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Choosing what to do after high school is a big decision. But also, a super exciting one! You may have a clear idea of what you want to do, or you may be feeling a bit clueless about the direction of your future – all perfectly normal.

In some instances, you may face some pressure from family, friends, teachers, or society to choose a certain path. Or you might face challenges that prevent you from pursuing your preferred option, like your ATAR score not being high enough to gain entry into your choice of university. We understand it can be stressful.

Thankfully there is now a better solution available to you - one that results in you getting a bachelors degree from your CHOSEN University without an ATAR, whilst getting 2 years of practical hands on experience, and with the flexibility to study around your desired lifestyle. Oh, and did we mention it’s more affordable than going to University to complete the same degree?

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Charting The Path to University

For high school graduates, the journey to university is a well-trodden path paved with opportunity and potential. We’ll explore the typical pathway that some students take as they progress from secondary education to tertiary learning – and a possible alternative pathway you might be pleasantly surprised by.

Alternative Pathways to University

While the ATAR system is a common pathway to university, it's important to note that there are alternative entry options that can result in you earning a degree from your preferred university. These may include bridging courses, and vocational education certifications and qualifications – just like the ones we offer!

Universities often consider factors beyond the ATAR to evaluate a student's potential and suitability for specific courses. These include interviews, portfolios, or specific course modules (like the ones we offer), which can result in students being awarded up to 33% of credit towards a degree.

Course Selection, University Preferences, and Enrolments

As Year 12 students approach the end of their studies, they face the exciting task of selecting university courses that align with their interests, aspirations, and career goals. Students can apply to multiple universities and prioritise their course preferences. The university admissions process considers the ATAR and course availability to make offers to eligible candidates. Upon receiving admission offers, students can accept offers for their preferred courses and enrol at their chosen universities.

This marks the beginning of an exciting academic journey where students immerse themselves in their chosen fields of study, explore new horizons, and work towards their future careers.

Year 12 Studies and the ATAR

Students typically complete their final year of high school, following a combination of exams, assignments, and tests, and receive an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR), a standardised ranking system that assesses students' academic performance relative to their peers. The ATAR plays a crucial role in determining university admissions, as it reflects a student's academic achievement and readiness for higher education. But its also not the only way you can get a degree from your preferred university.

Whilst the traditional study pathway is the most common way of pursuing higher education and earning your degree, it also has some drawbacks and limitations:


The traditional study pathway can be very expensive especially if you have to pay for tuition fees, textbooks, accommodation, transportation, and other living expenses. According to Study Australia, the annual cost of studying for an undergraduate degree at a public university in Australia is more than $20,000. This means that a four-year degree could cost you more than $80,000, not including any additional costs or inflation.

Lack of Flexibility

Traditional education can sometimes lack the flexibility needed to work around earning a living and or family commitments. Balancing your studies with other responsibilities can be more challenging with fixed class schedules and on-campus requirements.


Students often need three to four years to complete a bachelor's degree, and even longer for postgraduate qualifications. This extended time frame can delay your entry into the workforce and the start of your career, as well as hinder your ability to explore the world a little after school.

Complexity of University Degrees

Most university degrees are theory-based. While this is beneficial, launching a career without practical skills can be challenging. This is especially true given the rapidly evolving industries and emerging job markets.

Alternative Study Pathway

Why Choose Lumify Learn as an Alternative Study Pathway?

Aside from our focused passion for IT training, these are the top reasons you should choose to study with us:

How an Online Course can Complement Your Degree

Better pathway to university

Our accredited courses offer a unique advantage to students like you, seeking a part to university admission.

Through our collaboration with Griffith University and with our Academic Accelerator program, which holds the potential to grant you a substantial 33% credit toward a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Cyber Security and Computer Science through the Griffith University. It is worth noting that, owing to our status as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you have the flexibility to present your completed units to any university of your choice and have the same 33% course credits seamlessly applied towards a Bachelor of Information Technology. For more information about Griffith University credit transfer click here.

