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TAFE NSW has long been at the cutting edge of providing
It's easy to forget that not so long ago, enrolling for study meant
committing to being at a certain location at certain times and
adhering to a rigid schedule of assignment deadlines and exams. In
contrast, students these days need to think carefully about the
following issues when determining what skills and qualifications they
want to acquire.
Where to study
Tertiary education in Australia is broadly divided into the
university, TAFE and private college/training organisation sectors.
All have different strengths, but universities cater for students
wanting a theoretical understanding of subjects while TAFE and private
colleges typically focus on practical workplace skills.
Unlike those in many other countries, Aussie students have
traditionally studied close to home. However, the rise of online
education means that it's now feasible to get a qualification from an
educational institution anywhere in Australia and around the world.
Some courses are offered completely online while others, especially if
they involve hands-on skills, may involve one or more campus visits
for intensive study.
What to study
There is a wide array of courses offered by tertiary education
institutions and only you can decide which is the best one for you. Be
aware that while the three sectors mentioned above specialise in
different areas, it's not uncommon for them to all offer courses in
the same field. This means, for example, someone interested in
becoming a graphic designer can choose between studying at university,
TAFE or a private college.
How to study
One of the positive aspects of the tertiary education sector's
increasing emphasis on customer service is that it's now much more
flexible with students' study requests. As well as going part-time,
you may be able to do things such as temporarily suspend your studies
if an unexpected crisis arises.
As it has always catered to students with demanding work (and often
family) commitments, TAFE
NSW has long been at the cutting edge of providing flexible learning.
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