Australian Catholic University - ACU reviews

(4.01) 136 reviews

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Australian Catholic University - ACU ratings

Average ratings based on 136 reviews
Overall Rating
4.01
Job Prospects
3.94
Teachers
4.35
Course Work
4.14
Time Worthy
3.88
Money Worthy
3.87
Friend Test
3.98
Educator Support
3.83
Educator Facilities
3.95
Industry Contacts
3.75

More about Australian Catholic University

Australia Catholic University or ACU, has 7 campuses in total across Australia. Sydney has two (North Sydney & Strathfield), then there's Melbourne, Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane and Canberra.

The majority of our Australia Catholic University reviews come from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane campuses but the courses are diverse. These include teaching/education, health (paramedicine, nursing, physiotherapy), business, arts & law.

Here are some general insights of the uni, based on student reviews:
For courses with placements, the placements can be incredibly beneficial, but be prepared to travel for them and try to organise them as early as you can;
Try to make a good impression if you're on placement;
Be prepared for the study load required, so manage your time (particularly for education, law and health courses);
Ask questions and get help from lecturers and other students;


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September 2018
Completed 2006
Melbourne

Positives: Helped me see it wasn’t what I thought I wanted to do

Negatives: For me personally it didn’t make me want to complete my course

My advice to future students is: Make sure Uni is really something you want to do, not feel obliged to do, and look at how much overall the course will cost you

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Positives: - Hands on learning enabling Practical Application
- Forced attendance to most classes means no desire to skip on a day you cant be bothered
- Enjoyable content that's relatable for future careers

Negatives: The business side of my course could be more organized.

Not a whole lot of continuity. Subjects always changing year t...

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August 2018
Completed 2017
Melbourne

Positives: The course provided me fundamental professional development as a practicing teacher. It allowed me to also further network with industry professionals and conduct important research which was vital to student learning outcomes

Negatives: The course had rigid subject selection and there were no choices for electives. The course also...

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August 2018
Completed 2014
Sydney

Positives: Clinical placements throughout the semester and longer placements in third year to consolidate learning. Being able to experience hands on in the clinical setting to implement theory to practice

Negatives: Some units can be more related to the course

My advice to future students is: Search the course and enquirer the amount of c...

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July 2018
Completing 2019
Brisbane

Positives: Positive aspects are that it really goes in depth with the content of what you are teaching students. You learn how to write a good lesson plan and all of the psychology behind the developmental stages of children.

Negatives: Negative aspects include the length of time (4 years) but not a lot of practical time. No prac in first yea...

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July 2018
Completing 2018
Sydney

Positives: The placement we receive for the practical units, the lab classes for practise

Negatives: Weekly group questions, being only given one lecture to attend and not being able to due to being busy, when assignments aren’t explained fully

My advice to future students is: If you don’t understand something in the unit/course Ask some i...

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July 2018
Completing 2018
Sydney

Positives: Tutorials generally consist of a maximum of 30 students which I find beneficial to get to know your teacher and in terms of seeking support from the lecture in charge of a unit they have been quite helpful.

Negatives: Having done a diploma of nursing and fast forwarding to the 2nd year of the Bachelor, I felt quite lost at the star...

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July 2018
Completing 2018
Sydney

Positives: It’s very practical, we work in simulation labs and for the most part, teaching stuff are incredibly dedicated and genuinely want you to succeed

Negatives: There have been some teachers that simply haven’t provided good quality teaching, and our feedback surveys to the university seems to be pointless. Past papers and assessments a...

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July 2018
Completing 2018
Sydney

Positives: Students and some units are super interesting

Negatives: Some teachers can’t do communicate properly in English, assignments aren’t set out well and hardly give assignments back by the turn around date, some subjects could only be a couple of weeks through a more interesting unit?

My advice to future students is: That a psyc deg...

