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TAFE/UWS Pathways Guide - University of Western Sydney

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TAFE/UWS Pathways • 1


Contents

Welcome message 3

Why choose UWS? 4

What are TAFE pathways? 4

Applying to UWS 5

Support at UWS 5

Bridging courses 6

TAFE to university – getting prepared 7

UWS campus locations 9

University fees 10

Pathways guide 11

2 • TAFE/UWS Pathways


Welcome

Message

Professor Janice Reid AM Professor Kerri-Lee Krause Susan Hartigan Peter Roberts

Together with our WSI and SWSi partners, the University of Western Sydney (UWS) is proud to present the many pathways available

to TAFE students considering university as their next step in tertiary studies. UWS welcomes over 2,000 students each year from

TAFE who use their vocational studies to enter and study at university. Many of these students are guaranteed a university place on

successful completion of their TAFE studies. They also receive credit transfer for their TAFE courses. This booklet provides details

of our multiple pathways across a wide range of study areas. We encourage you to join the many thousands of TAFE students who

make the successful transition to university study and complete UWS degrees that support their learning and career journeys.

Professor Janice Reid AM, Vice-Chancellor, UWS

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause, Pro Vice-Chancellor – Education, UWS

TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute, in partnership with the University of Western Sydney, offers a comprehensive range of study

options that provide pathways to continued learning, enabling people to meet their individual aspirations. ‘This collaboration allows us to

provide the people of Western Sydney with supportive learning pathways,’ says Ms Susan Hartigan, Institute Director. Western Sydney

Institute provides courses that maximise career and further study opportunities and employment outcomes.

Susan Hartigan

Institute Director, WSI

TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) is committed to providing a range of vocational and further education pathways

for students to help them achieve their study and career goals. SWSi has built a strong relationship with University of Western Sydney

(UWS) to provide students with pathways from TAFE to university. By successfully following a study pathway, you can graduate with a

TAFE qualification as well as a UWS degree. This booklet will provide you with information on the available ‘SWSi to UWS’ pathways

and how as a TAFE student, you can gain academic credit and entry into UWS courses.

Peter Roberts

Institute Director, SWSi

TAFE/UWS Pathways • 3


Why

choose

UWS?

WhAT

ARE TAFE

PATHWAYS?

TAFE pathways are agreements between TAFE and UWS that

provide opportunities for TAFE students to gain access to a

bachelor degree in a similar study area and receive credit for

their prior studies. Many of these agreements offer guaranteed

admission and/or credit transfer.

What does this mean for me?

UWS is committed to bringing positive change to the lives of its

students. It is also dedicated to being a source of creativity and

new knowledge – which is relevant and robust – contributing to

individual and community development.

We are proud to be a ‘university of the people’ that achieves

excellence through scholarship, teaching, learning, research and

service to its regional, national and international communities –

beginning with the people of Greater Western Sydney.

Our local TAFE institutes are important partners in providing

progressive and innovative vocational education and training to

advance the careers and lives of people in our region and beyond.

While the number of TAFE students entering university following

their studies continues to grow, many UWS graduates also

study vocational courses with our local TAFE colleges to further

expand their skills and knowledge in their chosen career path.

By combining learning attributes from vocational and higher

education graduates are able to apply their well-rounded skills

and knowledge readily in the workplace.

For those pathways offering guaranteed admission you will be

assured of a place in the degree when you apply through UAC

(Universities Admissions Centre). In addition to receiving an offer

you may also be eligible for credit transfer towards your degree

(check the guide). If you are eligible, you will be able to confirm

your credit online, once you enrol, without the need to provide

transcripts or wait for your credit to be individually assessed.

Pathways credit is processed immediately allowing you to plan

the remainder of your studies without waiting. Credit transfer

saves you time by reducing the number of units you have to study

at uni and therefore saves you money on course fees!

