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TAFE Queensland
PO Box 16100 
CITY EAST QLD 4002 Australia

About TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland is the state’s largest, most experienced further education and training provider, delivering practical, industry-relevant courses to more than 120,000 students each year. Courses are taught by experienced teachers who have all worked in their fields and are passionate about sharing their industry knowledge with the next generation of professionals. TAFE courses are delivered in a variety of ways – on campus, online, by distance education or through work placement – to ensure students get the practical skills and knowledge they need to work in their chosen industry.  

Courses

TAFE Queensland offers over 500 certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree and bachelor degree level courses focused on giving students practical skills that employers demand. Courses in nursing, children’s services, aged care, business, human resources, management, information technology, tourism, hospitality and events, produce qualified graduates ready to start their careers. TAFE Queensland’s creative industries courses in graphic design, visual arts, fashion, music, and screen and media give students access to a vibrant arts industry network delivered by teachers who are accomplished practitioners. As the state’s most experienced provider of trade courses, TAFE Queensland delivers apprenticeship and traineeship training in all major trades as well as engineering and building design diplomas for students wanting to build a career in the construction industry.

Pathways to university

Many students choose to complete a TAFE Queensland diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree as a pathway to university, with TAFE study giving students the chance to earn up to 12 months or more credit towards a university degree and improve their QTAC selection rank. TAFE Queensland has relationships with all of Queensland’s major universities as well as a number of interstate tertiary institutions to provide students with a range of options to reach their career goals. Dual award courses allow students to complete a diploma at TAFE and then transfer directly to university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Through a dual award course students can guarantee a place in a TAFE and university course at the same time with only one QTAC application.

Bachelor degrees

In partnership with the University of Canberra, TAFE Queensland delivers a range of bachelor degree qualifications from the South Bank, Coomera, Nambour or Townsville campuses which see students graduate with a university degree as well as the hands-on skills of a TAFE qualification. Through this partnership, in 2018 TAFE Queensland will offer bachelor degrees in business, creative industries and information technology. In addition, TAFE Queensland also delivers its own Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics and Associate Degree in Civil Engineering from the South Bank campus. Full details of these courses can be found on the TAFE Queensland website or in Course Search.

Admissions comparison data for partner university higher education programs can be found on the University of Canberra website.

View information on Federation University's higher education admission selection and offers procedure and higher education enrolment procedure.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed Year 12 or have attained Year 12 leaving age to apply for TAFE Queensland programs through QTAC. Entry requirements for TAFE Queensland programs not offered through QTAC are available by contacting TAFE Queensland. Most art, music and performing arts diplomas and advanced diplomas require portfolio, audition or music demonstration submission for entry. Find course entry requirements on the TAFE Queensland website or in Course Search.

Delivery locations

Acacia Ridge

Airlie Beach

Alexandra Hills

 

Ashmore

 

Atherton

 

Bowen

 

Bracken Ridge

 

Browns Plains

 

Bundaberg

 

Bundamba

Caboolture

 

Cairns  

 

Charters Towers

 

Cherbourg

 

Chinchilla

 

Cloncurry

 

Coolangatta

 

Coomera

 

Dalby

 

Eagle Farm

 

Grovely

 

Gympie

 

Hervey Bay

 

Inala

 

Innisfail

 

Kingaroy

 

Loganlea

 

Mareeba

 

Maroochydore

 

Maryborough

 

Mooloolaba

 

Mt Isa

 

Mt Gravatt

 

Nambour

 

Redcliffe

 

Roma

 

South Bank

 

Southport

 

Springfield

 

Sunnybank

 

Toowoomba

 

Torres Strait

 

Townsville

 

Warwick

 

Yeerongpilly


Study online with TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland offers a range of courses and qualifications to study online and we are investing to make this list of courses even bigger.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (RTO No. 31258)

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges delivers practical, skills-based training to rural industries, regional communities and regional urban centres throughout Queensland and beyond. Our divisions include the Emerald Agricultural College, Longreach Pastoral College and Rural Training Queensland.

Find more information about courses offered by Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges or call 1800 888 710.

Open days

TAFE Queensland – Bracken Ridge: Tuesday, 25 July

TAFE Queensland SkillsTech – Acacia Ridge: Thursday, 27 July

Visit the TAFE Queensland website for more information.

Important dates

Visit the TAFE Queensland website for information on enrolment, teaching, semester start and end, and other important academic dates.

Visit key dates and fees for information on important QTAC dates.

Admission criteria

General admissions information

To be eligible for admission to a TAFE Queensland course, you must satisfy entry requirements. These requirements include English language proficiency, subject prerequisites, and for some courses, course specific entry requirements.  For most TAFE Queensland courses, you will be selected if you have met English language proficiency, prerequisites (if applicable) and have completed Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age.

For some courses you will be selected on your OP/selection rank. Course-specific information can be found on the TAFE Queensland website or in Course Search.

