TAFE Queensland Gold Coast enrolment requirements:
- 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 etc)
- 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 provide evidence that they are an existing worker in the Community Services industry (volunteer workers are not eligible). Therefore, if you would like to enrol in the course using this funding, you will need to obtain a letter of employment or payslip which clearly shows both your name and your employer’s name, or some other proof of employment which can confirm you work in the industry and meet all other subsidy eligibility.
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 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 via mixed mode delivery for 12 months at Southport.
Mixed mode learning includes:
- Weekly online sessions for each unit.
- Weekly face-to-face workshops on Wednesday from 1.00pm-3.00pm at Southport to actively demonstrate your progression of skills and knowledge. 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.
- For some weeks face-to-face classes will also be held on a Tuesday from 10.00am-12.00pm. Please consult your timetable for allocated weeks.
- Mandatory Intensive Skills weeks will be held in each semester.
- Mandatory Practical Assessment weeks will be held in each semester for assessments and group work. Your teachers will discuss this in more detail in your orientation week.
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.
In accordance with industry expectation and availability of places, students may be required to:
- attend full-time placement (up to 5 days per week)
- 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 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 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 Queensland Gold Coast 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.) Your current AFP documentation must be no older than 3 months prior to the start of study.
IMPORTANT: Any costs associated with these documents are in addition to course costs and will be borne by the student.
TAFE Queensland Gold Coast also offers First Aid training for an additional fee. Whilst not compulsory for vocational placement, possession of a current First Aid qualification is recommended.
Be aware that this program is comprised of units that include topics covering sensitive material and discussion e.g. child protection, family violence, mental health and substance misuse.