New Short Courses in 2021

In 2021, the Australian Government is providing additional short course Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) for higher education across a range of disciplines.

These places will support students, and the recently unemployed, to undertake higher education in order to prepare our nation and workforce to move out of recession, and will help Australians to retrain and up-skill in national priority areas including teaching, health, science, information technology and agriculture.

Courses are expected to be published on Course Seeker throughout December 2020 and January 2021.

Course Seeker allows you to search, select and compare up to four higher education courses nationally across different institutions and/or study areas. This information can assist you in making your study choice.

Things you should know:

  • Eligible students can defer payment through HECS-HELP.
  • Providers may have additional eligibility requirements for their courses. It is advised prospective students check with the  provider before enrolling.
  • Courses may be delivered online, face to face or a combination of both.
  • The student fees for these short courses will vary depending on the  discipline studied and the provider. Prospective students will need to check fees with the provider before enrolling into a course.
  • Students who complete a new short course will be awarded either an Undergraduate Certificate or a Graduate Certificate depending on the level of their studies.
  • Study in the new short courses can take place at Australian Qualification Level (AQF) level 5 (Diploma) to 9 (Masters Degree)

What is the Undergraduate Certificate?

The Undergraduate Certificate is a higher education award that has been formalised into the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) until the end of 2021, in response to the COVID‑19 pandemic. The Government will review the Undergraduate Certificate before the end of 2021 to determine its suitability to become a permanent part of the AQF.

Under the AQF qualification type descriptor, graduates of an Undergraduate Certificate will:

  • have foundational knowledge sufficient to undertake qualifications at the 5, 6 or 7 AQF level
  • have foundational skills sufficient to undertake qualifications at the 5, 6 or 7 AQF level
  • demonstrate a foundation of application of knowledge and skills sufficient to undertake qualifications at the 5, 6 or 7 AQF level.

More information about the Undergraduate Certificate is available on the AQF website.

Can providers enrol students in short courses on a part time basis?

Although there is no requirement that short course enrolments are full-time, Commonwealth funding for this short course initiative is only available for 2021. The department understands that time-frames for course delivery vary between providers. The department supports the flexible delivery of short courses, including trimester-based or other non-semester based approaches. Please check with the provider before enrolling.

Are the short course applications for 2021 only?

Yes, Commonwealth funding for this short course initiative is only available for 2021.

Can a student continue in a short course CSP beyond 2021?

Commonwealth funding for this short course initiative is only available for 2021. Any remaining short course units that are commenced in 2022 would not be Commonwealth supported.

Need more information?

This information is current as of 17 November 2020. More information will be posted on Course Seeker as it becomes available. Please check back frequently to see the latest course offerings and providers offering these courses.

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