Current Year 12 applicants

For most TAFE Queensland courses, you will be selected for entry if you have met English language proficiency, prerequisites (if applicable) and have completed Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age.

For courses where selection is based on OP/selection rank note the following:

Current Queensland Year 12 OP-eligible students will be considered for an offer based on the OP (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Current Queensland Year 12 students’ ineligible to receive an OP will be assigned a QTAC selection rank based on this study and will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Current Interstate Year 12 students will be assigned a selection rank based on their ATAR and will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Current International Baccalaureate (IB) students will be assigned a selection rank based on their score from their completed IB Diploma. As agreed by admissions centres around Australia, the IB score is converted to a 'combined rank'. The combined rank is on the same scale as the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank). This is then converted to QTAC selection rank. Visit IB studies for more information. IB Diploma students will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Other recognised qualifications completed when at school such as competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV (completed),  diplomas, higher education study, and some music, dance and speech qualifications will also be assigned a selection rank.

If you have several selection ranks (e.g. based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank.

Completed Year 12 (within the past two years)

Year 12 results (OP/selection rank) do not expire once you have left school. Whether this result is considered for an offer to a course will depend on whether you have additional qualifications (including other recognised qualifications completed while at school or post school).

This includes formal qualifications such as Senior External Examination results, higher education study (e.g. bachelor degree level and higher), VET study such as competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV (completed), diplomas and sub-degree level study and bridging and preparation courses. Other post-secondary professional and paraprofessional qualifications and service will be considered, including:

  • some creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications
  • memberships of professional associations for which qualifying exams are undertaken
  • police, defence and emergency services experience.

You may also use alternative entry pathways such as employment experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); age restrictions apply. 

If you have several selection ranks (e.g. based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank.

Completed Year 12 (more than two years ago)

For most TAFE Queensland courses, you will be selected for entry if you have met English language proficiency, prerequisites (if applicable) and have completed Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age.

For courses where selection is based on OP/selection rank, note the following:

Year 12 results (OP/selection rank) do not expire once you have left school. Whether this result is considered for an offer to a course will depend on whether you have additional qualifications (including other recognised qualifications completed while at school or post school).

This includes formal qualifications such as Senior External Examination results, higher education study (e.g. bachelor degree  evel and higher), VET study such as competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV (completed), diplomas and sub-degree level study and bridging and preparation courses. Other post-secondary professional and paraprofessional qualifications and service will be considered, including:

  • some creative arts, language and civil aviation qualifications
  • memberships of professional associations for which qualifying exams are undertaken
  • police, defence and emergency services experience.

You may also use alternative entry pathways such as employment experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); age restrictions apply.

If you have several selection ranks (e.g. based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank.

Applicants with higher education study

For most TAFE Queensland courses, you will be selected for entry if you have met English language proficiency, prerequisites (if applicable) and have completed Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age.

For courses where selection is based on OP/selection rank, note the following:

  • If you have undertaken previous recognised higher education level study (e.g. AQF bachelor degree level and higher) this study will be assigned a selection rank based on the level, duration and Grade Point Average (GPA) of the study. 
  • If you have several selection ranks (e.g. based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest selection rank.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

For most TAFE Queensland courses, you will be selected for entry if you have met English language proficiency, prerequisites (if applicable) and have completed Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age.

For courses where selection is based on OP/selection rank, note the following:

  • Competency-based and graded AQF certificates III and IV (if completed), AQF diplomas and sub-degree level study (based on level, duration, Grade Point Average (GPA)) will be assigned a selection rank.
  • If you have several selection ranks (e.g. based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank.

Applicants with work and life experience

For most TAFE Queensland courses, you will be selected for entry if you have met English language proficiency, prerequisites (if applicable) and other course specific entry requirements and have completed Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age.

For courses where selection is based on OP/selection rank, note the following:

  • If you do not have formal qualifications you may use alternative entry pathways such as employment experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); age restrictions apply.  STAT and employment experience are not accepted for current Year 12 students.
  • If you have several selection ranks (e.g. based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank.

Bridging and enabling course entry

TAFE Queensland offers the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (10397NAT) course.  This course is ideal for applicants who did not complete Year 12 or have been away from formal study for some time. It provides a pathway to diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree and university undergraduate courses. It helps to develop life-long learning skills, information communication technology skills, higher order literacy and numeracy skills, analytical thinking and problem-solving skills, and foundation knowledge and skills in a variety of specific fields of study, depending on the electives you choose. 

Students can specialise in Language and Learning (core), Australian Society, Biology, Computing for Academic Purposes, Family and Consumer Studies, Modern World History, Psychology, Environmental Studies, Chemistry, Legal Studies, Mathematics General (equivalent to Maths A), Mathematics Pure (equivalent to Maths B), Physics. 

