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There are many pathways that lead from a TAFE NSW course to a university degree. 

When you study with TAFE NSW, you'll open up many possible future routes into higher education:

TAFE NSW doesn't only deliver vocational programs – TAFE NSW Degrees also offers a range of practical, niche qualifications including Associate and Bachelor Degrees and Graduate Certificates. 

TAFE NSW Institutes partner with universities to deliver graduate qualifications at your local campus, and there are many integrated programs that allow you to progress from a diploma to a degree.

TPC (Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation Certificate - national code 10224NAT) graduates gain an ATAR equivalent rank called a Tertiary Entrance Score and can use this score to apply for entry to universities throughout NSW, ACT and across Australia. Western Sydney University and Charles Sturt University both offer guaranteed entry to a range of undergraduate degrees for students who have completed the TPC from TAFE NSW.

A TAFE Statement in HSC Studies will lead students to an award of the NSW Higher School Certificate and attainment of an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) for entry into most undergraduate university programs in Australia.

Integrated diploma to degree programs

TAFE NSW  Institutes offer integrated programs jointly with a number of partner universities. You can enrol in a TAFE NSW course (Diploma or Advanced Diploma) and – at the same time – a related university degree program. Check with your local TAFE NSW Institute for details of integrated programs.

Credit for your TAFE qualification

Many TAFE qualifications can earn you credit towards a Degree at universities or higher education organisations across Australia. The amount of credit you may receive depends on the agreed arrangements (called articulation arrangements) for your qualification and the higher education qualification you want to do.

Which universities offer credit for your TAFE NSW studies?

TAFE NSW has agreements about credit with universities and higher education organisations in Sydney, regional NSW and interstate. You may be eligible for:

  • Credit for a whole year or stage of a university or other higher education qualification for a whole TAFE NSW qualification (block credit)
  • Credit for having completed a TAFE NSW qualification, including specified units of competency which match particular parts of the university qualification (specified credit) or
  • Credit towards some elective components only of a university degree. These may equate to a whole year of study, but usually not all of the first year (unspecified credit)

To find out more, talk to one of our course coordinators at your local Institute.

Which TAFE NSW courses are eligible for credit transfer?

You can search through our database to find out about eligible TAFE NSW courses and agreed credit transfer arrangements.

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

Got a question? Email us for more information.

How do I apply for credit?

Before you enrol or apply for credit, you should contact both your TAFE NSW Institute and the relevant university or other institution to make sure you have correct, up-to-date information about the arrangement, and how to apply for it.

Each university has a different way to apply for credit. You'll usually have to provide evidence of your TAFE NSW qualification when you apply for entry or at enrolment. Check the process with your chosen university or institution. Even if credit transfer arrangements exist and you meet the criteria, your entry is not guaranteed.

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 your chosen university or higher education provider, you may still approach any Australian university to negotiate your own credit arrangement.

Rosalie Whitelaw
Nursing Student

Illawarra Institute graduate Rosalie completed a Tertiary Preparation Certificate in 2012 which enabled her to study nursing at university.