Frequently asked questions

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

Traditional university qualifications are predominantly theory-focused and give the student a broad knowledge using proven academic learning styles.

An applied qualification combines the theoretical components of a traditional studies combined with a focused approach giving students real-world skills and applicable concepts 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.

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Where else can my qualification take me?

After completing year 1 of your degree, you will gain a La Trobe applied diploma. After completion of Year 2, you will gain the La Trobe associate degree. If you complete all three years of study, you will receive the La Trobe applied bachelor degree.

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 must be completed within 12 months. You will then achieve your bachelor 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 must 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.

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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. You can also reach out to your fellow students on your own Facebook group and the learning platform. (read what Agnes, one of our online degree students say)

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 our private student Facebook page and Skype.

What are the prerequisites?

For admission to the Bachelor of Applied Business or the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology, one of the following is required.

  • Completion of Year 12, with a score in English of at least 25, or
  • An equivalent academic level achievement, or
  • At least two years of work experience, after leaving school

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

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What material and equipment will I require?

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
  • Desktop/laptop computer
  • Webcam
  • Sound capabilities (microphone/speakers)

Should you decide to study either the Bachelor of Applied Information Technology or the Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology, you will additionally require the following:

  • A good, reliable internet connection
  • Desktop/laptop computer
  • Webcam
  • Sound capabilities (microphone/speakers)
  • 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)
  • 16GB RAM or higher recommended
  • SSD storage recommended
  • 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
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.

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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 ATAR?

If you have completed Year 12 in the past 2 years, you will need a 50+ ATAR score and with a Units 3 & 4 study score of at least 25 in any English.

If you have finished school within the last 2 years but don’t have both of the requirements above, you can sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

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

  • Commenced vocational education at Certificate IV level or above in the past 5 years
  • Commenced higher education in the past 5 years
  • IT: 1 year of full-time (or equivalent) work experience
  • Business: 2 years of full-time (or equivalent) work experience

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

Is online study the right choice for me?

This is a question that is getting asked more often than ever. As we, and other education institutions, include online options in our catalogue of courses, many people want to understand the difference between this, and the campus experience that universities are traditionally known for. Read more

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