7 enabling courses you should enrol in this year

Want to level up your education? Nervous for uni study? Check out these 7 enabling courses offered through Open Universities Australia and brush up on your organisation, critical thinking and more!


Preparation for university courses is the key to success. Enabling courses are flexible study options delivered in an online supportive environment and designed to foster confidence, innovation and good habits for those new to academic study. 

Check out these 7 popular, 13-week enabling courses available to study online with leading Australian universities through Open Universities Australia (OUA), geared to supporting students preparing for university study in the coming months or years.

Learning uni style

Preparing for your first online experience at university, but not quite sure what to expect? Then this short course is perfect for you. Offered by Murdoch University through OUA; work on your study techniques, time management, referencing, research and note taking, all while getting a taste of what university study will be like when you start.

What you’ll discover:

  • Study skills including: organisation, time management and interpersonal skills.
  • Academic skills including: written and oral communication, information seeking and the use of learning technologies.
  • A conceptual understanding of university study.
  • Attributes that advocate success at university.

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Fundamentals of academic writing

Research and writing at the university level can take some time to get used to. This course can help you better understand how to draft effective writing before you start. Learn the importance of referencing, source evaluation, peer reviews and how to provide and incorporate constructive feedback.

What you’ll discover:

  • Ways you can consistently apply writing conventions, academic research, scholarly literature and formal style for written assignments.
  • How to construct an essay with effective drafting, structuring, editing and proofing.
  • Identify and implement competent communication skills in reading and writing for academic purposes.

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Mathematics basics

Finally, a course that teaches you how to apply your mathematical skills to real world settings! Covering algebra, metric measurements and functions, learn how mathematics can impact the business, science and health sectors.

What you’ll discover:

  • Perform calculations with decimals, fractions and percentages when solving complex problems.
  • Construe relevant data using inferential and descriptive statistics.
  • Analyse and interpret graphs using algebraic equations or displayed data.
  • Apply tailored techniques to solve financial problems involving depreciation or interest.

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Introduction to commerce

Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of economics, from supply and demand to inflation and budgeting. Get a better sense of where accounting and law fit into a business concept and how to further apply these concepts to practical situations.

What you’ll discover:

  • Explain how financial, marketing, economic and legal foundations can be applied in real-life scenarios.
  • Analyse marketing strategies that are used around the world to promote products and their impact.
  • Evaluate economic principles that affect cash flow, income and wealth in private and public enterprises.
  • Investigate accounting tools used in setting up and flourishing the operation of small to medium enterprises.

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Foundations of communication

Mastering the art of communication takes practice—which is exactly what this course aims to accomplish. Improve not only your presenting skills, but also learn how to work effectively with others and create compelling arguments.

What you’ll discover:

  • Identify and use interpersonal communication strategies for audience and purpose in online, written or spoken modes.
  • Execute an oral presentation while using visual tools to further enhance your message.
  • Produce a wiki or blog on an assigned topic with a team, using collaborative learning practices.

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Introduction to health and sciences

Planning to pursue a degree in health? Dive into the basics with this course that highlights anatomy and physiology, from macro musculoskeletal all the way to cell biology.

What you’ll discover:

  • The structure and function of major body systems, how they work and their important relationship to health and wellness.
  • Basic scientific concepts related to the physics and chemistry of the human body.
  • Locate, read, summarise and correctly reference scientific literature.

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Introduction to humanities

Get a snapshot of how people across the globe fit into the systems that governs us. Mark the difference between cultural beliefs, identities and values, and look into the ways each economy shapes the political system. Understand how all these elements shape a society.

What you’ll discover:

  • Illustrate the diverse ways human activity is organised.
  • Analyse the relationships between human systems.
  • Examine the ways society and self are constructed.
  • Better explain the tensions and synergies between individual and societal freedoms and responsibilities.

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Express your interest in enabling courses

To express your interest in any of the short courses on offer through OUA, fill out the form on this page and one of our expert student advisors will be in touch shortly. In the meantime, browse thousands of courses from leading Australian universities.

Enabling courses FAQs

What’s the difference between an enabling course and a short course?

Whether you’d like to level up your skills, pursue professional development or just test out new topic areas, online short courses can offer a low-commitment, flexible situation. While short courses are more geared toward upskilling and re-skilling, enabling courses offer preparation for university study through a supportive environment and flexible study options.

What qualifications do I need to do an enabling course through OUA?

No qualifications are required - just a positive attitude and a willingness to learn! Whether you’re about to start studying for the first time or returning from an extended break, enabling courses are  designed to help you prepare for university study.

Can I get credit for my enabling course?

Yes! After successfully completing your subjects, you can unlock alternative ways into degrees. Enabling courses help with meeting admission criteria, so you’ll be closer to qualifying for a range of degrees in the future. Through OUA, you can apply for credit for past study or work experience, and finish your degree faster.

To express your interest in any of the courses on offer through OUA, fill out the form on this page and a friendly student advisor will get in contact. Otherwise, start browsing thousands of courses from leading Australian universities right now.