The planning of all TAFE courses assumes that adult participants will want to take some control over their study and (where applicable) assessment scheduling, so they can continue to work or fulfil other commitments.
We use a variety of course delivery methods to support different student study options. Some course units have compulsory classroom or workplace attendance requirements, usually for assessment observation purposes. Several courses have a total off-campus study and assessment options. Some have both on-line and off-campus components. Most courses are able to provide some flexibility of study and assessment modes to suit student circumstances.
In addition to study flexibility, you may be able to transfer credits from previous study or gain formal recognition of existing skills and knowledge through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Your TAFE qualification can also act as a stepping stone to university qualifications.
Delivery methods - how the training is delivered
Classroom based training – all or most of the training is delivered in a classroom with a teacher or trainer. Classrooms may include traditional classrooms, computer labs or workshops as well as purpose built classrooms – clinical training centre, trade training centre, hair and beauty training centre. Classes may be delivered during the day, or at night, requiring either full time or part time attendance.
Employment based training – where most of the training is undertaken at the workplace as on the job training and assessment.
Electronic – where the training material is accessed by the student electronically or online and teacher or trainer feedback is provided electronically or online. This is sometimes referred to as On Line.
Other – this category may include one or a combination of; Off Campus, Multi-Mode, Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Fast Track
Multi-Mode - Study is scheduled partly or completely away from a training room, using self-help electronic and paper based programs, with only some reference to trainers and teachers. Some courses have a regular series of classroom or electronic seminars, or a regular time to log on to your PC or dial a telephone seminar. Other courses rely on you contacting the tutor or other students when you think you need to.
Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) - Enables students to receive recognition of previous learning or work experience towards units or complete qualifications without undergoing further study. See below for more detailed information.
Rapid Recognition -
Programs are based on the same principles as RPL but have been tailored for specific qualifications. They operate within tight time frames and require participation by the student's supervisors.
Fast Track - Courses enable a student to complete a course in either a multi-mode (studying On Campus no more than 2 days teacher delivery per unit and Off Campus) or entirely Off Campus using alternative delivery methods.
Study options - how you attend the training
As well as flexibility in our delivery methods, we support a variety of course study or attendance modes:
Full time - Full time study is when a student enrols in the 'normal full time’ load of units that make up a course. This load can vary from course to course.
Part time – Less than the ‘normal full time’ load. A course may be scheduled in the day or evening.
Apprenticeship - An apprenticeship combines on-the-job training with study. Students undertaking these studies will need to have secured an apprenticeship with an employer prior to accessing this training. Study requirements will vary dependent on the vocation. A combination of employment based training and assessment as well as attendance in classroom based learning, is required for an apprenticeship.
Traineeship - A traineeship combines on-the-job training with study. Students undertaking these studies will need to have secured a traineeship with an employer prior to accessing this training. There may be a requirement to attend some class room based learning or alternatively, studies may be a combination of Off Campus and employment based training and assessment.
Pre-apprenticeship – Studies in a pre-apprenticeship prepare you for the working environment in the selected industry, give you some basic skills, or improve your existing skills, paving the way for the learning you will get as part of an apprenticeship. Pre-apprenticeships are available at Bendigo TAFE in a classroom delivery setting.
Flexi-mode – This study option combines a number of delivery methods and attendance types.
- Training is not delivered in a classroom, but is Off Campus without face to face class teacher/trainer time. We utilise alternative delivery methods such as On Line and workbooks. Off Campus students are provided with phone and email support from tutors. These courses are delivered through our Flexible Delivery Unit
Please note that some courses may require full time class attendance.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Many people gain significant skills and knowledge through study and workplace, voluntary and life experience. You may have qualifications, knowledge or skills which can be matched to complete units in the course you want to study. Recognition of prior learning is a process that gathers formal evidence of those skills and knowledge, and matches them to nationally-recognised units of competency. Learn more about the program here
Through Recognition of Prior Learning, Bendigo TAFE can award you complete units towards a qualification or a complete qualification without further study. We will appoint a facilitator from our specialised Flexible Delivery Unit
to help you identify and document evidence that you meet the requirements of specific units of competency.
using the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) enquiry type to make an appointment to talk with one of the Flexible Delivery staff members.
Can I apply for a credit for existing study or qualifications?
If you already hold a unit which is the same as, or sufficiently similar to the one you need for your chosen course, Bendigo TAFE may transfer your credit in that unit. You must be able to provide evidence that you have successfully completed any units of study and you must identify any potential credit transfers prior to enrolment. If it is a significant length of time since you completed the units, you may be required to undertake gap training. This will be discussed with you during selection or enrolment.
What is a pathway? What pathways can I take?
There are often many ways to the career or job of your choice including formal and informal learning, employment and general life experience. Different courses can take you towards the same job or courses can act as a stepping stone towards your career goals.
One of the key pathways from a TAFE course is to university. Many TAFE qualifications (such as advanced diploma, diploma and some certificate IV qualifications) provide credits towards a university undergraduate course
. This means that you can gain credits towards completion of your chosen undergraduate course without studying similar units. This pathway is known as articulation and Bendigo TAFE has a number of formal arrangements in place with La Trobe University
and Ballarat University
in a number of areas including:
Bridging programs, Youth Pathways and CAVSS
Bridging programs are nationally recognised Certificate courses designed to prepare students for further vocational study or develop their general skills for work. Youth Pathways is a dedicated program that works with young people aged between 16 and 19, providing support throughout their study at Bendigo TAFE, as well as in the transition to further education and employment.
The Course In Applied Vocational Study Skills (CAVSS) is a program that helps students improve their ability to apply literacy and numeracy concepts to their course of study. This helps students with employment opportunities as well as further learning options by developing their self confidence as their literacy and numeracy ability grow.