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July 2018
Completed 2015
Sydney

Positives: Flexible hours, professional lecturers

Negatives: Large amount of content, exams

My advice to future students is: Work consistently, have a good work ethic

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Positives: The course provides you with theoretical knowledge as well as practical professional experiences from the beginning of the course. From the first semester you are sent out into workplaces to gain knowledge and experience and you continue to do this throughout the course, over a variety of age groups. You are able to gain knowledge thr...

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July 2018
Completed 2017
Melbourne

Positives: - amazing lecturers very resourceful
- able to choose timetable to my liking
- easy to travel to

Negatives: - not easy to get help with studies
- excessive amount of content to get through
- not as much support from lecturers as I would have liked

My advice to future students is: - definitely keep ahead with studies
- get ...

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July 2018
Completing 2020
Melbourne

Positives: 1. Great placement options
2. Hands on learning
3. Great curriculum

Negatives: None so far

My advice to future students is: Do not skip on the practicals

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July 2018
Completed 2016
Sydney

Positives: My university has a hight standard with delivery of the course. My university has a exemplary nursing laboratory for the the students to practice their skills.

Negatives: The course requires the students to be competitive.

My advice to future students is: Take every opportunity to learn throughout the course.

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July 2018
Completing 2020
Sydney

Positives: flexible

Negatives: placements are in regional area

My advice to future students is: check the uni before enrolling

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July 2018
Completing 2018
Sydney

Positives: Good job opportunity

Negatives: None

My advice to future students is: Do your best

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July 2018
Completing 2018
Sydney

Positives: 1.Academic support to students both in class and during placements
2. Class discussions and presentations.
3.Affordability compared to other providers

Negatives: Lack of fair opportunity jobwise to international students.

My advice to future students is: -Time management
- start assessments early
- use support available at s...

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July 2018
Completing 2018
Brisbane

Positives: Hands on experience in prac in hospitals. Some good teachers for the labs and tutorials. Made some great friends. Got some great references from placement in experienced rns

Negatives: Wish there were summer semesters to fast track degree. More in hospital experience and less in uni would be better. Figure a way so all classes r ta...

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July 2018
Completing 2020
Sydney

Positives: The campus itself is relatively small in comparison to other universities, therefore class sizes are small and you have the opportunity to discuss topics thoroughly to ensure your understanding. The course has recently changed and now offers you longer professional experience blocks than the previous degree giving you more time in cl...

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July 2018
Completing 2020
Sydney

Positives: I enjoy the classes and the lecturers are really good. The topics are also interesting and relevant to what I want to do after uni

Negatives: It can be hard to balance uni work with a job and social life. Also, if you wanted to try a larger range of units, there’s only two general electives in the course

My advice to future stud...

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July 2018
Completing 2018
Sydney

Positives: I like that we have practicums starting first year and that let's us experience what it's like early on

Negatives: We dont really learn things that help us. The practical aspects help more than uni courses

My advice to future students is: Try hard at uni!! It DOES matter

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July 2018
Completing 2019
Sydney

Positives: course that allows many pathways! Both written and practical work which makes it interesting and exciting to learn

Negatives: N/A

My advice to future students is: It’s not an easy course so if you’re interested in it make sure you’re going to put the work in and stick to it!

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June 2018
Completing 2019
Sydney

Positives: The amount of placements we do, to give us hands on experience, and all the teachers are nurses/ were nurses so they have expert industry experience

Negatives: The uni as a whole has negative reinforcement approach and I dont feel they are there for me

My advice to future students is: Create a study plan and stick to it, and mak...

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June 2018
Completed 2012
Sydney

Positives: This course provides an excellent pathway to teaching in both government and Catholic schools. The lecturers/tutors have many years experience in which they share their knowledge and vital aspects of the teaching profession. This course provides excellent teaching round experiences in which one can develop one's knowledge and skills...

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June 2018
Completed 2014
Melbourne

I majored in media & communications.

Positives: The teachers were pretty good. The lessons we were taught were quite valuable. There was a lot of practical work which is great for people who learn by doing.

Negatives: There was not much of a social scene in the course or the uni itself. Not to say people weren't nice but people generally w...

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