Where applicable, guarantees for admission and/or credit transfer

are noted against the relevant pathway listed in this guide.

What credit will I get?

Details of credit transfer, including actual units and credit points,

are listed on the VET Pathways webpages

http://myfuture.uws.edu.au/informationabout/vet_pathways

The site also has links to other related information you may find

useful as a TAFE pathways student and is where you confirm your

pathways credit once you are enrolled.

4 • TAFE/UWS Pathways


APPLYING

TO UWS

As a pathways student you will still need to apply for the bachelor

degree through the normal UAC process. If you list the pathways

course in your preference list you will be guaranteed an offer

(where applicable) providing you do not receive an offer for a

higher preference.

Note: You will only receive one offer per offer round. Check

details on the UAC website for how to change preferences and

be considered for more than one offer round.

Local students (Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens,

Australian permanent residents and holders of an Australian

permanent resident humanitarian visa) wishing to study at UWS

must apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

You will need to lodge your application online using the apply-byweb

form on the UAC website www.uac.edu.au

On time applications open in August 2012 for the 2013 intake. Please

check the UAC guide or website for late application closing dates.

International students need to go to the UWS international

students website www.uws.edu.au/international for information

on applying to UWS.

Support

at UWS

UWS is committed to providing a successful learning experience

for all students. Student Support Services offer a wide range of

free professional services, programs and special activities for

students including:

Counselling – www.uws.edu.au/counsellingservice

Disability – www.uws.edu.au/disabilityservice

Student Welfare – www.uws.edu.au/welfareservice

Chaplaincy – www.uws.edu.au/chaplaincy

Each campus has a Student Central where you can pick up

forms and brochures, lodge forms and seek advice about a wide

range of student issues such as admission, enrolment, exams,

graduation, special requirements, course transfers, results and

reviews of grades.

Student Central Infoline

1300 668 370

studentcentral@uws.edu.au

www.uws.edu.au/studentcentral

Childcare

UWS has childcare centres on five campuses with places for the

children of staff and students.

www.uws.edu.au/childcare

TAFE/UWS Pathways • 5


Bridging

courses

Student Learning Unit

The Student Learning Unit offers a number of literacy and maths

programs throughout the year for new and continuing UWS

students. Bridging programs provide an opportunity for you to find

out what is expected at university and to be better prepared to start

your course. The workshops offered benefit both recent school

leavers and mature age students who are returning to study after a

long break. You can choose the program and campus that suits you.

www.uws.edu.au/slu

UniStep

This intensive program concentrates on effective learning and

assignment writing at university. Participants develop essential

skills and receive individual feedback before uni starts. The

program includes:

• Experiencing group work and presentations

• Integrating reading, note-taking, critical thinking and writing

This program runs for eight days in February and five days

in July, and includes a free comprehensive academic literacy

study guide. TAFE students who have completed this program

have recommended it to commencing students as ‘absolutely

worthwhile’ and ‘an excellent introduction to uni studies’.

Register for Unistep online www.uws.edu.au/bridgingprograms

Maths and Statistics Bridging Courses

Academic Preparation (AcPrep)

AcPrep is a short two-day program to suit new students who

want to brush up on their study and writing skills. It’s a broad

introduction to university culture and includes a free study skills

and academic writing information booklet. This program runs in

February and late June.

Note: You do not need to attend AcPrep if you complete UniStep.

Register for AcPrep online www.uws.edu.au/bridgingprograms

Autumn, Winter and Spring Session:

These two-hour (midweek), or five-hour (Saturday), workshops

introduce you to the skills you need for effective learning and

assignment writing at university.

