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TAFE NSW to University

Degrees at TAFE NSW

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

Find out more information about studying for a degree with TAFE NSW.

Get a degree via TAFE NSW

If you want to go to university but need to gain entrance qualifications or be more prepared before you do, a TAFE NSW to university pathway is the answer. You can also use your TAFE NSW training and qualifications towards your degree, so you can start at a more advanced stage.

Choose a TAFE to University pathway if you:

  • Need qualifications to enter university;
  • Would like to use practical training at TAFE NSW to reduce the time you need to study at university; and/or
  • Want to be work-ready with practical skills before you complete your university degree.

Pathways to university

With a TAFE NSW to university pathway you can choose from many possible routes to higher education. These include:

TAFE NSW Statement in HSC Studies

A TAFE NSW Statement in HSC Studies allows you to study all or part of the NSW Higher School Certificate with TAFE NSW. There are a broad range of general education and vocational HSC courses to choose from, with your study program dependent on your previous experience and the amount of time you can dedicate to learning. Successful completion of the TAFE Statement in HSC Studies will award you the HSC and an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) for entry into most undergraduate university programs in Australia.

Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC)

The Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (10224NAT), otherwise known as the Tertiary Preparation Certificate (TPC), is a qualification equivalent to Year 12. It is an excellent alternative if you missed out on the HSC or you want to do the HSC again to achieve a higher score for entrance into university.

TPC graduates gain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) equivalent called a Tertiary Entrance Score and can use this to apply for entry to universities across Australia. Western Sydney University and Charles Sturt University both offer guaranteed entry to a range of undergraduate degrees for students with an eligible score who have completed the TPC with TAFE NSW.

University credit for your TAFE NSW qualification

Credit transfer arrangements are now in place for 150+ TAFE NSW courses, which could then gain you entry into almost 3,000 courses in top Australian Universities.

Find out more.

You can tailor your Credit Transfer journey from TAFE NSW to Higher Education, according to your current qualification and desired degree, by visiting the TAFE NSW Credit Transfer database on the TAFE NSW Credit Transfer website.

Integrated diploma to degree programs

TAFE NSW offers integrated programs jointly with a number of partner universities. In some cases, you can even enrol in a TAFE NSW diploma or advanced diploma and, at the same time, a related university degree.