Primary teaching top pick: Most popular course

PRIMARY teaching has made the grade as Deakin University’s most popular course at its Warrnambool campus this year.Close to 100 students have enrolled in the four-year course in 2009, ahead of nursing with 79 students and marine biology, with 65 first preferences.The Warrnambool campus outperformed its Deakin counterparts in Geelong and Melbourne – the south-west tertiary institution enjoying a 22 per cent rise in first preferences over 2008.Deakin’s Melbourne Campus at Burwood was up seven per cent on first preferences from last year, the Waurn Ponds campus was up 11 per cent and Geelong’s Waterfront campus was up three per cent.Deakin acting vice-chancellor Professor John Rosenberg said the university had worked hard to make its courses relevant to the needs of students and employers. “This is the fifth year in a row that new student preferences have increased at Deakin,” he said.”(We continue) to demonstrate leadership by providing more choice and widening access to higher education, particularly for students in rural and regional Australia.” New courses added at the start of 2007, law (270 per cent up) and psychology (63 per cent up) were popular.It is the highest increase in first-preference applications at the Warrnambool campus since 1997, when potential student figures jumped by 24 per cent.
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