TAFE Queensland Gold Coast requires the following entry requirements to be met:
- Sound literacy, numeracy and computer skills equivalent to Year 10.
- Prepared to participate in the required hours of vocational placement and hold the necessary mandatory documentation (see Placement below).
- 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.
- 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.
The following resources are to be purchased by the student:
- TAFE Queensland Gold Coast uniform shirt for practical classes and vocational placement (approximate cost $35.00). Fitting and ordering will be available at Orientation.
- Long navy blue or black pants, and enclosed black shoes for practical classes and vocational placement.
- Jewellery is not permitted and hair must be tied back.
- Finger nails need to be short and unpolished.
- USB storage device.
- You will be required to access online content as part of this course so are encouraged to bring your own tablet or laptop to class.
(All prices noted above are correct at time of printing and are subject to change).
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 is a blended program incorporating 16 weeks of face-to-face classes at Southport with online content, plus 3 weeks vocational placement. Students will be required to access online content as part of their studies.
In addition to scheduled classes, in order to successfully complete their studies, students must be available to participate in a minimum of 120 hours of vocational placement over three weeks in an Aged Care facility.
Classes: 8.00am-3.00pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Southport. Please note: Classes for 2017 finish on Wednesday 22 November 2017 and resume on Tuesday 30 January 2018.
Mandatory tutorials: 1.00pm-4.00pm on Thursdays at Southport.
Mandatory practical skills classes: 5.00pm-9.00pm on Thursdays at Southport.
Vocational placement: Scheduled for three weeks full-time Monday to Friday from 12 March 2018.
For those undertaking the additional disability units classes will be held from 10.15am-3.00pm on Fridays from 2 February to 27 April 2018.
Once enrolled students will be able to access their timetable via Connect.
Timetabled days and times are subject to change.
The vocational placement requirement for this program is a minimum of 120 hours. Participation in this workplace experience occurs towards the end of the course and is scheduled in consultation with students and facilities. To be eligible to attend the 120 hours of vocational placement, you must be marked competent in the following two units - CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs and HLTWHS002 Follow safety procedures for direct care work.
In accordance with industry expectation and availability of places, students must be available to:
Individual Support - Aged Care placement:
- attend full-time placement (5 days per week) for three weeks (longer with public holidays);
- travel up to 45 minutes to attend vocational placement;
- participate in a variety of shifts including morning and afternoon (*morning shifts may start as early as 6.00am and afternoon shifts may finish as late as 11.00pm).
Disability Skill Set placement:
- vocational placement may run over multiple weeks according to the needs of the placement providers
- placement may start earlier in the course for a total of 40 hours
- the aged care requirements apply to 80 hours vocational placement and 40 hours with a disability provider
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 Queensland Gold Coast sources and coordinates vocational placement on the students’ behalf. Our 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 Queensland Gold Coast approval, vocational placement may be arranged in a student’s current workplace. Students will need to speak with a member of 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.
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. TAFE Queensland Gold Coast cannot guarantee placement for students who do not hold these documents.
Students must provide to 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.
- Records showing Hepatitis B vaccination, commencement of vaccination or blood test results showing immunity (N.B. Vaccination will take a minimum of 3 months to complete in full).
- Blue Card (Working with Children Check Queensland) - phone 1800 113 611 or http://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au
- Australian Federal Police Check - please contact the Australian Federal Police on (02) 6140 6502 or 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.)
- It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their documentation remains current throughout their studies.
- Any costs associated in acquiring the above documents are in addition to course costs and will be borne by the student.
- TAFE Queensland Gold Coast strongly recommends that prior to enrolment students consider their eligibility to obtain the above documentation.
- Students will be required to submit their documents by 4.00pm on Friday 9 February 2018. Failure to do so could jeopardise your vocational placement.
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast strongly recommends that students enrolling in any Health or Community Services program consider their eligibility to obtain the above documentation prior to enrolment.
Assessment methods and tools include: oral tasks (role plays and case studies), written tasks (online quizzes and short answer question sheets), group work (presentations, oral and written), simulated and workplace performance (while on 120 hours of vocational placement), and practical demonstration of skills (while in Nursing Lab sessions. Please note these sessions are mandatory).