Pathways into Uni: What are my Options?


As our COVID-recovery gets into full swing and the economy bounces back to life, it’s time to consider the next step in your career. Whether you’re straight out of high school or simply looking for a job change, further study can be a great choice.

But with so many different options on the table, it can be hard to choose the path that’s right for you. In this article, we discuss alternative pathways to university to help you work out the best option for you. Read on to learn about building and construction courses that lead to university.

Why go to uni?

Future-proof your career

Your education will stand the test of time. With further study behind you, your career will better withstand economic downturns and technological advancements that change industries.

Challenging and rewarding

You can get a career that is both more challenging and more rewarding. Use your degree to perform higher order tasks, and make the most of your creativity and problem solving skills.

Higher salary 

Your university degree can lead to jobs with greater responsibility and that responsibility will be matched with a greater pay cheque!

Alternative pathways to university

Go directly from high school to university

While some people go from high school to university, this pathway is definitely not for everyone. In the building and construction industry, a lot of people prefer to work on the tools first before moving into the theoretical side. This lets you get experience as a trade, before becoming someone who supervises and manages trades.

Complete a certificate or diploma

If you’re wondering how to get into university without an ATAR, doing one of our building and construction courses could be the right option for you.

For example, you can do a Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (CPC40120) and then a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (CPC50220). With one of these under your belt, you can then apply for some select university courses in building and construction.

Do the Building Leadership Pathway Program

This program is unique to Builders Academy Australia and it combines the Cert IV and Diploma into one convenient and efficient course. The best part is that it guarantees entry into a university course.

This program sets you up perfectly for further studies and for a career in the construction industry. It takes you through all the hands-on, on-site and practical skills you need to know for both residential and commercial construction. Once complete, you feel confident to move into higher education.

Transitioning to university

If you take BAA’s CPC50220 Diploma of Building and Construction or the Building Leadership Pathway Program, you get guaranteed entry into your choice of 3 Victoria University bachelor’s degree program:

Recognition of prior learning

Thanks to the partnership between Builders Academy Australian and Victoria University, if you transition from a diploma to a degree, you could be eligible to shorten your degree.

Using recognition of prior learning, you can apply your unit credits from your diploma to your degree, and shorten your degree completion time by up to a year and a half. Transitioning has the benefit of fast-tracking you into a successful career.


So what kind of building and construction jobs can you get after earning one of these degrees? Here are some possibilities:

  • Building Proprietor
  • Construction Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Building Contractor
  • Property Developer
  • Contract Administrator

Benefits of transitioning to Victoria University

Victoria University is a well regarded university that ranks in the top 2% in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2017-2018. VU has also been training up builders for over one hundred years, since 1916.

With its longstanding history of training up Aussie builders and engineers, Victoria University is equipped with industry connections, placements, and staff with plenty of industry experience.

Your degree from VU will be widely recognised by employers both in Australia and abroad. 

Building and construction courses that lead to uni

With so many alternative pathways to university, Aussies are spoilt for choice. But for those wanting to build a career in the building and construction industry, a certificate or diploma could be the perfect starting place to get you to university.

When you do your Diploma of Building and Construction at Builders Academy Australia, you get a handle on the groundwork before moving on to bigger and better things. And when you transition into a bachelor’s degree at Victoria University, you can leverage your diploma to complete your degree quicker and get down to business.

Looking for a pathway to university via building and construction courses? Speak to our friendly staff at 1800 LEGEND or complete an enquiry form today.