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Telegraph Point teenager Hannah Sexton graduated from year 10 having
never stepped foot in a classroom.
Home schooled since kindergarten, when Hannah was faced with her HSC
years the bright 17 year old researched her options and decided to
take the one-year adult-learning route. So, in February 2018 she began
the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC) offered by TAFE NSW
Soon after graduating in November 2018 she applied to study a
Bachelor of Medical Sciences at a Sydney-based university and was
accepted. In providing Hannah with the knowledge and practical
experience she needed to successfully apply for tertiary study, the
TPC also provided a 1-year shortcut to university.
Hannah says, “I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was a little girl. I
didn’t want to spend two years doing my HSC so my family and I looked
at the options and decided on the TAFE NSW Tertiary Preparation Certificate.
“I had never been into a conventional classroom or studied amongst
students my own age. I had to be more independent and time manage, and
I really enjoyed going to class. It was an eye opener to the world.
“TAFE NSW prepared and honed my academic ability to study at
university, and my studying experience with my teachers was incredibly
rewarding. They have wonderfully supported me throughout the duration
of the course, always being prodigiously supportive and caring in my
education, well-being and ambitions.
“I am aiming to become an obstetrician. After medical science I want
to get into medicine then specialise in obstetrics. The TPC was a
great way to get my HSC in less time with more relevant subjects and
learning, and then be accepted into uni to move towards that goal.
“Now, I will soon be relocating to Sydney, which is both exciting and daunting.”
Although the vast majority of Hannah’s learning was done face to face
in a classroom environment, her physics class wasn’t offered locally
so she accessed a TAFE NSW Wollongbar course via video conference.
Digital technology such as this has become an everyday learning tool
in today’s educational environment.
The TAFE NSW coordinator for Hannah’s course, Clare McManus says,
“Hannah’s experience of TAFE NSW was the first leaning experience she
had encountered that incorporated classrooms, students, science
experiments and practical lessons, examinations and assessment deadlines.
“She adapted quickly and with enormous enthusiasm that was infectious
with her classmates. Her conscientiousness and self-discipline was exemplary.”
The Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation can be studied at many
TAFE NSW locations, including Port Macquarie, Gosford, Wyong, Belmont,
Glendale, Newcastle, Maitland, Cessnock, Kingscliff and Coffs Harbour,
as well as online via TAFE Digital. For more information visit
www.tafensw.edu.au or call 131 601.
Media contact: Kristy Sheppard, TAFE NSW Media &
Communications Business Partner, 4923 7784 or 0407 450 860.