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What is a bachelor’s degree?

Swinburne Online offers a variety of bachelor’s degrees across a range of disciplines, giving you plenty of freedom in choosing a course that is right for you. But what exactly is a bachelor’s degree?

A bachelor’s degree, or undergraduate degree, is a higher education qualification that usually takes between 3 to 4 years of full-time study depending on what discipline you decide to study, and consists of a range of units within each course.

What does a bachelor’s degree consist of?

The units, or subjects, you complete during the course of your degree are created to focus on specific area within the industry you have chosen to study. The units themselves are separated into two categories: core units and electives.

Core units make up the bulk of a bachelor’s degree and are essential to the completion of said degree, while electives are units that you choose. These elective units range from across Swinburne Online courses, allowing you to tailor your degree to your needs.

Why are bachelor’s degrees important?

Whether you are looking to enter a certain industry or want to eventually undertake a postgraduate degree, a bachelor’s degree offers you the base to achieve either outcome, and is often a necessity for postgraduate studies and some career paths.

Not only does a bachelor’s degree provide greater employment opportunities, it can also help you earn more money. According to the Mapping Higher Education report (2018), bachelor’s degree holders earn around $13,000 more per year than employees who just hold a Year 12 qualification.

A bachelor’s degree qualification can offer a number of choices for you to take the next steps towards your overall goal, whether you want to jump straight into a postgraduate degree, begin your career or aim for that promotion you want, the choice is up to you.

What types of bachelor’s degrees are available?

A wide variety of bachelor’s degrees spanning six disciplines are offered through Swinburne Online. Within each of these disciplines, you will be presented with the opportunity to choose a course that is tailored towards an industry you wish to enter.

It can be a bit daunting when presented with so many potential study paths. It is always best practice to consider what you want out of your degree before committing to a course.

What is required to study a bachelor’s degree?

Each course available at Swinburne Online has a set of entry criteria that you will have to meet in order to begin your studies. The entry criteria varies from course to course, but each degree has multiple methods of entry, including prior work experience.

Why study a bachelor’s degree online?

Studying a bachelor’s degree online is a fantastic option for those who wish to further their studies but cannot commit to studying on campus. Online study provides you with the opportunity to study when you want, where you want and how you want.

If you are interested in obtaining a bachelor’s degree through Swinburne Online, view our list of undergraduate courses or contact one of our Course Consultants for more information.