful completion of Year 12; however, other pathways are available
Study method: 100% online
Close of enrolment dates: Check with the university

Why should you choose this course? 

Starting your own clothing line doesn’t have to be a pipedream. If you have a knack for sewing your own clothes, this course will help you go from hobbyist to pro. You’ll explore how to turn your ideas into technical sketches, make your garments a reality, and launch your designs into the market.

This course is co-delivered by the Billy Blue College of Design and recognised by the Design Institute of Australia, so you’ll graduate with a qualification that is well regarded in the industry. Online students also have the rare and exciting opportunity to intern with Vogue Australia. 

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5. Bachelor of International Business

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

Entry requirements: Completion of 4 non-ATAR subjects through Open Universities Australia
Study method: 100% online
Close of enrolment dates: 15 January, 7 May, 20 August 2023

Why should you choose this course? 

This specialised business degree will prepare you to work in corporate environments across the world. You'll learn all about the fundamentals of business, like accounting, finance, marketing and management. But then you'll also learn how to manage people across cultures, understand the complexities of international business structures, and how to conduct trade across international borders.

This has its advantages, because you will be qualified to work with local organisations in Australia and large multinational organisations, which could lead to some exciting overseas employment opportunities. 

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6. Bachelor of Food and Nutrition

LA TROBE UNIVERSITY

Entry requirements: Completion of 2 non-ATAR subjects through Open Universities Australia
Study method: 100% online
Close of enrolment dates: 12 February, 14 May, 12 August, 12 November 2023

Why should you choose this course? 

There's a reason this is one of the most popular courses available via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe’s Bachelor of Food and Nutrition is the only fully online undergraduate nutrition degree in Australia. Studying this course can lead to all sorts of rewarding careers across health promotion, nutrition and food science. And if you enrol through Open Universities Australia, you can get in without an ATAR.

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7. Bachelor of Information Technology in Games Design and Development

MURDOCH UNIVERSITY

Entry requirements: Completion of 2 non-ATAR subjects through Open Universities Australia
Study method: 100% online
Close of enrolment dates: 12 February, 14 May, 13 August, 12 November 2023

Why should you choose this course?

Not only does this specialist IT degree focus on an incredibly fun topic, but it also gives you the fundamental IT skills you need to handpick where you’d like to work in the tech industry. You'll learn about game development, scripting and production so you can create the games that bring your imagination to life. But you’ll also have the knowledge to work in a more traditional IT or software programming role, if you choose. Enrol in online single subjects via Open Universities Australia to skip entry requirements. 

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8. Bachelor of Science (Sustainability)

UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA

Entry requirements: Completion of 4 non-ATAR subjects through Open Universities Australia
Study method: 100% online
Close of enrolment dates: 5 February, 25 June 2023

Why should you choose this course? 

The world is becoming more and more focused on renewables, which means there’s a huge need for sustainability experts. This course could be your ticket to join the fight against climate change. You’ll learn how to promote green business practices and make recommendations about sustainability issues. This could lead to a career as an environment and sustainability advisor within a government department or private business, where you could make a real impact. 

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9. Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Criminology

SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Entry requirements: An ATAR of 60 or above; however, other pathways are available
Study method: 100% online
Close of enrolment dates: Check with the university

Why should you choose this course?

While you don’t necessarily need a degree to start a career in the justice system, a qualification like this can help you stand out in an incredibly competitive field. You’ll understand why criminals behave the way they do and how the various criminal justice systems in Australia work, which will enable you to work in policing, corrections, border protection, government policy or the courts.

Plus, all Swinburne bachelor degrees give you the chance to earn industry experience, and this course is no exception. In this case, you’ll have the chance to solve a problem that will be briefed in by an industry partner—which will look great on your resume.  

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10. Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge

SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY

Entry requirements: An ATAR or 60 or above; however, other pathways are available
Study method: 100% online
Close of enrolment dates: Check with the university

Why should you choose this course?

If you’d like to spend your career empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, then a qualification like this will help you do it. You'll learn about country, culture and heritage before exploring areas where support is needed, such as land rights, health promotion and education. Graduates go after administrative or project management roles in community health, government policy, social welfare, land management or education—areas where they can truly make a difference.

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