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CG46 - Associate Degree of Learning Design

About Learning Design

CQUniversity's learning design programs were developed for professionals who seek teaching qualifications, but not teacher registration. These programs are most suited to those who are responsible for instructing or training others, and who want to increase their knowledge of educational practices.

Students are supported by industry-experienced educators - trained to mentor students. These programs are dedicated to the graduation of industry-ready and futures oriented educators.

The Associate Degree in Learning Design is an undergraduate program that can be completed in 2 years full-time study or equivalent.  

The introduction of the Diploma and Associate Degree pathways are aimed at enabling students to undertake an alternative approach towards the completion of a bachelors degree. Students with certificate level qualifications and workplace experience will be encouraged to consider entry into a Diploma for the commencement of their studies.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Australia is an ageing population and it has been forecast that there will be a large skills shortage in the next five years. Education and training have been highlighted as one of the key criteria to assist in this potential skills shortfall. Currently in Queensland there are approximately 1500 training organisations and CQUniversity's Learning Design programs are aimed at up-skilling and providing paraprofessionals for the training sector. The other target market for the Learning Design programs is the TAFE sector. Currently TAFE teachers are required to have a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training as a minimal qualification to undertake teaching. There are significant professional and financial benefits for teachers to upgrade their skills.

Graduates are able to work in adult community education and the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. This includes TAFE, industry and private training providers and post-compulsory schooling or in a human resource development role in the private or public sector. The Associate Degree in Learning Design is beneficial for professionals who are involved in the facilitation of learning such as nurse educators, defence force instructors, ambulance, police, human resource specialists and other VET professionals.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - External
International - External
Courses/Units of Credit 16 courses/96 units of credit
Faculty Arts, Business, Informatics & Education
How to Apply

Domestic students - QTAC

QTAC codes: 852035 Distance Education 

International student direct to the University - ONLINE

Entry Requirements Portfolio of previous study/experience
Professional Accreditation

not applicable

Residential School

Students may be required to attend a residential workshop on the Rockhampton Campus in Orientation Week in the year of commencement of study.  Contact the Program Advisor for further details.

Practicum/Work placement

50 days in an appropriate setting

Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal ADLD 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes (International students holding student visas can not study externally whilst in Australia.) not-applicable

Program Aims


The Associate Degree of Learning Design provides students with a knowledge, understanding and acquisition of:

  • the functional underpinnings of one or more disciplines, including understanding and interpretation of key concepts and theories and how they are evolving within the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector;
  • teaching and learning work in a range of operational and management positions within VET;
  • the academic skills and attributes necessary to access, comprehend and evaluate information from a range of sources;
  • generic employment-related skills relevant to a range of employment contexts; and
  • a capacity for self-directed and lifelong learning.

Program Structure


The program consists of 16 courses/96 units of credit.

Applicants who possess a base trade qualification/paraprofessional training/qualification to AQF Level 3 and can demonstrate substantial experience that demonstrates the facility of the learning of others may be eligible to obtain advanced standing towards this program.

Credit is negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Courses Offered

Program Structure
Year 1
Course Code Course Name
Term 1
EDED11353 Learning Management 1
EDED11449 Principles of University Learning
EDVT12008 VET Pedagogy
EDVT13019 Design of VET 2
Term 3
EDVT10020 Assessment & Reporting in Sec/VET
EDVT11004 Adolescent & Adult Education
Term 2
EDFE11037 Embedded Professional Learning 1 (VET)
EDVT11019 Design in VET 1
Year 2
Course Code Course Name
Term 2
EDED11398 Learning Management 2
EDFE12041 Embedded Professional Learning 2 (VET)
FAHE13004 The Global Future
Discipline 3  
Term 1
EDED11356 Learning Management 3
EDED11400 Managing Diversity
Discipline 1  
Discipline 2  

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