Find out about the differences between degrees, certificates, diplomas and apprenticeships and which one would suit your child best.
Bachelor, undergraduate and associate degrees
University qualifications take between 2 - 5 years and are taught in an independent teaching style, different to what your child would experience at secondary school.
Classes consist of lectures, tutorials and specialty classes, students may be in class between 12 - 20 hours a week. For every hour spent in class students are encouraged to do 1 - 2 hours work out of class, this can include assignments, reading and group work.
Lectures are held in theatres and are generally 1 - 2 hours which can have anywhere from 30 - 350 students.
Tutorials are less formal than lectures, students discuss and develop ideas that were first introduced in lectures, complete assigned activities, develop specific skills and discuss study topics.
Generally tutorials will be 1 hour in duration with smaller classes, usually 15 - 30 students.
Certificates and diplomas
These courses are hands on and practical in nature, they take between 6 months - 2 years to complete depending on the qualification. They can also provide a pathway to an undergraduate degree.
These programs have smaller classes than university and are taught with a mixture of seminars, labs and workshops.
A full time student can be in class anywhere between 20 - 30 hours a week, with less work required outside of class in comparison to a university course.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
A pre-apprenticeship will teach the basic knowledge needed to begin work as an apprentice. These courses can help students when looking for employment or may be used as a taster for students before committing to a full apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to combine work and study.
Once a student holds a bachelor degree or has significant work experience, a postgraduate course can deepen knowledge and skills and help to advance or change career prospects.
Postgraduate courses include honours, graduate certificates, graduate diplomas and master levels.
RMIT offers postgraduate research courses at the Masters and PhD level. A research course allows students to pursue their own theories and ideas and contribute to research in their chosen field.