TAFE Queensland Gold Coast enrolment requirements:
- 18 years of age
- sound literacy and numeracy skills (with the ability to write essays and reports)
- IT skills are required for online learning (with the ability to use the Microsoft Office suite e.g. Word, PowerPoint)
- prepared to participate in a minimum of 120 hours of vocational placement (60 hours per semester) and hold the necessary mandatory documentation (see Placement below)
- To access Higher Level Skills funding for this course the prospective student must meet all subsidy eligibility.
- After enrolment, all applicants must complete a short quiz on Literacy and Numeracy levels using the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) prior to orientation dates or prior to the first day of class.
If you are under 18 years of age or do not meet the above mentioned recommendations and requirements, then special enrolment conditions apply. These conditions include an interview with the Coordinator of Community Services.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): For RPL enquiries please contact the RPL Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is recommended that students purchase a USB storage device to bring to class. Students will be required to access online content as part of this course.
Prospective students must have the following computer technical specifications before they can access the course materials and participate in the learning program:
- Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
- Windows PC or Apple Mac - please note: portable devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets, slates) do not necessarily support all the features of Connect, our Learning Management System, and may not work properly for submitting assessments
- Computer running a minimum of Windows 7 or Apple Macintosh OSX 10.8
- Connect has been designed to function on these minimum browser versions: Google Chrome (latest) (highly recommended for students), Firefox (latest), Safari (latest), Internet Explorer 10 - older versions of browsers may not correctly display information
- ADSL or Cable Broadband is highly recommended
- Audio playback enabled on your computer (many activities use audio interaction)
- Students may require a headset with the capacity to listen and talk back (USB connection headsets are known to give superior sound quality)
This program is offered by blended delivery for 12 months at Southport.
Blended delivery includes:
- Weekly online sessions for each unit.
- Weekly face-to-face workshop to actively demonstrate your progression of skills and knowledge on Mondays 3.00pm-5.00pm at Southport (subject to change). Please note that the workshop frequency, day and time may be adjusted throughout the program depending on student attendance and student numbers. It is strongly advisable to attend the weekly workshop to practice skills and gain understanding of your assessment requirements.
- Mandatory Intensive Skills weeks will be held from 8.30am-5.00pm at Southport.
- Mandatory Practical Skills weeks will be held from 8.30am-5.00pm at Southport for assessments and group work. Your teachers will discuss this in more detail in your orientation week.
- First Aid will be held from 8:00am-5.00pm at Southport.
Your total weekly hours for study will be approximately 20-35 hours per week plus any vocational placement requirement.
The vocational placement requirement for this program is 120 hours. This may be completed in consecutive weeks during the semester. Students may have the option to complete their placement in shorter amounts of weekly hours over the two semesters, subject to industry availability.
It is advisable for students to provide a current resume and references as interviews may be requested by industry prior to placement.
In accordance with industry expectation and availability of places, students must be available to:
- attend full-time placement (students must be flexible to accommodate the placement provider regarding the structure of hours)
- travel up to 45 minutes to attend vocational placement
- participate in a variety of shifts including morning, afternoon, evening, night and weekends (*morning shifts may start as early as 6.00am and evening shifts may finish as late as 11.00pm).
Students are responsible for:
- organising their own transport to and from study and vocational placement as well as any domestic arrangements
- organising leave with their employer (if applicable)
- planning financially for their unpaid vocational placement
- completing online study as per their timetable whilst on placement
TAFE sources and coordinates vocational placement on the students’ behalf. TAFE's Vocational Placement Team will work in collaboration with students and facilities to coordinate vocational placement activity, and students will be provided with due notice for shift work.
With prior TAFE approval, vocational placement may be arranged in a student’s current workplace. Students will need to speak with the Vocational Placement Team immediately after enrolment to confirm these details.
Condition of Enrolment – privacy
Student details are provided to Health Care and Community Service organisations for the purposes of vocational placement. Vocational placement is a core element of this program and therefore it is a condition of enrolment that you consent to the release of your information accordingly.
TAFE strongly recommends that students enrolling in any Health or Community Services program consider their eligibility to obtain the following documentation prior to enrolment.
Please note: The Health Industry dictates that TAFE Queensland Gold Coast must ensure that all students going on placement in health care facilities hold the following documentation. Students are not eligible to attend mandatory vocational placement assessment without these documents. Not attending vocational placement assessment will delay course progression.
Students must provide TAFE Queensland Gold Coast a certified copy* of each of these documents as soon as possible. *Certified copy - photocopy certified by a Justice of the Peace or Commissioner of Declarations.
- Blue Card (Working with Children Check Queensland) - phone 1800 113 611 or http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/
- Australian Federal Police Check (AFP) - Potential students are advised to contact the Vocational Placement Coordinator should they have any notification or criminal history as this may impact on their acceptance by facilities for placement assessment and therefore affect course outcomes. Students must be able to provide an original Australian Federal Police check on request of a facility at any time. Please refer to the Australian Federal Police website to download the application form at http://www.afp.gov.au. Approximate cost $45.00 (N.B: The certificate MUST be issued by the Australian Federal Police. All other types of police checks will not be accepted.)
IMPORTANT: Any costs associated with these documents are in addition to course costs and will be borne by the student.
Please be aware that this program is comprised of units that include topics covering mental health, child protection, and alcohol and other drugs therefore some students may be challenged by the sensitive nature of this information.