Will My Homeschooled Child Be Able to go to University?
© Beverley Paine
The other day I was asked: "One of my concerns is that if I decide not to register and my children decide to want to pursue tertiary studies, can that still happen?" This is a slightly different version of a question that comes up frequently in the Homeschool Australia online support group.
Homeschool registration during the primary and/or high school years is not a prerequisite to entering any kind of tertiary educational institution. Unregistered homeschoolers have gained entrance to courses of their choice at universities across Australia, as well as at TAFE or other colleges. And homeschooled students as young as eleven are enrolled in Open Learning University subjects, with or without registration as homeschoolers.
It is worth remembering that tertiary entrance selection criteria may change considerably between now and when your six year old will be ready for university. I know the wheels of change turn slowly, even in this electronically aided world and that not a lot has changed in the last couple of decades, except perhaps that more universities are open to the idea of accepting home educated students, and some overseas institutions actually advertise for them... I have heard that there is already a private university based in Sydney actively seeking homeschooled graduates.
Don't forget to visit the university or TAFE campus that offers the course your child wants to do. Speak to the head of the department or course coordinator and even the lecturers if you can locate them. Advocate for your child and give your child the opportunity to present his or her case for being enrolled in the course. This approach has worked for many home educated young people.
Homeschoolers have the advantage of thinking of the traditional high school years as a gradual transition from a prepartory curriculum (covering the basics which allows students to be self-directed competent life-long learners) to selecting and trying out subjects and courses that match their talents, learning styles and passions.
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