The workshops include:

• Essay writing

• Referencing

• Academic writing style

• Develop your writing

• Critical analysis

All SLU programs are free to students enrolled at UWS. For

information on session times and venues, as well as workshop

descriptions, please visit: www.uws.edu.au/slu

Email: slu@uws.edu.au

Phone: (02) 4736 0850

Some units (subjects) at university assume you have studied a

certain level of mathematics. Before studying a unit, you may

need to undertake a bridging program such as:

• Algebra 1

• Algebra 2

• Trigonometry

• Calculus

• Statistics

• Maths Bridging for Engineering

• Nursing Numeracy

6 • TAFE/UWS Pathways


TAFE to university –

getting prepared

For many years UWS has welcomed students

who, like you, use their completed TAFE studies

to enter a university degree. Completing a TAFE

course demonstrates that you’re capable of

committing to study at tertiary level. TAFE students

bring important skill sets to university and build on

them to become highly successful graduates.

Differences between TAFE and university

When you start at UWS you’ll find that things work a little

differently. As a result, the transition from TAFE to university

study may take a little getting used to at first. We offer a range

of workshops, programs and events to help you prepare for, and

settle into, your new learning environment.

What other TAFE students say

In 2009, 2010 and 2011 we asked our TAFE students how they

experienced shifting to university study. Below are some of the

key areas that were identified, as well as some tips on how to

overcome them.

Online systems

As a UWS student you have to use a number of online systems

including MyStudentRecords (MYSR) for enrolment, vUWS for

school, course and unit information, PlatformWeb for timetables

and tutorial registration, the MyUWS student portal and your UWS

email account.

Tip: The Student Learning Unit (SLU) offers an Education

Technology Preparation (ETP) workshop that explains what the

various online resources are and how to use them.

www.uws.edu.au/student_learning_unit/slu/education_

technology_program_etp

Class sizes

Class sizes will often be much larger than at TAFE. Most units

(subjects) normally have a lecture, that all enrolled students attend

together, and a series of smaller tutorials where students have

face-to-face teaching and in depth discussions.

Tip: You won’t receive a timetable. You need to access

PlatformWeb to create your timetable and register for tutorials.

TAFE/UWS Pathways • 7


Style of learning

TAFE courses use competency-based training for vocational

teaching. At university you’ll be asked to use an increased

analytical and theoretical approach to your studies. This can often

take some getting used to in the early stages of your course.

Tip: Before starting classes, take some time to look at the

learning guides and unit outlines to get an understanding of

the kind of work you’ll be doing and the resources you need to

access. Go to vUWS to look at these when you enrol. Bridging

courses (mentioned earlier) are also available.

Academic reading

One of the biggest differences between TAFE and university is

the amount of reading required and the different kinds of texts for

each unit.

Tip: You can get some tips on how to read and write for

academic purposes in workshops run by SLU. TAFE students

have found these workshops to be valuable and worthwhile.

Academic writing

This is a challenging issue for many VET students because

assessment tasks at university require writing styles and

academic conventions that may be new to VET students.

Tip: Your unit outline will contain specific advice about each

assessment item with explicit criteria and standards. It may also

contain models of writing that will be very useful.

The library is your friend

Spend time familiarising yourself with your library resources. Do a

tour – it will help with navigating the library and how to search for

books, journals and other useful resources. Also check out the

library website http://library.uws.edu.au and the relevant library

resources for your discipline, such as the main journals, books

and databases for your area.

Time management and workload

TAFE students generally find the amount of work in a full-time

session a little difficult at first. It typically takes the first teaching

session to find the balance that is achievable and works for you.

Tip: Don’t let it overwhelm you – many students find it hard

at first. Workshops that teach you to manage your time and

workload are worthwhile, especially in the first year when you’re

settling into your degree and learning to balance home and uni

life. Get information about time management workshops online.

Understanding content and assessments

When students commence their study, they sometimes need

to ask for help to understand content and what is required in

assessment tasks.

Tip: VET students have found PASS (Peer Assisted Study

Sessions) very helpful. PASS is a series of weekly group learning

sessions run by experienced students who have completed the

relevant unit. It’s proven to boost marks, is voluntary and free.

