VET, TAFE, international and other pathways

In order to reach your career destination, there are many different pathways that can be used which utilise different training and educational options. La Trobe appreciates that there are many reasons that impact the educational decisions that students make.

Onshore, we have La Trobe's pathway college in addition to many VET and TAFE partners where students can undertake a course of study and use is as a part of their educational journey and as a stepping stone to get into a Bachelor Degree at La Trobe University. For many of these pathways, students receive advanced standing (credit) for the learning they have already completed.

We are also able to often offer guaranteed entry, or direct entry into our courses. We also have these pathways available offshore, where students can study in their home country and then use that course of study as a pathway to our La Trobe degree.

La Trobe’s pathway college

Study on campus in Melbourne or Sydney and gain guaranteed entry into a range of bachelor degrees, as long as you meet the minimum grade requirements. With a range of 8 or 12-month diplomas which are equivalent to first year at La Trobe, you can go direct to second year of more than 25 La Trobe University bachelor degrees in Melbourne or all business and IT degrees offered at the Sydney Campus.

Three intakes each year gives you greater flexibility when starting your diploma, while small class sizes and access to extra out-of-class support services will help you feel supported throughout your studies.

Learn more about La Trobe’s pathway college

Dual enrolment

Complete your diploma and degree in one package. With Dual Enrolment you can co-enrol in diplomas and degrees at the same time – offering you a streamlined pathway to gaining both qualifications.

Learn more about dual enrolment

What is VET?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) are education and training courses that provide skills and knowledge specific to the workforce.  VET courses are taught by Registered Training Organisations (RTO), such as government TAFE institutes and private colleges

What is TAFE?

In Australia, technical and further education or TAFE institutions provide a wide range of predominantly vocational tertiary education courses. A TAFE is owned by the Government.

You can see a list of TAFEs via the Department of Education and Training directory of training.

What is an RTO?

An RTO is a Registered Training Organisation that teaches nationally recognised courses and accredited Australian Qualifications Framework VET qualifications. Sometimes they deliver their courses online, and some courses are taught face to face. There are over 5000 RTOs in Australia. It is important to make sure that the RTO that you are looking into is reputable and that the courses they are offering are registered and accredited through the appropriate avenues.

You can see a list of RTO providers via the Department of Education and Training directory of training.

Where to find more information about VET, TAFEs and RTOs?

A great deal of very helpful information is available via the Department of Education and Training via their website. We recommend that anyone interested in learning more about VET courses look over the resources available there.

What other pathways are there?

Other pathways can be from an offshore provider that is deemed equivalent to a VET course. Sometimes we have pathways that fall outside the standard VET or TAFE sphere. They could be pathways from graduate level courses, or pathways that are part of a very specific agreement that the University has created. An example of this is our partnership with the Australian Futures Project. The Australian Futures Project is multi-sector non-profit which engages in collaborative work whereby linking leaders and innovators across borders, and within Australia.

We have a pathway where participants of the Project are able to study in several of our prestigious Masters courses with some advanced standing.

What benefits are there of using a VET or TAFE pathway?

There are many benefits from studying at a VET provider before studying a Higher Education Bachelor degree. You will have two learning experiences, potentially increase your employability, and hold two qualifications

Employability and learning experience

By completing a course at one of our partners as well as our approved pathway degree, you will hold two qualifications. By having a qualification from both your VET or TAFE course and the La Trobe University Degree, you will be boosting your resume and employability by showing potential employers that you have experience in both practical learning (TAFE or VET) and theoretical learning (La Trobe University).

Accelerate your completion date through credit

We recognise the value of previous study and can generally offer you advanced standing (credit) if you've completed a TAFE course or diploma at another institution. If you complete one of our approved pathways, we can already map out what credit you would receive for the studies you are completing at the VET or TAFE provider. For many of our pathways that have eight subjects pre-approved as credit, you will not need to complete these subjects and will avoid the fees associated with them.

Learning styles and environment

Transitioning from school to University is not the path that works for everybody- some people prefer to study at a local TAFE or VET provider nearer to home before going into University. Learning styles and teaching environments differ within the education sector, and for some the smaller classroom-like teaching available at many VET and TAFE providers is a nice transition post school.

Work while you study

Most of our Bachelor Degrees are available part time. Once you have completed your VET or TAFE course you may be able to use this qualification to gain employment. This would enable you to work and study part time.

Support and transition once you arrive

We have a multitude of different services available to students. For our VET and TAFE students we have a transition and survival guide that you can use. We strongly recommend you use this wonderful resource, as the survival guide has many really helpful tips, tricks, and contacts for you.

Conditional offers

Through some of our regional partners, we are able to offer conditional offers to students completing participating courses. If you would like more information around this, you need to complete the conditional offer registration form

If you are currently studying at another university, find out about transferring to La Trobe.

For up-to-date information please contact our Future Students Centre on 1300 135 045.

How to apply

Check with our partner institutions on how to apply for the VET component of your chosen pathway. You'll usually complete this process via VTAC.

Once you've enrolled at TAFE, you can apply directly to La Trobe University or through VTAC for the degree aspect of your pathway.

Start with a Diploma

Josh studied a Diploma of Bioscience at La Trobe Melbourne to get the skills he needed before starting his degree.