OUA Pathways

Find your study path

If you know you want to study, but you aren't sure where to begin, OUA Pathways is for you.

How it works

You start by telling us which study area you're most interested in - Business, Education, Engineering, Health, Humanities, Science or Social Science. We'll then recommend a Pathway, a combination of four units designed to get you into the swing of study in that field. You might think of it as a way of trialling online study or as preparation for a full degree.

Extra help, not extra study

We call the program OUA Pathways because the four units can lead you into one or more full degrees. You can choose to go on and study one of these courses or choose another course entirely.

The benefit of choosing one of the OUA Pathways-aligned courses is that the units you complete through the program will be automatically credited towards it - you'll start the course four units in*. If you choose a non-Pathways course, you may still be able to get credits for the units you've taken, but it isn't guaranteed (you'll need to contact the university that provides the course you're interested in and go through their Recognition of Prior Learning process).

* On completion of the Pathway, Macquarie University still needs to approve the application to meet the required academic eligibility for a Commonwealth supported place.

Get started

Select the study area you like the looks of from the options below:

The Pathways 2016

Take your career to the next level with a nationally recognised qualification, and learn the skills you need to work in a range of fields. This pathway includes the four units below, with the option to take up the nominated preparatory units for free.

View the course(s) you can study once you finish your pathway.
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Tertiary Learning Strategies
SSK10 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Principles of Economics
ECO11 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Management Concepts (Introduction to Management)
IBA111 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Accounting for Business
ACG11 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7

Take your career to the next level with a nationally recognised qualification, and learn the skills you need to work in a range of fields. This pathway includes the four units below, with the option to take up the nominated preparatory units for free.

View the course(s) you can study once you finish your pathway.
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Criminology Skills
CCJ101 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice
CCJ113 Griffith SP1 - SP3 -
Law, Government and Policy
CCJ13 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
CCJ10 Griffith - SP2 - SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7

Take your career to the next level with a nationally recognised qualification, and learn the skills you need to work in a range of fields. This pathway includes the four units below, with the option to take up the nominated preparatory units for free.

View the course(s) you can study once you finish your pathway.
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Child Development for Educators
EDC151 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Teaching and Learning in a Digital World
EDC101 Curtin SP1 - SP3 -
Learning Theory for Educators
EDC155 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Exploring and Contesting Curriculum
EDC111 Curtin - SP2 - SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7

Take your career to the next level with a nationally recognised qualification, and learn the skills you need to work in a range of fields. This pathway includes the four units below, with the option to take up the nominated preparatory units for free.

View the course(s) you can study once you finish your pathway.
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Essential Mathematics 1: Algebra and Trigonometry
ENR101 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Essential Mathematics 2: Calculus
ENR102 UniSA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
General Physics (Previously Introduction to Physics)
SCI16 Murdoch SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Fundamentals of Chemistry (Previously: Introduction to Chemistry)
SCI18 Murdoch SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7

Students who have not completed their mathematics or science eligibility requirements should start with the Engineering Pathway.

Take your career to the next level with a nationally recognised qualification, and learn the skills you need to work in a range of fields. This pathway includes the four units below, with the option to take up the nominated preparatory units for free.

View the course(s) you can study once you finish your pathway.
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Introduction to Nutrition
DTN101 La Trobe SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Human Biosciences A
HBS101 La Trobe SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Individual Determinants of Health
PHE102 La Trobe SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Fundamentals of Chemistry (Previously: Introduction to Chemistry)
SCI18 Murdoch SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7

Take your career to the next level with a nationally recognised qualification, and learn the skills you need to work in a range of fields. This pathway includes the four units below, with the option to take up the nominated preparatory units for free.

View the course(s) you can study once you finish your pathway.
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 Curtin SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Developing Research and Analytical Skills
COM15 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Text and Culture
CMM19 Griffith SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Critical Thinking
PHIX137 Macquarie SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7

Take your career to the next level with a nationally recognised qualification, and learn the skills you need to work in a range of fields. This pathway includes the four units below, with the option to take up the nominated preparatory units for free.

View the course(s) you can study once you finish your pathway.
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Scientific Skills and Communication
SCB100 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
Innovation Cultures: Perspectives on Science and Technology
MDA10006 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Fundamentals of Chemistry (Previously: Introduction to Chemistry)
SCI18 Murdoch SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Outbreak: The Detection and Control of Infectious Disease
SCB160 RMIT SP1 - SP3 -
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7

Take your career to the next level with a nationally recognised qualification, and learn the skills you need to work in a range of fields. This pathway includes the four units below, with the option to take up the nominated preparatory units for free.

View the course(s) you can study once you finish your pathway.
Total number of units to complete: 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice
COM10006 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Foundations of Statistics
STA10003 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Sociological Foundations
SOC10004 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Psychology 100
PSY10003 Swinburne SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Preparing for University Learning
PREP03 OUA PT 1 PT 2 PT 3 PT 4 PT 5 PT 6 PT 7 PT 8
Preparing for Academic Writing
PREP04 OUA SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Basic Preparatory Mathematics
PREP05 OUA PT 1 PT 3 PT 5 PT 7