There are many ways to start your studies at GOTAFE, whether it be as a recent school leaver, a mature age student or even through the workplace. You can be sure that whatever pathway you choose, GOTAFE is here to support you.
All qualifications in this guide are nationally recognised (Note: the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a state accredited program)
Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) is a TAFE program available at the secondary school level.
VETiS programs provide secondary school students with the opportunity to complete a nationally accredited and industry recognised qualification while still at secondary school. You can complete Year 10, VCAL or VCE and a VETiS Certificate at the same time, giving you greater opportunities for further study or work and a greater understanding of the field you are interested in.
Students who have successfully completed Year 10 are eligible to study a VCAL certificate as an alternative to VCE (Year 11 & 12).
VCAL is hands-on and allows you to study what you’re interested in. Our experienced VCAL Trainers support you, strengthening your literacy and numeracy and work-ready skills.
Transition programs are available through the Learning Skills Unit (LSU), that supports students who wish to continue their education at University or TAFE.
The units have been selected to develop literacy, numeracy, professional communication and computer literacy to the levels expected in academic study. The skills and strategies learnt through this program provide a sound basis for the Tertiary Enabling Program at La Trobe University and further study at GOTAFE.
Certificate courses commence at Certificate I and go through to Certificate IV. With each level you will gain practical skills to give you a grounding in your chosen field. In general, a Certificate III is the Apprenticeship or Traineeship level where you learn both at work and on-campus, enhancing your knowledge and becoming a qualified skilled worker.
Advance your skills and take the next step with a Certificate IV, this can then give you the opportunity to progress onto further study at Diploma level.
Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas prepare you for a career and generally run from one to two and a half years. Many students choose to study a Diploma while working and can also lead to further study at university level.
GOTAFE enjoys a number of partnerships with some of Victoria’s largest Universities including University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Victoria University and La Trobe University and even shares facilities with regional institutions such as Charles Sturt University and Federation University. These partnerships allow you to seamlessly transition into a university degree in a number of areas including Health, Community Services and Business.
You may be able to receive credit towards your degree for the studies that you’ve already completed or even shorten the length of your degree.