Is online study suitable for me?

In general, if you are highly motivated and self-directed in your study approach, and have the appropriate level of IT skills, software and equipment, then online may be perfect for you.  However, while online delivery and assessment certainly is a very convenient mode of delivery, the self-discipline required may not suit everyone.  In addition, fully online is not always suitable for Phillips Institute qualifications as most health and community services courses require some demonstration of practical skills and many require a work-based placement and assessment in a real workplace.

However, in a blended approach, online learning and assessment with skills training and work placement is appropriate for some people.  This approach often suits those living in regional or remote areas, or those whose work schedules or other commitments will not allow consistent class attendance.  These students may attend skills based training as they near placement commencement, or if they are experienced workers with current employment in a relevant role, may be able to meet the assessment requirements through work hours.

If you’re wondering if online learning is for you, take a look at the quick quiz Suitability for Online Learning – Checklist

I’m not sure about online, but I can’t come to classes

If you think a blended approach or distance-based delivery using a printed learner guide might suit you better, call us to find out if print resource is available for your chosen study area and how we can help.  Please note that there is really no such thing as fully online or distance learning – almost all qualifications will require you to demonstrate some practical workplace skills in order to be assessed as competent.  The main difference between attending class or studying online is the convenience to you of studying with your own schedule and in your own way. You will still get just as much support as a “face-to-face” student, but you will connect with your trainers/assessors via online, email or telephone.

How much will it cost?

Due to specific course requirements, the total cost for most courses will be the same as class-based training. However, if you are finding your own placement, this may mean a reduction in fees – talk to us if this is the case for you.

Do I only have to complete the online e-learning, and that’s it?

Not quite.  Almost all courses that prepare you for job roles require some evidence of how you can perform in a real workplace.  You need to show that you have applied the skills and knowledge you learned during the course to a real (or simulated) employment situation.  This can be achieved by either completing a practical placement, or may be achieved through your existing employment. In some cases, voluntary work may also be suitable.  In all cases, the Phillips Institute assessor will make a decision on your performance based on their observations of you combined with third party feedback from supervisors or others in the workplace.

How does the LMS work?

Take a look at these video demonstrations of our online learning management system:

I’m ready to start my online learning!

If you are ready to enrol into a course with us, please consider if you will be able to meet these requirements.  If you have decided you want to get started, you should also read and consider our Online Service Standards which outline minimum submission requirements, and describe how we deliver and assess online learning and the support we provide.

Please see our Fees and Funding page for current prices and funding eligibility information.