Our certification programs provide more than just a qualification; they have been designed to build real-world skills and knowledge to enable you to launch your IT career faster. The ultimate goal is for our students to use their university degrees as career accelerators.

This approach enables you to gain practical experience and kickstart your career while pursuing higher education, offering a significant advantage as you start your professional journey.

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Flexibility to study whenever, wherever

We offer a flexible online learning experience that lets you fit education around your life, no matter where you are, even if you’re overseas on an incredible adventure. Whether you're studying in Japan or Italy, immersing yourself in the culture, lifestyle, and opportunities of these vibrant places while pursuing your study.

You also have the freedom to choose when you start your studies, providing a good alternative to fixed university or TAFE schedules. With us, you can complete your studies quickly without compromising on the quality of your education or the recognition of your degree. This flexibility and freedom make learning a more enjoyable journey, giving you the best of both worlds — academic excellence and an enriched life experience. Does it feel like you’ve just discovered an incredible life-changing secret? Because it should.

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Better support with experienced trainers and mentors

Our courses are delivered by qualified trainers that are industry experts with extensive experience in their respective fields. Our trainers and mentors bring not only knowledge and qualifications but also a deep passion for students’ success. They provide personalised one-on-one support and guidance throughout the learning journey, guidance that extends well beyond the course content. This includes valuable insights into industry trends, employer requirements, what students can expect in the field, feedback, and practical tips to help you succeed. Help is always a phone or video call away.

The course content is always at the forefront, and regularly updated to ensure it remains relevant to the ever-evolving job market. You’ll always have the most up to date information available in the market.

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Industry-relevant and nationally accredited courses

We offer IT courses and training that reflect industry demand and vendor recommendations to help fulfil the staffing needs of industries:


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Matthew O
Not long before I started my ICT40120 Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking), I landed a job as an ICT Support Assistant. The company I work for develops a variety of advanced software and hardware services which are used to support the Australian Defence organisation, and our allies, whilst also working to develop solutions in the civil domain world-wide. Prior to starting this role, I would struggle to turn on a computer. Although my role didn’t require any technical knowledge (as this would be taught on the job), it was clear that I could excel in my career if I had a good understanding of the ICT domain. So began the search to learn all I could in this new world to help me both upskill and open new opportunities.Initially I started the same course with TAFE SA, and after having surgery that didn’t go to plan, it was a struggle to get an exemption for my deadlines without having to wait another 6-8 months for the next course. Seeing as I was keen to learn, I decided to resign from TAFE and started researching other organisations that could offer me what I needed. I eventually stumbled upon Lumify Learn, and after a sending off a quick e-mail I received a phone call from their office where we discussed what I was after and how we could make this work. The ability to study at your own pace, and have a one-on-one discussion with your tutor every week made this perfect for what I needed.I haven’t looked back since starting here and can honestly say I am amazed at how flexible and easy it is to work with Lumify Learn, especially when I’m working full time, and have very little spare time up my sleeves. Again, no deadlines, working with-in my time, having a tutor that is more than willing to be available for you when I’m traveling on business trips is just incredible. It’s clear that the business is more focused on you achieving your goals, and making it work for you than just a commission.Since starting the CERT IV I have learnt more than I thought I could in the time I’ve been studying. I have moved up from a ICT support assistant to a Field Applications Engineer where I travel the world integrating and deploying cutting edge software to our clients. Lumify Learn have given me a deep understanding on how everything works, and Daniel (my tutor) delves into more information about what I’m learning to help me grasp an even better understanding.I would recommend this course for so many reasons. Mainly the one-on-one tutoring, it makes it feel as if Lumify Learn are actually willing to help in any way possible and are more than happy to adapt their techniques or whatever they need to too suit you. I also love the flexibility to study, I currently work on average 45-60 hours a week, and trying to find time to study can be hard. Having no deadlines, but a tutor that will make sure you’re on track is exactly what I need.
Matthew O
ICT40120 - Certificate IV in Information Technology Networking

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