Grades aren’t all that count

La Trobe University has extended its Work Recognition Program to allow mature-age students entry into the Bachelor of Business based on work experience.

Girl with glassesProfessor Richard Speed, Executive Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, says that this program is the first of its kind in Victoria.

‘The program allows you to use your previous work experience to gain eligibility for university entrance, regardless of whether you have completed year 12,’ says Professor Speed.

The program already allowed students to apply for entry into a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Social Sciences, but it has now been expanded to include the Bachelor of Business.

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, as the program uses a combination of skill level and length of experience to assess eligibility for university entrance.

‘Regional Victoria has a much higher proportion of people who have entered the workforce directly from school,’ says Professor Speed. ‘The Work Recognition Program provides an avenue to degree programs that allows this group to study and accelerate their careers.

‘This in turn will allow the continued development of our regional areas, where access to and involvement in education is essential.

‘La Trobe’s regional campuses are committed to providing innovative pathways to further study, and supporting students through that process,’ says Professor Speed.

‘For individuals in regional areas who want to study at university but missed out through the traditional pathways, this provides a simple mechanism to allow university entry and to encourage people to develop towards their full potential.’


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