This month Bond College will celebrate five years as one of the nation’s premier Foundation Program boasting notable graduates who are now employed by top-tier firms including the Macquarie Group.
Take for example John Austin who commenced his studies at Bond College age 16. Now as a Bachelor of Commerce alumnus John is a proud Macquarie Group employee and said his experience at Bond College set him on a path to this success.
“I believe Bond College was the starting point in order to pursue a career in finance and this gave me a perfect opportunity to excel in my degree and come out in front of my school peers,” explains John, who went straight from Bond College to his Bachelor of Commerce.
“I graduated from my degree after the standard six semesters of studying, entering my chosen career before my peers.”
Since opening its doors five years ago, Bond College has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s premier Foundation Program providers, equipping its students with a quality Year 12 equivalent education and preparing them for entry to university.
Bond University established Bond College on its Gold Coast campus in May 2007, with an intake of just 15 students. Total enrolments are now more than ten times that number and Director of Bond College Rowan Hinton believes the growth will continue as word spreads of the unique opportunities it offers.
“We get a lot of word-of-mouth referrals and we are now seeing younger siblings and friends of our students enrol too,” Mr Hinton said.
“This is a great reflection of the very positive outcomes we have achieved for our graduates, 80% of whom went on to enrol at Bond University and are working towards, or have even graduated from, their degree qualification,” he said.
The uniquely tailored Foundation Program offered by the College prepares students for university, providing the skills necessary to survive and succeed in a university environment. It follows Bond’s tradition of offering small class sizes, engaging students and letting them share experiences.
All curriculum and assessment is based on university standards. As a result students are able to apply for credit when they successfully pathway into the university.
Open to both domestic and international students, the College operates on the same three semesters per year timetable as Bond University, with intakes in January, May and September.
“For some students, their poor performance at high school means a tertiary education is out of reach, but Bond College provides them with the pathway to university to fulfil their dreams,” Mr Hinton said.
“For others, they are more than capable academically, but it may be that they are not suited to, or enjoying, the High School environment; while some of our students simply wish to fast-track their senior school studies so they can start and finish their tertiary education sooner,” he said.
Peta Bank, a current Bachelor of Laws student, said completing the Bond College Foundation Program allowed her to step into her degree with confidence.
“Bond College offered me the opportunity to explore pathways into university that I previously did not consider,” said Peta.
“Bond College was a great stepping stone for me as the subjects in the Foundation Program gave me not only the basic knowledge and skills to move forward but provided me with new insights and the ability to make the right degree choice.”
Peta hopes to join the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading graduate program as a lawyer when she completes her degree.