On ATAR release day, Daniel was one of many Year 12 students across Australia, in no mood to celebrate. “I thought all my hard work didn’t really equate to the mark that I received back” he says. Nobody in Daniel’s family had been to university, but they held the idea of education in high regard, and wanted more for Daniel than they had themselves.
In the blink of an eye, Daniel’s options for traditional uni became limited. He was also working full time, so he wasn’t able to plan his life around the demands of a timetable. After coming across an ad for Open Universities Australia (OUA) on TV, Daniel jumped onto the website and started exploring his options.
“I thought all my hard work didn’t really equate to the ATAR mark that I received back.”
Through OUA, If you don’t have the required ATAR to enter a full degree, you can become eligible by passing a few undergraduate subjects first. That’s exactly what Daniel did – he took on some subjects, proved himself capable, and was accepted into Griffith University’s Bachelor of Business, online through OUA.
After a few years of study, Daniel can call himself a graduate, and already finds himself in the workforce, employed as a graduate analyst for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. His job keeps him on his toes, providing plenty of variety and opportunities to grow as a professional. Because Daniel studied online, he was able to study a few more subjects at a time than he could have on campus, so it was a year early that he graduated and started applying for positions – beating all his high school classmates to the finish line.
As Daniel has proved – an ATAR score doesn’t indicate your intelligence, or your worth. Sometimes it’s the pressure of Year 12, particularly in an exam environment, that can keep a person from performing at their full potential. Don’t take it to heart. As Daniel will tell you, there are other pathways into the career you’ve been dreaming of – it only takes a little determination.
Ain’t nothing gonna break your stride
If you’re holding your breath for ATAR release day, there’s no need. If things don’t go to plan, you’ve got to keep on moving, and through OUA you can do exactly that.
- Find the right course for you – We can guide you in your selection from over 170 degrees, and 1300 subjects, from leading Australian unis.
- Start studying, regardless of history – We offer single undergraduate subjects from full degrees without any entry requirements.
- Gain credit towards your degree – Apply for credit for past study, or your work experience, and finish faster.
- Graduate with a degree from a leading uni – Study through us, but graduate with exactly the same university degree as on-campus students.
- Feel supported from start to finish – Our Student Advisors can guide you in the right direction and help with your enrolment.
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, head over to our website to browse over 170 degrees and 1300 subjects from leading Australian universities.
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