22182VIC -

Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

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Course essentials

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This course prepares students with the foundation level knowledge and skills required to successfully transition into higher education.

While completing this course you will develop strong skills in:

  • academic writing
  • problem solving
  • communication
  • collection, analysis and organisation of information
  • planning and organising
  • collaborative learning and team work
  • applications of technology for academic purposes.


This course provides access for students from the community who wish to return to study. For existing students in literacy and language courses it provides a pathway into further education.

Those completing this course will develop knowledge and skills to advance their careers across a wide range of vocations.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Your existing skills obtained through previous work, education and life experiences may make you eligible to receive formal recognition towards your qualification through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

This process acknowledges that people learn in many different ways and that learning may have been obtained through formal or informal learning. To receive RPL, your skills, training and experiences are assessed against recognised qualifications.

Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling. To discuss RPL for this course please contact us on +61 3 9919 6100 and ask for the course manager of this course.

Course objectives

This is a preparatory course which provides the skills and knowledge to develop study and academic skills to access tertiary education and training pathways. The primary purpose for delivering this course is to provide learners with the foundation level knowledge and skills required to successfully transition into higher education. The course aims to provide knowledge and skills in areas such as: academic writing; problem solving skills; collection, analysis and organisation of information; planning and organising activities; collaborative learning and team work; and use of technology for academic and collaborative learning purposes. Electives are selected to customise the course to the needs of students wishing to make the transition into higher education qualifications.

Units and electives

The intended purpose of the qualification has been to provide a range of study skills and knowledge to access further study pathways, and subject specific skills and knowledge.

To successfully achieve the qualification of 22182VIC Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation, this course requires the successful completion of:

  • Five (5) Core Units and;
  • Five (5) Elective Units of Study.

This includes up to two (2) units from Group A (Accredited Curriculum Units) and at least three (3) units from Group B (Nationally Endorsed Training Package Units).

Admission information

  • Mature: -
  • Other: Admission is by Direct Entry application. Participants seeking to enter the 22182VIC Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation are expected to have the ability to: - Select and apply a range of reading strategies to research and critically analyse information for academic study purposes (ACSF 3); - Produce a range of familiar text types communicating relationships between ideas and information in a style appropriate to an academic setting (ACSF 3); - Select and use appropriate strategies to establish and maintain spoken communication in formal and informal contexts in an academic setting such as tutorials, giving presentations and conducting research (ACSF 3); - Select and interpret mathematical information that may be partly embedded in research texts and academic writing tasks requiring analysis of data (ACSF 3).

How to apply for this course

Applications have closed for this course.

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  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
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