Whether you’re still at school, about to leave, or recently left, TAFE NSW offers a range of learning options to give you valuable skills to help you reach your career goals.
To give you a headstart when you enter the workforce, TAFE NSW provides study options while you’re still at school that may contribute to your School Certificate or Higher School Certificate:
There are different TAFE NSW learning options available depending on your age and what level of schooling you’ve completed.
If you’re under 17 and want to leave school, your options have been affected by a recent change in the law in NSW. From January 2010 you must complete Year 10 and then continue in either full-time education, training, paid employment or a combination of these options until you’re at least 17 years of age.
Completing Year 10 will open up more opportunities for a better education, more training and work experience which means more choices for life after school.
Once you’ve completed Year 10 you can:
More information about options for school students under 17 is available from the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC):
In exceptional circumstances you may be able to study a course equivalent to Year 10 at TAFE NSW. You’ll need to discuss this with your school principal, who must approve your formal application.
If you’ve completed or are about to complete your Higher School Certificate (HSC), TAFE NSW can offer you:
Talk to your school careers advisor or a TAFE NSW Counsellor for help selecting a course to start your career. TAFE NSW course selection is not based on an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
Find out more information about library locations and services at your local Institute:
If you’re over 17 and are leaving school, but haven’t completed the Higher School Certificate (HSC), TAFE NSW can offer you:
TAFE NSW courses have various entry requirements. You can choose a course to suit your experience level and learning needs. Many courses require little or no work experience or access to the workplace, and don’t require completion of a previous TAFE NSW course:
You may be able to obtain recognition for subjects and courses you’ve studied at school to gain credit towards your TAFE NSW qualification.
School subjects for which you could gain recognition include:
For advice on credit for your school studies:
You may be able to use your previous study and other evidence of your knowledge, skills and experience to gain Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is an assessment process that assesses your formal and informal learning to determine whether you’ve achieved the required competency standards.
For advice on the range of TAFE NSW learning options for school students and school leavers: