Study Options

According to research, if you choose to do further study:

Whatever you decide, it’s really important that your choice is about you!

Do you learn things best by reading and listening or by doing and practising? This may help determine if TAFE or university is best for you. The career you’d like to have will sometimes determine the type of learning you will undertake.

TAFE versus university – what’s the difference?

Style of Learning

TAFE

Mostly hands-on supported by theory.

University

Mostly theory with some hands-on work (depending on field of study).

Teachers

TAFE

Industry trained and qualified.

University

Academics, researchers, industry professionals.

Class Structure

TAFE

Classes and workshops.
12 – 20 people per class.
One teacher per subject.

University

Lectures: 50 – 700 people.
Tutorials and practicals:
15 – 30 people. One tutor per subject.

Contact Hours

TAFE

25 – 35 per week (full-time).
Minimises homework and independent study time.

University

8 – 25 per week (full-time).
Significant independent study time required.

Qualifications

TAFE

Certificate I – IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma.

University

Bachelor Degree, Honours, Masters, PhD.

Entry Requirements

TAFE

Year 10 –12 (or equivalent literacy and numeracy skills).
No ATAR.
May be special entrance requirements.

University

Year 12 VCE (ATAR), a related diploma or advanced diploma qualification, or mature age. May be prerequisites and/or special requirements.

Fees

TAFE

Varies based on individual circumstances and eligibility. Concessions may be available for certificate courses. VET Student Loans available for some diploma and advanced diploma courses.

University

Varies based on individual circumstances and eligibility. HECS-HELP available.

Pathways to university

Did you know that Gordon diplomas and advanced diplomas can create a pathway to university? We have partnerships with a number of leading universities that can provide entry and credit into a range of degree programs.

What are the benefits?

  • Develop your further study and industry skills first.
  • Gain two qualifications instead of one.
  • Start working in your career field (after TAFE) while completing uni.
  • Reduce your total study time at uni with credit for your Gordon studies.
  • Save money.
  • Boost your future employment and career prospects.

Study Options

This flow chart provides a general guide to each course level, their duration and entrance requirements, and their pathway to further study. Course duration indicated is full-time, and particular courses have their own part-time equivalent. Please check our website for specific course details.

Students under 17 years are subject to the national youth participation requirement which states young people must complete Year 10 and then participate in full-time education, training or employment until age 17. For more information on this requirement visit the Department of Education and Training Victoria website below.