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TAFE Queensland
PO Box 16100 
CITY EAST QLD 4002 Australia

About TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland is the state’s largest and most experienced further education and training provider, delivering practical, industry-relevant courses to more than 120,000 students each year. Our courses are taught by highly-qualified teachers who have experience in their fields and are passionate about sharing their industry knowledge with the next generation. Our flexible study options mean you can choose to study a TAFE Queensland course at one of our 50 locations across the state, online, or through your workplace.

Courses

TAFE Queensland offers more than 600 courses ranging from short courses, certificates and diplomas through to advanced diplomas, associate degrees and even bachelor degree level courses.

Our courses focus on giving you the practical skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen industry. We offer courses across a comprehensive range of study areas, including agriculture and horticulture, animal care, automotive, beauty and hairdressing, building and construction, business, child care, community services, creative industries, electrotechnology and utilities, general education and training, hospitality and cookery, nursing and health, resources and mining, sports and fitness, information technology, tourism and events, and transport, logistics and aviation. 

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.

Admission pathways to university

We have partnerships with all of Queensland’s major universities, as well as a number of interstate tertiary institutions, making TAFE Queensland a great pathway to university. 

By successfully completing a TAFE Queensland diploma, you can earn up to 12 months credit transfer towards a university degree, as well as improve your QTAC selection rank. 

You can also guarantee a place in a TAFE Queensland diploma and your preferred university degree with one QTAC application, by applying for one of our dual award courses. 

This allows you to complete a diploma at TAFE Queensland and then transfer directly to university to complete your bachelor’s degree, giving you the best of both worlds.

Bachelor degrees

In partnership with the University of Canberra, TAFE Queensland delivers a range of bachelor degree qualifications from the South Bank and Coomera campuses.

In addition, TAFE Queensland also delivers its own Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics and Associate Degree in Civil Engineering from the South Bank campus. Our bachelor degree courses allow our students to graduate with a university degree as well as the hands-on skills of a TAFE qualification. 

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.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (RTO no 31258) delivers practical, skills-based training to rural industries, regional communities and regional urban centres throughout Queensland and beyond through the Emerald Agricultural College, Longreach Pastoral College and Rural Training Queensland.
For more information about courses offered by Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges, visit the QATC website or call 1800 888 710.

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.

Open days

Schools Open Day – Ipswich (Bundamba): Tuesday, 1 May

Schools Open Day – Toowoomba: Tuesday, 8 May

Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation Information Session – Caboolture, Loganlea, South Bank: Monday, 11 June & Monday, 3 December 5.30–7pm

Open Day – Bracken Ridge: Tuesday, 12 June 10am–4pm

Open Day – Acacia Ridge: Thursday, 14 June

Ashmore Trade Training Centre Open Day – Ashmore: Friday, 10 August 9am–4pm

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.

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 calculated (e.g. ranks based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest selection rank.
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
  • where there are provisions 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 further 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.

Applicants with a completed bridging or enabling course

TAFE Queensland recognises a number of bridging and enabling, preparation and foundation programs offered by higher education providers across Australia which may satisfy English language proficiency, subject prerequisites and other entry requirements. Contact TAFE Queensland for more information.

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 calculated (e.g. ranks based on year 12 results, VET study, higher education study, employment), you will generally be considered on the highest rank.
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
  • where there are provisions 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 further 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.

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 admission 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 calculated (e.g. ranks 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 an admission 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.

Applicants with recent secondary education

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

Current Queensland Year 12 students who are 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 the score from the 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. For more information, visit International Baccalaureate (IB) studies. IB Diploma students will be considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school).

Results from Home Schooling, Accelerated Christian Education and other non-standard Year 12 programs (with SAT tests) may also be assigned a selection rank and considered for an offer based on this selection rank (or other recognised qualifications undertaken while at school). Some exceptions may apply to courses with additional entry requirements (see below). Contact USQ for more information.

Applicants with Overseas Year 12 Study

TAFE Queensland will consider equivalent overseas Year 12 qualifications for admissions purposes. Contact TAFE Queensland for more information. If you have secondary or tertiary qualifications from countries where English is not the standard language of instruction, you must provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Other Qualifications Completed in Year 12

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

You are also required to meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course you are applying for.  This will be satisfied by successful completion of Senior secondary subjects (or equivalent). Any additional entry requirements must also be satisfied.

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.  A maximum adjustment 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

Refer to TAFE Queensland for more 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 QTAC’s 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
  • where there are provisions 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 further 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 the QTAC Course Search section of the website 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, 2018 including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses and international students studying in Australia.

Student profile
Applicant background Semester 1, 2018
Number of students % of all students
(a) Higher education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
3 3.9%
(b) Vocational education and training (VET) study 6 7.79%

(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

 

16

 

20.78%

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) 0 0%
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) 26 33.77%
(d) Work and life experience
(Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above)
5 6.49%
International students 21 27.27%
All students 77 100%
Notes:        <5 – The numbers of students is less than five.
                    N/A – Students not accepted in this category.
                    N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than five students.

 

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

The training facilities at TAFE Queensland are second to none. As a TAFE Queensland student, you’ll study in the same facilities used in industry, including photography studios, automotive workshops, commercial kitchens, dental clinics, engineering workshops, recording studios, simulated nursing wards, art studios, beauty salons, and open-to-the-public gyms. In addition, our partnerships with local employers give students valuable opportunities to combine their studies with practical work experience in actual workplaces.

TAFE Queensland provides a range of dedicated services to support our students with their study, employment and personal needs. Services include career guidance, counselling services, learning support, library services, as well as specialised support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and students with a disability.

Course admissions information

For course admission information (including the OP/selection rank profile for semester 1, 2018 admissions for TAFE Queensland higher education courses offered through QTAC, refer to the individual course entry in Course Search.

Where to get more information

 

 

Page last updated: 10 Sep 2018