Flinders course offers rise again

studentsDemand has again increased for Flinders University’s undergraduate degree courses, and in response a total of 5025 offers (up from 4777 offers in 2011) has been made to date, with further places remaining available.

The five per cent increase continues the strong increase in demand for Flinders courses over the past two years.

The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Andrew Parkin, said that along with vigorous demand for engineering and science courses and the University’s suite of health-related courses such as medicine, health sciences, medical science, nursing, and paramedic degrees, there has been significant interest in degrees related to education and behavioural science/psychology.

With the heightened levels of interest, ATAR school-leaver entry scores for a number of courses such as Commerce (Advanced Leadership), Psychology (Hons), Law, Law (Hons), Paramedic Science, Midwifery, Health Sciences/Physiotherapy, Nutrition & Dietetics, Speech Pathology, Engineering/Masters Engineering  (Biomedical), Engineering (Robotics)/ Masters Engineering (Electronics) and Science (Hons), are all up over the 90 mark.

2012 sees the first cohort of the students of the new Foundation Studies program taught with TAFE SA coming into the University, with students offered places across the University’s courses with the top areas of interest in Education, Nursing, Social Work, Health Sciences, Arts, Medical Science and Law.

Professor Parkin said that the University is continuing its strong record of creating ways to find places for able students from a wide range of social, cultural and educational backgrounds. Offers have been made to Year 12 applicants who had undertaken UniTest – an aptitude test – with the University considering an applicants’ performance along with their Year 12 results.

Flinders will also welcome students in new courses that include Business (Advanced Leadership), Commerce (Advanced Leadership), Education (Secondary)/Languages, Justice and Society (Law Pathway), Computer Science (Hons), Digital Media (Hons) and Information Technology (Hons).

“These new courses reflect Flinders history of innovative course development. We continue to introduce degrees that respond to the latest developments in technology and society,” Professor Parkin said.

He said there has also been around a 16 per cent increase to date in postgraduate offers; 1650 postgraduate offers (up from 1414 offers in 2011) have been made by Flinders.

The most popular postgraduate courses are the health sciences suite, including graduate entry Nursing, Speech Pathology, Audiology and Mental Health Nursing. Social Work, Education/Teaching and Psychology are also strong areas of interest.

New postgraduate degrees in the Master of Occupational Therapy and Master of Physiotherapy degrees are also admitting their first intake of students.

Further offers will be made to prospective students in coming weeks, and Professor Parkin said anyone considering tertiary study in 2012 should submit a late application.

“A wide range of our courses remain open for qualified applicants through a variety of entry pathways,” he said.

Interested students can contact the Admissions/Prospective Students Office by phoning 08 8201 3074 or 1300 657 671 (local call cost), or email admissions@flinders.edu.au

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