What is an undergraduate certificate?

If you’re researching your future study options, you may have come across a qualification called an undergraduate certificate. But what are they, and why might you like to take one? We’ll answer those questions and more in this blog.

So what exactly is an undergraduate certificate?

An undergraduate certificate is a fairly new type of degree, first introduced in 2013. It’s an introductory qualification that takes 6 months to complete, and is typically used as a pathway into a further qualification or jobs that don’t require a “full” degree.

Undergraduate certificates can cover content between Levels 5 to 7 on the Australian Qualifications Framework. This is the same level as anything from a Diploma to a Bachelor Degree.

But doesn’t “undergraduate” refer to Bachelor Degrees?

You’ve probably already heard the term undergraduate before, particularly when discussing university degrees. And while Bachelor Degrees are often referred to as “undergraduate degrees”, this is because undergraduate is just an umbrella term for any kind of qualification you can study straight out of school. So even Certificates and Diplomas are technically undergraduate courses!

The opposite term, postgraduate, means you must already have a degree to qualify for entry.

Why would you study an undergraduate certificate?

There are quite a few reasons you might like to study an undergraduate certificate – let’s see what they are.

They have lower entry requirements

If you have your heart set on a particular course but don’t meet the entry requirements, all is not lost. Undergraduate certificates usually have lower entry requirements than a Bachelor Degree, and are a great pathway into one.

They’re short

Another benefit of an undergraduate certificate is that they only take 6 months to complete. So if you’re using one as a pathway to further study, you don’t have to worry about falling behind – and if you’re keen to jump into your dream job, you can do it even quicker.

They give you a taste of what’s to come

Maybe you’re still unsure whether or not you’ll really enjoy a specific course. Why not enrol in an undergraduate certificate first? You’ll cover the same kinds of content you would in a full Bachelor Degree, so you can use the opportunity to see if it’s something you like before committing to years of additional study (and fees).

They’re flexible

And not just because of their duration – most undergraduate certificates can be studied online, meaning you don’t have to move towns to access higher education. Plus, this makes them easy to fit around other commitments you might already have, like part-time work.

They’re perfect for upskilling

If you’re already working in a particular job or field and want to climb the ladder, undergraduate qualifications are a great way to boost your skills and knowledge. This can help you specialise in a niche area, take on extra responsibilities, or even start in a whole new role.

Find course options

Curious to learn more about your options when it comes to undergraduate certificates? You can find information on heaps of available courses through Course Seeker, including entry requirements, institutions, delivery mode, and more.

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