TAFE to university

Many TAFE NSW courses offer you the opportunity to gain both vocational and university qualifications.


Integrated programs

Integrated programs are offered by TAFE NSW Institutes in conjunction with a number of partner universities. They allow you to enrol simultaneously in both a TAFE NSW course (Diploma or Advanced Diploma) and a related higher education partner Degree program. Check with your local TAFE NSW Institute for details of integrated programs available.

Articulation and credit transfer

Many TAFE NSW courses offer you a credit transfer pathway to a university or a higher education qualification through arrangements with university and higher education providers in NSW and other parts of Australia.

'Articulation' agreements define the amount of credit you'll receive for your TAFE qualification towards a university or higher education qualification.

Which universities offer credit transfer?

TAFE NSW has agreements with universities and higher education providers in metropolitan and regional NSW and interstate.

For a full list of universities and higher education providers offering credit transfer across a specific TAFE NSW course industry area, refer to the relevant document in the list below.

What types of credit transfer are there?

Credit transfers can take various forms such as:

  • Block credit – Where students gain credit for a whole year or stage of a university or other higher education qualification for a whole TAFE NSW qualification. It does not depend on completion of any specific units of competency.
  • Specified credit – Where credit given is based on completion of the TAFE NSW qualification including specified units of competency which have been mapped to particular components of the university or other higher education qualification.
  • Unspecified credit – Where credit is given for components of a university or other higher education qualification, comprising elective or other optional components only. It may be up to the equivalent of a whole year but usually not all of the first year of the qualification.

Which TAFE NSW courses are eligible for credit transfer?

Information about eligible TAFE NSW courses and agreed credit transfer arrangements is provided below, grouped by TAFE NSW course industry areas.

Credit transfer arrangements apply for all TAFE NSW Institutes and campuses which offer the listed qualifications.

Locally negotiated credit transfer arrangements

Individual TAFE NSW Institutes may have additional arrangements to those listed above. For further information, please contact your local Institute.

How do I apply for credit transfer?

Before enrolling or applying for credit transfer you should contact both the relevant TAFE NSW Institute and the relevant university or other higher education institution to make sure you have the correct and up-to-date information about articulation/credit transfer and to find out the application procedures.

Processes for applying for credit transfer differ from university to university. You'll usually need to provide evidence of your TAFE NSW qualification when you apply for entry or at enrolment. Check the process with your chosen university or higher education provider. Availability of credit transfer does not guarantee automatic entry.

Links to relevant university and higher education provider websites are included in the list of TAFE NSW courses eligible for credit transfer.

What if no credit transfer agreement is listed for my course?

Where there is no TAFE NSW articulation agreement for either your chosen TAFE NSW course or chosen university or higher education provider, you may still approach any Australian university to negotiate your own credit transfer. You can request credit transfer if you have successfully completed:

  • a TAFE NSW Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification
  • some TAFE NSW Certificate III and IV qualifications.

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  • Duncan WilsonThe teachers were professional, approachable and always willing to go the extra mile to help me gain my qualification.Duncan Wilson
    Certificate IV in Community Services Work
    Illawarra Institute
  • Nicole MartelliPort Macquarie Campus has a relaxed look and feel to it with lots of little courtyards and outdoor seating, capitalising on the area's agreeable climate.Nicole Martelli
    Diploma of Remedial Massage
    North Coast Institute
  • Claudia LeeI loved the practicality of the course as everything used in the classroom relates to the industry and the teachers were fantastic! They have worked in industry and know their stuff.Claudia Lee
    Certificate IV in Screen and Media
    Northern Sydney Institute
  • Bruna DaudtNot only did I learn about a subject I am passionate about, the flexibility offered at Hornsby Campus allowed me to work and study at the same time.Bruna Daudt
    Diploma of Sustainability
    Northern Sydney Institute
  • Leslie WilliamsWe had a great time building a house for Aboriginal Housing. We got the feel of what it was like being on site around other trades.Leslie Williams
    Certificate III in Carpentry & Joinery, Certificate IV Building & Construction
    Riverina Institute
  • Alistair CouttsEvery class was fulfilling and taught with humour and in a way that was easy to relate to. The laughter and humour in the classroom helped us wade through the material and course in general.Alistair Coutts
    Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 Nursing)
    Riverina Institute
  • Matthew NimbsStudying online meant there was no daily travel required which is a significant time and money saver. The flexible learning allowed me to juggle study and family life whilst still getting my daily activities done.Matthew Nimbs
    Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
    North Coast Institute
  • Ashlee HodsonAshlee's advice for students contemplating studying at TAFE is "Do it! It can open up so many opportunities that you didn't know existed."Ashlee Hodson
    Business administration and human resources
    South Western Sydney Institute
  • Hamish ProustTAFE offers the appeal of smaller class size, personalised support and teachers with industry experience.Hamish Proust
    Environmental monitoring & technology
    Illawarra Institute
  • Rachael LachlanTAFE seemed like a perfect option for me that would fit into my lifestyle. It was not as expensive as university or a private college. The smaller class sizes made it easier to speak with teachers and get to know classmates.Rachael Lachlan
    Events management
    Northern Sydney Institute
  • Rabi ImamMeadowbank TAFE has great facilities... the flexibility offered in the course timetable ensured that I was able to work and study at the same time.Rabi Imam
    IT network security
    Northern Sydney Institute
  • Lachlan RobertsonThe St Leonards Campus is a fantastic place to study. The people are friendly and the learning facilities great... very modern, up-to-date and relevant.Lachlan Robertson
    Film and television
    Northern Sydney Institute
  • Shingisai-ChandoI chose to study nursing at Ultimo College because it has the best industry reputation in NSW for the Enrolled Nursing course.Shingisai-Chando
    Enrolled nursing
    Sydney Institute

