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General Studies: General Studies

Avondale's Diploma of General Studies (DGS) course is designed to assist you to develop the skills needed for entry into a range of degree courses, or to secure employment. The course provides individual help with critical thinking, essay and assignment writing, managing a study program and other skills necessary for academic success. 

It may also be suitable for mature age students seeking alternative entry to a bachelor degree. 

The DGS course can also act as a pathway into bachelor degree studies at Avondale for those who do not meet the direct entry requirements. Many students are able to start their chosen Avondale undergraduate degree after just one semester in the DGS course if they make successful academic progress. 

A Selection of Useful Websites

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Australian Apprenticeships
View information and a list of programs and topics related to Australian Apprenticeships.

Australian Council of Educational Research
ACER is an independent educational research organisation providing learning tools for students, develops and manages a range of testing and assessment services and conducts research and analysis.

Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training
The ADCET provides post-secondary education, training and employment information and resources for people with disability or ongoing medical conditions.

Australian Government- Skills resources and publications
Resources and publications including annual reports and the Training Packages @ Work newsletter all which are related to the vocational education and training sector (VET).

Australian Skills Quality Authority
ASQA is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector.

National Skills Standards Council
The NSSC provides advice on national standards for regulation of vocational education and training.

NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training
BVET provides the NSW State Government and the Minister for Education and Training with strategic advice about the NSW vocational education and training system.
TGA is the official National Register of information on Training Packages, Qualifications, Courses, Units of Competency and Registered Training Organisations.

TGA Useful Links - VET
Links to other VET sector websites including: Industry Skills Councils, Regulatory authorities, State & Territory government training departments and national VET websites.

Indigenous Higher Education Australian Government website with key links to Indigenous higher education research, policy, programs, awards and scholarships.

Industry Skills Council
The ISC brings together industry, educators and governments to lead a common industry-led agenda for workforce skills and development. Links to each of the 11 Councils responsible for Training Packages.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research NCVER is a not-for-profit company which is responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and communicating research and statistics about vocational education and training (VET) nationally. To access all of NCVER's range of resources, will require (free) online registration.


A Selection of General Studies Books

ProQuest eBook Central: Search for eBooks here

Ebook Central


Accessing eBooks Part 2

Finding Books in the Library

You can go to the book shelves and browse the Library collection using the following Call Numbers:

150 Psychology
200 Religions
241 Religious ethics
270 Christianity and church history
302.2 Communication
302.23 Mass media
303.482 Globalization
304.2 Human ecology
332 Finance
338.642 Small business
341.2 International agencies
361 Humanitarian assistance
363.7 Pollution
363.73874 Global warming
378.170281 Study skills
428 Writing
540 Chemistry
551.6 Climate change
570 Biology
613 Health and diet
613.2 Nutrition
613.7 Physical education
650 Business
657, 658 Accounting
658.812 Customer relations
796 Sports
808.042 Essay techniques
808.066 Academic writing
930 Ancient history
932 Ancient Egypt
937 Ancient Rome
938 Ancient Greece
994 Australia - History