Dual sector gives options
Victoria University suits school-leavers and mature-age students
VICTORIA University is a dual-sector institution, meaning it offers courses in the higher-education category, such as bachelor degrees and postgraduate courses such as graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and masters.
But it also is a TAFE institute, providing a range of vocationally based courses, ideal for those wanting something practical and careerfocused. The huge advantage of attending a dual-sector institution is access to the pathways from one level to another.
Students can start with a bridging or preparation course — perfect for mature-age students who have not studied for a long time — before progressing to TAFE level.
The courses are short and, though not an official qualification, they prepare you for entry into tertiary education.
Likewise, many students who complete TAFE courses to advanced diploma level, take the option to head into a degree program. All this can be achieved without the inconvenience of changing institutions.
VU’s business courses at the TAFE level run from certificate III to advanced diploma.
In the electro-technology area, the courses have been developed to give students with the knowledge and skills required to install, commission and maintain computer equipment and telecommunications, as well as inspect electrical work in hazardous environments.
VU’s engineering options — from certificate II through to advanced diploma — include apprenticeships.
Engineering courses are an excellent example of the opportunities available via the pathways offered at a dual-sector institution.
Certificates II and III offer pathways into the diploma and advanced diploma, and students may complete a two-year course that makes them eligible for the Bachelor of Engineering.
A third year through the advanced diploma of engineering technology opens the door to become a principal technical officer.
Fitting and machining apprentices are trained using a combination of traditional machines such as lathes and mills, as well as modern technology-based equipment. The mix of traditional machining and the use of computer-controlled equipment allows VU to offer skills for use in modern industry with a high degree of accuracy.