TAFE Queensland Gold Coast requires the following entry requirements to be met:
- To access Certificate 3 Guarantee funding for this course the prospective student must meet all the subsidy eligibility.
- To access Fee Free Year 12 funding for this course the prospective student must provide evidence that they have graduated Year 12 in the last 12 months. Therefore, if you would like to enrol in the course using this funding, you will need to provide a copy of your Year 12 certificate and meet all other Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy eligibility.
- To access Apprenticeship and Traineeship funding for this course please read further details here.
- For access and equity reasons, this course does not have any specific entry requirements (however see note below regarding Language, Literacy and Numeracy Testing).
- 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.
Literacy and Numeracy
While this training package does not stipulate any entry requirements, students do need to have, or be able to attain, a level of literacy and numeracy skills that will enable them to gain the required skills and knowledge to complete their course and ultimately to work in their chosen field. TAFE Queensland Gold Coast is committed to ensuring that students receive training, assessment and support services that meet their individual needs. Therefore, before commencing their course, all TAFE Queensland Gold Coast students are required to participate in an Orientation session where they complete a set of Literacy and Numeracy tasks. These tasks are designed to identify students at risk of not being able to complete their course due to their level of Literacy and Numeracy skills.
Students identified at risk of non-completion due to their literacy and/or numeracy skills are contacted confidentially by one of TAFE Queensland Gold Coast’s specialist Learning Support Teachers. Recommendations may include participation in a foundation skills program focussing on Literacy and Numeracy skills or a course at a lower qualification level on the Australian Qualifications Framework prior to attempting their chosen course. Recommendations may also include use of the additional assistance available from the Learning Support Team throughout their course.
Any student who withdraws prior to commencement of study is entitled to a full refund. Further periods of penalty-free withdrawal often apply, but differ between payment type, so please check your relevant refund policy for further details. Please note that students are also able to transfer from one course to another within the first two weeks of study without penalty but transferring as early as possible will provide the student with the best opportunity to be successful in their alternative course.
Blue Card for Vocational Placement
Students must be able to attain a Blue Card for placement (application completed in the first week of class). Potential students should check if they are ineligible for a Blue Card by reading about disqualified persons here: http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
For RPL enquiries please contact the RPL Team at email@example.com
This course is supported by online resources. Students must possess:
- computer skills including being able to operate a personal computer and printer, create and manage basic files, navigate a learning management system, perform basic tasks such as word processing, sending and receiving emails with attachments, uploading and downloading documents and using web based search engines.
- a computer with access to the Internet and an email account; and
- Microsoft Word or Office for Mac (or an alternative word processing program on their computer).
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)
Students who live nearby to TAFE Queensland Gold Coast may be able to utilise the library facilities at Coomera or Southport during library opening hours. To confirm opening times, please call 07 5581 8300.
For vocational placement the student will need to have:
- Professional clothing
- Enclosed shoes
- Wide brimmed hat
This course is offered full-time with on-campus study, combined with online activities, student-directed online learning, and 120 hours of vocational placement. This is equivalent to a full-time study load of approximately 28-30 hours per week.
The standard teaching week is Monday and Friday from 9.00am-3.00pm at Southport. Students will be provided with access to a tutorial class for further support at Southport from 9.00am-3.00pm on Wednesday (Level 2, Room 210) or Thursday (Level 2, Room 212). Additionally, students are expected to complete approximately 14 hours a week in teacher-directed readings, research, activities and assessment work online.
Classes are conducted:
- On campus (teacher-facilitated learning)
- Teacher-directed (online learning, webinars and recommended readings suggested as homework tasks)
- Student-directed (online reading, research and assessment work)
- Mandatory vocational placement to a minimum of 120 hours is required.
Vocational placement: There is some flexibility available on this if required. The day, hours, and start and finish times, is able to be negotiated with the vocational placement provider, but must add up to 120 hours prior to completion.