Three Brauer College students know what to expect when they attend university next year, thanks to an accelerated learning program.
They are already studying subjects at Deakin University as part of the Deakin Accelerate, a VCE higher education program that allows students to study two first-year subjects in Year 12.
It began in Warrnambool last year with four local students and has grown to 24 students from across the region this year.
It is expected to expand next year and an information session for 2019 students, parents and teachers will be held next month.
Aidan Wiringi-Jones, Angelique van Antwerpen, and Tatiana Haas, all 17, said they had enjoyed the study which was extending their knowledge and they were enjoying the challenge.
They all hope to go on to study Arts Law next year. Aidan is studying Criminology while Angelique and Tatiana are studying Law at Deakin.
They said it had given them a taste of university and taught them how to study independently. Aidan said the university subjects had fitted in with his VCE studies. “It’s pretty good. It’s less work than my other classes,” he said.
Angelique said she was finding her Law subjects “fascinating” and they provided her with “real-world knowledge”. Tatiana said the study gave her a headstart and allowed her to experience the university system before she enrolled. The extra subjects will also reduce her workload next year.
Brauer College careers co-ordinator Iain Jackson said it was good for the students to experience tertiary life while still at school and encouraged students to consider university. “Some of the students have achieved really beyond what they thought they could do and so I guess that’s motivation and gives them confidence also for their VCE studies,” he said.
Deakin Warrnambool manager for community engagement Geraldine Moloney said a lot of students were interested and she expected numbers to grow next year. Students receive a 10 per cent weighting on their ATAR score, earn two university credit points and study for free. The information session is on at Deakin at September 18 at 6pm.
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