Australian Catholic University - ACU reviews

(4.01) 136 reviews

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
Support
3.83
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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Positive: facilities are very nice. Close to parliament station so not too hard to get to. Placements were not too bad. Very highly rated uni so more of a chance to get a grad year after completion.

Negative: they dont take into account where you live for placements and as such I had to travel quite a bit. They focused too intently on theoretical knowledge when they should have been giving more instruction on practical skills (i would have struggled a lot if I had not done my diploma first).

Some teachers knew what they were talking about and made it interesting. Others were extremely bland. Next to no help in practical labs.

The course is ok. I'm neutral about whether I'd recommend it.

Completed in 2017

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Positive aspect would have to be getting access to the unis facility and equipment that helps with your learning.

Negative aspect would have to be how disorganised the unit and assignment lay outs are.

The course is ok. I'm neutral about whether I'd recommend it

Completed in 2017

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Nursing at ACU is truly amazing, their connection with the st Vincent’s hospital and epworth has helped me so much. I’ve been able to see all aspects of nursing as I was unsure what type of nurse I want to be. I’ve settled on midwifery. They are great at showing their students exactly what nursing is like and how serious the choice to be a nurse is.

Completed in 2018

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Positives: ACU has access to clinical practice labs that are very similar to what you may encounter in your nursing. The patients/dummies have medical histories, drug charts and some contain fake blood. This hands-on training is vital when learning certain procedures such as blood taking. Not only do you learn practical skills but it also helps in decision making as tutors will challenge students by creating scenarios in which students are encouraged to make decisions in the best interest of the patient and then provide a rationale as to why you made that decision.

ACU also offers placements in a variety of different settings such as general medical wards, surgical wards, aged care and mental health, which really helps students decide where they would like to work after they graduate. The assessment tasks such as essays help link everything you have learnt during your course along with new information learnt during the semester. This aids in a better understanding of diseases, procedures and medications so that you have the knowledge needed to help you on your clinical placements and your career.

Negatives: I feel that more time is needed in the clinical practice labs as this will make students more confident when commencing clinical placement. Also feedback on assessment tasks are often delayed and standards vary depending on the lecturer marking the assessments.

My advice to future students is: Make the most of your time in clinical practice and placements as they are very limited but offer great opportunities to help aid in your career.

Completed in 2018

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Lectures are great and tutors. Clinical coordinator isn't very nice and the way they deal with people who have a physical disability

My advice to future students is: Choose wisely as to what university you attend

Completed in 2018

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The course provides opportunities for student doing research .

My advice to future students is: Personally, I would like to receive more study kits like suggestions and tips for essay writing as an International student.

Completing in 2019

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It is flexible for me as I work full time and can attend evening classes

My advice to future students is: Take up additional support services provided if you need assistance eg. essay writing

Completed in 2018

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Positive; everything is gone through in detail, there is a lot of help provided at uni
Negative; there are no negative aspects

My advice to future students is: Go to orientation day to get the most information about uni

Completed in 2018

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Positive-placements are organised thoroughly in advance and we are given a good amount of time to prepare
Negative- I do not like the IBL method they use to teach (getting into groups and answering questions every single class). I feel like I don’t learn as much as I can

My advice to future students is: Be organised and have a passion to study

Completed in 2018

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The course does not prepare you practically enough. Theoretically they are fantastic. But practically i was under prepared to commence my career

My advice to future students is: You only get out of tutorials what you put in. Ask lots of questions and answer the tutor when they ask the class a question. The more you engage the more you will learn and it will stick.

Completed in 2017

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