Dual sec­tor gives op­tions

Vic­to­ria Univer­sity suits school-leavers and ma­ture-age stu­dents

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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.

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