Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes are technical colleges, and are the largest provider of vocational and education training (VET) in Australia. TAFES are Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that are funded by the government.
Students completing a TAFE course have traditionally received VET certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and traineeships. In more recent years, many TAFE institutions have also become technical universities, expanding their educational service offering to include higher education degrees that are on par with universities, but with an emphasis on practical and vocational learning in an industry-specific, skills-development context.
If you are seeking to enter the workforce with job-ready skills and qualifications and build a strong foundation to continue your higher education, studying at a TAFE institute may be the right pathway for you.
Most universities have affiliated colleges and institutes that provide alternative pathways to admission.
For students who do not automatically qualify for admission to university-level programs, these colleges offer a streamlined pathway to university admission through foundational studies at the Certificate Diploma and Advanced Diploma-level that are geared to up-skill and equip students with required competencies and pre-requisite qualifications to secure their admission into undergraduate programs.
Offering highly interactive, knowledge-based study options in a university-style setting, completing college level courses allow students to gain admission to their preferred course through recognised alternative pathways and often support their ability to gain exemptions from entry-level/first year subjects.