     
  • Luke EastmanThe technical knowledge I gained at TAFE helped me to better understand the theory behind the design and identify the practicalities relating to the construction process.Luke Eastman
    Civil construction design
    Sydney Institute
  • Anne LeeOne of the key advantages of studying at TAFE NSW is that learning isn’t limited to the classroom.Anne Lee
    Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher)
    South Western Sydney Institute
  • Alex KeirI was about to drop out of school when a teacher told me about the school-based apprenticeship at TAFE. If you are considering doing a TAFE course go for it. You meet people with similar interests and get qualifications for the job of your dreams.Alex Keir
    Certificate II in Automotive Vehicle Servicing (specialising in light vehicle)
    South Western Sydney Institute
  • Brad FieldWorking in a supportive environment make this an absolutely terrific course. The teachers are extremely helpful, know their trade and always seem to go the extra mile just to help out. It is a benefit for life.Brad Field
    Certificate III in Automotive Mechanical Technology (Heavy Vehicle Road Transport)
    Riverina Institute
  • Bree DonnellyThe skills, knowledge and experience I gained through my education have provided me with the confidence to further pursue my studies in business at university.Bree Donnelly
    Diploma of Management
    Northern Sydney Institute
  • Courtney ColemanI chose to be a school-based trainee because I wanted to experience working as a nurse before finishing school.Courtney Coleman
    Certificate III in Health Services Assistance Nursing
    New England Institute

     
  • Damien ManiOnce I got a taste of the TAFE education experience I was hooked. The best part of my experience was the flexibility to learn by attending classes after work.Damien Mani
    Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade and Certificate IV in Engineering
    North Coast Institute
  • Dianna SchultzTAFE assisted me with admission to university and gave me extra skills and knowledge to succeed in my degree. The teachers were fantastic and very knowledgeable.Dianna Schultz
    Certificate IV in Hospitality (Catering Operations)
    South Western Sydney Institute
  • Ethan WattersI heard positive reports about the Diploma course and believed the training was a stepping stone to further study.Ethan Watters
    Diploma of Nursing
    Hunter Institute
  • Jamie SkaltsounisTAFE provided the platform whereby I felt I could not just learn from the teachers, but also from other students and their work and business experiences.Jamie Skaltsounis
    Advanced Diploma of Business (Marketing)
    Sydney Institute
  • Jason AmiesMy study led directly to my current employment – it was through teachers and contacts at TAFE that I met my employer. I am currently employed as the events and sponsorship manager for a company that organises seminars in the health care sector.Jason Amies
    Advanced Diploma of Events Management
    Western Sydney Institute
  • Juanita WightsonThe best opportunity I have been given is to work and study at the same time. TAFE has enhanced my life by providing me with qualifications and ability to always be employed.Juanita Wighton
    Certificate III in Local Government
    Western Institute
  • Kirra MatikainenTAFE NSW has had a positive influence on me in many ways. I was able to build on skills and become the hairdresser I am today.Kirra Matikainen
    Certificate III in Hairdressing
    Hunter Institute
  • Kirrilee ToughI must admit that I was very nervous about “going back to school” but that soon turned to excitement when I realised the class was all feeling the same and we were all there for one reason – to learn.Kirrilee Tough
    Certificate III in Financial Services (Accounts and Clerical)
    North Coast Institute
  • Marie DolleyI needed to pursue a training course that was fully-accredited to enter the field.Marie Dolley
    Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
    North Coast Institute
  • Poppy ConroyIn a funny way, studying at TAFE actually helped me find more balance in my life. My teachers were the reason my experience was so positive and they believed in me which made all the difference.Poppy Conroy
    Diploma of Hospitality
    South Western Sydney Institute
  • Rosalie WhitelawThe difference with TAFE is that it offers you an environment where like-minded people come together to achieve similar goals. It gives you a support network like no other.Rosalie Whitelaw
    Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation
    Illawarra Institute
  • Sarah CoulthurstThe teachers are always offering their assistance and more than willing to help whenever you need them. I study flexibly, at a time which suits me, attend the campus when I need assistance and adapt my study to maximise my benefits.Sarah Coulthurst
    Certficate IV in Business
    Riverina Institute
  • Viengkeo PhoupraseuthI was nervous at first, worrying whether I would find enough work to keep me going. But TAFE opened up so many doors for me.Viengkeo Phoupraseuth
    Diploma in Interpreting
    South Western Sydney Institute
 
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