Vocational study - RMIT University

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Vocational study, sometimes known as TAFE, is a great way to kick start your career. Get job-ready sooner with our modern learning techniques for the roles of tomorrow.

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Don’t worry: you’ll still have access to all the presentations, videos and downloadable resources that were available until 31 August.

Get job ready

Employers need graduates who can get the job done from day one. RMIT certificates and diplomas equip you with the practical skills you’ll need to succeed and connects you with industry mentors and companies through work experience.

Get hands on

Learn by using real equipment, software and tools relating to the job you want. You’ll be guided by inspiring teachers who will grow your confidence to apply your new knowledge into practice.

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RMIT knows how to set you up for success, we’ve been training vocational students for over 130 years! Get the know-how you need now, with programs as short as 6 months to get you qualified – or use vocational study as a pathway into a degree.

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Free TAFE for priority courses

The Victorian State Government is covering the cost of 42 priority courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses at TAFE institutes, including universities that offer TAFE courses such as RMIT University.

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Fee finder

So you’ve picked what course you want to study but want to find out how much you’ll pay to get started? Get an estimate of fees for your vocational education program.

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Pathways into degrees

There is more than one way to reach your goal. Different levels of study at RMIT mean you can get the qualification you want without changing TAFEs or unis.

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Here are some things you should know

Based on thousands of conversations with Year 12 students, we've collected answers to the most common questions we're asked each year during the Change of Preference period and listed them below:

What does flexible learning look like for vocational students?

As part of RMIT’s flexible study options we’re developing important connection points with our students that include:

  • Weekly videos to outline and recap lessons
  • Discussion with students through online collaboration tools and forums
  • Online drop-in sessions with lecturers
  • Online learning activities to demonstrate skills and receive feedback

This means you’ll get the real-life experience and vocational skills that set RMIT graduates apart.

How is vocational study different to a degree?

One important difference between TAFE courses and traditional university degrees is that TAFE adheres to the VET (Vocational Education and Training) approach, which means that learning is more practical in nature.

If you like to be practical – and prefer supported learning – then vocational study has you covered. But if you like to deep dive into research and enjoy independent learning, then a university degree would probably be more your style.

University degrees will generally explore more theory while vocational study focuses on gaining specific skills.

What fees will I pay?

How much you’ll pay will depend on whether you’re offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

You will be offered a government-subsidised place if you meet the eligibility criteria based on your citizenship, age and educational history. You must also live in Victoria during your studies.

If you don’t meet the criteria for a government-subsidised place, you’ll be offered a full-fee place.

Find your fee

The best and quickest way to check your fee amount is to enter the program code of your preferred course into the RMIT fee finder. If you don’t know what the program code is - you can find this code on the RMIT program’s webpage under the ‘Details’ section.

Do you offer a payment plan or loans?

The Australian Government provides financial assistance in the form of VET Student Loans for eligible students enrolling in eligible courses.

You can browse an online list of RMIT courses that are eligible for a VET Student Loans.

More information about vocational study fees.

How am I selected for entry into the course?

The great thing about vocational study is that many courses do not have difficult academic requirements - sometimes none at all!

The Admissions section on each course page details the entry requirements relating to prerequisites and selection tasks for submission, if relevant.

What if I don’t meet the entry requirements for the course I want to study?

There's often more than one way to get into a degree so don’t worry if you don’t meet all the criteria at first. Study pathways provide opportunities for you to transfer from one course to another based on your previous educational experience.

RMIT also offers pre-university study that allows you to develop academic skills, improve your English or gain the confidence to study a university course.

Can I gain credit for my previous studies or work experience?

RMIT recognises prior learning, so if you want to improve your current knowledge or skill level, you don’t necessarily have to start at certificate to finally walk away with an advanced diploma. Being acknowledged for previous study may reduce the duration of your course and save you money.

When you apply you will be asked to note previous study which will be considered with your application. Once you’ve been made an offer you will need to fill out a credit application form and it will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Can I use a certificate or diploma as a way to get into a Bachelor degree at RMIT?

Some certificates and diplomas allow you to earn credit, or guaranteed entry into a degree at a later stage. There are a number of recognised pathway options so check your course or interest area to see what's offered.

I want to work while studying. What is the class timetable?

Every course is different, with some having classes in the day-time, evening or intensively delivered workshops over the weekend.

The timetable for our courses are not finalised until applications have closed. However, as a student you will be able to access and manage your timetable by logging into the RMIT myTimetable system to select your classes.

Find more information about timetabling at RMIT.

What support will RMIT offer me while I study?

At RMIT University we have a wide range of jobs and career resources to help you build your future career:

  • Free Resume and Cover Letter reviews
  • Help to find job opportunities
  • Careers workshops and events
  • Booking in a Careers Consultation
  • Learn more about job ready programs such as Future Edge, Industry Mentoring and Jobs on Campus

No matter what your careers question might be, you can get in touch with our Job Shop Team.

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