The Bachelor of Science (Extended) is a four-year degree which provides a supported pathway for Indigenous students to complete a mainstream Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne. The program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who show potential, but who might otherwise not have access to such an opportunity.
The University of Melbourne welcomed its first group of students into the Bachelor of Science (Extended) program 2015.
The 12 students are embarking on subjects in science, mathematics and communication.
The students have come from all corners of Australia, from Thursday Island in the North to Launceston in the South, and from Perth in the West to Dunoon in the East.
The students have moved into the university’s residential colleges which provide additional support to help the students make the transition to university life.
The BSc (Extended) caters for Indigenous students who do not meet current entry requirements for the standard, three-year Bachelor of Science program. Their interest in science or technology may have emerged later in their schooling, or their educational opportunities may have limited their capacity to be well-prepared to enter the BSc.
The program includes an additional year of study comprising study units spread across the first and second years of the degree. The units encompass a broad range of academic skill development focussing on science and mathematics, and include explicit support for student engagement and resilience.
Within the transition component of the program, students will achieve the BSc entry requirements and standards. The program integrates the development of academic skills with specific preparation in scientific literacy and mathematics in the first year with a focus on practical workshops. It will provide a strong base for students to be successful in the science and technology study of the remainder of their degree and the career or further study to follow.
This program builds on the successful Bachelor of Arts (Extended) which is already in operation at The University of Melbourne.