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Study types

We offer a range of study options to assist you in balancing study with your life. 

Depending on the delivery method of your course or your units, there may be different study modes available to you. Below is a brief explanation of the various study modes available.

Study types

Learn in a classroom environment that gives you the opportunity to interact with your lecturer and fellow students in person, as well as collaborate with a range of training areas. Access our comprehensive campus facilities including cafeterias, libraries, purpose-built study spaces, student support services and amenities. Our campuses are in areas that offer good public transport links, and every campus has free Wi-Fi available for students.  

Full-time courses require approximately 12 to 25 hours of classroom study per week (normally throughout the day) as well as further personal time. Most full-time qualifications lead to a nationally recognised certificate, diploma or advanced diploma within six to twelve months and they can then be used to progress to further study or enter relevant careers. Some apprenticeships, skill sets and short courses can also be full-time, if they usually require a substantial number of hours in one week of tuition. 

Part-time study is the perfect option for people seeking to obtain specific skills or unable to undertake a full-time study load due to other commitments. Part-time study can generally be flexible, with students able to select from available units offered each semester. Study time can range from a few hours on a single day or night to three to four days a week.  When after-hours classes are scheduled for part-time study, units will be pre-planned for you

Several courses labelled ‘self-paced’ are available to study fully online and can start anytime. You will be encouraged to begin with a handful of units at a time, so your progress can be closely followed and support can be offered throughout your study journey.

Some courses are available at alternative times on campus, or as a blend of online and in-class attendance. This option gives students the ability to work their study time around busy lifestyles.

A number of courses are available to those already working in industry to enable them to complete study requirements via distance learning. 

A skill set is a great way to complete units of competency in short blocks of study. Like a short course, a skill set can be studied part-time or full-time but has a much shorter duration. Skill sets are designed to allow you to pick up blocks of units and build your skills in a pathway to a full qualification, while allowing you to continue working full-time or away. They are also ideal in helping businesses fill skills gaps quickly or in assisting employees to aim for their next career step. Skill sets can be full-time when they involve more than 12 hours tutorial time a week, or part-time for any other shorter attendance per week. They can vary in duration from 1 or 2 days to 10 weeks, depending on how regularly you will be required to study.

Short courses help you build skills for enjoyment or to explore your passions. A short course sometimes does not have any units of competency or just one or two blended with other units that allow personal or hobby development. In some cases, short courses while not always including nationally accredited units, can be designed to gain accreditation or licensing by industry bodies for safety or industrial purposes. Short courses can be full-time when they involve more than 12 hours tutorial time a week, or part-time for any other shorter attendance per week. They can vary in duration from 1 or 2 days to 10 weeks, depending on how regularly you will be required to study.

VET DSS stands for Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students. We offer courses across many industries to secondary students on our own campuses and at selected secondary school locations. Choosing a VET DSS pathway means you can make school more interesting and relevant to you while kick-starting your career with recognised qualifications. Graduate with your Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and have the choice to continue in your TAFE studies, or move into a higher education course.

Our industry recognised apprenticeship and traineeship programs combine on-the-job work experience with practical education, training and development.  To become an apprentice or trainee, you need to be employed and registered as an apprentice or trainee with a contracted study plan in place.

Our Jobs and Skills Centres team is available to assist you become apprenticeship or traineeship ready.