Torrens University Australia

About the university

Torrens University Australia has been specifically designed with one purpose; employability. Its students graduate confident: highly skilled, qualified, and experienced. Courses are delivered through Torrens’ incredible family of schools and a prestigious array of partnerships; leading institutions that all boast strong links to industry and have decades of experience educating in Australia and overseas.

Torrens offers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree by research programs across design, business, project management, sports management, education and health. Torrens is a national university with campuses in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. Wherever possible, Torrens offers its courses online to provide access to students who do not live in capital cities.

Torrens University Australia is a game-changing university, aimed at providing graduates with a globally oriented skill set that will make them a valuable commodity to any employer.

Torrens’ place in Laureate International Universities also ensures that students graduate with more than a degree, they graduate from the largest education network in the world, ready for whatever challenge the world throws their way.

Torrens offers an efficient trimester system. Full-time students typically undertake 3 study periods with a duration of 12 weeks each, which enables the completion of a 3-year bachelor degree within 2 years.

Admission

Torrens University Australia is committed to excellence in academic standards as well as equity objectives for a diverse and representative student population. Core to the University’s philosophy is that all students with the capacity to succeed in tertiary study should have the opportunity to do so, regardless of social or educational disadvantage.

The University’s Admissions Policy reflects these aims. Student selection is competitive and based on the principles of academic merit and access and equity. Selection processes are applied fairly and openly, and recognise that formal qualifications are not the only measure of the capacity to succeed.

To be eligible for admission, undergraduate applicants must satisfy the minimum entry requirements and any course requirements or prerequisites. All entry and course requirements apply consistently across different campus locations and/or modes of study.

Undergraduate entry requirements are contained within the University’s published Entry Requirements Procedure. These are reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that they remain consistent with the objectives of the University, and include, but are not limited to:

  • formal academic qualifications at the secondary or vocational level
  • aptitude or specific knowledge tests, interviews, portfolios, work experience, referees’ reports, informal and non-formal learning, or a combination of these, or
  • the satisfaction of criteria for Special Entry and Educational Access Schemes designed to broaden access to the University, address perceived disadvantage or encourage studies in particular disciplines. This includes but is not limited to applicants with physical disabilities, applicants from geographically isolated areas, applicants with economically disadvantaged backgrounds and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants.

Scholarships

Torrens University Australia provides a range of merit-based scholarships to facilitate broad access to its courses for new students. To find out more about these scholarships please refer to the University's scholarships website

Special access schemes

The Special Entry scheme aims to provide applicants with an opportunity to demonstrate that they are able to undertake study at their desired level, and each application is assessed against course-specific criteria.

Applicants seeking admission via Special Entry will be assessed by a variety of means which may include interviews, referees reports, portfolios, auditions, and non-formal learning qualifications.

Deferment

All undergraduate courses can be deferred for one year. Please refer to the Enrolment Policy and student procedure Deferring Commencement of a course on the University's website.

Credit transfer

Applications for Course Credit must be made by completing the Application for Course Credit form and by referring to the Credit Policy. The form and the policy are available from the University's website.

To submit your Application for Course Credit or for any questions regarding your application please contact a Course and Careers Advisor on 08 8113 7813 (high school student enquiries) or 1300 575 803 (non-high school students).

Academic year

Torrens operates on a trimester basis and includes three major intakes per year and three mid-term intakes. The term commencement dates for 2017 are as follows:

  • Term 1: 20 Feb 2017 (mid-term intake: 3 April 2017)
  • Term 2: 5 June 2017 (mid-term intake: 17 July 2017)
  • Term 3: 18 Sept 2017 (mid-term intake: 30 Oct 2017)

For more information on enrolment visit the website.

Student services and facilities

Disability

The Torrens University Wakefield Campus Student Services staff can provide academic support for current and prospective students who have an impairment, injury, illness, or health condition, whether permanent or temporary, that impacts their capacity to study.

Student Services will work with you to develop a personalised action plan based on your needs so you can meet the inherent requirements of your course while maintaining as much academic independence as possible. Student Services can help you:

  • organise accessible course materials and other specialised assistance
  • liaise with course coordinators on your behalf
  • make alternative arrangements for examinations and assessment, including extra time or the use of specialised equipment
  • give advice on individual disability related matters
  • assist you if you are dissatisfied with decisions made about disability-related arrangements and advise you about grievance resolution procedures

Please note that you will need to provide documents completed by a health professional that support your request for assistance. Health professionals include medical practitioners, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychiatrists. To make an appointment to discuss your needs please call Student Services Office on (08) 8113 7888 or email student.support@tua.edu.au.

Further information about the University’s approach to supporting students with a disability can be found in the Students Disability Policy.

Accommodation

There is a range of housing options available in Adelaide should you require accommodation while studying at Torrens University Wakefield Campus. Options include residential colleges (see Lincoln College, St Marks College and St Ann’s College), student apartments (see Urbannest or UniLodge) and private rentals. Torrens University is also registered with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN).

If you need additional assistance, the Student Services Team can help you find a housing option that best suits your needs. Please call (08) 8113 7888 or email student.support@tua.edu.au.

Health services

Torrens University has arrangements with two Adelaide Health Practices located in the CBD - Gawler Place Medical Practice and University Health Practice. These practices are familiar with student medical needs and the pressures of student life. They provide bulk billing to students who are eligible for Medicare and you can make an appointment online.

Counselling

A student counsellor will help you identify and work through specific issues that you are facing. They can help you break down big problems and develop long-term personal and study skills. Counsellors are particularly helpful if an issue is difficult to face alone or you are unsure how to deal with an issue. The student counselling service is a short term service and can also help to provide referral to external services if required.

Learning and Academic Skills

Torrens University Wakefield Campus offers a range of face-to-face and online academic skills support services including learning guides and workshops.

Academic Skills appointments run for 30 minutes and are available on Mondays between 8.30am–10.30am, Wednesdays between 12.00pm–2.00pm and Fridays between 12.30pm– 2.30pm. In these appointments you can get assistance with:

  • academic writing
  • academic reading strategies and note-taking skills
  • essay planning
  • referencing

To book your Learning and Academic Skills appointment please email arivett@laureate.net.au.

General Support

  • General enquiries and/or advice (via e-mail, reception)
  • Wi-Fi logins, learning portal access, student email, printing and other computer and IT issues
  • Student ID cards and building access cards
  • Fees, enrolment and subject selections
  • eCoE and Visa issues
  • Disability issues
  • Student policies and procedures and submitting forms and applications
  • Referrals to counsellors, industry liaisons and academic skills support
  • Travel concessions
  • Student events

Further information

Torrens course brochures can be downloaded from the University's website, along with specific information for school leavers.

Alternatively, Torrens' expert Course and Career Advisors are available to take phone enquiries via future students and international enquiries: 1300 575 803 or the high school students dedicated advisor: 08 8113 7813.

Enquiries

Torrens University Australia

Campuses
Adelaide - Victoria Square
Level 1, 220 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA 5000
1300 575 803

Adelaide - Wakefield Street
82-98 Wakefield Street , Adelaide, SA 5000|
1300 575 803

Phone (domestic & international): 1300 575 803
High school students enquiries: 08 8113 7813

Website: www.torrens.edu.au
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