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Course code: HE20508

Locations: This course is fully online and includes a practical work placement component.

Duration: 2 years part time

Course load: You must complete 8 subjects and achieve 80 credit points to complete this course. Each subject is worth 10 credit points.

Next intake:

  • Classes commence 14 February 2022
  • First round applications close 26 November 2021
  • Second round applications close 29 January 2022 subject to availability of places.

At a glance:

  • The Diploma of Adult Education is an undergraduate qualification taught in English.
  • The course is located at Level 5 on the Australian Qualifications Framework.
  • This course qualifies graduates as trainers and assessors in vocational education and training settings in accordance with ASQA requirements.

This course requires you to have a vocational qualification or vocational background in the area you intend to teach in after graduating from the course. You must also have three years current industry experience in the industry you wish to teach in.

Your application must include a 500 word personal statement regarding your motivation to work in the vocational training sector, plus a short CV outlining your industry currency and experience.

Based on your application, you may be invited to a pre-admission interview, which may be by phone.

Applicants should note that they must have access to a suitable workplace or organisation to undertake the 50 hours of work placement required to complete the course. The Course Coordinator will provide advice on the suitability of the proposed workplace and will provide assistance if a workplace is not available.

In 2021 and 2022, domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $1,175 per subject (a total of $9,400 for the full Diploma*). This course attracts FEE-HELP, so eligible students can study now and pay later.

There may be additional costs to purchase resources required for individual subjects. The course coordinator can advise you of any additional course fees.

* Note that tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Check current fee information in the Fee Schedule on the Fees and Payments page.

As a fully online course, international students on a student visa are not eligible to enrol.

If you have extensive relevant and current industry experience or you’ve recently completed studies in a related field, you may be eligible for exemptions from similar subjects in the Diploma of Adult Education.

Courses for which recognition will be granted include, but are not limited to diploma or higher qualifications in vocational education and training, and adult language, literacy and numeracy.

Talk to your course coordinator to see if you’re eligible. You are required to attend class until you are advised that your application for RPL has been successful.

Note: Your application for RPL will assess your prior learning against the outcomes of this course. RPL is only granted against full subjects. Partial RPL will not be granted.

Study pattern

Full-time students enrol in four subjects per semester, with subject content delivered online. This course also includes a practical work placement component.

As well as engaging with online learning content, students are expected to undertake additional private study to maximise success in the course. Students will be required to have internet access and a computer capable of connecting with TAFE online systems.


A range of assessment methods are used across subjects in this course with most subjects requiring the completion of 3 to 4 assessment tasks. Assessment types include, but are not limited to case studies, essays, reports, work based projects, online presentations and tests.


You can view the course structure and an overview of study requirements for each subject by downloading the Course Information Brochure.

You might be interested in starting out with a higher education short course first.

These short courses are undergraduate certificates, designed to provide you with the professional skills and knowledge to move into new employment opportunities, or to count towards completing the diploma or bachelor course.

As a fully online course, this course is not available for enrolment by international students studying on a student visa.

While every effort has been made to ensure the above information is accurate and up to date, you are advised to contact the course coordinator for specific and up to date information about tuition fees and academic requirements of the course.

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