Established in 1963, Holmes began building a proud tradition of business excellence by founding a commercial college in Melbourne, Australia. By 1986, Holmes had established one of Victoria's first accredited private English Language centres and the Holmes Education Group, a respected entity in Australian professional education. In 1987, High School Preparation for international students began, followed in 1988 by the opening of the first Holmes interstate campus in Sydney. Progressively, over the next fifteen years, Holmes has expanded the national campus network to include Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Cairns, as well as introducing Cambridge Teacher Training for English language teachers in 1989 and the launch 1989 a comprehensive national Study Tour program.
For over forty years, Holmes has had an enviable reputation as a quality education provider, being 100% Australian owned and maintaining since 1988 an unchanged senior management team. From 1988, Holmes has moved steadily towards active involvement with the higher education sector, particularly in the provision of undergraduate-level degrees. The establishment of the Holmes Institute of Higher Education fulfils the company's higher education mission.
Since 2001, through these partnerships, Holmes has delivered undergraduate degree programs in addition to offering postgraduate options. Commencing 2004, the Holmes Institute of Higher Education enters an exciting era in quality, degree-based learning, preparing students for a changing global business environment by offering the Holmes Bachelor of Business and Bachelor, Bachelor of Information Systems and Bachelor of Fashion Business. Today, Holmes offers a range of vocational awards, bachelor's degrees in business, information systems and fashion and master's degrees in business administration, professional accounting and information systems.
Today, Holmes Institute operates as an integrated multi-sector private provider of education. The institute consists of a faculty of Vocational Education and Training, a faculty of Higher Education, a School of Secondary Education and an English Language centre at each location.
Holmes Institute operates from campuses in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Cairns, offering a range of awards from the vocational level through to master’s degrees in business administration and accounting. As a multi-sector provider, Holmes Institute is well-positioned as an alternative pathway to higher education.
A culture of continuous quality improvement drives Holmes Institute and in this context, the institution constantly seeks ways to align its education products with the demands of the labour market. This goal also informs curriculum development at Holmes, which includes fostering a commitment to life-long learning, international perspectives and advancing knowledge and understanding among its students.
As part of its commitment to continuous quality improvement, Holmes benchmarks its internal systems, structures, process and practices against best practices in universities and colleges. The institute also embraces new technologies with student-centred teaching and learning strategies, which complement the digital age.
Holmes Institute aspires to quality practices, which provide a stimulating and relevant education for its students and disseminates ideas about learning, community and citizenship relevant to an increasingly complex and technologically driven world.
Students wishing to study for a Bachelor’s Degree must complete 24 units and for a Master’s Degree, students must complete 12 units. At Holmes Institute students can study three trimesters per year by taking the optional Summer Trimester. This allows students to fast-track their degrees.
When studying at Holmes Institute, you will generally experience small class sizes. Small classes allow students to engage with their lecturer and fellow students. However, in some lecture situations in units in which all students are enrolled, students will attend the large lecture theatre. Tutorials usually consist of a smaller number of students to ensure that each student has the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the activities and exercises.
Students at Holmes Institute come from all over the world which makes the Holmes experience truly international. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, some direct from high school and others have been in the workforce for some time. However, students are open-minded, respectful to their fellow students and seek opportunities to share their knowledge with others.
Faculty members at Holmes Institute bring to the classroom a wide range of expertise and experience. Most of our lecturers have worked in universities in Australia and overseas. Faculty are well qualified academically. In addition, many faculty also have experience working for multinational companies, government and both in Australia and overseas.
You have some freedom to choose the units you want to study. However, at the first-year level, you will study foundation units as these provide the grounding for you to progress in your course. Some units also have so-called prerequisites, that is, you need to have studied certain units first before you enrol in other units
Each unit has two hours of lectures and one hour of tutorials each week.
Each trimester consists of twelve weeks of study, a study week for the exams followed by the examinations.
You can always contact your lecturers in class and/or during their designated consultation hours. In addition, you can contact your lecturer via email.
We strongly recommend that students attend all classes, that is, lectures, tutorials and workshops. However, while attendance is not compulsory students are required to submit all pieces of assessment and participate in accessed tutorial activities as required.
If you want or need to change a unit, you need to fill in the Unit Variation Form and submit this form to the Higher Education Coordinator on your campus who needs to approve the change of unit. Please note that you cannot change without penalty any units later the census date which appears in the academic calendar.
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