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Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education and Training

About this course

The Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (VET) aims to provide a pathway of further learning for those already involved in the delivery of vocational educational courses. Graduates will be able to apply knowledge and skills to make high level, independent judgements, to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate professional work, and to respond to challenges, issues and opportunities for change in VET.

Career opportunities

A Graduate Diploma in VET is a much sought-after qualification in a range of large organisations and businesses that train their own staff and in the broader vocational education sector.

Professional recognition

The Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education and Training is recognised by TAFE and the VET sectors as an advanced qualification for those who are already teachers and trainers. 

Major areas of study

The course explores the theoretical underpinnings of adult learning and the national requirements of the VET sector. It includes practical application of newly acquired knowledge and theoretical understanding, so that candidates can develop their training skills.

Assessment methods

Most units have two assessment tasks. There is a strong focus on authentic and professionally-relevant assessment. There are no written examinations.

Teaching methods

Students learn in an interactive online environment with plenty of flexibility to accommodate the competing commitments of busy professionals. There are no compulsory attendance requirements. Units are delivered by distance education and are offered across the University's three study sessions, enabling students to fast track their studies. Units use innovative technology to support student learning and to enable students to have regular engagement with academics and fellow students. Learning is facilitated by highly qualified and supportive academics.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you reduce the duration of your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.
  • Recognition of informal learning
    Credit may be awarded on the basis of current informal learning (that takes place through work, social, family or leisure activities).

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning visit SCU Pathways.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

The SCU Library provides a wide range of services that include face-to-face and online help, and access to print and electronic resources. To find out more, see the Library Toolbox.

The Academic Skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, assignment reviews and small group or one-on-one face-to-face, phone or Skype consultations during business hours 9am to 4.30pm. Appointments can be made via the MySCU Hub ‘Connect Now’ button or on the Academic Skills home page. Students can also book appointments online in Career Hub.

The YourTutor service provides online after-hours study support for SCU students. This service is available from 4pm to midnight Sunday to Friday via the 'Connect Now' button on MySCU Hub or from a link in nominated unit learning sites. The YourTutor service offers generic writing feedback and live online chat assistance for foundational concepts and study skills.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

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Admission requirements

  1. As an alternative to Rule 2, Section 3 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, applicants for admission to candidature in the Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education and Training may be selected where they can demonstrate academic or professional standing considered by the School Board to be equivalent to the requirements of Rule 2, Section 3 of the University’s Rules Relating to Awards.
  2. All applicants for admission to candidature must provide evidence of at least one year’s experience in a field of employment acceptable to the School Board.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education and Training a candidate shall successfully complete not less than eight (8) units comprising:
    1. All units from Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules;
    2. Four (4) units from Part B of the Schedule.
  2. To be eligible for the award of Graduate Certificate of Vocational Education and Training a candidate shall successfully complete all units from Part A of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules.
  3. A candidate who while enrolled for the Graduate Diploma of Vocational Education and Training has completed the requirements of the Graduate Certificate of Vocational Education and Training may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate following withdrawal from candidature for the Graduate Diploma award.

Advanced standing

In addition to Rule 2, Section 4 advanced standing may be granted where a student has completed formal, non-formal or informal learning and/or professional development accepted by the University and accompanied by supporting documentary evidence.

Schedule of units

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'