Pathway Programmes Provide Academic Hand Holding to Ease Transition to College
Updated on Jun 28, 2018 - 3:09 p.m. IST by Ranjini Basu

 

In an interview with Careers360, Kate Dennis and Dr Matthew Holt from UTS Insearch, Australia discussed merits of Pathway programmes. Dr Matthew, has over 20 years’ experience in the tertiary education sector, as a lecturer and programme manager and Kate Dennis is the Head of Corporate Communications, UTS Insearch. The organisation helps students deal with the transition from school to college and renders an ambience conducive for both domestic and international students.

 

Careers360: What is a Pathway Provider? Is it an orientation course?

Dr. Holt: You can give it a better term, academic hand-holding. We try to smoothen the transition from school to college and provide the best experience possible.

One cannot call it an orientation course; however, it has a part of it in the academic curriculum itself. We offer courses like Academic English Programme, Foundation Programme, Diplomas (First year of University in UTS), Pre-University, and Vocational Diplomas.

 

Careers360: What is the purpose of the organisation?

Dr. Holt: Our motive is to try instilling the preparedness within the students for their future careers. They start by participating in a UTS Insearch Leadership Program in their first year; expand on this during their time at university. UTS has strong connections with business and industry in Sydney and around the world, allowing students in the class to work on real-world case studies. Students can participate in work experience or industry internships to gain hands-on experience and develop teamwork and leadership skills.

 

Careers360: What are the various features and facilities offered by UTS Insearch?

Dr. Holt: All our courses are designed to suit first-year students studying internationally. This includes offering peer tutors for support in class, access to learning support sessions, academic advisers and counsellors to discuss progress and future study plans, or counsellors to assist with personal difficulties such as stress, time management or financial issues. There are 'early intervention' programs, which quickly identifies, students who may need extra assistance in core skills, and can be proactively offered personalised learning support.

 

Careers360: What are the courses offered in UTS Insearch? Is the learning method different from the standardised method of learning?

Kate Dennis: We offer courses in Business, Communication, Design and Architecture, Engineering, IT and Science, which provide direct entry to second-year university or 48 credit points towards their university degree.

We call it more of a learning support; to help make the complex concepts more manageable. The small-size class of 20 students with one facilitator helps in understanding the needs of individual students. Student-centric lessons are supplemented with contemporary facilities and technology.

 

Careers360: Currently, how many international students pursue studies in UTS Insearch?

Dr. Holt: We have around 5,000 students studying UTS Insearch programmes each year. Approximately 70 per cent are international students, representing more than 50 countries worldwide.

 

Careers360: According to statistics, which are the most sought-after programmes opted by Indian aspirants in UTS Insearch?

Kate Dennis: The top three most popular programmes for Indian students at UTS Insearch are IT, Business and Engineering.

 

Careers360: What are the eligibility criteria to fetch admission in UTS Insearch?

Kate Dennis: Our key focus is on diploma courses for India. Below mentioned are the eligibility criteria relevant for prospective Indian students-

UTS Foundation Studies

 

Extended (3 semesters – 12 months)

UTS Foundation Studies

 

Standard (2 semesters – 8 months)

UTS Insearch Diploma Courses

 

Extended (4 semesters – 16 months)

Standard (3 semesters – 12 months)

Accelerated (2 semesters – 8 months

Year 11 ISC/CBSE with academic subjects 60% or Year 11 Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and West Bengal State Boards − academic subjects 60% or Year 11 other Boards − academic subjects 65%

Year 11 ISC/CBSE with academic subjects 65% or Year 11 Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and West Bengal State Boards − academic subjects 65% or Year 11 other Boards − academic subjects 70%

Year 12 ISC/CBSE with academic subjects 60% or Year 12 Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and West Bengal State Boards 60% or Year 12 other State Boards 65% (best 4 relevant academic subjects)

Careers360: What are the language proficiency tests one has to qualify to get admissions? Any qualifying marks?

Kate Dennis: Typically, most of the Indian students have a good command over English language and are well prepared to attend lectures in English. For the UTS Insearch diploma courses, the relevant English requirements are noted below-

English Proficiency Tests

                      Course Name

 

Exam Name

Accelerated Diploma (2 semesters)

Standard Diploma   (3 semesters)

Extended Diploma   (4 semesters)

IELTS (Academic)

6.0 overall with 6.0 in Writing

6.0 overall with 6.0 in Writing

5.5 overall with minimum 5.0 in all the sections

TOEFL- PB

550 TWE 4.5

550 TWE 4.5

525 TWE 4.0

TOEFL-CB

213 TWE 4.5

213 TWE 4.5

197 TWE 4.0

TOEFL- iBT

80 overall with 21 in Writing

80 overall with 21 in Writing

71 overall with 16 in Writing

UTS: INSEARCH English

AE4 with pass grade

AE4 with pass grade

AE3 with pass grade

Pearson Test of English PTE Academic

Overall 54, no communicative skill score less than 54

Overall 54, no communicative skill score less than 54

Overall 46, no communicative skill score less than 38

Careers360: What are the various financial aids and scholarships offered to international students especially Indians?

Kate Dennis: Yes. We do offer the Aspire Scholarship for students from India and the Subcontinent entering our diplomas valued at A$5,000. The criteria for the scholarship include-

Year 12 ISC/CBSE with academic subjects 65% or Year 12 Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and West Bengal State Boards 65% or Year 12. Other State Boards 70% (best 4 relevant academic subjects).

 

Careers360: Why should one choose UTS Insearch and not the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia directly?

Kate Dennis: Though direct entry to UTS, Australia is most ideal, but the eligibility criteria of the University of Technology, Australia is highly competitive and aspirants have a tough time meeting the criteria. On the contrary, the criteria set by UTS Insearch is not that tough to crack; candidates aspiring to pursue a degree in UTS can fulfill their dreams through our organisation. We run as separate institute, but we are one as it is a collaborative venture. Both the institutes have different premises but sometimes science classes are conducted in UTS and UTS Insearch students can access the library facility of the UTS.

 

Careers360: Can an Indian student work in Australia after completing their academic course?

Dr. Holt: Of course, yes! All International students, including Indians, can stay for two years in Australia after completing their studies. During this period, many start their own ventures to build up an independent global career.

 

Careers360: Any special aspect of UTS Insearch?

Kate Dennis: We have a unique concept to enhance entrepreneurship skills in students. UTS Hatchery Programme, as it is called, is a 10-week entrepreneurship programme. It is free of cost but very competitive to grab a seat. It is exclusively for UTS students who want to turn their entrepreneurial spirit into businesses.

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