Study - Ways to Study
Ways to study
Flexible study options to suit your needs
We offer a variety of study options to suit all our students. Whether you’re able to commit to full-time study or need to balance studies with work and personal commitments, we have a study option that allows you to study your way.
You can choose to complete a course at one of our 130 campuses, learn in the comfort of your own home at your own pace, or study on-the-job while you work. Most courses are taught throughout two semesters: from February to June, and from July to November. TAFE NSW is also increasing the number of short courses, fast-track, flexible and online courses we offer, meaning students can enrol all year round.
"I decided to enrol in the Diploma of Enrolled Nursing over a degree at university because it is flexible and I get face-to-face support at TAFE NSW." - Alicia, nursing student
Study full-time at TAFE NSW
You will take at least two units and be in the classroom for at least 18 hours a week. The actual number of hours, and how many days per week you attend, will depend on the number of units you choose to study and your personal timetable.
Study part-time at TAFE NSW
You will take at least one unit and be in the classroom for 2-3 hours per week for each unit. Part-time courses are available in the day, evening and on weekends, so you can fit study around your work and personal commitments.
Flexible study with TAFE NSW
If you choose a flexible delivery course you have the choice of studying in the classroom, learning while on-the-job in your workplace or in any location of choice through online and distance learning. How much is delivered, in which way, depends on your specific course.
Study online with TAFE NSW
TAFE NSW offers a wide range of certificates to advanced diploma, short courses and even graduate qualifications delivered entirely online. This means you can study at your own pace wherever it suits you best; at home, at work, or on-the-go. You will have access to digital learning and support materials as well as being able to submit all, or the majority of, your assessments online.
Study in the workplace with TAFE NSW
If you prefer to learn on the job then we have a range of courses that can help you do just that. Our teachers will train you in your workplace, using your tools and knowledge. Assignments will be based on your real life workplace, and your previous work experience could give you credit towards completing your qualification faster.
Study on site at TAFE NSW
If you choose to study at one of our 130 locations across NSW, you'll have access to top industry training facilities and state-of-the-art classrooms. You'll also experience our great student services, including: libraries, cafes, student associations, gyms, careers advisory service, book shops and many more.
TAFE NSW campuses are great places to connect, learn and grow. You’ll discover highly-skilled and friendly teachers willing to help with any queries, as well as a vibrant and supportive social life with your fellow students.
Each campus offers specialist knowledge and training, strong relationships with schools and universities as well as comfortable study spaces, libraries and extensive support services.
Discover the best TAFE NSW location for your needs.
How it works
Your study load depends on the course you choose, with some requiring more practical class time than others. Remember, you'll also need to allow time for reading and assignments outside of your class hours too.
TAFE NSW is currently increasing the number of online, fast-track, flexible and short courses on offer so that you have more choice to enrol all year round. The number of hours you will spend in class or studying online will vary, depending on the course you select.
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.