Your time is precious, and you need to be able to find a study solution that allows you to balance your life's other commitments along with your study goals. When you study online with OC, you can choose when and where to study. You're always in complete control of your study schedule.
One of the major benefits of studying online is that you can learn at your own pace. This means that if you have the time, you can dedicate more hours a week to study and finish your course earlier. Or you can choose to study without pressure over a longer period of time.
Please note - Some of our campus-based School of Health courses have set intake dates (see more about our School of Health courses below under 'What are blended learning courses?'. If you're not sure whether the course you want to study has set intake dates or not, just speak with one of our friendly Enrolment Consultants.
Online study isn't a solo journey. As you're in control of your studies, you'll need to be self-disciplined and there could be times when you struggle to stay motivated. But the thing to remember is that, there are many different ways OC can help support you through your studies. As an OC student, you're never without help when you need it.
When you enrol with OC, you join an online community of learners from all over Australia. And we've built up a multi-faceted support network designed to help all our students with different aspects of their study journey
Whether you need help managing your studies, have specific questions about your course, we have real people who can help.
With OC, you'll have access to four kinds of support - Trainers and Assessors, Student Support, Learning Support and Academic Support. You can find out more about these different support teams below under the heading 'Your online community'.
In our Certificate IV and Diploma level courses (and some of our Certificate III courses), we have a Study Buddy set up so that you can connect with other like-minded learners online. Through the Study Buddy system, you can discuss assessments, ask questions and keep each other motivated.
Money matters – and we know that the cost of studying online is a major factor to consider when making the decision to enrol in a course. We also know that you may be ready to study but might not be able to pay your full course fees upfront.
At Open Colleges, we believe education should be accessible to anyone that wants to learn, so we offer a range of payment options that mean getting qualified or following a passion doesn't have to break the bank.
Follow the link here for a full breakdown of our payment options.
Open Colleges also offers zipMoney interest-free* payment plans. With this option you can pay for your course in regular instalments to suit your financial situation. Find out more about zipMoney.*Not available for every course. Terms and conditions apply.
When you study with Open Colleges, you’ll receive the same quality of education that you would get on a college campus. Our Diplomas and Certificates are nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Once you complete your course, you'll be graduating with job-ready skills and a qualification that is recognised anywhere in Australia. While some of our short courses and partnership courses are not accredited, they'll still provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to help you reach your goals.
What is the Australian Qualifications Framework?
The AQF is the national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system. The AQF provides the standards for Australian qualifications and provides assurance that courses and providers are approved by government. Therefore, students who graduate with an AQF qualification are assured that their qualification is recognised across Australia and internationally.
At Open Colleges, we develop our courses in consultation with industry experts to ensure the skills and knowledge you gain are applicable and in-demand. This means you not only complete your course with the career confidence to embrace new opportunities but also have a broader understanding of your industry of choice.