MATURE AGE STUDY: Have you considered doing some study online or in the classroom?
MATURE AGE STUDY: Have you considered doing some study online or in the classroom?

You're never too old to take up higher education study

IF YOU have dreamed of studying at university or TAFE, whether for self-fulfilment, improving your working life or in preparation of entering a new career, the application door is open now.

QTAC's chief executive officer, Dr John Griffiths believes it's never too late to return to study.

"Learning is lifelong and regardless of age it can lead to fresh opportunities, build new skills and open doors to new-found passions and interests," Dr Griffiths added.

There many good reasons to take up studying - it's good for the mind, increases your knowledge, often allows you to communicate across the generations, develop new skills and opens the door to you engaging with your broader community.


The qualifications needed for entry to university or TAFE depend on the course you want to study.

For most TAFE courses, you don't need any formal qualifications. For university courses, usually you must have finished Year 12 and passed certain subjects such as English, maths or science, and have a tertiary entrance rank, such as a TE score.

In some cases, if you have studied a certificate, diploma or other professional qualification, this can meet course entry requirements.

You can find course entry requirements on university websites and in Queensland on QTAC's online course search. 

If you don't have the qualifications to get in, there are other pathways available, including bridging and preparatory courses.


TAFE course choices, entry, dates and costs information is available from the state websites; Queensland,  NSW, West Australia, South Australia, ACT, Northern Territory, Tasmania and Victoria.


What to study

One of the best places to go is the website Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching. It helps you compare study experience and employment outcomes data from Australian higher education institutions. You can create your own shortlist to compare different study areas and institutions.

You can also search university post-graduate and undergraduate courses on the University Admissions Centre website.

For online courses through Open Universities Australia, you will need to apply directly

Key dates

The key January and February dates for Semester 1 submission of applications and for the offer of places is on the UAC website.

How to study?

Most education institutions provide students with the tools or training to help them learn now to study at university including how to write essays, reference research material and lodge assignments online.

What will it cost?

As a domestic student at an Australian university or non-university higher education institution you will be required to contribute financially to the cost of your education. These costs will vary as students can be offered either a Commonwealth supported or a fee-paying place.

Study costs do vary depending on the course. To find out course costs and financial assistance information, go to the UAC and Study Assist websites.

The Co-op Bookshop website has an extensive list of textbook and study resources. You can search by institution and course to find out the costs of materials you will require during your study. 

If you need more time to decide which degree and courses to do, whether to study online or in the classroom, and where to study, then consider doing your research now and then starting your study at the second half of the year. 

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