Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy

Revision Date: 14/12/2014 by Charter Australia

Policy Statement

Charter Australia is committed to excellence in academic standards as well as equity objectives for a diverse and representative student population. Core to the Charter Australia’s philosophy is that all students with the capacity to succeed in vocational education should have the opportunity to do so, regardless of social or educational disadvantage.

Charter Australia’s Admissions Policy reflects these aims. Student selection is competitive and based on the principles of academic merit and access and equity. Selection processes are applied fairly and openly, and recognise that formal qualifications are not the only measure of the capacity to succeed.

Definitions

Learning outcomes: are the expression of the set of knowledge, skills, and the application of the knowledge and skills a person has acquired and is able to demonstrate as a result of learning.

  • Formal learning: is the learning that takes place through a structured course of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification.
  • Informal learning: is learning gained through relevant work or life experience, self-tuition and social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences. Unlike formal or non-formal learning, informal learning is not organized or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support.
  • Non-formal learning: refers to learning that takes place through a structured course of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification, for example work-based courses and non-accredited professional development courses.

Scope

This policy applies to all applicants for admission to Charter Australia’s vocational courses.

Principles

Selection and admission to courses at Charter Australia are based on processes that:

  • are fair, equitable and transparent
  • are merit based
  • identify students with capacity to succeed in vocational study
  • encourage diverse and representative access and take into account possible educational or social disadvantage, and
  • recognise formal, non-formal and informal prior learning

Entry requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the minimum Entry Requirements for Admission to Courses at Charter Australia and any course requirements or prerequisites. All entry and course requirements apply consistently across different modes of study.

Entry requirements are reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that they remain consistent with the objectives of Charter Australia, and may include, but are not limited to:

  • formal academic qualifications at the secondary, vocational or higher education levels
  • aptitude or specific knowledge tests, interviews, portfolios, work experience, referees reports, informal and non-formal learning, or a combination of these, or

Course requirements or prerequisites are determined by the Academic Director and approved by the Chief Executive Officer.

Applicants are eligible for a place in a Charter Australia vocational course if they:

  • meet any prerequisites specified in the National Training Package, and
  • Year 12 study or equivalent
  • meet any course requirements determined by the Academic Director and published in course information material.

If demand for a course exceeds the available places, offers of admission will be made on a first come first served basis to eligible applicants.

Equivalence

Charter Australia undertakes to assess all applicants through processes that are fair and equitable. It is entirely at the discretion of Charter Australia, however, to make judgements about equivalence of qualifications and other eligibility criteria for the purposes of ranking applicants.

English language proficiency

Entry to all courses at Charter Australia assumes proficiency in English. Applicants who have not studied at the secondary level in English must demonstrate that they meet Charter Australia’s minimum level of English Language requirements (IELTS score of 5.5 with minimum 5.0 in each band or other equivalent English test) and will be assessed under Language, Literacy and Numeracy Policy prior to a final decision regarding their admission.

See more detailed English Language Requirements.

Application process

To facilitate assessment of their application, prospective students must follow Charter Australia’s application process published on Charter Australia’s websites.

Applicants under the age of 18

Charter Australia is committed to the personal safety and social wellbeing of all students. Due to the limitation of existing staffing capacity, Charter Australia will not admit applicants who are under 18 years of age at the time of application.

Applicants with a disability or medical condition

Students requiring accommodation of a disability or temporary medical condition will be assessed under the Disability Policy, prior to a final decision regarding their admission.

Appeals

Applicants can appeal a decision not to admit them to Charter Australia or to their preferred course by following the Student Complaints Policy.

References

  • Higher Education Support Act 2003, 19-35
  • Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisations 2012
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