Cool Courses to consider

At the end of last term, we posted our blog “Discover 10 Cool Courses” and we’re back with more courses we hope might inspire you to explore your options further.

Why do extra courses?

There are loads of reasons why doing courses over and above your studies or in a gap year could benefit you.

  • You get the freedom choose what you’d like to learn
  • If you’re interested in a certain topic or hobby, it’s a chance to find out more
  • You could get a taster of a career that might interest you
  • Learn new skills
  • Meet new people – network and make friends with similar interests
  • Have some fun


Before you start

If you’re enthusiastic about starting a new course, that’s fantastic, but before you sign up maybe just double check a few things like:

  • Start and end dates and times (will you be around over holidays, will it interfere with any school work, employment, or other commitments)
  • Length – some courses can be done in hours online, whereas others might take years to complete
  • Location – make sure you’ll be able to get there if required, or you have internet access and relevant technology if it’s online
  • Cost – how much will it cost and how will you pay for it
  • How to apply – will you need a USI, student number etc., do you have the specific paperwork for your application


University options

Thinking about Uni but still not made up your mind about what to do, why not look at some of the more unusual courses on offer to see if they generate any ideas.

  1. Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) at UNSW

Engage your creativity and learn how to design interiors that create a wow. From rooms to cities you could literally leave your mark on the world.

  1. Bachelor of Entrepreneurship (Games Design and Simulation) at WSU 

Learn about gamification, games design, game-based learning, and psychology of gaming, serious games and games entrepreneurship – you could convert your love of gaming into a career

  1. Magic and Witchcraft in Greece and Rome at UON

From spell-casting and fortune telling, to the making and use of amulets. If you’d like to satisfy your curiosity and gain credits that could count towards a degree, this could be perfect for you

  1. Bachelor of Communication and Media (Global Screen Media) at UOW

Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about visual media, and more that you probably had no idea about. This degree could take you into a career in digital or social media, journalism, marketing, communication, advertising and design.

  1. Bachelor of Visual Arts major in Glass at ANU

You can choose from a variety of majors in this degree but you’ll in this practical based degree, you’ll be learning and refining both your technical and creative skills in form work. Where could it take you? Independent artist, art teacher, museums and galleries world-wide.

  1. Bachelor of Accident Forensics at CQU

Learn the skills and expertise to investigate and determine the causes of accidents in a state of the art crash lab and work placements with practising investigators.

  1. AFL Commentary short course at RMIT

RMIT students from any discipline can do this short 3 weeks course and gain skills required in sports commentary – if you’re thinking of a career in broadcasting or just love AFL, this could be lots of fun and teach you some interesting new skills.

  1. Bachelor of Science (Ecotourism) at Adelaide Uni

Love travel and the environment, how about combining the two and getting into the booming nature-travel industry.

  1. Bachelor of Music: Electronic Music and Sound Design at UWA

Combine musical and technological skills and creativity in this degree that could open up a host of careers in the music industry.

  1. Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies at CDU

If helping others is your thing a career in emergency management, humanitarian aid or disaster relief could be for you.


Other options

Universities offer a variety of courses from short courses to degrees and postgraduate qualifications.

But they’re not the only places to offer courses, there’s a wealth of information out there and courses that you can access all over Australia and from across the world.

Here’s a few other courses that we think could be pretty cool.

  1. Tracking and Observation Course

Whether you’re interested in a career in search and rescue, wildlife photography, or you just love being outdoors.  Learn how to track people and animals and become more observant, it sounds like a lot of fun.

  1. Animal Behaviour Certificate

If you love animals and would just like to understand your pets better, or you’re considering a career in any animal related field, then this 100 hour, online course could give you some insight.

  1. Indigenous Dance

NAISDA Dance College provides professional training in world class facilities to deliver a variety of courses in indigenous dance that could pave the way to a future performing in the arts.

  1. Shotfirer Training

Handling, storing, transporting, assembling, positioning and detonating explosives, above and below ground or in the water – this career is understandable highly regulated, and you’ll need to undertake some specialised training to get the qualifications required.

  1. Bush Mechanics

If you ever wanted to know how to service your own vehicle or be able to make emergency repairs in remote situations, then this course is for you. You don’t need any previous knowledge to sign up & it’s hands on.

  1. Drone Pilot

With courses designed specifically for Year 11 and 12 students, you can learn all about the industry from laws and regulations to hands on piloting practise under instruction.

  1. Unsolved Australian Murder Mysteries

If you fancy yourself as bit of a Sherlock Holmes you can attend this workshop and explore some of the most fascinating unsolved crimes.

  1. Skydiving

Take a leap of faith (quite literally) and learn to solo skydive. Not for the faint hearted.


Don’t forget

Once you’ve completed your course, add it to your resume. Even if it was just for fun, it’s proof to employers that you’re willing and committed to continued learning, and you have the dedication to find and complete additional work.

Plus, it never hurts to have some talking points in an interview and show a bit of your personality. It could make you stand out from the crowd.

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