How do I start?

How do I start?

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A PACE unit gives you practical experience and skills and at the same time you gain credit towards your degree. It’s a win-win. Here's a few tips to help you get started.

When to do PACE

You usually complete your PACE unit in your second or third year of study. Most degrees include a prescribed PACE unit in the program or qualifying major.  In this case the unit will be clearly marked with a P in the Handbook. Check the handbook to find the right PACE unit for your program.  You can do more than one PACE unit if you have elective space in your degree. Find out more.

How to apply

All PACE units involve a practical learning activity. 

Depending on the PACE unit you may be:

  • Allocated into an activity automatically
  • Offered a choice of activity options
  • Required to apply for a local, regional or international activity
  • Asked to arrange your own activity

Starting early

You should normally complete your PACE activity while you are enrolled in the PACE unit. If you need to begin the activity early, before the official university session starts, you can apply for early commencement. Your application for early commencement must be approved by the unit convenor before you can start the activity. If you are unsure whether to apply, speak with your unit convenor or contact the Faculty PACE team.

Background checks

You may need to complete certain background checks before you can start your PACE activity. This is usually necessary where you are working with children, young people, people with disabilities, the elderly, at-risk clients, and government/statutory agencies.  

These checks may include:  

  • Working with Children Check
  • National Criminal Record Check
  • Health Check

You will be informed if any checks or clearances are needed before you can commence the activity.

Reasonable adjustments

PACE provides equal opportunities to students of all backgrounds and abilities. This includes students who have a disability or health condition. We encourage you to speak with your unit convenor or contact Campus Wellbeing to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may need.

We are committed to work with you, your Unit Convenor, and the host organisation to ensure you get the most out of your PACE unit. Find out more about disability support.

Roles and responsibilities

You and your host supervisor must agree to abide by certain roles and responsibilities during the PACE activity.  You will be asked to agree to the student responsibilities in a student undertaking form online.

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