0.5 years full time
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In this course you will gain the skills and knowledge required to successfully transition into tertiary education and training pathways.

Develop the knowledge and skills required for successful transition into further study within vocational education and training pathways or higher education.

Upon completion of this course you will have gained knowledge and skills in:

  • problem solving and applying analytical and critical thinking
  • the features and structures of academic writing
  • using search engines and data bases for specific disciplines
  • planning, preparing, organising and making formal presentations
  • collaborative learning and team work skills, such as participating in group academic projects and engaging in online learning
  • independent learning.

Set yourself up for success in further study with the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation.

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Completion of the course enables a range of study pathways, including:

  • vocational study at the same or higher Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level
  • higher education undergraduate courses.

Course structure

The course structure has been chosen from 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 the 22582VIC Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation, a student must successfully complete a total of ten (10) units of competency, comprising of:
- Five (5) core units, and;
- Five (5) elective units, listed in the Curriculum Package

VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Core Units

Elective Units

Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfers

Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT), and must be approved by VU Polytechnic.

Graduates of the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation will be able to demonstrate academic reading and writing skills such as developing analytical and critical thinking skills to complete academic tasks, and conduct online academic research to analyse and evaluate sources for study tasks.
The following broad skill and knowledge outcomes were agreed by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) that oversaw the accreditation of the curriculum.

*sources of information to support student transition
*the tertiary education sector including available courses and entry requirements, pathways and support resources 
*types of academic texts and discourse patterns
*features and structures of academic writing
*protocols for participating in academic group discussions
*protocols for academic presentations such as language and style of academic presentations 
* academic planning tools to manage tasks
*protocols for peer evaluation
*search engines and data bases for specific disciplines

*negotiate academic tasks and activities
*convey and receive information in discussion groups
*plan, prepare and make formal presentations
*participate in group academic projects 
*engage in online learning with peers
*participate in review and evaluation of activities
*summarise ideas and information in academic sources
*collect and organise information for study tasks
*critically read and analyse academic sources 
*produce written responses to academic tasks 
*design and review a study pathway plan
*assess the reliability of online information
*synthesise information from a variety of sources to produce notes
*apply critical thinking to evaluate readings/academic texts to develop and support a position / argument / findings
*self-direct own learning as part of a group and manage tasks
*apply reflective practice to own learning

Digital literacy skills:
*access, interpret and analyse online research information
*engage in online collaborative learning with peers

Technology skills:
*access, manage and store information for research purposes
*locate academic sources in a data base
*access and use features of online platforms

*undertake collaborative learning with peers*seek and act on feedback from peers

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.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission.

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.

Applications for this course are not being taken at this time.

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