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What are your options if you are expecting a low ATAR in this year’s HSC?

Posted by Jenna Baskin on 12/10/2016
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Tips for those who are concerned that their HSC results might mean missing out on getting a qualification

1. Consider other options

Go travelling, take a gap year, start your career and study later, study online, you have options and not everyone loves to study the school way...

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2. Choose a vocational course

Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications give you in demand industry skills. The business diplomas that MCI Institute offer are all accredited by the government and are recognised as in demand skills for Australian businesses. You can study a Diploma or Advanced Diploma course and if eligible get access to the Government’s vocational education loan scheme to defer your fees. So long as you have an HSC certificate or pass the Language, Literacy and Numeracy test you can start studying. You don't even have to wait until next year. MCI Institute's supported online diploma's start every two weeks. Get a jump on anyone starting uni next year when the semester rolls around.

3. Choose a pathway

If you want a uni degree there are pathways. Complete Diploma or Advanced Diploma in 12 months and it often counts as the equivalent of a year at university. PLUS, you get the extra qualification. Ask your preferred uni about their policy on Recognised Prior Learning.



4. Same uni – different course

If you have your heart set on a particular course at a particular university – again, don’t panic! Often universities will allow you to do an internal transfer. So you can start in a more generalised degree programme, say Bachelor of Arts and then after your first year, transfer to your preferred degree. Choose your modules carefully in your first year and it may not require any extra time. Please contact your preferred university for more details.


5. Online study

Just about every degree has a similar VET course available online right now – including a range of vocational qualifications and higher education degrees. Online study is great for people who want to work whilst they study as it is the ultimate in flexibility. And with online study, a good provider would offer mentors who can help you progress through your course. Tutors also help you with difficult course work and your classmates are only a click away in virtual meeting places.

The bottom line is that there are now more options than ever to pursue your career dream in your own way. So please don’t panic, if you don’t get the mark you wanted – explore these other options. They may work out better in the long run anyway.



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By Jenna Baskin

Jenna Baskin is the CEO of MCI and has over 11 years’ experience in the training and education space. She was responsible for the creation of the MCI's online consumer division, the MCI Institute, and the transition of the organisation into the digital learning landscape. This includes platform partnerships across North America, unique content development, and the introduction of virtual reality learning methodologies.