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Charles Darwin University

Diversity and opportunity are the hallmarks of Charles Darwin University (CDU), Australia’s most youthful University.
CDU spans the Northern Territory with campuses in Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Alice Springs and study centres in Yulara, Jabiru and Tennant Creek.
At CDU students have the choice of courses in either Vocational Education and Training (VET) or Higher Education (HE). This means that at CDU you could begin your studies in a VET certificate course and go on to study for a diploma, advanced diploma, bachelors degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, masters degree or a doctorate. Dependent on qualifications students can start at any level along the way.

CDU campus and centre locations

Casuarina Campus
Ellengowan Drive
Casuarina, NT, 0909
Phone: 1800 061 963
www.cdu.edu.au

Palmerston Campus
University Avenue
Palmerston, NT, 0830
Phone: 8946 7885
Alice Springs Campus
Grevillea Drive

Alice Springs, NT, 0871
Phone: 8959 5238
Katherine Campus
19 Second Street
Katherine, NT, 0852
Phone: 8973 9901

Jabiru Centre
Van Delft Street
Jabiru, NT, 0886
Phone: 8938 3800

Nhulunbuy Campus
Chesterfield Circuit
Nhulunbuy, NT, 0881
Phone: 8986 8600

Tennant Creek Centre
Staunton Street
Tennant Creek, NT, 0861
Phone: 8962 4396

Yulara Centre
Winmati Street
Yulara, NT, 0872
Phone: 8957 7902

Study pathways

The University’s flexible approach to education allows you to progress your studies as your needs develop and as time permits. As well as being an excellent provider of individual courses, CDU offers students well-mapped flexible pathways to move between courses and subjects of interest.

Studying a VET course

To study a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course you need to enrol through CDU. To enrol, you must be 15 years of age or older, and you must fill out a form with your details and the course you want to do. Enrolment forms are available in the VET Student Guide. You can pick up a copy of the VET Student Guide from your closest CDU Campus or Centre, or you can down-load a copy.
www.cdu.edu.au/studentnet/vet-info.html

Once you have completed your enrolment form, either post it or deliver it by hand to your nearest CDU Campus or Centre.
You can enrol in some VET courses at any time. Some other VET courses are taught over a semester or a year, and you must enrol in these courses before they start. Enrolment times are usually in February and July. Check relevant dates for your course by checking the current VET Course Guide or by contacting the Uni Info Shop on (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963.

Tertiary Enabling Program
CDU’s Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) provides bridging-studies to prepare students for a Higher Education undergraduate course. You enrol in this program at Casuarina, Alice Spring or Palmerston Campuses.

The TEP Course Co-ordinator will help you to determine which TEP units will be appropriate to your individual needs. Successful completion of the TEP allows students to apply for admission to most bachelor degrees at CDU. TEP is available both internally and externally during Semester 1 and 2. For further information contact the Uni Info Shop on (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963.

Undergraduate courses – Admission
Application for admission to CDU’s Higher Education undergraduate courses are received and processed by the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

The minimum admission requirement for undergraduate courses is met by:

  • successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education (or equivalent) and a Tertiary Entrance Rank of 60 or higher, or
  • successful completion of a VET Certificate IV or higher, or
  • attainment of a STAT score of 145 or greater, or
  • successful completion of at least 0.5 of a year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma, or
  • successful completion of 40 credit points in the Tertiary Enabling Program (TEP) or other recognised bridging or tertiary preparation course.

Students applying to study music must audition, and students applying to study in art and design courses will need to provide a portfolio of their work. For further information about these requirements, please refer to the particular course descriptions in the Undergraduate Course Guide.

Certain courses have a limit on the number of students in the course; this is called a quota, and offers for admission into these courses will be based on merit. This means that even though you may meet the minimum admission requirement to the University, your score may not be competitive enough to receive an offer to a course that has a quota.

Consideration for Northern Territory school leavers
Charles Darwin University is committed to meeting the needs of students in the Northern Territory. CDU offers a number of prizes and scholarships each year to recognise the achievements of selected Northern Territory school leavers who choose to study here. Current information for NT school leavers is available from the Uni Info Shop on (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
The University has a Guaranteed Indigenous Entry Provision scheme which provides alternative admission assessments for Indigenous students. For further information on either the Guaranteed Indigenous Entry Provision scheme or the Indigenous Pre-Law, Pre-Business, and Pre-Arts Program contact the Uni Info Shop on (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963.

Bonus points for undergraduate course entry
CDU offers bonus points to students who have completed studies in a high school in the Northern Territory, or a high school in a selected rural area from another State. The bonus points are added to the University aggregate and the Tertiary Entrance Rank will be adjusted accordingly and used for selection to courses at CDU.
Students who have commenced and/or completed studies at CDU will also receive bonus points. Students do not need to apply to be considered for bonus points because they are automatically added to the scores of eligible applicants through the SATAC process.
You can check if your school is included in the area for bonus points and consideration on the web page at www.cdu.edu.au/careers/school-leaver-bonus-points-scheme.html

Information for students

The Uni Info Shop is a ‘one-stop-shop’ which provides help and information for all student enquiries. It is the first point-of-contact if you have any questions about studying at CDU.

