Co-op university

What is co-op?

Cooperative learning or co-op is a well-established international model that prepares students for their future careers by linking them to workplaces as a core part of their degree through cooperative relationships with industry.

The Federation co-op model will be different to traditional work placements at other universities because we will actively bridge campus-based learning with workplace learning so that when you graduate you already have work experience as well as the skills to succeed.

Every Federation co-op degree will:

  • Include transferable skills as well as technical skills to prepare you for your career
  • Include at least 150 hours of workplace learning that contributes to your course credits
  • Give you the opportunity to work with employers and build your work experience and resume so you can go straight from uni into your first job or your new career

You'll also be provided with a range of opportunities to suit your goals and needs, including:

  • Paid extended internships
  • Shorter 'learning in the workplace' opportunities
  • Team-based projects for an industry partner
  • Connections with local and international opportunities, with access to major national and global employers opening up opportunities for travel

Our co-op model will provide you with real, meaningful work experience in workplaces using the latest technology, no matter what degree or program you choose.

Employers love this model as they can recruit graduates that already have experience and are ready to apply their knowledge in the workplace.

Federation has made a commitment that by 2025, every program will include a cooperative work experience – real workplaces, real projects and real career opportunities.

Our first co-op degrees will be launched in 2023:

Bachelor of Arts

To ensure our Bachelor of Arts program is fit for purpose to be delivered as part of our Australian first cooperative education model, a review group of employers, students, staff and experts will be set up to redesign the program so that it is contemporary, multidisciplinary and digitally driven to meet student and industry needs.

For students enrolling in the Bachelor of Arts program for 2023, you will have a unique opportunity to co-create the final year of the program with industry and employers as part of our cooperative education model that will provide students with a head start on a successful career and regional employers with graduates primed for the workplace.