Preparing to Study

Great! So you have decided to learn a new skill, or get a new qualification. Or perhaps you simply need to update your skills.

To help you get off to a good start, here is helpful information to prepare you for study.

Use the links on the right-hand side to help you as you go, and be sure to check out the A-Z Resources for further resources.


Entry requirements

Most courses require a specific level of literacy and numeracy skills in order to effectively participate in the classes.

Knowing where you’re at, and where you might need to improve, will give you the best opportunity to successfully complete your course.

Learn Local staff member can help you to assess your numeracy and literacy level.


Which jobs will be in demand?

As part of your course exploration, it’s good to know which jobs and skills will be in demand when you finish studying.

This is something to consider prior to selecting your course, so make sure to speak to education and industry contacts about this.


Childcare services

While there are many approaches to study, most courses will require some form of direct contact with you during your studies.

If you have children it will be important to organise childcare well in advance, so you are free to focus on your studies and attend classes or exams when required.

Where you can, get help from friends and family; but you may also consider a childcare centre in your area.

You may be eligible for financial support from Centrelink to assist you with childcare.



Most courses require that you attend sessions in person.

Before you set out, plan your journey and the time it will take you to travel to your study destination, to ensure you will arrive in time for your class.

Learn Local organisations, TAFEs and universities have adequate car parking facilities; however, public transport may be your preferred or only method of transport.

You can find out what different modes of public transport may be available, and how long it will take to travel to training organisation on public transport.

Use Google Maps or the Public Transport Victoria website to work out the exact location and travel time.


When can I start studying?

Students can begin courses at different times of the year.

Most courses start at the beginning of the year, around late January to early February.

You may also be able to enrol mid-year into some courses, starting around July.

Some courses also have rolling enrolments which means you can enrol in these courses at various times throughout the year. Search the individual training provider websites or call them directly for further details.

There are a number of ways to apply for courses. Learn more in the How to apply for courses section of this career hub.


What support is available?

There are many reasons why you may require additional support with your studies.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help! It’s a good idea to find out what support services are available to you when exploring your desired course.

You may be able to access study support if you have a disability or learning difficulty.

Contacting your course provider directly is the best way to find out what they can offer you.

Talking to your tutor or teacher if issues arise is also a good way to deal with things before they become too big to manage.

If you have been out of study for a while and need to improve your skills or get back into the swing of studying, you may wish to take a short course in study skills before you commence your desired course.

Ask your Learn Local organisation about study skills courses.

Find out about financial support that may be available to you while studying.

Depending on your individual circumstances, you may be entitled to government funding.

For more information on support services, check out the A-Z Resources.


Victorian Pathways Training

Transitioning from study to work doesn't always have to be a linear journey.

There are many different ways to create a pathway into a career:

• Take an English course to allow entry into another course
• Take a TAFE/Vocational Education course to allow pathway into a higher education course
• Use your past experience or studies to gain Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to help get you into a course
• Take a study preparation course to help with entry into a course
• Try on-the-job training then pathway into formal training
• Enter as a mature-age student