VET in Schools (VETiS) at Swinburne
School-based learning providing a pathway to TAFE and university
Swinburne has been involved in the VET in the VCE program since its inception in 1994. We work closely with our secondary school colleagues to ensure a caring and supportive environment for the students who have chosen vocational training in their VCE or VCAL.
Swinburne is recognised as the best in the country after winning 'Large Training Provider of the Year' at the Australian Training Awards. This adds to our sweep at the Victorian Training Awards where we won the 'Large Training Provider of the Year', 'Training Initiative of the Year' for the Swinburne Young Mum's VCAL program and 'Victorian Trainee of the Year'.
As an intersectoral institution, Swinburne is able to capitalise on the advantages of operating at both TAFE and Higher Education levels. Students are provided with advanced credit transfer systems known as Pathways Direct and the Guaranteed Entry Scheme (GES). See the Swinburne website www.future.swinburne.edu.au/pathways/ges for further information. This means it has never been easier to move between courses offered by TAFE and University.
Centrally located at Swinburne University of Technology Wantirna, the KIOSC Trade Training Centre is a $10.3 million high tech learning centre that will give students the opportunity to develop the new "green" skills essential for success in the workplace of the future.
KIOSC will offer senior secondary students a range of integrated and flexible programs including VCE specialist studies and nationally recognised vocational qualifications in the science, technology, engineering, electro technology, printing and graphic arts disciplines with a focus on environmentally sustainable skills and technologies.
For more information on the KIOSC Trade Training Centre, contact you school Careers Advisor or visit the KIOSC website.
- What is VETiS?
- How does VETiS work?
- What can I study?
- Information for students and parents
- Information for schools and careers teachers
- The TAFE Environment
- Application Procedure
- Missed Classes and Assessments
- Equity and Disability
- VETiS to degree
What is VETiS?
Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools (VETiS) is a government initiative which gives you the chance to complete VCE or VCAL with additional vocational studies. View the VET in Schools Programs 2013 pdf (pdf, 106kb) for more information
You'll study one of Swinburne's certificate level courses (in most cases a certificate II or III) and gain practical, hands-on skills while you're still at school.
The skills and qualification you gain through VETiS can count toward a further certificate, diploma or advanced diploma – providing pathway opportunities after secondary school.
From here, you can choose to continue through to university, making the most of our Guaranteed Entry Scheme.
How does VETiS work?
VETiS forms part of your VCE or VCAL studies and can lead directly into further TAFE qualifications.
Attend Swinburne one day per week at one of our Swinburne campuses or the KIOSC Trade Training Centre. Most VETiS programs take two years to complete.
There may be classes scheduled during the term break, and some courses have mandatory Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) as a valuable component of the VETiS experience.
Assessment is competency based, which means you will not receive a mark, but be deemed to be competent or not competent to perform specific tasks or skills sets.
Some VETiS programs have an externally set exam.
What can I study?
The following is a list of VETiS programs delivered at various Swinburne campuses and the KIOSC Trade Training Centre :
- Certificate II Building & Construction (Bricklaying) - Partial
- Certificate II Building & Construction (Carpentry) - Partial
- Certificate II in Conservation Land Management
- Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational)
- Certificate II in Engineering Studies
- Dual Certificate III in Health Services Assistance & Allied Health Assistance
- Certificate II in Horticulture
- Certificate II in Integrated Technologies
- Certificate III in Laboratory Skills
- Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)
- Certificate II in Printing & Graphic Arts (Desktop Publishing) (pdf)
Information for students and parents
Find out more about guaranteed pathways from VETiS to university and the benefits of Swinburne's program.
Information for schools and career practitioners
Learn more about VETiS courses at Swinburne and guaranteed entry from VETiS to university.
The TAFE Environment
Secondary school students entering the TAFE environment for the first time need to understand that they are entering an adult learning environment. Students at Swinburne have either made a conscious decision to learn about a new field of study, or to improve their employability skills. The atmosphere at Swinburne has a flavour of relaxed yet purposeful learning. Policies and procedures relating to students are located on the Policies and Procedures website.
Swinburne reserves the right to exclude students from classes in situations where the student behaves in a manner that is inappropriate in an adult learning environment. There will be no refund of enrolment fees in these circumstances.
Students will require counselling and recommendation for this course by their career teacher. It is important that all students indicate to their careers teachers that they have a genuine interest in their preferred vocational area. In addition the student must:
- be at least 15 years of age;
- currently enrolled in a year 10, 11 or 12 program.
Secondary schools will be notified via e-mail or fax regarding successful applications and also if any classes have been cancelled. Classes will run subject to sufficient numbers.
Successful applicants will receive a letter from Swinburne in regard to the procedures for enrolling.
Missed Classes and Assessments
Students who miss VET in the VCE classes will be offered make-up classes when available. The VET in the VCE program often has unique units of competence or assessments which cannot be replicated in a make-up class. In this situation, there will be additional charges incurred for additional teaching/assessment involving Swinburne staff to ensure students meet their VCE requirements.
Equity and Disability
Swinburne's Student Equity Unit ensures all students have equal access to education and also manages the Disability Support Service (DSS) and works collaboratively with the TAFE Disability Support Service.
For more information refer to the Student Services website.
However, secondary school students who currently have access to disability support or assistance at the school are expected to attend the VET in the VCE program with their designated aid or support worker.
VETiS to degree
After completing a VETiS course (ranging from certificate II to certificate IV), students can progress into diploma and advanced diploma courses – and then on to university.
Swinburne's Guaranteed Entry Scheme offers students a guaranteed spot in a university degree after they've completed a diploma or advanced diploma.
In most cases, choosing this pathway takes no longer that going straight into a degree from VCE.
The Guaranteed Entry Scheme also allows students to take a break in their studies and return later.
What degrees are offered?
Depending on the TAFE course completed, there are range of undergraduate degrees on offer, including:
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Business
- Bachelor of Business Information Systems
- Bachelor of Commerce
- Bachelor of Communication
- Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)
- Bachelor of Film and Television
- Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology
- Bachelor of Multimedia (Media Studies)
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Social Science
These are just a handful of the degrees students can choose from. Specialist degrees are also available.
- Full list of degrees available from specific diploma and advance diploma courses
If you're preparing to study VCE or VCAL are and are interested in completing a VETiS program at Swinburne, please contact your careers teacher or year-level coordinator who will assist you with course information on the programs available and your application.
For further information you can contact Swinburne on 9726 1732 or VETinschools@swin.edu.au.