Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a traditional qualification and an applied qualification?

An applied qualification combines the theoretical components of traditional studies with an approach that focuses on giving students real-world skills and concepts that are geared toward their chosen career path. Applied qualifications are a response to the growing industry need for work-ready graduates. For this reason, graduates with an applied qualification are highly desirable and the likelihood of employment is increased.

The hands-on approach also makes an applied qualification a more enjoyable learning experience, whilst still covering the necessary theoretical components for this level of qualification.

The certifications contained within the IT qualifications have been identified as highly desired additions to the course by the industry itself. Completing these certifications adds valuable, focused knowledge that will give you an employment advantage.

The highly practical nature of all the applied courses draws from diverse areas of industry. Throughout your studies, real-world examples and test cases will be explored in a practical way to prepare you for your future career plans.

What qualifications can I leave with and when?

After completing year 1 of your degree, you can exit with a La Trobe applied diploma. However, should you choose to continue your studies, after completion of Year 2, you will exit with the La Trobe associate degree. If you successfully complete all three years of study, you will receive the La Trobe applied bachelor's degree.

Please note, you will only receive one qualification - which will be the highest successfully completed level when you choose to exit your studies.

Choose between an IT or a Business qualification

How long will it take to complete the course?

As a full-time student, each year of your course can be completed within approximately 12 months. You will then achieve your bachelor's degree by studying 24 subjects over a 3 year timeframe^. Undertaking 30 hours of study per week should see you successfully complete your qualification within this timeframe. Each subject has specific deadlines based around your study plan which you are required to meet.

You may undertake your studies part-time instead, however, this will extend the duration of your course. Feel free to ask the Student Admissions Team about this option.

What do I need to do to start studying?

The first step is to complete our Pre-enrolment Assessment, before chatting with a member of our friendly Student Admissions Team who will advise and guide you through the admission and enrolment process at the start of your journey to achieve career success.

What documentation do you require for me to enrol?

To enrol you will need to provide some personal details and documentation proving your identity, age and citizenship/residency.

The Student Admissions Team will help you through the enrolment process.

Do you recognise my prior learning (advanced standing)?

Students who have studied at tertiary level elsewhere, or who have relevant studies or work experience, may be eligible for advanced standing (credit) towards a La Trobe University qualification. Advanced standing enables you to complete your degree earlier, reduce your study load and/or take on additional qualifications. We can provide you with more details about the process for advanced standing at enrolment (advanced standing is similar to recognised prior learning).

For more information about advanced standing, contact us.

What support will be offered to me while I study?

You will be offered as much support as you require. You can contact our Academic Team as frequently as you need. You will also be required to join virtual classrooms and Skype sessions with your Academic Team.

Will I be able to talk to other students about the course and discuss any issues relating to the course I'm studying?

Yes, group projects and peer-to-peer support are key parts of your learning experience. This can be accessed through student forums as well as scheduled online group projects and tasks. These are organised through your Learning Portal and Skype.

What are the prerequisites?

For admission to any of our online courses, one of the following is required.

  • If you have completed Year 12 in the past 2 years, you will need a 50+ ATAR score with a Units 3 & 4 study score of at least 25 in English, or
  • An equivalent academic level achievement, or
  • At least two years of work experience, after leaving school (business courses)
  • At least one year of work experience, after leaving school (IT courses)
  • All students are required to undergo the online Pre-enrolment Assessment and achieve a pass mark of 60%

All students are required to undergo the online Pre-enrolment Assessment and achieve a pass mark of 60%

What material and equipment will I require?
Equipment required

To get the most out of this exciting online experience, we recommend you equip yourself with the right tools for the job before you commence your studies.

All study resources (content and assessments) will be provided as part of the course. You will need to supply the following:

  • A good, reliable internet connection
  • Computer capable of running Windows
  • Webcam
  • Sound capabilities (microphone/speakers)

Students studying IT subjects will require the additional items:

  • 64bit CPU capable of virtualisation (VT-x/AMD-v) with at least 4 cores (either an Intel core i5/i7 or an AMD FX-61XX or AMD FX-81XX)
  • Minimum 150GB free storage (internal or external). Cloud storage is encouraged for backups but shouldn’t be included in minimum.
  • 20GB of download allowance per month from your ISP
  • 64bit operating system (Windows/Mac/Linux)
  • Discrete GPU/graphics card (recommended)
  • 16GB RAM or higher (recommended)
  • SSD storage (recommended)

Some of the latest Apple Mac computers are now equipped with M1 Processors as opposed to the previous Intel Processors. We do not recommend using a Mac computer with an M1 processor to access a Didasko delivered online course.

Can I study using any computer or device?

Although our courseware is compatible with the majority of computers and devices, the Windows operating system is needed to access all course content. To ensure you have the best learning experience possible, contact our Student Admissions Team to confirm if your computer or device will be suitable.

When can I start?

You can start your course as soon as you have been offered a place. We have rolling monthly intakes, so there is no waiting for next year or mid-year intakes. Your course begins when you want to begin.

What is your relationship with La Trobe University?

Didasko is very proud to be delivering La Trobe University qualifications. A La Trobe applied qualification and Didasko’s engaging elearning content will give you the best possible chance of success for your future plans.

Find out more about the La Trobe-Didasko partnership

Who are Amazon Web Services (AWS)?

Amazon are one the largest providers of cloud computing services in the world, currently adding 1 million new clients per quarter.

For over 12 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 125 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), media, and application development, deployment, and management from 54 Availability Zones (AZs) within 18 geographic regions and one Local Region around the world, spanning the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing start-ups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs.

Find out more about Amazon Web Services (AWS)

What is the relationship between La Trobe University, AWS and Didasko?

The Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology has been developed in a collaboration between La Trobe University, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Didasko to deliver a fully online undergraduate degree qualification in Applied Cloud Technology. The 100% online nature of this qualification will enable new sector entrants, career changers and existing IT workers to undertake their studies in a convenient manner while continuing to work should they choose to.

La Trobe and Didasko have chosen to collaborate with AWS for its unmatched security, reliability, scale, and breadth of cloud-based services.

Do I need an ATAR?

You do not require an ATAR if you left school more than two years ago and have been employed (see below). Employment doesn’t have to be in a field related to your intended course in any way. Many of our students are, or have been, in diverse and unrelated jobs and are studying for a new career.

When you don’t need an ATAR – other entry pathways:

  • Commenced vocational education at Certificate IV level or above in the past five years
  • Commenced higher education in the past five years
  • IT courses: one year of full-time (or equivalent) work experience
  • Business courses: two years of full-time (or equivalent) work experience

When you do need an ATAR – other entry pathways:

  • If you have completed Year 12 in the past two years, you will need a 50+ ATAR score with a Units 3 & 4 study score of at least 25 in English.

Please chat to our friendly Student Admissions Team to discuss your individual circumstances.

Is online study the right choice for me?

Studying online has become a very popular and convenient way to undertake studying. With recent global events, studying from the safety of your home makes sense to so many people who need to juggle the demands of life with their career aspirations. If you are a parent, working full-time, unable to travel, or any other situation that might leave you time-poor, online studies are a great way to earn a qualification.

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^ Minimum timeframe for the bachelor's degree is 36 months and can vary according to absence, advanced standing status, studying full-time versus part-time, availability of subjects and your progress in the course.

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