Glossary of commonly used terms for University and TAFE.
Apprentices and trainees are employed under a government-approved training contract and earn an income while studying a nationally recognised qualification.
An associate degree is a two year qualification that can be undertaken after year 12 or following a certificate or diploma course. It provides an excellent grounding in a subject area, and good employment outcomes. Additionally it is a great pathway into Degree courses.
Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR)
The ATAR (previously known as ENTER) is an overall measure or 'rank' of a student's performance in Year 12 compared to all other school leavers in the state for that year. ATAR is the primary selection method for Year 12 students.
The grounds and buildings of a university. RMIT has three campuses in Melbourne, two in Vietnam and one in Barcelona.
Commonwealth-Supported Place (CSP)
A place in a course that is partially subsidised by the Australian government (for local students only). Also known as a CSP. Australian citizens, permanent residents and holders of Humanitarian Visas as well as New Zealand citizens are eligible for CSP places.
Deferring the starting date of study, which guarantees the student a place in a particular course for a nominated length of time, usually one year.
The process a student follows when they formally accept their offer of a place in a course.
A loan scheme by the government to help cover the cost of courses (local students only).
A course that requires the full cost of tuition to be paid by the student/parent.
A Higher Education Loan scheme for Commonwealth-Supported Places, where students may be eligible to defer payment until they start earning a predetermined income (local students only).
Organised, formal instruction in a large classroom or lecture theatre. It is usually in the style of a talk and/or presentation, delivered by an academic.
The main area of study taken in a degree. For example, a Bachelor of Business student may major in accounting, marketing or entrepreneurship.
When selecting students into courses there will be a group of students at the top of the list of applicants who have the highest ATARs and therefore will be offered a place in the course. Usually 80% of offers will be made to this group. Selection officers will then look at a range of applicants and take into consideration factors other than ATAR (such as applications for special consideration) to determine which students will be offered the final 20% of places. This remaining 20% of places is known as the middle-band.
Range of criteria (RC)
Range of criteria, selection will be based on a range of criteria, for example selection is based on folio, interview and ATAR.
One or more subject of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent, which must have been successfully completed before a student's selection in a particular course offered.
A university officer responsible for the selection of students into a course.
The teaching time of the university. There are two main semesters each year that are usually 13 weeks long. Each semester is followed by exam and holiday period.
A less formal session than a lecture. Held in a smaller classroom with a smaller number of students, it usually involves a greater level of contribution and interaction.
The type of study followed after secondary school.
The first level of tertiary studies at university, bachelor degree courses. A prerequisite for postgraduate study.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Also known as Technical and Further Education (TAFE) are practically orientated, ensuring students excellent job prospects on completion of their course.
Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC)
The administrative body that manages applications for undergraduate courses for Australian residents. For Victorian high school students, nearly all undergraduate courses applications are managed through VTAC.