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Duration: 
9 months full time
Delivery mode: 
Blended

Applications due 30 November 2018

Overview

Gain the skills and confidence to provide support in classrooms with a Certificate IV in Education Support at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course will provide you with essential skills to work collaboratively with teachers and students in school and community settings. You’ll learn about:

  • child development
  • supporting students’ literacy and numeracy learning
  • helping students with disabilities
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • supporting students who are at risk.

Through both classroom learning and practical work placements, you’ll lay the groundwork for a rewarding career in education. Upon graduation, you’ll have the confidence, practical skills and knowledge to support teachers in public schools, independent schools and community education.  

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Careers

This industry-focused certificate will prepare you for a rewarding career in education support. You’ll be prepared for a range of roles providing assistance and support to teachers and students under broad-based supervision. Our graduates find work in areas including:  

  • early childhood education
  • primary and secondary schools
  • vocational and higher education
  • community education.

Potential job titles include:

  • education assistant or aide
  • support worker (children with disabilities)
  • teacher assistant or aide
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander education worker  
  • Indigenous language and culture teaching assistant
  • integration aide
  • multicultural aide 
  • integration coordinator
  • home tutor.

Employment for education and integration aides is expected to grow strongly over the next five years (JobOutlook).

On completion of this course you will be guaranteed entry into the following degree and in some cases receive credit for your study:

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course structure

To be awarded CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support, a student must successfully complete a total of seventeen (17) units of competency, comprising of:

  • twelve (12) core units, and;

  • five (5) elective units, of which:

  • at least three (3) units must be selected from the electives listed in the CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support qualification, and;

  • up to two (2) units may be selected from any endorsed training package or accredited course relevant to the work outcome.

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by Victoria Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of education settings, including public and independent schools and community education settings, who provide assistance and support to teachers and students under broad-based supervision.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Working With Children’s Check (WWC). Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course. Visit the following site:
• WWC check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply for this course

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

Before you apply, consider whether you also wish to apply for:

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Direct applications due 30 November 2018.

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