Applicants must be 18 or turn 18 years of age within six months of starting the course.  

Find out more about the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation at TAFE Queensland.

OP/selection rank-related adjustments 

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)

EAS is for students who have experienced difficult circumstances that have adversely impacted on their studies. To be considered, applicants apply to QTAC for a confidential assessment of their circumstances. Maximum bonus points of four (4) OPs or eight (8) selection ranks may apply.

Criteria that may apply in addition to OP/selection rank

Most art, music and performing arts, graphic design, diplomas and advanced diplomas require portfolio, audition or music demonstration submission for entry.

Refer to specific course entry requirements on the TAFE Queensland website or in Course Search.

Additional information

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Contact TAFE Queensland for information about student support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Domestic students with overseas qualifications

Domestic students with overseas qualifications should contact TAFE Queensland for information on how their qualifications will be assessed for entry.

English language proficiency

TAFE Queensland requires students to demonstrate that they can speak, write, read and comprehend English to a specified standard. Visit English language proficiency for information on TAFE’s English proficiency requirements, including ways to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Enrolment

TAFE Queensland makes year round offers for most courses. Visit Course Search for more information.

Offers

QTAC applicants are notified of their TAFE Queensland offer by email and must respond to their offer online by the due date. Applicants accepting their offer can find enrolment information via a link in their QTAC application.

Deferment

Contact TAFE Queensland for more information about deferment for higher education courses.

Credit transfer/recognition of prior learning

Students who have completed prior higher education study may be eligible for credit transfer. Credit transfer applications must be supported by certified copies of the student’s testamur, record of results or graduation statement. Credit transfer is awarded if  higher education units:

  • have an endorsed equivalency relationship is mapped and documented by TAFE Queensland and meets the 75% similarity test for specified credit against a same/like unit, or
  • have a credit arrangement documented between TAFE Queensland and another organisation, or
  • provide for unspecified credit in the TAFE Queensland higher education course of study.

Awards issued in excess of ten years will not be considered as evidence toward credit transfer and/or articulation except where the course is recognised by external registration bodies.

Students with relevant work and life experience (non-formal courses, professional or work experience) may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). Students will be required to submit an RPL application with supporting documentation and/or certified copies as applicable.

An initial interview may be arranged by TAFE Queensland to discuss and advise the student on suitability/eligibility for RPL (and any gap training) as required. Students will be advised of the outcome of their suitability/eligibility for RPL prior to the start of study.

Contact TAFE Queensland for more information about credit transfer or recognition of prior learning.

Fees and Charges

Fees and charges relating to TAFE Queensland VET and higher education courses can be found in Course Search or by contacting TAFE Queensland.

For information on the fees and charges of courses offered in conjunction with our university partners, refer to the university websites.

Student profile

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in higher education courses at TAFE Queensland. It provides data on students that commenced higher education study and passed the census date in Semester 1, 2017 including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses and international students studying in Australia.
Student profile
Applicant background Semester 1, 2017
Number of students % of all students
(a) Past higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
16 11%
(b) Past vocational education and training (VET) study 41 28.3%

(c) Recent secondary education:

Admitted solely on the basis of OP/selection rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points

 

L/N

 

L/N

Admitted where both OP/selection rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum OP/selection rank)
-

-
Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/selection rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, school recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/selection rank requirement, VET qualification completed during school)
64

44.1%
(d) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)

5

3.4%
International students
16

11%
All students N/P 100%
Notes:        L/N – Low numbers: the numbers of students is less than five.
                    N/A – Data not available for this item.
                    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than five students. (The values of suppressed cells can be approximated by using the totals and subtracting the values of some other cells, but only to within five students of the actual number, thereby     retaining the confidentiality of the cells marked "L/N.)

How to apply

Domestic students applying for undergraduate study apply through QTAC or direct application to TAFE Queensland.

International students studying Year 12 in Australia apply through QTAC.

All other international students should contact TAFE Queensland to find out how to apply.

TAFE Queensland does not offer postgraduate higher education courses.

Student and campus services

Student facilities and services

TAFE Queensland provides a range of facilities with students completing their study in workshops using industry standard equipment; fully functional kitchens, health clinics, theatres and studios; operating restaurants, childcare centres, beauty salons and gyms; and electronic learning centres. Partnerships with local employers allow TAFE Queensland to support study in actual workplaces to give students valuable work experience.

TAFE Queensland provides a range of specialist services to support students with their study, employment and personal needs. Services include career guidance; support for students with a disability; assistance for students from a non-English speaking background or who need help with language, literacy or numeracy; Indigenous Student Support Officers and access to financial assistance for eligible students.

Course admissions information Semester 1, 2017

View a summary (PDF 134.6KB) of TAFE Queensland higher education course offers made through QTAC for semester 1, 2017.

Where to get more information

 

 

Page last updated: 05 Sep 2017