Find out if PASS is offered in your unit/s at www.uws.edu.au/pass

General help and advice

There are a number of guides and webpages available that

provide detailed information on where to find help and support

for your transition from VET to university study. Check out the

Starting Out website www.uws.edu.au/currentstudents/current_

students/starting_out where there is a host of information you can

read and familiarise yourself with.

If you’ve got questions or want to pick up a brochure, drop into a

Student Central office.

8 • TAFE/UWS Pathways


UWS campuses

Getting to uni

For details on directions and transport to UWS campuses, see the getting to uni website:

www.uws.edu.au/campuses_structure/cas/campuses/getting_to_uni

RICHMOND

BLACKTOWN/NIRIMBA

BLACKTOWN

STRATHFIELD

BANKSTOWN

5

Sutherland

NARELLAN

CAMDEN

TAFE/UWS Pathways • 9


University

fees

As a student, you may need to pay a number of fees

throughout your studies, depending on your degree

and your enrolment status. These fees may include

student contribution and tuition fees. If you’re eligible,

you may be able to obtain a HELP loan for payment

of your student contribution or tuition fees.

Eligible students (undergraduate)

Students other than international students have their university tuition

subsidised by the Commonwealth Government. The non-subsidised

portion of the tuition fees are called the student contribution.

Students who are Australian citizens or holders of permanent

humanitarian visas are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan and have the

option in each teaching session to either defer their fees, make a

partial payment, or pay upfront and receive a discount. Any deferred

fees are paid back through the taxation system once you earn

more than the declared income threshold for that year. Permanent

residents and New Zealand citizens must normally pay their student

contribution upfront in full, and are not eligible for a discount. For

more details on fees at UWS and student contribution amounts go to

www.uws.edu.au/currentstudents/current_students/managing_your_

study/fees

Fees for undergraduate international students are different to fees for

local students (Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, Australian

permanent residents, and holders of an Australian permanent resident

humanitarian visa). For more information on fees for international

students visit the International Office website at

www.uws.edu.au/currentstudents/current_students/managing_your_

study/fees/international_fees

10 • TAFE/UWS Pathways


Pathways

Guide

Key

WSI = TAFE Western Sydney Institute

SWSi = TAFE South Western Sydney Institute

GA = Guaranteed Admission

CT = Credit Transfer

TAFE Course WSI SWSi UWS Degree GA CT

Arts

Diploma of Interpreting Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting & Translation) ü ü

Business and Commerce

Certificate IV Pathways

Bachelor of Business and Commerce

CIV in Accounting ü ü

ü

CIV in Advertising ü ü All Certificate IVs listed have a guaranteed ü

CIV in Business Administration ü ü admission pathway to the Bachelor of Business ü

and Commerce

CIV in Business ü ü ü

CIV in Frontline Management

Majors include:

ü ü ü

• Accounting

CIV in Hospitality ü ü • Applied Finance

ü

CIV in Hospitality Management

• Hospitality Management

ü ü

(Commercial Cookery)

• Human Resource Management & Industrial

ü

CIV in Human Resources ü ü Relations (HRMIR)

ü

CIV in Legal Services ü ü • International Business

ü

• Management

CIV in Marketing ü ü • Marketing

ü

CIV in Retail Management ü • Property

ü

CIV in Small Business Management ü ü • Sports Management

ü

CIV in Training and Assessment ü ü ü

Diploma of Accounting ü ü

ü ü

Diploma of Advertising All Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas listed

ü ü ü

have a pathway to the Bachelor of Business and

Diploma of Business ü ü Commerce

ü ü

Diploma of Business Administration ü ü ü ü

Diploma of Financial Services (Banking) ü ü Majors include:

ü ü

Diploma of Hospitality ü ü • Accounting

ü ü

Diploma of Human Resources ü ü • Applied Finance

ü ü

Diploma of Legal Services ü ü ü ü

• Hospitality Management

Diploma of Logistics Management ü ü ü ü

• Human Resource Management & Industrial

Diploma of Management ü ü Relations (HRMIR)

