Graduate Certificate in Science - Astronomy

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Benjamin Kaiser, 16

Studying: Bachelor of Technology, RMIT and Bachelor of Business, Swinburne University

I’ve always been pretty bright but found high school boring. I was recommended OUA and found out there was no age requirement.

I started studying with OUA at the age of 14. I’ll graduate with a degree before I turn 17. I guess that’s pretty good!

It beats school! I like being able to control how and when I study. You have to be self-motivated which keeps me on track. I can sleep in a bit or study later at night and have hot meals during the day. Some kids from my old high school are now also studying with OUA.

I study all four semesters, three subjects a semester, so I’m quite busy. I can’t wait to get my degree and start working!

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Georgina Scambler, 34

Studying: Bachelor of Communications, Griffith University

Studying with OUA meant I could do a mixture of full-time and part-time study. If I wasn’t able to study off campus, I just wouldn’t have been able to do it. I have two children — a four year old and a 22 month old.

I’ve always wanted to be a journalist. I was home with a baby anyway and didn’t have a job to go to, so in a way it was perfect timing.

I’ve already done a couple of internships at newspapers and a website company, which has confirmed this has been the right choice for me. It’s fantastic to be able to be on the job and get experience.

I have definitely felt supported during my studies. Most of the tutors have been really engaging and easy to contact whenever you need advice or to ask a question.

At times it’s been hard juggling it all, but most of the time it’s worked well for me. I fit in study when I can and work around my schedule. I would definitely recommend OUA to other people.