Students should familiarise themselves with FCF Policies & Procedures before course commencement.
All policies and procedures on this website should be considered current.
Footscray City Films at Footscray City College is committed, through the principles of equity, to increasing and enhancing practices and educational opportunities for people with disabilities. This commitment is based on a philosophy of integration, which characterises the Footscray City Film School’s approach to service provision and affirmative action for people with disabilities.
To define Footscray City Films at Footscray City College policy on Students with Disabilities.
One academic standard shall prevail for all students, but flexibility in arrangements can be made in the performance and/or assessment of particular course requirements.
The same educational opportunities will be offered to students with disabilities providing the necessary entry requirements are met.
The Film School will continue to work towards providing safe and convenient access to facilities and services with respect to the resources available.
The Film School will endeavour to provide an appropriate support, teaching and learning environment.
Footscray City Films at Footscray City College is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for work and study that is free from bullying and violence. Footscray City Films recognises that everyone has the right to dignity and respect and to a safe and healthy workplace.
Bullying is unreasonable behaviour directed towards another person that creates a risk to health and safety. Bullying is not a one-off situation; it is behaviour that is repeated. Bullying includes verbal abuse, abusive communications, humiliating someone, threats and violence.
Footscray City Films does not condone or tolerate workplace bullying; such behaviour is deemed to be unacceptable and may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with Film School Policies and Procedures. Allegations of bullying will be dealt with in a prompt and confidential manner.
We encourage all incidents of bullying to be reported to Head of the Film School and Staff for action. All staff, as far as is practicable, have responsibility to ensure bullying does not take place and to take appropriate action to ensure bullying behaviour ceases and is investigated.
Footscray City Films is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all its employees, students and the public. The management of bullying and violence in the workplace encompasses prevention, response and review of policy.
The policy is ongoing and applies across Footscray City Films. Every employee, student or visitor has a responsibility under the policy.
Head of the Film School
All staff, supervisors, students and visitors
OTHER GUIDANCE DOCUMENTS
WorkSafe Victoria Prevention of Bullying and Violence at Work Guidance
This is a statement of Footscray City Films policy relating to the resolution of student complaints and grievances (non-academic).
It covers any aspect of a student’s experience at Footscray City Films, which is not specifically covered by another policy. This policy covers, but is not limited to grievances which may arise as a result of:
This policy applies to a Footscray City Films enrolled student and a potential Footscray City Films student (hereafter called ‘student’).
All students of the College or those seeking to enrol in a course of study with the College are advised in plain English in the Footscray City Films Student Handbook of the steps to resolving student complaints and grievances as follows:
Step One If you have a complaint or grievance you need to advise your trainer immediately in order for the matter to be resolved. If the matter is unable to be resolved, please make an appointment with the Head of the Film School to discuss the situation.
Step Two In preparation for this meeting, write down your complaint or grievance, ensuring that you are specific. Footscray City Films cannot resolve the issue otherwise. Please make sure you sign this letter. Should you and the Head of the Film School not be able to resolve the situation, the Head of the Film School will make an appointment for you to talk with the Chief Executive Officer or the Chief Executive Officer’s representative.
Step Three You are welcome to bring a support person to the meeting between you and the Chief Executive Officer. If the issue is not resolved, the Footscray City Films will contract a mediator to assist in the resolution the matter.
Step Four You will be notified in writing of the outcomes of the process. In addition every student is entitled to access on request the detailed information set out in this policy and the associated procedure.
A complaint or grievance alleging criminal action needs to be referred to the police. Criminal activity includes stealing, vandalism and inflicting bodily harm on another student or staff member. Complaints of this nature need to be referred immediately to the Chief Executive Officer.
At Footscray City Films:
Procedures on how Students access their Personal Records:
Students can access their financial records by approaching the Administration staff at the Front Office.
All Academic records are maintained and can be accessed through the Head of the Film School.
Notes on Records Access
Students should keep staff informed about all changes to name, address and contact details such as phone number, mobile number and email address, so that accounts and correspondence can be kept up to date.
This policy applies to all students enrolled at Footscray City Films, who wish to apply for Recognition of prior learning (RPL) or credit transfer.
RPL is credit based on informal learning, eg through work or life experiences. Credit transfer is credit based on a student’s previous formal learning, eg completion or partial completion of an accredited course of study with content that is relevant to learning outcomes of the course applied for or enrolled in.
Footscray City Films promotes the principle of recognition of the skills and knowledge that students bring to a formal course of study, regardless of when, where or how they were obtained.
On enrolment, students can apply for RPL or credit transfer to have such skills and knowledge evaluated for credit.
Footscray City Films will endeavour to maximise the recognition of a student’s prior skills and knowledge whilst at all times maintaining the integrity and standards of the defined learning outcomes of the specific course of study. Footscray City Films recognises appropriate qualifications and Statements of Attainment of the Australian Qualifications Framework issued by a registered training organisation or higher education provider in the same, or a related, field or discipline
Benefits of Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer
RPL and credit transfer offer advantages to Footscray City Films and the individual student.
