Heading to university is an exciting time, but it can also be a little intimidating, especially when you're not sure what to expect.
If you're thinking about taking a Higher Education Diploma or University Preparation course through UOW College, we've got you covered. Below, we'll walk you through some key details you need to know before getting started.
Dates and Duration
UOW College courses are delivered over approximately 16 weeks each session, including class teaching weeks, study breaks, examinations, and supplementary exam dates. You can find specific dates for your course on the UOW College key dates page (remember, these dates are different to UOW dates).
Workload and Credit Points
When it comes to workload and credit points, UOW College subjects are weighted as 2, 6 (most common), or 8 credit points. This may sound confusing, but don't worry! Each credit point equates to approximately 1.5 to 2 hours of work per week, including attending classes, studying, and completing assessments. For example, in a 6 credit point subject, you can expect to spend 9 to 12 hours per week on studying. Keep in mind that this is just a guide and may vary depending on your course and assessment requirements.
Planning Your Study
Next up, planning your study. Your UOW College Academic Course Outline provides an overview of your course, subjects, and credit points. At the start of each session, you will receive a Subject Outline that outlines the expected learning outcomes, weekly topics, readings, assessment tasks, and due dates. Your subject Moodle site (available once you're enrolled) is an online learning platform that provides more detailed information about assessments and resources to support your learning.
Full-time versus Part-time Study
Finally, let's talk about full-time versus part-time study. Full-time study at UOW College involves taking four subjects per session, which requires a commitment equivalent to working a full-time job and helps you complete your course as quickly as possible. Part-time study at UOW College involves taking fewer than four subjects per session. This option allows you to balance other commitments, such as a job or caring for family members. However, it may take longer to complete your course.
For our international student, it is important to understand that your visa conditions generally require you to pursue a full-time course of study.
By understanding your expected workload, duration, and study options, you can plan your UOW College studies effectively and achieve your academic goals. We're excited to help you get started on your journey to success!