ü ü

Diploma of Marketing ü ü ü ü

• International Business

Diploma of OH & S ü ü ü

• Management

Diploma of Project Management ü ü ü

Diploma of Retail Management ü

• Marketing

ü ü

Diploma of Sport and Recreation ü • Property

ü ü

Diploma of Training and Assessment ü • Sports Management

ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Accounting ü ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Hospitality ü ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Human Resources ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Management ü ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Marketing ü ü ü ü

Note: Check the VET pathways web page to see how credit awarded can be used in each of the majors. In some majors not all credit awarded can be used. A

matrix is provided for each pathway showing what credit can be used in each of the majors. Go to http://myfuture.uws.edu.au/informationabout/vet_pathways

TAFE/UWS Pathways • 11


Pathways

Guide

TAFE Course WSI SWSi UWS Degree GA CT

Business and Commerce/Law

Diploma of Accounting ü ü

ü

Diploma of Advertising All Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas listed

ü ü

award credit toward the Bachelor of Business

Diploma of Business ü ü and Commerce/Bachelor of Laws combined

ü

Diploma of Business Administration ü ü degree. Guaranteed admission is not included.

ü

Diploma of Financial Services (Banking) ü ü ü

Diploma of Hospitality ü ü

Majors include:

ü

Diploma of Human Resources ü ü • Accounting

ü

Diploma of Legal Services ü ü • Applied Finance

ü

Diploma of Logistics Management ü ü • Human Resource Management & Industrial

ü

Diploma of Management ü ü Relations (HRMIR)

ü

Diploma of Marketing ü ü • Management

ü

Diploma of OH & S ü • Marketing

ü

Diploma of Project Management ü ü

Diploma of Retail Management ü ü ü

Diploma of Sport and Recreation ü ü

Diploma of Training and Assessment ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Accounting ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Hospitality ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Human Resources ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Management ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Marketing ü ü ü

Financial Advising

Diploma of Accounting ü ü All Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas listed ü ü

have pathways to the Bachelor of Financial

Advanced Diploma of Accounting ü ü Advising

ü ü

Children’s Services

Diploma of Children’s Services

(Early Childhood, Education and Care)

Communication Media

Diploma of Communication and Media

ü ü

ü

ü

The Diploma listed has a pathway to the

Bachelor of Education (Birth to 5 Years)

The Diploma listed has a pathway to the

Bachelor of Communication

Includes all Majors:

• Advertising

• Media Arts

• Public Relations

• Journalism

ü

ü

ü

ü

12 • TAFE/UWS Pathways


Key

WSI = TAFE Western Sydney Institute

SWSi = TAFE South Western Sydney Institute

GA = Guaranteed Admission

CT = Credit Transfer

TAFE Course WSI SWSi UWS Degree GA CT

Community Services

Diploma of Counselling

ü

ü ü

Diploma of Community Services

All Diplomas listed have pathways to the

ü

(Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health)

following degrees:

ü ü

Diploma of Community Services

Bachelor of Community Welfare

ü ü

(Case Management)

Bachelor of Social Science

ü ü

Diploma of Community Services Work ü ü Bachelor of Social Work

ü ü

Diploma of Disabilities ü ü ü ü

Diploma of Youth Work ü ü ü ü

Creative Industries

UWS has a wide range of credit transfer pathways from TAFE to the Associate Degree in Creative Industries.

