Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education (with specialisations)

Qualification: Bachelor's Degree
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
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Awarded by: Charles Sturt University

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About this course

The Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education (with specialisations) course offered by Charles Sturt University provides a pathway for people wishing to become trainers, learning facilitators or consultants in the adult and vocational education sector.

This teaching degree is designed for those with vocational qualifications seeking to teach in their discipline area to adult learners and in vocational settings. Subjects cover teaching and assessment methodologies, program design, the cultural context of VET, issues in lifelong learning practice, research skills, human resource management, digital literacy, and much more.

This course can be tailored to suit students’ particular needs and interests, with specialisations in language, literacy and numeracy, training systems and human resources management, and vocational education and training.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Have a certificate III as part of a completed apprenticeship leading to trade recognition and accredition, and a minimum of three years' relevant industrial experience

OR

  • Have a certificate IV, associate diploma, diploma or an appropriate tertiary qualification, and a minimum of three years relevant industrial experience

OR

  • Possess other qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the Faculty

Note: A Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment or a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment does not count as a vocational qualification for entry purposes. Students who hold a Diploma of Teaching (Technical) or a three year teaching diploma outside the VET sector are also eligible to apply. 

Practical work placement

Students are required to undertake professional experience as part of this course, consisting of 200 hours of practicum across the program. Students are responsible for organising appropriate sites in which to undertake their practicum.

Areas of study

In this adult and vocational education course, the subjects you will study include:

Core subjects:

  • Written communication
  • Social context of vocational education and training
  • Learning theories for post-compulsory education
  • Training design and assessment
  • Training in workplaces
  • Effective teaching in VET
  • Reflective practice and lifelong learning
  • High-level facilitation skills for post-compulsory education

Adult language, literacy and numeracy specialisation:

  • Language, literacy & numeracy in vocational education and training
  • Teaching adult numeracy in VET
  • Teaching adult literacy in VET
  • Workplace and professional literacy and numeracy
  • Digital literacy in adult and vocational education
  • Issues of LLN practice in adult and vocational education
  • Learning and teaching through text in adult and vocational education
  • Developing the VET practitioner

Vocational education and training specialisation:

  • Language, literacy & numeracy in vocational education and training
  • Teaching adult literacy in VET
  • Developing the VET practitioner
  • Workplace and professional literacy and numeracy
  • Assessment practices in adult and vocational education
  • Mentoring/workplace professional development strategies for VET
  • Managing the adult learning environment
  • Technology for adult learning and teaching

Training systems and human resource management specialisation:

  • Developing human resources
  • Issues in human resources management
  • Human resources management
  • Strategic human resources management
  • Technology for adult learning and teaching
  • Assessment practices in adult and vocational education
  • Mentoring/workplace professional development strategies for VET
  • Developing the VET practitioner

Shorter programs

If you choose not to study the entire Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education degree you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or who prefer not to commit to the whole study period.

Depending on the units studied, you can exit with an Associate Degree in Adult and Vocational Education.

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How will this course advance my career?

Having a skilled teacher is crucial in vocational studies and trades. It means students are assured of receiving professional training from someone who knows their trade, and as a practitioner and teacher you get to share your expertise and passion with enthusiastic pupils.

You will graduate from this bachelor degree with advanced skills in adult and vocational teaching, and be capable of working in a wide range of environments, including TAFE, non-TAFE providers of adult and vocational education, and in various industries as a teacher, trainer, lecturer or education consultant.

How else will I benefit from this bachelor degree?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education (with specialisations) from Charles Sturt University.
  • Studying online/by correspondence means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
  • CSU ranks highly for graduate employment. A recent survey showed that 87% of all CSU graduates find employment within four months of completing their degree.
  • CSU courses are developed with the utmost flexibility so students can complete their course around other commitments. You can choose to study just one subject per session or, with approval, fast-track the completion of your degree.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. Additionally, if you are an Australian resident you may also be eligible to receive Austudy/Abstudy or Youth Allowance.

CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

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