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You don't need an ATAR to study a degree with TAFE NSW, but you will graduate with a qualification that will change your future.
Study a Bachelor degree, post graduate or higher education qualification with TAFE NSW, and graduate with strong theoretical knowledge, practical experience and industry connections that will give you a head start on your career.
Plus if you have previously completed a higher education or vocational diploma or certificate qualification, you may be eligible for credit transfer or recognition of prior learning (RPL) towards your degree, which means you could graduate sooner.
We also offer short courses comprising one or two subjects designed to meet industry requirements. Check out our short courses!
We also offer Undergraduate Certificates. Undergraduate Certificates are short courses requiring completion of just four subjects. They are designed to provide you with the professional skills and knowledge to move into new employment opportunities. If you decide to continue your studies, you will get recognition for the four subjects completed.
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We offer a range of courses from Bachelor degrees (equivalent to 3-4 years full-time study), through Associate Degrees (2 years full-time study equivalent) to Higher Education Diplomas (one year full-time study equivalent). We also have several post-graduate courses, and a range of short courses called Undergraduate Certificates which take one semester of full-time study to complete. All our courses are available for part-time study, so that you can study at your own pace while balancing other aspects of your life.
A bachelor degree is an undergraduate qualification that is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to commence a professional career. Each bachelor degree focuses on a key area of study and builds your knowledge as you progress through your studies. Most TAFE NSW Higher Education bachelor degrees require the completion of three years full-time study (or part-time equivalent). While many school leavers choose to enrol in a bachelor degree when they complete high school, all TAFE NSW Higher Education courses including bachelor degrees are open for enrolment to mature age students, regardless of whether you completed high school.
Most TAFE NSW Higher Education bachelor degrees require the completion of three years full-time study (or part-time equivalent). Our Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) which qualifies you to teach in early childhood settings is a four year degree (or part-time equivalent) and satisfies the requirements to be registered as an early childhood teacher in Australia. A Higher Education Diploma takes the equivalent of one year of full-time study, and our Associate Degree courses take the equivalent of two years full-time study to complete. All our courses are available for part-time study, so that you can study at your own pace while balancing other aspects of your life.
There are a number of ways you can qualify for admission into a TAFE NSW degree course. To ensure you are ready to study at degree level, you must hold as a minimum a NSW HSC or equivalent or a Tertiary Preparation Certificate or equivalent or a Certificate IV or higher qualification. In relation to the NSW HSC, we do not use ATAR for admission purposes.
If you do not have an HSC or TPC or Certificate IV and you are over 21 years of age or if you have experienced disadvantage, you can apply for entry under our mature age and disadvantage provisions. You will be required to provide evidence to demonstrate your ability to study at degree level.
Some courses have additional entry requirements, for example our creative courses require you to submit a portfolio of art and design work and our business courses require you to undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment before you are offered a place.
Find out more about entry requirements for international students, including English language requirements.
FEE-HELP is an Australian government student loan program that allows eligible domestic students to pay their tuition fees using a FEE-HELP student loan. This means that you don’t need to use your own money to pay your tuition fees. You will start repaying the loan to the Australian government through the taxation system once you reach an income threshold set by the government (In 2020-2021 the income threshold is $46,620).
Find out more about FEE-HELP including eligibility criteria.
USI stands for Unique Student Identifier. USIs have been designed by the Australian government to enable students to track their record of learning across all post-school study. All new students enrolling in TAFE Degree courses must apply for a USI as part of the enrolment process. Students who have previously completed a vocational course, whether at TAFE or elsewhere, will already have a USI and will not be required to get a new USI when they enrol in a TAFE degree course. Students who do not have a USI will not be able to apply for a FEE-HELP loan.
TAFE NSW provides resources and further information for currently enrolled and graduating students.