Southern Cross University - SCU reviews

(4.05) 27 reviews

Southern Cross University - SCU ratings

Average ratings based on 27 reviews
Overall Rating
4.05
Job Prospects
3.96
Teachers
4.23
Course Work
4.21
Time Worthy
4.15
Money Worthy
4.13
Friend Test
4.25
Support
4.00
Facilities
4.00
Industry Contacts
4.00

More about Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University (SCU) has campuses in Lismore, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast (Bilinga) and also offers courses online.

Based on our Southern Cross University reviews, students recommend the following:
Attend as many classes as possible as the tutors are very helpful and engaging;
Plan your study and manage your time;
Join and participate in Uni life - clubs, societies, activities. They are a good way to make friends and learn from others;

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Overall, I found Uni Life changing experience. Not only for the course content but just to learn and discover, to push myself outside my comfort zone.

Positives: Smaller class size being a country uni made for a great community and supportive peer group. Amazing campus grounds, teachers extremely passionate and helpful-very supportive.

Negatives: Still a pretty new course, so they were tweaking subjects and course structure a bit. Sounds like they are getting closer to having that sorted now too. Transitiong from us face to face to a lot of online lectures too, some found that to be a negative.

My advice to future students is: For me I wish I had saved a bit of backup money instead of relying on working hard over the summer break! Summer holidays would have been way more fun!!

Completed in 2012

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Positives: The best part of this course is the extensive support available to students. Being a smaller university, the tutors and course convenors get to know the students and they genuinely care about you. When I have struggled to understand an assessment task in the past, I have had tutors call me on my mobile to help explain the task and reassure me that I will be okay! The content is also very relevant to your future career as a teacher, which makes studying more enjoyable and worthwhile.

Negatives: The one negative aspect of this course is that some subjects, even if you are studying on campus, do not offer face-to-face lectures. Instead, you are required to view recorded lectures online before your tutorial. For some students, this may be a positive, but it I personally would prefer to attend face-to-face lectures, as they are more engaging and it helps to hear from other students. Watching lectures online also requires more self-discipline, which can be a struggle, especially during assessment time.

My advice to future students is: I would suggest that future students should aim to attend as many classes as possible as the tutors are very helpful and engaging. I wish I knew before starting how easy it was to fall behind with the content if you don't keep up with the lectures!

Completing in 2020

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Positives: Helping kids in education

Negatives: Studying

My advice to future students is: Study heaps

Completed in 2018

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Positives: The teachers, students and exercises are wonderful. This course gets you the skills you need outside the work force and it provides positive enforcement to issues

Negatives: Long and tiring

My advice to future students is: Always think ahead and time manage

Completing in 2020

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Positives: There was some practical classes that let you put into practice what you learn in theory. Also a practical test which simulated a real life situation/task that puts pressure on the student so they can see whether they can do it in real life. Very helpful before going out on practical assessment in the hospital.

Negatives: There wasn’t enough practical. Only one class was. There was too much theory given in so little time and not enough practical to put in into practice. A lot more was learnt out on placement at a hospital then in class at uni. It’s a very textbook/theory based course instead of practical hands on based which is what nursing is all about.

My advice to future students is: If studying nursing definitely have a job in the healthcare industry so you can learn from colleagues and put some skills you learn from class into practice at work (ones your allowed to do which is only a handful) also useful for practicing building rapport with patients and communicating with other healthcare professionals. Also make the time to read textbooks and notes carefully, it doesn’t seem possible as there is so much in so little time but it really comes in handy for tests having read everything.

Completed in 2014

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Positives: There was freedom to select units via Open Universities which allowed for variety of electives. The education units were mostly relevant and offered practical skills.

Negatives: There was poor organisation in terms of subject selection causing me to have to study an extra session. Some of the Arts units felt irrelevant and the course was filled with creative writing units which were fun but not useful for my potential career.

My advice to future students is: Check your subject lines carefully, and ensure the uni offer all subjects you require to obtain the correct teaching codes.

Completed in 2012

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Positives: The tutors and lecturers are exceptional at helping you pass, they are very invested and outcome orientated. I always feel like they are willing to do whatever it takes to get me over the finish line.

Negatives: There are a lot of external units, I prefer to do on campus study so that sucks for me, but might be good for others. Also the campus is hilly, and I am lazy!

My advice to future students is: If you are worried at all if you will struggle with the study load when entering tertiary education then SUC is the perfect place for you, the whole system is set up to scaffold students and make sure they achieve their best, you never feel alone or without options and the whole staff are supportive and your feedback is genuinely welcomed.

Completing in 2021

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Positives: The course is challenging, and full of important information that I’d use in real life. The teachers are good and attentive

Negatives: Lack of direction, one of my learners road blocks was not knowing what could be used as reference material leading me to search for paid sources

My advice to future students is: Learn what can be used as reference material

Completing in 2020

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I studied Indigenous Studies with a Indigenous Studies degree.

Positives: Greater cultural awareness
Niche area of study and, ultimately, work

Negatives: Environmental Law as a core subject - this is not the norm.

My advice to future students is: Choose a course you are interested in not something you think will help you score a job - this tends not to work out.

Completed in 2016

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I studied Indigenous Studies with a Law degree.

Positives: Greater cultural awareness
Niche area of study and, ultimately, work

Negatives: Environmental Law as a core subject - this is not the norm.

My advice to future students is: Choose a course you are interested in not something you think will help you score a job - this tends not to work out.

Completed in 2016

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