Online options for study


Studying online provides flexibility to your studies. You can enrol in a short course, full course, single unit or subject. We will help you order and purchase the required books and supply the other course materials.

Full Course

Our full-time and part-time courses can be designed around your time requirements and schedule. Online courses are open to full fee paying students locally and internationally. They are delivered by a dedicated group of highly trained, supportive teachers who will strive to meet your needs. Through an agreement and coordination with teaching staff you can choose to study one or more units of your course online. You will still have some face-to-face classes and the standard course fees are charged for face-to-face and online.

A single unit

You may be able to enrol in a single online unit. A specially calculated fee might also apply depending on circumstances.

A short course

Our short courses are complete courses varying in length from 8 to 200 hours. Fees are charged based on the hours, course coordination, tutoring and marking involved. Some short courses include face-to-face sessions such as induction days or specialist workshops.

How it works

You will study by using Melbourne Polytechnic’s Learning Management Systems (LMS) which includes a combination of Moodle, WizIQ, discussion forums, website exploration, texts and written assignments. Moodle provides a learning management system for the delivery of e-learning.

You can find the information about a specific course online. You will normally use the course website for a variety of activities including attending online lectures, role play, research and collecting the latest course information.

Group discussion is takes place in the WizIQ virtual classroom. Assignments and exercises can be posted via Moodle and can be discussed with the teachers and other students before submitting.

What are the benefits of online study?


It is possible to study entire courses from the convenience of your own home, public library or workplace. Course information, tutors and fellow students can be accessed at any time using email or Moodle. Assessments can be submitted at any time.

Up-to-date information

The online course information is very quick to update so you can be sure that the information in your Course Study Guide is the latest and most relevant information.


The study sites can be easily navigated and allows flexibility to study in your own time.

Totally self-paced

Some of our online courses are designed to be entirely self-paced. The amount of coursework completed, when assessment is taken and how much you network with other students can all be arranged to suit your individual needs and commitments.

The self-paced nature is very important for mature-age students, who may have commitments that can change from week to week. We ensure you get the most out of your course by offering quick and easy communication with your teachers, class supervisors and fellow students using email and Moodle.

Convenient communication

Communication with your teacher is conveniently organised on-site at Melbourne Polytechnic or online.

Are the courses accredited?

In most cases the courses are fully accredited national courses. Some are internally accredited vocational education and training (VET) courses. A certificate of completion is issued for short courses. Most other courses are marked Competent/Not Competent or graded.

Is there a cost difference for online courses?

All costs are displayed on the course information pages. There is no difference between an online course and a face-to-face course in most cases unless it is full fee paying.

How long are the courses?

Our online courses and units range from 8 hours to 18 months. In some cases, an extension may be granted if you have a medical certificate or another appropriate reason why coursework cannot be completed on time.

How do I apply?

Once you have found a course you are interested in, use the contact details at the bottom of the course description page to contact the relevant department.

How can I ask a question?

Send us an email query or contact the online teacher of your chosen course listed in course information.

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Last Modified: October 11, 2016