Short Courses Orientation

Welcome to Western! To find out more about your course and the services and support available to you, some important information that was delivered at Orientation is included here.

When is orientation?

The Orientation Webinar was held on Tuesday 18 August. A recording of this webinar is available now, and will help prepare you to begin your short course. You'll find out more about course expectations, discover the services available at Western and get help enrolling in your course. 

Orientation checklist

Accept your offer by following the enrolment link in your offer email and activate your Western Account. Once your account is activated, you will be prompted to access My Student Records (MySR). From here, you can follow the steps to enrol online

The final step of your enrolment is to select units. You will only be enrolling in your first unit. You can access the Handbook through My Western. Once you search the course, it will bring up the units you will study. They are listed in the order that you will study them, with the first unit as the first option.  

More detailed information on the enrolment process can be found here.  

Virtual UWS or vUWS (pronounced 'views') is the name of the e-learning system at WSU. This is where you will find your learning resources, meet your lecturers and engage with classmates.  

VUWS content will be made available shortly for you to prepare for classes. Please access your student email and vUWS site for immediate notification once content is made available. 

The University will send you important information about your enrolment, exams and university life to your student email account only. Your email account will automatically be activated when you create your WesternAccount. This is one of the steps you complete when enrolling for the first time.

In your first class, your teacher will explain the structure of the class, how to participate and where to go if you have questions. Login to vUWS to participate in your first class. 

No matter what kind of help you’re after, there is someone who is ready and willing to help at Western Sydney University. If you have a disability, injury or chronic health condition we can provide tailored and personal support.


Each unit in an Undergraduate Certificates costs $625. You can find the original cost of each unit on the Undergraduate Fees page. The original cost is dependent on the discipline of the unit being studied.

If you are paying up front for your fees, these will need to paid by the census date. More information on how to pay your fees can be found here.  Australian Citizens are eligible to defer their fees on to a HECS-HELP Loan. Students can request to defer their fees by filling out the Commonwealth Assistance Form during the enrolment process.  


Each unit includes 5 hours of facilitated time where you interact directly with your teacher. This might be via an online classroom (1-2 hours), through small reading groups, forums or other media. Additionally, there is a further 10-15 hours per week of self-directed study which includes watching lecture pods, readings and completing assessments. This information will be made available for the unit regarding assessments on the VUWS site through the Learning Guide.  

This will be dependent on the unit. Your Academic teacher for the unit will notify you if content will be made available weekly or for the whole block. 

Classes are not timetabled in the traditional sense. They are designed for people who are working, caring for family or have other commitments besides study. With this in mind our units are flexible in their delivery. You will have work assigned to you to complete at your own pace over the first part of the week. This might be listening to pods, completing activities, reading or research. In the second half of the week you will meet with your class to share what you have learned, discuss and debate ideas as well as receive feedback from your teacher.

It is essential you are checking your student email daily. Your student email is how your teachers will communicate with you about class times, content and instructions. It is also where we will contact you if there is a problem with your enrolment. Due to privacy we are unable to respond to enquiries from personal emails so please only use your official WSU email for correspondence with your teachers.

Discounted courses

The course offered is consistent with the Federal Government’s Higher Education Relief Package. Should you choose to extend the completion of this course beyond December 1, 2020, you will be required to pay additional fees and this will be subject to unit availability. For the remainder of 2020, this course will only be offered online. The continuation of this course beyond 2020 will be dependent on student demand. The course / some parts of the course may be offered face-to-face, online or via mixed / blended mode of delivery beyond 2020. For more information, please visit the WSU Fees Page.

Help & support

For enrolment support, contact our friendly Student Support Team on 1300 897 669 or email