You can access information about the University’s facilities, services and procedures, or ask a member of Student Services any questions you might have. Contact details for the Uni Info Shops at Casuarina (Darwin) and Alice Springs are below:

Uni Info Shop- Casuarina
Building 29 Casuarina Campus
Charles Darwin University
Ellengowan Drive
DARWIN NT 0909
Telephone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (freecall)
Facsimile: (08) 8946 6642
Email: student.admin@cdu.edu.au
www.cdu.edu.au

Uni Info Shop- Alice Springs
Alice Springs Campus
Charles Darwin University
Grevillea Drive
ALICE SPRINGS NT 0870
Telephone: (08) 8959 5311
or 1800 654 865 (freecall)
Facsimile: (08) 8959 5343
Email: student.admin@cdu.edu.au
www.cdu.edu.au

Applying for admission through SATAC

You must apply for admission to all CDU undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses by coursework through the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC). Full details of how to apply for admission are on the website:
www.satac.edu.au

SATAC assesses the academic and non-academic qualifications presented by applicants and ranks eligible applicants in merit order for each course according to the rules and guidelines provided by the institution offering the course. SATAC generates offers based on the number of applicants required to fill each course, as set by the institutions. SATAC acts as a ‘one-stop shop’ for enquiries about the outcomes of applications.

SATAC does not decide on the relative merits of different qualifications, exactly how they are assessed or how eligible applicants are ranked. These selection issues are the responsibility of the institution offering each course.

Where can I get a copy of the SATAC Guide?
The SATAC University Guide is published by SATAC on behalf of the three universities in SA and CDU in the Northern Territory. It is a convenient single volume explaining the requirements for entry to courses and how to go about lodging an application. The Guide also includes descriptions of all university courses offered
through SATAC.
The SATAC University Guide contains information which will assist you in:

  • Identifying courses of interest to you
  • Determining whether you are eligible for entry
  • Making an application
  • Understanding the SATAC admissions system

Each university publishes a range of booklets which contain more detail about their academic programs/courses. These should be consulted along with the Guide.

The SATAC University Guide will be available from newsagents throughout Australia in early August. If copies are not in stock, your newsagent can order a copy for you using Gordon & Gotch product code 22215.

Current year 12 students in South Australia and the Northern Territory receive a copy of the ‘schools edition’ of the Guide through their school.

A single copy of the Guide is sent to every secondary school with year 12 enrolments throughout Australia.

South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC)
contact details:
Phone (08) 8224 4000 or 1300 138 440 (local call charge)
Fax (08) 8224 4099
Postal address PO Box 2, Rundle Mall, Adelaide, SA, 5000
Street address Ground Floor, 104 Frome St, Adelaide
www.satac.edu.au

Academic year commencement dates
Complete details of all CDU semester dates may be obtained from the current Course Guide, or online from
www.cdu.edu.au/studentnet/calendar.html.

Scholarships

Each year, Charles Darwin University awards a number of scholarships to students studying either VET or Higher Education courses. These scholarships are supported by donations from CDU, individuals, community organisations, businesses or government.

Scholarships are awarded for criteria including academic achievement, research potential, demonstrated commitment to a field of study or low socioeconomic status. Scholarships are available in two categories: students entering CDU, and students already enrolled at CDU. Within these categories, scholarships can be awarded to either VET or Higher Education students in categories such as Indigenous students, students who want to study architecture, engineering or information technology, students studying biology or environmental science, and students studying business or law.

To apply for a scholarship or for further information visit the website:
www.cdu.edu.au/scholarships or contact the Scholarships Officer on (08) 8946 6194.

Admission requirements and selection

Offers of a place in a course depend on your eligibility to be considered and your level of competitiveness with other eligible applicants. To be eligible to be considered for a course you must:

  • Meet the admission requirements of the institution offering the course. Each institution sets its own admission requirements so you are advised to contact the institutions directly or take the corresponding links to the participating institutions’ web sites for further details.
  • Meet the entrance requirements of the course. Some courses have prerequisites or additional selection criteria. Check the participating institutions’ web sites and check Admission Requirements in each institution’s entry

How do universities select students?
Your admission to most tertiary courses is based on performance in high school with applicants ranked on the basis of their Tertiary Entrance Rank.
www.satac.edu.au

Enrolling into a suitable course
If I get a job, can I do the course I want by part-time, evening or distance education study? See the course descriptions in course search to determine whether the course is available full-time, part-time, evening or by distance education. Some institutions allow you to change your attendance pattern; some don’t.

