Stanley College
Stanley College


Pathways to Growth

Every year, more than 5 million students go abroad to study. They are seeking to learn about other cultures and languages, to become more confident and independent; they seek to acquire new skills and knowledge. And then, employers are looking for graduates who are tolerant and confident, with proven problem-solving skills. They are seeking team members who can help them innovate and grow. At Stanley College, we offer pathway programs that focus on two objectives: developing both the attributes students seek to gain, personal and professional, and meeting the requirements of employers to grow their businesses.

What are Education Pathways?

Pathway programs are usually designed to prepare students for an undergraduate degree program at a university or a High Education provider such as Stanley College. Traditionally, a pathway program was for students unable to enter into an undergraduate program directly. This may be because they had not achieved an education provider’s entry requirements. That is, either their academic achievements were insufficient for direct entry into a degree program, or their command of the English language was not at the required level.

In such cases, most universities offer a pathway program (either a Certificate or a Diploma), which, after successful completion, allows students either to commence an undergraduate program in the first semester or to enter directly into the second year.

How are Stanley College Pathways Different?

At Stanley College, we have designed pathway programs that not only prepare students for entry into a bachelor’s degree at Stanley College, but also provides them with practical skills and experiences that will make them “work ready” at an earlier stage in their studies. They also have the opportunity to graduate with more qualifications—Stanley College pathway students will graduate not only with a Higher Education (university-level) qualification, but also with a Certificate III and a Diploma, nationally recognized Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications that are highly regarded locally and internationally.

Pathway programs at Stanley College are longer than those offered at universities—they are not just crash courses in academic writing skills, referencing and learning how to write a resume. Their purpose is to provide students with the best possible opportunities to gain employment in the industry of their choice as soon as they graduate. Whilst many students spend years in mostly menial jobs that are unrelated to their studies, Stanley College students earn their first qualification after the first or second semester, enabling them to find casual or part-time employment in the field of their chosen VET course, even before they start the degree part of program. Many students who have gained employment on the basis of their VET qualifications, applying the fundamental skills they learned during that phase of their pathway program, have gone on to enjoy supervisory positions whilst studying for their degree.

There are a variety of pathway options:

  • Hospitality Management Pathway: SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality + SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management + Bachelor of Business; total duration: 3 years.
  • Commercial Cookery Pathway: SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery + SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery + SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management + Bachelor of Business. Total duration: 4 years.
  • Business Management Pathway (available online): 10904NAT Diploma of Social Media Marketing or BSB50120 Diploma of Business + Bachelor of Business. Total duration: 3 years.
  • Early Childhood Education Pathway: CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care + CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care + Bachelor of Business. Duration 3 or 4 years.
  • Information and Communications Technology Pathway: ICT50220 Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security) + Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology. Duration: 3 years.
  • Community Services Pathway: CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) + Bachelor of Community Services. Duration: 3 years.

Each of these programs has been designed in close consultation with industry, and with the end goals of students in mind. There is no better pathway program available.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Stanley College acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.