Want to study but not sure where to start? Pathways are a great stepping stone.

How pathways work

Generally, there are three ways to start:



Undergraduate Certificates

Some universities offer Undergraduate Certificates without entry requirements.

An Undergraduate Certificate is a recognised qualification made up of four subjects. For example, an Undergraduate Certificate in Psychology. They're a great way to "test drive" university before you progress into further study.
After you've completed an Undergraduate Certificate, you can use it to gain entry into a related Bachelor Degree, like a Bachelor of Psychology. And you’ll get credit for your completed certificate. 

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University specific pathways

For some degrees, the first subjects are open for anyone to try.

Some unis open the first few introductory subjects in selected degrees. For example, in a Bachelor of Education, some unis open the first year subjects to everyone.
You don’t need to apply or be accepted to study your first couple of subjects. After you complete that set of subjects, you’ll qualify to study the full degree.

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Generic pathways

Complete two to four single subjects—there’s hundreds to choose from!

Get started in an interest area, like science. You can study a few introductory subjects, like chemistry and biology, to get a better understanding of the topics.
After you’ve completed those subjects, you can apply to start a degree in that interest area, like a Bachelor of Science.

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Popular pathways to start your study journey

Know what area you're interested in studying, and think a pathway might be the right way to get started? Explore generic interest area pathways below.

Business & management

Health & medical sciences

Undergraduate LTU-HBS101-2023

Introduction to Human Physiology

Undergraduate CUR-BSC110-2023

Human Structure and Function

Undergraduate USA-BIOL1054-2023

Foundations of Nutrition and Health

Undergraduate TAS-HGA138-2023

Society, Culture and Health

Law & justice

Psychology & mental health

Undergraduate CUR-PSB110-2023

Foundations of Psychology

Undergraduate MAQ-PSYX1101-2023

Introduction to Psychology I

Related degrees

Undergraduate TAS-ZAC207-2023

Mental Health and Wellbeing


Undergraduate MUR-SCI18-2023

Fundamentals of Chemistry

Undergraduate TAS-KPZ006-2023

Backyard Biodiversity

Undergraduate UNE-SCI100-2023

Science in Practice

Undergraduate MAQ-FOSX1015-2023

Statistical Concepts for Science

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