For Footscray City Films,RPL and credit transfer:
For individual students,RPL and credit transfer:
Footscray City Films endorses and adopts the following guiding principles for the recognition of prior learning and credit transfer:
Principle 1: Competence The recognition of prior learning and credit transfer must focus on the skills and knowledge gained as a result of formal and informal training, not how, when or where the learning occurred.
Principle 2: Currency Recognition of prior learning and credit transfer must assess an applicant’s current skills and knowledge.
Principle 3: Commitment Footscray City Films will demonstrate its commitment to recognising prior learning by developing and promoting clear and concise guidelines and procedures for gaining recognition.
Principle 4: Access Recognition of prior learning and credit transfer will be available to all potential applicants.
Principle 5: Fairness Recognition of prior learning and credit transfer will involve processes that are fair to all parties involved.
Principle 6: Support The recognition of prior learning and credit transfer will involve the provision of adequate support to potential applicants.
Before being eligible to apply for RPL or credit transfer a student must be enrolled in a course of study that includes those units for which RPL/credit transfer is to be sought.
Applications for credit follow the process:
Fees and Charges
There are no fees or charges for applying for credit transfer or RPL
In accordance with the Australian Quality Training Framework, Footscray City Films recognises the AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by other Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).
All students are made aware of the ability to apply for course credit via a RPL/ Credit Transfer application throughout the enrolment and induction process of the course. This is supported with information provided in the ‘Student Handbook” and the orientation.
Students are advised of RPL possibilities prior to enrolment and encouraged to submit documentation when enrolling. Students who have completed a Nationally Recognised qualification / unit that have the exact same code as a unit currently enrolled will be eligible for credit transfer for the particular unit(s).
Evidence for Credit Transfer
Applicants should complete an Credit Transfer Application Form for the units for which credit is sought.
Where the application is for an identical unit of work at another institution:
Where the application is for a comparable unit of work at another institution:
Assessment and Recording of Results
Assessment of applications will be undertaken by the Head of The Film School. Assessment will be based on the unit descriptions and learning outcomes/objectives of the units for which RPL/credit transfer is being sought.
Processing of Results
Results for RPL/credit transfer assessments will be processed in the same manner as results for all other assessments. The grade will be recorded as ‘CT’ (Credit Transfer);
To outline the rationale for assessing and granting Special Consideration to students in Higher Education programs of study.
Applies to all Footscray City College Higher Education staff (academic and administrative) and students.
A student may make an application for special consideration in the following instances:
Acceptable grounds for the awarding of special consideration include:
Special consideration will not normally apply in the following instances:
Types of special consideration
The following types of special consideration can be granted:
Applying for special consideration
Before applying for special consideration, students should discuss their circumstances with the relevant academic staff / Faculty to determine if this is an appropriate option.
Students should be aware that submitting an application for special consideration does not guarantee that special consideration will be granted.
All requests for special consideration must be submitted using the appropriate form Application for Special Consideration
All applications for Special Consideration must be accompanied by documentation that verifies the circumstances cited by the applicant and that these are eligible grounds for the application.
Students who do not supply sufficient supporting evidence in their application will be asked to supply further documentation and given ten working days in which to provide this. Failure to supply sufficient additional documentation in this time will result in rejection of the application.
Supporting evidence requirements are provided below:
Applications for Special Consideration on medical grounds must be accompanied by a medical certificate or report from a registered medical, dental, psychological or allied health practitioner.
Loss / Bereavement or Hardship / Trauma Reasons
Applications for special consideration on grounds of loss / bereavement or hardship / trauma must be accompanied by:
Applications for special consideration must be received within the following timeframes:
Applications must be received at least one week prior to the original date.
Applications must be received no later than three (3) working days after the original date.
In normal circumstances, any applications received after these timeframes will not be accepted, unless exceptional circumstances exist or alternative arrangements have been agreed to.
Applications must be submitted in writing to the relevant Course Administrator for the Faculty. Once received and logged, the application will be forwarded to the Head of the Film School or Senior Lecturer (SL) for review.
Records of applications for special consideration and their outcomes should be retained in accordance with Footscray City Film’s record management policy.
Deciding Special Consideration Applications
Decision making in regard to special consideration applications should be:
The Head of the Film School has discretion for deciding the outcomes of applications for special consideration.
Advice should be sought from the relevant Subject Coordinator or Trainer to assist in the assessment of the application.
Decisions regarding special consideration applications will take into account the following elements:
Other considerations that may be relevant to deciding the outcome of the application.
A decision regarding the outcome of an application for special consideration must be finalized within five (5) working days of receipt of the application.
If special consideration is granted, the outcome must be determined at the time of the application.