Qualifications

Students have the option of following a pathway from Vocational Education and Training (VET) pathways (e.g. TAFE) to higher education. When students move from the VET sector into higher education, they frequently do so by completing a VET accredited diploma or advanced diploma before articulating into a university degree.

An increasing number of partnerships have been set up between registered VET providers and higher education providers in order to make the move from a VET qualification to a higher education qualification more efficient and effective.

For students wanting to transfer from a VET course of study to a higher education course of study, there may be provisional/pre-requisite entry requirements that they must meet, like completion of a diploma in a relevant field. This transfer from VET to higher education may also include recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Availability of HELP loans by qualification: This table is a guide only, it will help you determine what assistance may be available for your course.
Qualification

Description of qualification

CSP and HECS‑HELP FEE‑HELP VET FEE‑HELP
Doctoral Degree Graduates will have systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialised research skills for the advancement of learning and/or professional practice No
Yes
Also covered by the RTS (opens in a new window)
No
Masters Degree Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning No
(or very limited, check with provider)
Yes
Also covered by the RTS (opens in a new window)
No
Bachelor Honours Degree Graduates will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional highly skilled work and/or further learning Yes Yes No
Graduate Certificate Graduates will have advanced knowledge and skills for  professional highly skilled work and/or further learning Yes
(in some courses, check with provider)
Yes No
Graduate Diploma Graduates will have advanced knowledge and skills for  professional highly skilled work and/or further learning Yes
(in some courses, check with provider)
Yes No
Vocational Graduate Certificate Graduates will have advanced knowledge and skills for  professional highly skilled work and/or further learning No No Yes
Vocational Graduate Diploma Graduates will have advanced knowledge and skills for  professional highly skilled work and/or further learning No No Yes

Bachelor Degree
(Most common undergraduate award)

Graduates will have broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning Yes Yes No
Associate Degree* Graduates will have broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional/highly skilled work and/or further learning Check with your provider to see if your course is eligible Yes No

Advanced Diploma*

Graduates will have broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional/highly skilled work and/or further learning Check with your provider to see if your course is eligible Yes Yes
Diploma* Graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and/or further learning Check with your provider to see if your course is eligible Yes Yes
Vocational Education and Training/Industry Certificate qualifications
Certificate IV Graduates will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialised and/or skilled work and/or further learning No No No
Certificate III Graduates will have theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for work and/or further learning No No No
Certificate II Graduates will have knowledge and skills for work in a defined context and/or further learning No No No
Certificate I Graduates will have knowledge and skills for initial work, community involvement and/or further learning No No No

*Universities and approved higher education providers need to apply to the Minister to receive funding for Commonwealth supported places (and HECS‑HELP) for these courses. These courses are not covered by the demand driven funding system.

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