C4386 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

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Plan: C4386SCI - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation
Qualification national code: 22313VIC
Nominal hours: 490 - 550
Career: TAFE
Duration: 0.5 years (Full Time)
Location: City campus
Owning school: Education (360T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/education
Partnered offering / Corporate client: Not applicable
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The program develops your academic skills, knowledge and confidence, required to access and participate in higher-level qualifications, and enhances your further study prospects. The program is designed as a pathway for school leavers who did not attain a required skill level, or for those of you who have not studied for some years.

The objective of the Science stream is to prepare you for further study and to create pathways into the field of Science. To support this, upon successful completion of the qualification, guaranteed pathways are available (certain criteria must be met) into the following RMIT programs:

  • Diploma of Nursing;
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology);
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing);
  • Diploma of Conservation and Land Management;
  • Diploma of Dental Technology.
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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Successful completion of this program provides a guaranteed pathway (certain criteria must be met) into the following RMIT programs:

  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)
  • Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
  • Diploma of Dental Technology

Please Note: To achieve a guaranteed pathway into one of the targeted programs, you are required to successfully complete the qualification with a credit average for the elective units of competency.

Please contact our office on +61 3 9925 4488 or prepare@rmit.edu.au for further information.

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Entrance requirements

Prospective students seeking to enter the 22313VIC Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation are expected to have the ability to:

  • select and apply a range of reading strategies to research and critically analyse information for academic study purposes (Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF 3)
  • produce a range of familiar text types communicating relationships between ideas and information in a style appropriate to an academic setting (ACSF 3)
  • select and use appropriate strategies to establish and maintain spoken communication in formal and informal contexts in an academic setting such as tutorials, giving presentations, and conducting research. (ACSF 3)
  • select and interpret mathematical information that may be partly embedded in research texts and academic writing tasks requiring analysis of data. (ACSF 3)

You may be required to attend an interview to discuss your current skills and study goals. Please call+ 61 3 9925 4488 or email prepare@rmit.edu.au for more information.

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External accreditation and industry links

RMIT was a member of the steering committee that developed this nationally recognised qualification. It is owned by the ACFE Board - Victoria  and is maintained  by the  Curriculum Maintenance Manager (CMM) - General Studies and Further Education.. The program develops the skills and knowledge required by specific learner groups to enhance their education prospects in Science related fields.

The program implementation and program delivery is informed by both the Life and Physical Sciences (VET) Program Advisory Committee, and the Tertiary Preparation Programs Advisory Committee in the School of Education. these are committees made up of Science industry representatives, and further study and community representatives.

There are no external accreditation bodies with this qualification.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources


As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library and other dedicated spaces within the university. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network throughout the university.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding  electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.
You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library


Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.
Services are available face to face and online assisting with: 

  • transition to tertiary study and learning; 
  • study skills;
  • academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant; 
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning;
  • career development and employment;
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matter;
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad;
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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