What do the institutions take into account if I have taken studies since finishing my Year 12?
Most institutions take into account any or all of the following when considering your application – tertiary studies, secondary studies, postsecondary studies, professional and paraprofessional studies, STAT, and other relevant factors such as maturity, employment history and special circumstances. Check with the institutions for more information.

When will I know the result of my application?
Offers will be announced during January and February, with the Main Round of offers made in January.

What if I don’t receive an offer?
If I don’t receive an offer, how can I find out why I was unsuccessful?

You will be sent a notice which sets out the reasons why your application was unsuccessful. You will need to speak to the admissions office at the institution concerned about why you were not made an offer and what your study options are. It is the institutions, not SATAC, who decide who will receive offers to courses based on the preferences expressed on your SATAC application.

Course fees

HECS courses require you to contribute to the cost of your studies through the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS). Contributions vary between $3,998 and $8,331 per year of full time study.

Fee-paying courses require you to fund the full cost of your course. Fee courses vary between $5,199 and $10,926 per year of full time study.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses offer flexible learning pathways, recognising that you may have gained skills that might help you to do your course. CDU has worked intensively with industry and industry training advisory boards to ensure that courses are kept up-to-date and relevant and that delivery methods are appropriate.

CDU believes in a hands-on teaching approach, which means each student can develop practical skills that can be applied in the real world so you can be assured that your skills and knowledge are the ones sought after by industry. At Charles Darwin University we have paved the way for you to continue to study after you have finished your course. So, while you might begin your studies through VET, you might finish by doing a degree or doctoral studies.

Entering VET

Every VET qualification has a set of Minimum Entrance Requirements which you must meet before your application will be considered.

To study a Vocational Technical Education (VET) course you need to enrol through CDU. To enroll, you must be 15 years of age or older, and you must fill out a form with your details and the course you want to do. Enrolment forms are available in the VET Student Guide. You can pick up a copy of the guide from your closest CDU Campus or Centre, or you can down-load a copy from the CDU website:
www.cdu.edu.au/studentnet/vet-info.html

Once you have completed your enrolment form, either post it or deliver it by hand to your nearest CDU Campus or Centre.

Length of courses
You can enrol in some VET courses at any time. Some other VET courses are taught over a semester or a year, and you must enrol in these courses before they start. Enrolment times are usually in February and July. Check relevant dates for your course by checking the current VET Course Guide or by contacting the Uni Info Shop on (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963.

Disability support

The Student Facilitator, Disabilities provides various options of assistance and support to students who have particular needs as a result of an illness or disability. As well as providing general support during transition to university, a range of service and support options can be discussed to ensure that students can perform at their optimum level. For more information visit the Support and Equity website at www.cdu.edu.au/ses or contact Student Facilitator, Disabilities on 08 8946 6288.

Further information

The Uni Info Shop at Charles Darwin University is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for students. If you have any questions about studying at Charles Darwin University, or would like to speak to a Careers Advisor please contact:

Uni Info Shop
Building 29 – Casuarina campus
Charles Darwin University
Ellengowan Drive
Darwin NT 0909

Phone: 08 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (freecall)
Fax: 08 8946 6642
Email: student.admin@cdu.edu.au
www.cdu.edu.au/

Training for Australian apprenticeships

Charles Darwin University offers flexible training for Australian Apprenticeships. Australian Apprenticeships combines the flexible, hands-on training that we provide with a paid job. You get a qualification that is recognised anywhere in Australia and the experience you need to get the job you want.

Australian Apprenticeships are competency based, so rather than the traditional three to four years it used to take to complete an apprenticeship (one to two years for a traineeship), it is now possible for you to complete your training sooner. You negotiate a training program with your employer and a Registered Training Organisation such as Charles Darwin University.

Australian Apprenticeships offer you a real advantage by providing a nationally recognised qualification and skills that will provide the basis for further education and training over the course of your working life. The training can be delivered on-the-job, off-the-job, or a combination of both.

For more information visit the Australian Apprenticeships website at:
www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au

Training Packages

Training in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Australian Apprenticeships often refers to training package qualifications. If business and industry supports this pathway, qualifications in a Training Package can be achieved through an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Training Packages are developed by individual industries and each Training Package identifies the skills and knowledge used in that industry, and how these will be assessed. These are referred to as units of competency. They cover a range of levels within an industry from entry-level through to trade, technical and managerial levels. Some skills and knowledge apply across industries as well as within specific industries.

The other major advantage of Training Packages is the flexibility. This gives you the choice on how, when and where your training is undertaken. It also means you can be trained and gain qualifications in areas which specifically meet your needs.

For more information about Training Packages visit:
www.dest.gov.au/sectors/training_skills/policy_issues_reviews/key_issues/nts

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