Tertiary education courses

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Introduction to Tertiary education

Get the skills and knowledge needed for a career as a professional educator in higher education. Impact the lives of adult learners and help them choose or further their professions.

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Tertiary education study FAQs

Tertiary education degree specialisations

Open Universities Australia offers a range of online tertiary education courses for you to explore. Enrol with a leading Australian university in a specialisation to shape your career or fire your passion. You might choose from areas such as:

  • Online learning
    Design and deliver online courses. Get work ready for a remote-world, skilled up in digital practices, digital literacies, and student management online.
  • Governance and leadership
    Gain confidence and expertise. Courses in governance are ideal for professionals already working in the higher education sector, including policy makers and senior administrative staff.
  • Postgraduate research supervision
    Adopt high standards and best practices to manage the challenges of various levels of research including Masters and Honours dissertations.

What you’ll learn from a course in tertiary education:

Choose a tertiary education course and you’ll cover a range of topics to support your aspirations as a higher education leader or practitioner. These include:

  • Curriculum design and creative teaching strategies.
  • New pedagogies for innovative learning.
  • Positive and technology rich learning environments.

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Studying through Open Universities Australia means we take care of the guesswork and administration of university study, so you can focus on learning.

You don't need a strong academic history to go to uni

We make it possible for everyone to start university through single subjects, regardless of ATAR or study experience. These subjects are covered by government loans, and can be used to upskill or gain entry into a qualification.

You have the flexibility to start at multiple points during the year

We’re not restricted by a traditional academic calendar, so you can enrol when it suits your life. You also have total control over how you study. You can scale up (or down) your study load and even pause your course if you need to.

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