Matt used the partnership to facilitate entry to his accounting degree at Murdoch without applying through the traditional tertiary admissions pathway.
He said the partnership was important because it offered students another way to get in to university.
“I basically finished school in year 11, went straight into a certificate three at Challenger, then the following year did my certificate four and the accounting diploma,” he said.
“That enabled me to go straight into second year accounting at Murdoch, which is fantastic for me. It means I will get to graduate with a degree when I am only 19.
“I think it’s great, the best thing I ever did. It’s much better than going through the traditional school channels – it’s quicker and more focused because I could concentrate on just doing the subjects I really wanted to do.”
Murdoch Director of Domestic Recruitment and Liaison Tim Martin said the Challenger partnership was designed to give prospective students as much flexibility as possible to access university.
“Challenger qualifications are a great way to access university,” he said. “We encourage those interested, regardless of age or other qualifications, to consider a Challenger certificate or diploma.
“We also take life experience into consideration at Murdoch, so you could also be considered for admission if you have a Trade Certificate and have worked in the trade.”