An applied degree is an innovative bachelor degree designed specifically for people studying high level certificates in TAFE. They focus on previous qualifications of diploma and advanced diploma along with working experience to allow students to gain the best possible credit for their previous studies into a degree.
Applied degrees are designed for working, career-focused adults and busy individuals seeking flexibility and convenience in education through part-time and online programs. Many such students have a variety of personal and work obligations that create a hectic schedule. By taking courses part-time and in innovative formats, such as blending online and face-to-face learning, students are able to obtain an advanced degree and still fulfil their other obligations. Applied degrees are for students who want to be academically challenged, but are also seeking practical development for on-the-job skills and knowledge.
Applied degrees are undergraduate degree programs that deliver a university-level education grounded in academic theory while focusing on students' practice, including student-led research in support of employment activities. Program outcomes balance the theoretical aspects of knowledge with the practical skills. Astin (1984) concluded that the greater a student's involvement in their learning, the greater his/her level of personal development and student learning or higher levels of affective and cognitive development.