TVET for school students

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TVET courses at your local TAFE NSW Institute

Find out more about TVET courses offered at your local TAFE NSW campus or Institute, including contact details for local TVET consultants:


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What is TVET?

TAFE-delivered vocational education and training (TVET) courses allow school students to gain workplace skills and experience to get a head-start on their career.

TVET allows you to:

  • gain practical, work-related skills to enhance your future employment opportunities
  • complete units that count towards your Higher School Certificate (HSC)
  • start or complete a nationally recognised TAFE NSW qualification while still at school.

When you finish your TVET course you’ll receive a nationally accredited Certificate qualification or a Statement of Attainment. Most TVET courses articulate into further TAFE or university studies.

What can I study?

There is a wide range of TVET courses offered across a variety of industry areas, such as beauty, children’s services, hairdressing, multimedia, and more.

You can select an Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) course developed by the NSW Board of Studies specifically for school students in a range of industry areas. Current ICF courses are:

  • Automotive
  • Business Services
  • Construction
  • Electrotechnology
  • Entertainment
  • Financial Services
  • Hospitality
  • Human Services
  • Information and Digital Technology
  • Metal and Engineering
  • Primary Industries
  • Retail Services
  • Tourism, Travel and Events

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Does TVET contribute towards my Higher School Certificate (HSC) or ATAR?

All TVET courses count towards your HSC.

TVET Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) courses may contribute to your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). You will need to study 4 units of an ICF course, over two years or one year, and sit for an optional Higher School Certificate exam. All ICF courses include mandatory work placement. Only one TVET course can contribute towards your ATAR.

Work placement

Many VET courses include some time working in the industry area of your course. This is called 'work placement'. Work placement gives you the chance to learn industry skills and to put into practice the skills you've already learned as part of your VET course.

Work placement will also help you to:

  • understand the attitudes expected in the industry area
  • gain insights into the kind of career you’d like to have
  • make informed decisions about further training and study
  • become more employable
  • be better equipped for business and employment opportunities.

School based apprenticeships and traineeships

School based apprenticeships and traineeships provide you with the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification as well as your Higher School Certificate (HSC) and gain valuable work skills and experience through part-time, paid employment.

Both school based apprenticeships (SBAs) and traineeships (SBTs) can be delivered through TAFE NSW. Information about qualifications available within this program is available from:

For information about how to enrol as a school based apprentice or trainee in TAFE NSW please contact the TAFE Institute Consultant at your Institute. Contact details for TAFE Institute Consultants are available from your local TAFE NSW Institute website or from:

Where are TVET courses delivered?

TVET courses may be delivered either at a TAFE NSW campus or at school, depending on which course you wish to study and where you are located. Not all courses are available at all campuses. You attend your TVET course as part of your regular school study schedule.

Can I apply for credit towards further TAFE studies?

If you successfully undertake TVET at school and continue your studies at TAFE you may apply for advanced standing in any course containing the units of competency you have successfully completed during TVET studies. You will not be required to repeat any subjects that you have successfully completed as part of your TVET course.

More information

For more information about TVET courses:

  • speak to your school careers adviser or VET coordinator
  • contact a TVET coordinator at your local TAFE NSW campus

For information on TVET policy and guidelines contact the Senior Pathways Unit, Secondary Education on (02) 9266 8944 or visit:

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