Student Lifestyle

Student Lifestyle

Explaining the hierarchy of courses (from micro courses to Post graduate)

If you are a student just leaving school unsure what course to choose or an employee interested in wanting to extend your skills for the first time, terms like VET and tertiary can be a bit confusing. No need to stress, because the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) below breaks doing each level of education ranging from a cert 1 up to and including a doctoral degree.

While this framework was formed for Australian education curriculum, it is a very good tool to use for any student around the world wanting to choose the right course for them. To help understand where these types of courses lie in each of education sectors, we have taken the liberty to split them from sector to sector:

If you are interested in choosing one these types of courses, head to the homepage and search, review, compare and select the course that is suitable for you today.

Explaining the types of institutions

Higher education Tertiary education is the educational level following the completion of a school providing secondary education. Ranging from universities, trade schools and colleges, Tertiary education generally results in the award of certificates, diplomas, or academic degrees. Tertiary education primarily focuses on learning endeavors in specialized fields. Many careers, such as Civil Engineering, requiring the completion of a relevant Tertiary degree.

VETs Vocational Education and Training (VET) is education and training that focuses on providing skills for work. Vet provides the skills to help people join the workforce for the first time, re-join the workforce after a break, upgrade skills in their chosen field or move into a different career. VET courses are primarily offered by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). These can include TAFE institutes and private colleges as well as some universities.

MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses, also known as MOOCS, are providers of free online courses that are available and accessible to anyone that wants to enrol and study the course. They help provide students a affordable and flexible way to learn new skills, to advance or change careers and ultimately deliver quality educational experiences on a global scale. Help jump start your career, college preparations or lifelong journey with one or more of the many MOOCs courses on Collisor!

There are thousands of courses on Collisor, why not start your learning journey by searching your course today!

Student Services and facilities (on campus)

Student services and facilities offered by providers will depend on whether they have a campus or not, student numbers and funding from student contributions. In Australia, universities such as University of Queensland (UQ) and Sydney offer all the essential services and facilities to assist in students study, and also offer more. While smaller institutions will align their services and facilities primarily with their courses. Below is a list of some of the services that a provided by providers:

Career centres: These centres will offer the counselling and guidance that students need when transitioning from theirs studies into the workplace. Also, in one particular case, they provide an environment to do mock interviews so that students are prepared for typical questions and interactions during the recruiting process.

Financial aid: Any student can approach their financial aid facility to get guidance around areas of tax, employment rights, budgeting and any other questions or concerns they have in that area.

Student accommodation: These particular centres can give information about on and off campus housing options for students. While also overseeing the availability of rooms and dorms, they can also provide assistance whenever there are any disputes with the landlord.

Childcare service: A lot of institutions like UQ have on campus childcare services that offer attractive rates for both students and staff. If are unsure how to book in your child, you can contact the provider about this through searching the course that you are currently enrolled into or interested in doing and filling out an enquiry form. This will go directly to the provider and will be able to answer any questions or concerns around childcare availability and around cost.

Libraries and other study areas: Almost every institution in the world has a library on site that will be able to provide the best conditions to finish that 3000 word essay or simply do some last minute revision for an upcoming exam. Many of libraries also provide a large range of items of books, textbooks and more that can help assist with studies or even simply for leisure. If you ever struggling to reference your assignment or unsure how to start your research for your essay, there are library staff to help assist with this process.

Sporting facilities: If you have the desire to have a bit more variety in your student life, a lot of providers have sporting facilities that can help satisfy that need. Many providers will offer Olympic sized swimming pools, playing fields and more to cater to those that are on a sports scholarship or for people just getting tired of sitting a lecture theatre for 3 hours.

Obviously that was only just a glimpse into what providers can offer for students, if you are interested in these types of services and opportunities, go to the home page and enquire into the course so that you maximise your experience of your course and with your provider.