The Ins and Outs of Studying a Diploma

Everything you need to know about studying a diploma

Whether you are continuing your study or returning to education after some time off, there are lots of things you may want to know about studying a diploma.

How long does studying take?

The positives of earning a diploma is that you can complete study at your own pace. If you have a busy lifestyle and need to continue working while you study, look for flexible options like online study. With a full-time study load, you will be able to complete a diploma in as little as 12 months.

If you do need the flexibility of being able to study in a more relaxed fashion, part-time study loads will allow you to finish your diploma within a 12 or 18 month period. If you are awarded recognition of prior learning (RPL) credits, you might be able to complete the course in less time. Being able to study in a time-frame that works best for you makes it easier to stay motivated and finish your diploma.

What types of assessments will you complete?

Diplomas consist of multiple units that have a variety of tasks to complete. On top of your assignments, courses consist of tutorials that will help you to obtain relevant and applicable learning outcomes. Case studies often form an important part of study. Ask to see samples and check that they are current and relevant. Your course provider should be updating these regularly to give you the best learning outcomes possible.

At the end of each unit of study, quizzes and assessments are utilised to ensure students can demonstrate the knowledge they have gained. Take the time to refresh your knowledge of the unit before beginning your quiz or assessment. By the end of your course, you will have collated a portfolio of tasks and assessments you can use as evidence of your learning. Additionally, you can keep track and profile any work tasks you complete during your course of study that demonstrate how you’ve applied the knowledge you have gained.

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The advantages of practical learning

Diplomas are often run on a theory of practical based learning. Courses are focused on teaching skills that will apply to the workforce now.

The benefits of practical learning include:

  • Identify the knowledge and skills that you can apply to workplace situations
  • Engages you more than monotonous theoretical learning
  • Actively participate in tasks you are completing
  • Resembles the workplace and gives you an idea of what work life will be like in your field
  • Having experience is looked upon more favourably than just relying on theoretical knowledge
  • Knowing how to apply your skills and demonstrating your knowledge is crucial when asking for a promotion or seeking new employment

What resources are available to support you?

Studying a diploma will give you access to resources that you can use to help your learning. These may include:

  • Learning coaches to ask for advice – experts who can keep you motivated and on track with your time management and study skills
  • Discussion groups – online forums of students where you can ask questions and share know-how
  • Student portals – portals with study tip sheets and case study resources support your learning and give you the best chance of successful study

Studying an online diploma

With so many styles of learning and courses being developed, put time into finding one that is right for you. Assess your options and look at all the details of your potential courses and qualifications to find the one that would best suit you.

If you are looking for a flexible option that allows you to maintain a solid work life, gives you hands-on learning tasks and assessments, and provides you with industry experience and skills, an online diploma may be for you. With an online diploma, you’ll be given the support of the institution and your peers, as well as the freedom to go about completing your course at a pace that suits you and your lifestyle.

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