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Duration: 
1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 30 November 2018

Overview

This course introduces you to university study in arts and social sciences, and provides a pathway to further study.

You will develop skills in the following areas:

  • complex writing
  • problem solving
  • cultural analysis
  • planning and organising activities
  • research
  • communication and presentation
  • social inquiry
  • information technology.

Successful completion will give you credits towards a Bachelor of Arts (BA), where you can specialise in your area of interest and benefit from our work-placement opportunities.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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Request a call back from one of our experienced Victoria Polytechnic course advisers to get your questions answered.

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Already a VU student?

To transfer into this course from another apply online at our Admissions centre.

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

Careers in arts

Our course helps you prepare for further study, and offers credits toward a Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Arts graduates find work in diverse areas, including:

  • media
  • arts administration
  • community organisations 
  • the public sector.

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

You will be credited for up to 24 credit points of study.

You will be credited for up to 24 credit points of study.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

Course structure

To be awarded the 22317VIC Certificate IV in Liberal Arts, a student must successfully complete a total of seven (7) units comprising of:

  • two (2) core units, and;
  • five (5) electives, which may be selected from:
  • units listed in the 22317VIC Certificate IV in Liberal Art qualification and/or,
  • units first packaged in Certificate IV qualifications in the source training package or accredited curriculum. Imported units must support the outcomes of this qualification as well as be approved by the Polytechnic.

The primary outcome of 22317VIC Certificate IV in Liberal Arts is to provide learners with an alternative pathway into higher education or vocational education and training qualifications in the arts, humanities, education or social sciences. As such, the course aims to develop a range of critical skills and knowledge required to achieve the following outcomes:

  • writing skills required to complete reports, essays and projects;
  • ability to sequence and structure ideas;
  • ability to write grammatically correct English in a variety of styles;
  • broader skills development in analysis, critical thinking and communication, and;
  • ability to develop and present an argument.

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.

Applicants are best placed to successfully undertake this qualification if they have language, literacy and numeracy skills that align to Level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF). 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

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

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

Apply direct to VU

Apply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.

Direct applications are due on 30 November 2018

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After you apply

  • It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
  • Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered

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