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Bachelor Degree - TAFE vs Uni

There are so many opportunities to further your education that it can seem a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re returning to study after a long time.

The world of work is changing faster than ever. If you’re looking to make a career change or take the next step in your existing one, it pays to never stop learning.

On one hand, there are your classic TAFE qualifications that help you build practical, job ready skills. On the other hand, a university degree will hone your research and problem-solving skills in your chosen discipline.

When it comes to the all-important job interview, employers are increasingly looking for experienced candidates who can think outside the box. People with a balance of practical skills and problem-solving skills have the competitive edge in the job market. Doing a skills-based degree at Melbourne Polytechnic  gives you the best of both worlds.

The differences between a degree at Melbourne Polytechnic and a traditional uni

When you think of uni, you probably imagine yourself sitting in a big lecture hall, taking notes while a professor talks and you have to pick out the gold and decipher what’s happening. Melbourne Polytechnic degrees are very different to that. Traditional universities mainly focus on theory, research and critical thinking skills. While you might have the opportunity to do one or two practical units, these aren’t the focus at your typical uni.

A skills-based degree develops your practical skills and theoretical knowledge at the same time. You get practical industry experience through the whole degree rather than just one work placement. This blend of skills gives you a competitive advantage because you can jump straight into the next phase of your career and apply that knowledge immediately.

Connecting with industry

If you study at a university, you learn from research professionals. They have a deep understanding of the theory of their field but they don’t always teach practical experience.

At Melbourne Polytechnic, you learn from experts who also have extensive, on-the-job experience and in most cases continue to be heavily connected to their discipline. You get to build up a rapport with your teachers and they can help you make important connections and build networks to people in industry.

A personal approach to learning

If you don’t like the thought of getting lost in a sea of faces at a big university, you get a more personal learning experience when you do a degree at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Unlike traditional unis that often have lectures of 1000 or more students, we keep classes small and personal at Melbourne Polytechnic. You can expect to have the same 20 people in your class the whole way through your degree. That way, everyone knows your name and your teachers get to know your learning style very quickly, paying attention to detail to get you through successfully. This also means you get to build up strong, professional relationships with your teachers and peers that will last well into your working life.

Everyone is welcome

Let’s be honest: If you’ve had a long break from study, you might feel a bit nervous that you won’t fit in at uni.

The majority of our students are like you -- people who are returning to study. Whether you’re young or young at heart, we bring you a friendly and supportive learning environment. It doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 81.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers practical degrees that help you get ahead in a range of fascinating and growing fields.

Degrees at Melbourne Polytechnic

Bachelor of Accounting
Business Management and Accounting, Higher Education - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
VTAC Business Management and Accounting, Higher Education - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
Interested in sustainable business? Melbourne Polytechnic's Bachelor of Accounting has been developed to meet the growing demand for business professionals with qualifications in the area of accounting and knowledge of sustainable business.
Bachelor of Applied Architecture
Higher Education, Architecture, Building Design and Construction - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
VTAC Higher Education, Architecture, Building Design and Construction - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
The Bachelor of Applied Architecture has been designed to deliver the essential skills required by students of architecture at undergraduate level.
Bachelor of Business
Higher Education, Business Management and Accounting - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
VTAC Higher Education, Business Management and Accounting - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
Introducing our new Bachelor of Business and Associate Degree of Business.
Bachelor of Education (Early Years and Primary)
Higher Education, Education - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
VTAC Higher Education, Education - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
The Bachelor of Education provides you the expert knowledge and classroom practice to succeed as an educator in the early childhood and primary setting.
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)
Engineering, Higher Education, Architecture, Building Design and Construction - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
VTAC Engineering, Higher Education, Architecture, Building Design and Construction - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
Would you like a career in structural engineering, municipal engineering or construction management? Our degree will get you ready to not only work in the industry, but to one day lead it.
Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Agronomy
Higher Education, Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
VTAC Higher Education, Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
Agronomy is the study of management in crops and pastures with a focus on sustainability and agricultural production. The world’s agriculture industry faces many challenges in the future with climate change, a growing world population, new technologies and changing resource conditions.
Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology - Viticulture and Winemaking
Higher Education, Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
VTAC Higher Education, Agriculture and Conservation - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
Our Bachelor of Agriculture and Technology majoring in Viticulture and Winemaking will give you a leading edge in the competitive Australian wine industry.
Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production
Sound Production, Higher Education, Music Performance and Industry - Full Time - Fairfield
VTAC Sound Production, Higher Education, Music Performance and Industry - Full Time - Fairfield
Our Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production is a music artist’s degree for emerging songwriters, composers and music producers, who will be taught as artists. Be part of something unique - nowhere else in Australia can you explore your musical, artistic career in this way and to degree level.
Bachelor of Illustration
Higher Education, Visual Art - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield
VTAC Higher Education, Visual Art - Full Time, Part Time - Fairfield
Let the Bachelor of Illustration at Melbourne Polytechnic draw you in. Develop your practical skills and knowledge to a high level and engage in research based practice that will enhance your capacity to see the world in a different way. This unique degree also addresses business practice and opportunities for entrepreneurship in today’s creative arts industry
Bachelor of Hospitality Management
Higher Education, Hospitality - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
VTAC Higher Education, Hospitality - Full Time, Part Time - Preston
Develop management and leadership capabilities alongside practical based industry skills in the Bachelor of Hospitality Management.
Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing
Higher Education, Animal Studies - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
Higher Education, Animal Studies - Full Time, Part Time - Epping
La Trobe's Veterinary Nursing degree, delivered at Melbourne Polytechnic's Epping Campus, provides graduates with a work-ready qualification and is the first full degree in Veterinary Nursing in Australia.
Bachelor of Information Technology
Higher Education, Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston, Prahran
VTAC Higher Education, Information Technology and Security - Full Time - Preston, Prahran
Learn specialist skills to work in a range of exciting roles. A career in business-oriented information technology offers the potential for great financial reward and growth, and demands a wide range of skills and knowledge. If a life in business and ICT is for you, enrol in our Bachelor of Information Technology today.
Bachelor of Music
Music Performance and Industry, Higher Education - Full Time - Fairfield
VTAC Music Performance and Industry, Higher Education - Full Time - Fairfield
Melbourne Polytechnic’s Bachelor of Music recognises that great musicians require a solid musical foundation, skills to adapt to current trends and awareness of a global spectrum of music.