Resources for parents and guardians
If your child is in Year 10 or above, they’re probably already thinking about their options after high school.
The choice of whether to continue their education will be one of the most important of their life, and as a parent, you need to be as well-informed as possible about the various paths available. Here you can find all the information you’ll need to understand life at UWA.
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Helping your child decide
As a parent or guardian, you play a vital role in helping your child to understand their options and to make choices about their future. Here are some ways you can help.
The best way to start gathering information is to get online and start reading the relevant course guides.
- You can help your child compare courses and find out about scholarships, entry requirements and pathways into UWA. Our downloadable resources include:
- Attend our Future Students events running throughout the year.
- Follow us on social media to stay up to date with announcements.
- Speak to our Future Students Advisers for more information.
If your students have questions about choosing the ‘right’ subjects to study, it’s important to alleviate any unnecessary stress. Any level of mathematics is a wise choice, even if they are unsure what area they’d like to focus on at university, because they may end up changing their minds.
English is a prerequisite to tertiary study and there are some courses that also require a certain level of mathematics. For all other courses where a prerequisite is indicated, students are still able to enrol if the subject has not been completed; they will simply need to complete a bridging unit within their degree.
Choosing a university and course can be daunting for students, and it can be the first big decision they have to make. Remember, the decision they make now is their choice, but reassure them that it's okay if they change their minds along the way.
UWA course model
Our course model is exclusive to UWA and is benchmarked against some of the world’s leading universities, giving our students a competitive edge when they enter the workforce. Your child might have multiple careers in their lifetime, and UWA’s course model allows students to personalise their degree. Students can combine two majors into one degree no matter how different they are, which means they can combine their interests and career goals without losing time or money.
For example, if a student is career-oriented and wants to study Engineering, they can also combine their Engineering studies with a Finance major. When they graduate, they are not limited to a career in just the engineering field, but one that has multiple career paths in commerce-related fields.
3 + 2 What does this mean?
Studying a three-year undergraduate degree paired with a two-year postgraduate degree means that a student will graduate with a higher qualification than a double degree (such as those taught at other universities), and in some cases it will take them less time to complete than a double degree.
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It can be difficult to work out your options when navigating through university terminology. We’ve put together a list of words you’ll find helpful in decoding the information as well as some differences between high school and uni, and what you can expect on a day-to-day basis as a student at UWA.