What is this course all about?

Learn specialised skills to care for elderly people who, through ill health or disability are unable to care for themselves. This qualification includes learning about dementia and the care of people with it, effective communication, safety procedures, ethical behaviour, and more. You will put this knowledge into practice with a supervised work placement.

Polytechnic West lecturers are knowledgeable and experienced in working in the community services industry. They maintain links to employers and organisations to ensure training is up-to-date and industry relevant. You will have the opportunity to practice your skills in a real work environment through work experience as part of this qualification. Polytechnic West students graduate job-ready and are highly sought after by community services agencies.

Working as a direct service worker with aged persons can be very interesting and satisfying. Aged Care services comprise a system of appropriate support services involving provision for the maintenance of continued independence as well as assistance for the frail / aged or ill. Such services should include health monitoring, personal care, environmental and social support services, information and advocacy services. Aged Care services include community nursing, home help, information services and day care centres, as well as hostels, nursing homes and acute care.

What are the course outcomes & career opportunities?

Graduates can continue their professional studies with Certificate IV in Aged Care Work.

Certificate IV in Aged Care Work

Successful completion of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to become a nursing assistant, home care worker, aged care worker or residential care worker.

Where can I study this course?

 
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Campus:
PWA Online Campus
What is the study commitment?
Full time, Part time, External study available
What is the course duration?
One semester full-time or equivalent part-time.
What sort of course is it?
Award - Study full-time and/or part-time to gain a qualification
Study mode
FULL-TIME PART-TIME FLEXIBLE
What do I learn?
Certificate III in Aged Care PSC - Full-time as at 09/08/11
Certificate III in Aged Care PSC - International Students as at 18/02/11
Apply now for fulltime study
 
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Campus:
Polytechnic West External Delivery
What is the study commitment?
Full time, Part time, External study available
What is the course duration?
One semester full-time or equivalent part-time.
What sort of course is it?
Award - Study full-time and/or part-time to gain a qualification
Study mode
FULL-TIME PART-TIME FLEXIBLE
What do I learn?
Certificate III in Aged Care PSC - Full-time as at 09/08/11
Certificate III in Aged Care PSC - International Students as at 18/02/11
Apply now for fulltime study
 
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Thornlie Campus is located adjacent to the parkland and banks of the Canning River south east of Perth. The Thornlie Campus of Polytechnic West is extremely well equipped with learning facilities and training equipment, offering students the very best in the areas of vocational education, in which it specialises.
Campus:
Thornlie Campus
What is the study commitment?
Full time, Part time, External study available
What is the course duration?
One semester full-time or equivalent part-time.
What sort of course is it?
Award - Study full-time and/or part-time to gain a qualification
Study mode
FULL-TIME PART-TIME FLEXIBLE
What do I learn?
Certificate III in Aged Care PSC - Full-time as at 09/08/11
Certificate III in Aged Care PSC - International Students as at 18/02/11
Apply now for fulltime study

What are the entrance requirements?

How much does this course cost?

Students from overseas, please check http://www.polytechnic.wa.edu.au/international for the course costs. 

For Australian citizens (and / or permanent residents) residing in Western Australia: 

Polytechnic West’s estimated fees for 2014 are now available at the following link: http://www.polytechnic.wa.edu.au/pwa/future-students-1/fees-charges/

Students in Diploma and above qualifications may be assisted through having access to a loan under the Commonwealth Government's VET FEE-HELP scheme, if they are a Citizen of Australia (OR on a Permanent Humanitarian Visa and resident in Australia for the duration of the course).

Concessions will continue to be available for eligible courses at certificate levels I through to IV. Eligible students include holders of either a health care or pensioner concession card, recipients of AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY, or Youth Allowance, and young people aged 15 to 17 years.

These fees were current as at August 2013. More detailed information is available here 
        (webapps.polytechnic.wa.edu.au/pwa/docs/Enrolment_Fees_and_Charges.pdf) 

Important dates for applicants are here 
        (http://s3.amazonaws.com/pwafiles/Web+Uploads/Dates+handout+slip.pdf)

Full-time enrolments are still available for for most courses for semester 2, 2014, contact 9267 7500 for assistance.

Flexible, Online and External courses usually have ongoing enrolments contact (08) 9267 7500 for for assistance.

The best way to apply for entry to a full-time course for next semester is to apply online at :

 tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au

This method of application will check for common errors in your application.

or alternatively you may complete an Application Form which is available at any public college or the Career Development Centre.

If you miss the dates, are unsure of meeting the entry requirements, or are in financial difficulty, contact (08) 9267 7500 for advice on options. 
APPLICATION FEES

 

You do not have to pay an application fee.
Changes of preference are free of charge.

APPLICATION DATES

APPLICATIONS TO STUDY FULL-TIME IN FIRST SEMESTER OF 2015:

September 01, 2014     Applications available to study full-time in first semester of 2014.

November 03, 2014     Final closing date for courses requiring a folio to be submitted.  No applications for these courses are accepted after this date.

December 05, 2014     Final closing date for late applications to be considered in the first round of offers.

January 02, 2015     Closing date for applications to be considered in the second round of offers.

January 05, 2015     First round offer letters issued.

January 15, 2015     Second round offer letters issued.


APPLICATIONS TO STUDY FULL-TIME IN SECOND SEMESTER OF 2014 (MID-YEAR):
(Not all qualifications are offered in the second semester)

May 05, 2014      Applications available to study full-time commencing mid-year in 2014.

May 23, 2014      Applications for courses requiring a folio close.

June 06, 2014      All other applications to study full-time commencing mid-year close.

June 20, 2014     Mid-year offer letters posted out.

Application Forms and supporting documents [copies of school reports, other qualifications and evidence of work experience] can be lodged at any public college campus or mailed to the Training Admissions Centre address on the back of the Application Form.

First semester runs from February to June (approx); second semester runs from July to December (approx).

Students wanting to enrol in bridging/access programs apply directly to the Polytechnic, not Training Admissions.

Training Admissions contacts successful applicants by letter with details of enrolment dates.

If this course is also offered as an Apprenticeship or Traineeship, please note the normal full-time admissions process does not apply to Apprenticeships or Traineeships.  To study as an apprentice / trainee, you must first obtain an apprenticeship / Traineeship with an employer in the Trade. Once you are employed as an apprentice, you can commence your Trade studies with Polytechnic West.

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Course Info: (08) 9267 7500
General Enquiries: (08) 9267 7777

PO Box 1336
Midland WA 6936

Email: info.centre@polytechnic.wa.edu.au