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Courses for school students
Learn with TAFE NSW – while you're still at school!
Are you a school student looking to maximise your Higher School Certificate (HSC) and gain quality workplace skills and experience to help launch your career? Look no further than our range of TAFE NSW delivered Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses.
TVET courses are ‘dual accredited’ courses – meaning they count as units of study towards both your HSC and a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification (i.e. a Certificate or Statement of Attainment). They are available across a wide range of industries and most TVET courses also provide credit towards further TAFE NSW or university studies.
- Understanding TVET
- TVET course categories
- Work placement
- How to apply for TAFE NSW delivered Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
- Why VET?
TVET courses are open to school students in Years 10, 11 or 12. They form part of your HSC subject options and cover everything from automotive trades, business services and construction, to sport and recreation, visual arts and warehousing. Find a complete course list in our current TVET Guide:
Benefits of a TVET course
With TVET you can:
- select from a wide range of courses that are not available at school;
- develop work-related skills and experiences that are recognised by employers;
- develop independence and confidence in an adult learning environment;
- gain an insight into various industry areas to help you decide on a career pathway;
- potentially gain recognition for prior learning for your previous study or work;
- learn from industry experienced teachers; and
- articulate into traineeships or apprenticeships and receive advanced standing for TAFE NSW certificate courses.
TVET course delivery
Depending on the subject you wish to study, and where you are located, your TVET course may be delivered at a TAFE NSW location or at your school. Some courses are also available online, via a connected learning centre (CLC), or as a block delivery (which may involve school holiday time).
TVET courses have the same NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements as other HSC courses, meaning you will need to regularly attend classes and complete the set assessments. Most courses take between one and two years to complete and some classes may also extend outside of school hours and/or include work placement.
Contribution towards your HSC and Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank
All TVET courses count towards your HSC, however different TVET course types contribute different amounts of credit.
TVET Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) courses may also contribute to your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), allowing you to apply for university.
Currently, you may select only one TVET ICF course to contribute towards your ATAR. You will need to study four units of the course, over one or two years, and sit for an optional Higher School Certificate exam. All ICF courses include a mandatory work placement.
- For information on full HSC requirements, please visit the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) website
- Read more about ATAR
Contribution to further study at TAFE NSW
If you successfully undertake TVET at school and want to continue your studies at TAFE NSW, you would be eligible for credit in any course containing the units of competency you have completed during your TVET studies. This means that you will not need to repeat any subjects that you successfully completed as part of your TVET course.
School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships
School Based Apprenticeships (SBAs) and School Based Traineeships (SBTs) combine paid work with TAFE NSW training and school. They give you the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised VET qualification as well as your HSC and valuable workplace skills and experience through part-time paid employment.
After successfully completing an SBA or SBT, you will receive a TAFE NSW transcript of academic record which may count towards further study.
At the end of your SBA you will have also finished the full first year of your full apprenticeship.
- Find out more about Apprenticeships and Traineeships
- Find out more about School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW
Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) courses contribute to your Higher School Certificate (HSC) and, providing all HSC syllabus requirements are met, allow you to sit an optional examination which can contribute to your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Requirements include 240 hours of delivery.
Board endorsed courses
Board endorsed courses contribute to your Record of School Achievement (RoSA) or HSC, but will not count towards your ATAR.
120 hour courses
120 hour courses contribute two units of HSC credit and are generally delivered over one school year. These courses do not count towards your ATAR. On completion you will receive a TAFE NSW Transcript of Academic Record towards a Certificate II or Certificate III qualification.
180 hour courses
180 hour courses contribute three units of HSC credit and are generally delivered over one school year. These courses do not count towards your ATAR. On completion you will receive a Certificate II qualification or a TAFE NSW Transcript of Academic Record towards a Certificate III qualification.
240 hour courses contribute four units of HSC credit and can be delivered over one or two school years (depending on delivery patterns at different locations).
On completion of a 240 hour course, you will receive a Certificate II or III qualification, or a TAFE NSW Transcript of Academic Record towards a Certificate III qualification.
240 hour courses may also contribute towards your ATAR.
Specialisation courses are delivered concurrently with 240 hour courses and can contribute an additional one, two, three or four units of HSC credit, depending on the HSC syllabus for the course.
Work placement is a mandatory NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirement for many TVET courses. It gives you the chance to learn new skills and apply the skills you've already learned as part of your course in a real industry setting.
Work placement will help you to:
- gain insights into the kind of career you'd like to have;
- make informed decisions about further training and study;
- become more employable; and
- be better equipped for business and employment opportunities.
TAFE NSW works with local workplace service providers who source suitable host employers to accommodate these placements for ICF courses.
To apply for a TVET course, or to discuss which course best meets your needs, speak to your school’s VET coordinator or careers advisor. Your school will then assist you with the application process.
More information is available in our TVET Guide.
Get help choosing the right study option for you
Whether you’re looking for hands-on, structured training or the ability to learn in your own place at your own pace, TAFE NSW is here to help you choose the right study option. We know every student has unique needs, that’s why we help combine different learning models and tailor the delivery to suit you.
Our friendly Customer Service Centre support staff can help you with any questions you might have about our on-campus, online or distance study options. Contact us to find out more.
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