Duration:
1 year full time
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Overview

Gain the skills and confidence to provide support in classrooms with a Certificate IV in School Based Education Support CHC40221 at Victoria University Polytechnic.

This course will provide you with essential skills and confidence to work collaboratively with teachers and students in a wide variety of school settings. You will learn about:

  • child development
  • supporting students’ literacy and numeracy learning
  • assisting 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 will have the confidence, practical skills and knowledge to support teachers in schools as defined by State/Territory legislation. 

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Eligible students currently won’t pay tuition fees for this course.

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Everything you learn at Victoria University Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. You will develop practical skills through our supportive workplace learning model and be job-ready when you graduate.

Throughout this course, you’ll work under direct supervision in a real workplace. You’ll get 120 hours of practical placement in a classroom setting, giving you the opportunity to put theory into practice.

Practical placement requirements

For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires:

  • a current and satisfactory Police Record Check
  • Working with Children Check
  • COVID-19 vaccination.

You must provide evidence of having the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are not compliant with this requirement you are not eligible to undertake a placement and progress within the course. You must be willing to undergo any additional checks and immunisations as directed by the University.

Our partner network includes schools and community and government organisations, particularly in Melbourne’s north and west. Victoria University Polytechnic students are known for their capability in the workplace, and placements can lead to employment.

You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge. You’ll also develop links with industry and professional experience through:

  • placements
  • guest speaker presentations
  • scenario-based learning and assessments.

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.

Careers in education

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.

Potential job titles include:

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

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

Course structure

The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.

To be awarded CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support, a student must successfully complete a total of seventeen (17) units of competency, comprising of:

  • Thirteen (13) core units, and;
  • Four (4) elective units, of which:
  • at least Two (2) units must be selected from the electives listed in the CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based 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.

This qualification supports employment as an Education Support Officer whose role is to assist teachers and support student learning in a range of classroom settings in primary or secondary schools, as defined by State/Territory legislation. Learners who successfully complete this qualification are guaranteed a place in the Diploma of Education Studies as a further study pathway.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type definitions

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

Students who enrol in a:

  • government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
  • full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

As part of the application process, applicants must:
complete a Pre-training Review (PTR)
undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment to determine suitability for admission
be aged 18 years of age or over at the time of enrolment.
Practical Placement:
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires:
a current and satisfactory Police Record Check;
Working with Children Check, and;
Covid-19 vaccination.
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.
The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
Police Record Check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
Working with Children Check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
It is an industry expectation that those engaging are vaccinated for COVID-19. Any students electing not to disclose their vaccination status, conscientiously object to vaccinations or have a contraindication, must contact the placement coordinator to discuss the impact this may have on their capacity to undertake placement. Incomplete vaccination impact your course progression due to a lack of appropriate placement opportunities.

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.

If you have completed any of the following course(s), you will be guaranteed a place in this course. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

Diploma of Education Studies

Melbourne City Institute of Education, Australia

You will be guaranteed entry only.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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.

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.

Students who successfully complete Certificate IV in School Based Education Support CHC40221 may elect to engage in other vocational education and training, and/or pursue higher education with Victoria University in courses such as:

  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121
  • Diploma of Education Studies EDES.

Find out more about our study pathways to VU

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.

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