Choosing to study a vocational education Diploma through attending St Patrick's Institute of Education (SPIE) doesn't mean that university is no longer an option. We have enjoyed many success stories of helping some of our graduates go onto tertiary education using a SPIE full-time Diploma as a platform to their entry into a relevant university degree.
No ATAR is required to apply for a Diploma qualification through St Patrick's Institute of Education, and we find that our 40-week courses provide our students with a greater understanding of what would be required to continue on in tertiary study. It also allows you the time to decide if a degree is the right path for you, and provides you with advance standing to attain a place at university.
Graduates of St Patrick's Institute of Education's full-time BSB50215 Diploma of Business, BSB50415 Diploma of Business Administration, BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership & Management and BSB52415 Diploma of Marketing & Communications are now entitled to transfer credits from their qualifications towards Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Commerce offered by the Faculty of Law and Business at Australian Catholic University (ACU).
As part of the Credit Transfer Agreement between St Patrick's and ACU, students who successfully complete the above full-time Diploma courses are guaranteed entry into the specified courses and are invited to apply to continue their further education directly to ACU who will fast-track their admission into the relevant degree.
As a condition of enrolment at ACU, St Patrick's Institute of Education students are required to undertake two core ACU units as part of their degree - UNCC100 Our World: Community and Vulnerability and UNCC300 Justice & Change in a Global World.
To view more details download the attached Mapping Credit for St Patrick's Institute of Education, which outlines credit points granted for each SPIE full-time Diploma towards relevant units of the corresponding ACU degree.
St Patrick's Institute of Education has forged a new alliance with The University of Notre Dame Australia, which will allow successful graduates of our full-time Diploma courses in BSB50215 Business, BSB51915 Leadership and Management and BSB50415 Business Administration to receive credits towards their first year of a Bachelor of Business Administration or Bachelor of Accounting with the university.
In an exclusive to St Patrick’s Institute of Education, commencing in 2017 The University of Notre Dame (UND) is also offering our students the opportunity to study with the university while undertaking their full-time SPIE Diploma classes at our city campus in York Street. UND will be offering a series of workshops to our students throughout their Diploma study year, and this is arrangement is exclusive to SPIE students.
St Patrick's Institute of Education currently partners partnership with the University of New England (UNE) to provide our full-time and FlexiStudy Diploma graduates with the opportunity to continue onto higher education through an online UNE Bachelor of Business degree. Successful St Patrick's Diploma graduates receive eight (8) credit points towards a UNE Bachelor of Business, which is equivalent to the first year of study.
Successful SPIE graduates receive eight (8) credit points towards a UNE Bachelor of Business, which is equivalent to the first year of study. The University of New England has guaranteed advanced standing for successful completion of the BSB50415 Diploma of Business Administration and the BSB50215 Diploma of Business - with options to major in Marketing, Human Resources, Management and International Business. These count towards the Bachelor of Business as follows:
Guaranteed block advanced standing of 48 cps to be awarded towards the Bachelor of Business. Students to complete 16 units towards the following majors only:
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St Patrick's has had some great success stories from former graduates who've chosen the St Patrick's Pathway to Success to continue
on to further tertiary education.
Class of 2015 graduate, Katrina Torrisi used her SPIE Diploma of Management as a springboard to commencing a Bachelor of Business degree. Katrina is a really positive example of how young adults can steer themselves from a rewarding vocational education course towards further higher education, starting with the discipline and practical business skills acquired during the 40-week study year at St Patrick’s Institute of Education. Katrina is pictured above with Bernard Boerma, CEO of CatholicCare Sydney, receiving the award for Highest Academic Achievement in the Diploma of Management at her St Patrick's graduation.
Natalie graduated from St Patrick's in 2013 with a Diploma of Business Administration, and headed straight into a Bachelor of Business degree with the University of New England.
"I was really keen to further develop my career potential," she says, "With my St Patrick's Diploma I was eligible for credits for the first year of the online degree, so I was able to head straight into the second year of the UNE Bachelor of Business and continue working while I studied. I'm now majoring in Marketing and HR Management and am finding university really enjoyable. I'm looking forward to moving into a city career in marketing once I've completed the degree."