22182VIC -

Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

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This preparatory course provides students with the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to undertake university study within the Health sector.

The course is specifically designed to prepare students for entry into the Diploma of Nursing.

While completing this course you will develop strong skills in:

  • language
  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • health science
  • communication
  • collaborative research and teamwork
  • academic writing
  • problem-solving
  • initiative and enterprise
  • planning and organisation
  • self-management
  • applications of technology for academic purposes.

Course essentials


  • further education
  • nursing
  • health community work
  • other health-related employment.

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 within the VET College will be to provide learners with the foundation level knowledge and skills required to successfully transition into the Diploma of Nursing. 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 have been selected to customise the course to the needs of students wishing to make the transition into the Diploma in Nursing.

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.

Completion of 22182VIC Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation requires the successful completion of 5 Core Units and 5 Elective Units of Study, including up to 2 units from Group A (Accredited Curriculum Units) and at least 3 units from Group B (Nationally Endorsed Training Package Units). These units must be related to one or more specific Industries, such as Visual Art, Design, Photography, Multimedia/Performance Arts, Information Technology, Business Services, Engineering or other relevant fields.

Core Units of Study

Elective Units - Group A (Accredited Curriculum Units)

Up to 2 units may be selected from this category:

Elective Units - Group B (Nationally Endorsed Training Package Units)

A minimum of 3 units may be selected from this category:


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

Apply direct to VU

Direct applications close on 30 January 2015.

Before applying:

Note that campus locations may offer different options (e.g. study mode, fee type). You may wish to review:

  • The course index to confirm the study options available at each location.
  • Advice to applicants which provides information about how to apply for your course and what happens when you submit your application.

Also consider whether you wish to apply for:

  • Special consideration: For people with specific life circumstances, you can request these be taken into consideration when assessing your course application.
  • Extra credit for past skills and study (this is known as 'Advanced standing').

When you're ready:

Apply direct to VU

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You'll be able to submit applications for one or more courses and track the progress of these whenever you like.

After you apply:

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Transferring between VU courses

Want to swap into this course from another VU course? You can apply online at the Admissions centre .

Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current course.

You can also contact us directly:

  • Ring us on +61 3 9919 6100
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