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Keen to explore study options for your future? Do you need to relaunch and relearn? From short courses that give you foundation skills right up to preparation for degree-level study, TAFE NSW will prepare you for your future.

These courses can help you build digital skills to confidently work with computers. They can help you build the foundations for a number of careers, or just give you everyday skills in how to use a computer.

Would you like to apply for entry to the Australian Defence Force (ADF), but lack a Year 10 level Mathematics qualification? TAFE NSW's Statement of Attainment in Defence Preparation courses will provide you with the skills required for your application and will benefit your ongoing career.

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Do you need Year 10 or Year 12 equivalent qualifications, or an ATAR? From short courses that give you foundation skills right up to preparation for degree-level study, TAFE NSW will prepare you for your future.

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Jack McIntosh

A Force to be reckoned with

"With the help of my teachers, who would sometimes stay after hours to help me complete my assessments, I was able to successfully complete the course."

Jack McIntosh

TAFE NSW Port Macquarie student Jack McIntosh, winner of the prestigious Career Pathways, Aboriginal Languages and Employability Skills Student of the Year award at the TAFE NSW Excellence Awards, is certainly someone who knows how to achieve a goal.  

With a desire to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF), Jack was faced with the reality that entry required completion of Year 10 English and Maths. So Jack chose TAFE NSW to study at because of “the adult learning environment, which ended up being the right choice because I was able to do very well.”  

So well, in fact, that in addition to winning the prestigious Excellence Award, Jack was also selected to become an Artillery Operator in the ADF – one of only 50 applicants selected from a pool of 4000 applicants nation-wide. 

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Do you want to study a degree course? TAFE NSW offers courses to support entry into degrees. These courses will be available to study full-time, part-time or through flexible learning options from July 2019. Enquire now to register your interest >

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Enrolling a pathway course will help you develop your learning, literacy, numeracy, digital literacy and communication skills. These courses equip you to address and overcome barriers. These courses can help you if you require a pathway to further training or employment. They suit Aboriginal students, students with a disability, early school leavers, those returning to education or employment, mature age students and people from a Non-English Speaking Background.

These courses will help you gain self-confidence and develop a positive attitude towards learning. The courses will help you reach your next study or career goal. Whatever stage you are at in your educational journey, we will support you to take the next steps.

Everybody learns differently, so we deliver our courses in a number of different ways to help you develop your skills across your personal, social, educational and work life.

The Certificate I in Preparation for Work and Training helps you to build confidence, while a Certificate III in Career Advancement will help you move up the career ladder.

We also offer Australian Defence Force preparation courses, pathway courses to university (including Year 10, 11, and 12 equivalent certificates), and short courses in computer skills.

All of our pathway courses equip you with the skills and self-confidence you need to reach your goals – no matter how big or small.

You will learn to participate in formal education, develop skills you can use in all walks of life, manage your study time, and communicate with peers and teachers. Depending on your location, you may be able to undertake units in vocational areas such as hospitality, administration, IT or animal care, which can help you kick-start your career.

No matter where you’ve come from or what your future looks like – our pathway courses can help you reach your goals. You can use a pathway course as a stepping-stone, preparing you for a career that you are passionate about.

Committing to study can be difficult, especially when you aren’t sure where to start. Our pathway courses will help you gain self-confidence and develop work skills such as reading, writing, digital literacy, problem solving, creativity, communication and teamwork. These skills will help give you a competitive edge when job seeking.

The Australian government have committed to a target that by 2022, 66% of working age Australians will have literacy and numeracy skills at Level 3 or above.

This means that majority of Australians will have skills that allow them to engage productively in the workplace and community. There is no better time to invest in your future with a pathway course.

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What opportunities could an access education course lead to?

Education and training can open a world full of opportunities. 

TAFE NSW can assist you with key learning steps that you may need for future progression. Our courses are able to provide you with the skills you need to construct your chosen career. These course consist of:

Career Pathways and Employability Skills
Are you looking for education support to enhance your career pathways? Or short courses to build your foundation skills list? Our tailored courses can prepare you for the future you’ve always dreamt of. 

Computer Skills 
Building digital skills can be key across a variety of career roles. Our computer skills courses offer a wide range of pathways to ensure you have the right skills for your job set. These consist of Computer Repair, Digital Media and Telecommunications Technology. 

Defence Force Entry 
Are you looking to join the Australian Defence Force (ADF)? To support your application, we can assist you in your studies of Year 10 Maths, Science and English. 

HSC and Further Study
Do you need your Year 10, Year 12 equivalent qualification? Or maybe you’re looking for your ATAR for university? Our HSC and Further Study courses vary from short courses which will provide foundation skills, all the way to preparation for degree-level study.  

Through the TAFE NSW HSC, Further Study and Career Pathways courses, you can gain the qualifications you need to broaden your career opportunities for a brighter future.