For more information go to http://myfuture.uws.edu.au/informationabout/vet_pathways

For information about this course go to http://iamcreative.com.au/home

Building and Construction

Diploma of Building and Construction ü ü

ü ü

Diploma of Building Surveying All Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas listed

ü ü ü ü

have pathways to the Bachelor of Construction

Diploma of Architectural Technology ü Management and Bachelor of Housing ü ü

Diploma of Civil Construction Design ü ü ü

Engineering

Diploma of Electrical Engineering ü ü

ü ü

Diploma of Electrical Engineering

All Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas listed

ü ü

(Electronics and Communications)

have pathways to the Bachelor of Engineering ü ü

Diploma of Electrical Engineering

(Industrial Electronics)

ü ü ü ü

Diploma of Engineering Technical (Mechanical) ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering ü ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering

(Computer Systems)

ü ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Electrical Technology ü ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Electronics Technology ü ü ü ü

Graphic Design

Diploma of Graphic Design ü ü This Diploma has a pathway to the

ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design ü ü

Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)

ü ü

TAFE/UWS Pathways • 13


Pathways

Guide

TAFE Course WSI SWSi UWS Degree GA CT

Information Technology

Diploma of IT ü ü

ü ü

Diploma of IT (Networking) All Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas listed

ü ü ü ü

have pathways to the Bachelor of Computing

Diploma of IT (Systems Analysis Design) ü (Information Systems) and Bachelor of

ü ü

Diploma of IT (Software Development) ü ü Information and Communications Technology ü ü

Diploma of IT (Systems Administration) ü ü ü ü

Diploma of IT (Website Development) ü ü ü ü

Diploma of Digital Media Technologies ü ü ü

Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games

(Programming)

ü ü ü

Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games (Art) ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of IT (Network Security) ü ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of IT

(Knowledge Management)

ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Systems Development ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of IT (Business Analysis) ü ü ü

Advanced Diploma of IT (Project Management) ü ü ü ü

Music

Diploma of Music ü All Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas listed ü ü

Advanced Diploma of Music ü

have pathways to the Bachelor of Music

ü ü

Nursing

Diploma of Enrolled Nursing

(Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing)

ü ü

Science

Diploma of Laboratory Technology ü

The Diploma listed has a pathway to the

Bachelor of Nursing

All Diplomas listed have pathways to the ü ü

following degrees:

Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Bachelor of Science

(Biological & Environmental Testing) ü

Bachelor of Medical Science

ü ü

Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Bachelor of Science (Nutrition & Food Sciences)

(Biotechnology) ü Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) ü ü

Bachelor of Science (Zoology)

Diploma of Laboratory Technology

Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)

(Chemical & Forensic Testing) ü

Bachelor of Science – Pathway to Teaching

ü ü

Diploma of Laboratory Technology

(Secondary)

ü

(Pathology Testing)

Bachelor of Science (Forensic Science)

ü ü

CIV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology

Bachelor of Natural Science (Environment

ü ü and Health)

ü ü

Bachelor of Natural Science (Environmental

Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and

Management)

Technology ü ü

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)

ü ü

ü

ü

14 • TAFE/UWS Pathways


Key

WSI = TAFE Western Sydney Institute

SWSi = TAFE South Western Sydney Institute

GA = Guaranteed Admission

CT = Credit Transfer

TAFE Course WSI SWSi UWS Degree GA CT

Tertiary Preparation

CIV in Tertiary Preparation

Note: You need to achieve an aggregate score

of 168 or above to be eligible for guaranteed

admission to the UWS degrees listed

Tourism

Diploma of Tourism

ü

ü

ü ü

Bachelor of Natural Science

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Arts (Interpreting and Translation)

Bachelor of Communication

Bachelor of Tourism Management

Bachelor of Community Welfare

Bachelor of Social Science

Bachelor of Social Work

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching Primary

Bachelor of Arts/Master of Teaching Secondary

Bachelor of Economics

Bachelor of Financial Advising

Bachelor of Business and Commerce

Bachelor of Computing

Bachelor of Information and Communications

Technology

Bachelor of Health Science

Bachelor of Medical Science

Bachelor of Science/Master of Teaching

Bachelor of Nursing

The Diploma listed has a pathway to the

Bachelor of Tourism Management

ü

ü

ü

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