Women reap rewards of online study

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GIRL POWER: Around 75 per cent of Swinburne Online’s students are women, evidence that the institution offers flexible study arrangements.

THE flexibility of online study is proving popular withwomen.

The majority of students enrolled with Swinburne Online are female (75 per cent), with many indicating that “family responsibilities” made it difficult or impossible to attend on-campus courses.

Online education allows students flexibility to study when it suits their personal schedule, especially for those with children and those who wish to work while studying.

“The majority of female students studying with us (80 per cent) are in their 20s and 30s,” said Sacha Nouwens, the analytics manager at Swinburne Online.

“We have a small proportion of school leavers, with around fiveper cent of female students under age 21.

“Around 50 per cent of our female students are aged between 21 and 30; 28 per cent are aged 31 to 40.The remaining 16 per cent are 41 or older.”

The most popular Swinburne Online courses for females are the Masters /Graduate Diploma of Teaching (Primary), Bachelor of Education (Primary), and the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood). The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and Bachelor of Business (Accounting) also attract high volumes of women.

“At a graduate level we currently offer just the Masters/Grad Dip of Teaching (Primary). The spread across age groups is fairly similar for undergrad and grad degrees, except graduate students tend to be a couple of years older on average.

“The average age is 32 in graduate programs compared to 30 in undergraduate programs.”

Find out more about flexible study options by visitinghttp://www.swinburneonline.edu.au.

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