Jane Habner, Associate Student Learning Advisor at Flinders University, understands that not everyone enters university the same way. Some people may not get the ATAR they were expecting, some wait a few years before deciding to start their university journey, and some begin studies later in life as a way to change careers.
Fortunately, there are many pathways to start your studies at Flinders, such as the Flinders Foundation Studies Program, a university preparation program designed to give you the confidence and skills you need to start one of over 30 Flinders degrees. In as short as 5 weeks, or via a 4-month or 7-month program, you could step into a Flinders degree and start your fearless journey to a new career. And the best part? Foundation Studies are government funded, so there is no cost to you.*
As coordinator of the program, Jane sees this pathway as a great opportunity.
“University is not just for students who excelled at school or who have families who expect them to go to university. It is for anyone, and Foundation Studies is simply one of a number of ways to enter university.”
Jane has had a long association with the program, and has seen many participants go on to great success in their respective fields, including Flinders’ own Senior Lecturer in Creative Industries, Dr Tully Barnett, who feels the Foundation program gave her the skills, knowledge and confidence to not only complete a bachelor’s degree but to become an academic herself.
These days, it’s much more common for students to enter university via non-traditional pathways, and Foundation Studies offers students the chance to start study in areas ranging from accounting to law, science, arts, information technology and more.
“What the program offers students is a score that they can use to apply for almost any competitive undergraduate degree at Flinders. We have Foundation students who go into law, paramedics, and any number of our what we'd call highly competitive degrees.”