TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland
Eagle Farm, Acacia Ridge, South Bank, Mount Gravatt, Coomera, Toowoomba, Caboolture, Loganlea

About

TAFE Queensland is the state’s largest and most experienced training provider, delivering practical, industry-relevant courses to more than 126,000 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 at over 60 locations across the state, online or through your workplace.

Courses
TAFE Queensland offers more than 500 courses ranging from short courses, certificates and diplomas through to advanced diplomas, associate degrees and even bachelor degrees. 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 business and IT, creative industries, education and community, environment and animal services, health and science, infrastructure and transport and service industries.

As the state’s most experienced provider of trade courses, TAFE Queensland also 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
We have partnerships with a number of leading Australian universities who share the common goal of providing degrees that combine strong practical skills development with rigorous academic learning. This makes TAFE Queensland a great pathway to university, no matter what your career goals.

With our diploma-to-degree pathways you can earn up to 12 months credit towards a university degree, as well as improve your QTAC selection rank.

You can take advantage of this pathway and guarantee your place in a TAFE Queensland diploma and your preferred university degree with just 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 a bachelor’s degree, giving you the best of both worlds.

Degree options
University isn’t the only place you can get a degree. TAFE Queensland degrees allow students to graduate with a university degree as well as the hands-on skills of a vocational qualification. Our knowledgeable industry experts will be there to help you every step of the way, providing you with the real-world experience you need to graduate job ready. We also collaborate with the University of Canberra and Southern Cross University to provide you with up-to-date skills for a changing workforce, along with the adaptable thinking needed to make your mark in any industry. Full details of our degree and partner degree options can be found in the Courses section of this guide, which include degrees in civil engineering, dental prosthetics, nursing, creative industries and digital design, delivered via purpose-built campuses in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Entry requirements
Applicants must have completed Year 12 or attained Year 12 leaving age to apply for the majority of TAFE Queensland courses through QTAC. Entry requirements for TAFE Queensland courses not offered through QTAC are available by contacting TAFE Queensland.

Most art, music, and performing arts diplomas, advanced diplomas and degrees require portfolio, audition or music demonstration submission for entry. These entry requirements are outlined in the course entries in this guide. The final date for applying and changing preferences is 6 December 2024 for Semester 1 2025 and 12 May 2025 for Semester 2 2025.

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.

Important dates
Visit the TAFE Queensland website for information on enrolment, apprenticeships and traineeships, upskilling, making a career change, staff training, studying as a school student or as an international student.
Visit the QTAC website for information on important QTAC dates.

Open days
South Bank campus: Saturday 3August3 2023, 11am-3pm3
Gold Coast Online Open Day: 21 August 2024, On-demand
Loganlea Open Day: Wednesday 4 September, 3:30-6:30pm
Visit the Open Days page on the TAFE Queensland website for more information.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission to a TAFE Queensland course, you must satisfy entry requirements. These requirements may 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 ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) or selection rank. Course-specific information can be found on the TAFE Queensland website or in QTAC’s Course Search.

For TAFE Queensland vocational courses

For most TAFE Queensland vocational 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 ATAR or selection rank, please note the following:

  • If you have undertaken previous recognised higher education level study (e.g. AQF Bachelor degree level and higher) this study may 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.

For TAFE Queensland higher education courses

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to TAFE Queensland. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Applicants with higher education can include students who have completed a bridging or enabling course delivered by, or on behalf of, a higher education provider.

Applicants must provide evidence of their higher education qualification (including partial completion) along with an Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) statement or similar.

Credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

Credit transfer and recognition of prior learning are exemptions from study that enable you to fast track your way to a formal qualification by receiving recognition for the study you have completed or the skills you’ve gained from the workplace.

Credit transfer is a process that gives you credit for components of a qualification based on equivalent study that you’ve previously successfully completed.

Current and prospective students are eligible to apply for credit transfer when:

  • you have previously successfully completed the unit/s through TAFE Queensland or other registered training organisation or higher education provider
  • the unit/s for which you are applying for credit were not awarded by the previous registered training organisation or higher education provider through credit
  • you are applying for admission or currently enrolled in unit/s with TAFE Queensland for which you are applying for credit
  • the unit/s are embedded within the qualification in which you are applying for admission or enrolled. Where the relevant unit/s are electives within the qualification’s packaging rules, only the required number of electives for the qualification will be eligible for credit
  • for User Choice students, the completed units/s are relevant to the vocational outcome of the current qualification (leading to employment outcome/career progression).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that provides you with an opportunity to receive credit for the formal and non-formal learning you have undertaken.

The RPL process takes into account all relevant skills, knowledge, and experience that you have. Through the assessment process you may be able to gain a complete qualification (vocational education and training students only) or, if you have gaps in your knowledge, parts of a qualification, which you can then complete with additional training.

There are limits to the amount of exemptions you can claim for qualifications. You will be advised of these limitations when you apply.

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

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

For TAFE Queensland vocational courses

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 ATAR or selection rank, please note the following:

  • Competency-based and graded AQF certificate III and IV (if completed), AQF diploma, advanced diploma and sub-degree level study (based on level, duration, grade point average) 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.

For TAFE Queensland higher education courses

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at TAFE Queensland or other VET providers.

Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications and/or they may have work and life experience. Applicants must provide evidence of their VET qualification (including any partial completion).

For TAFE Queensland vocational courses

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 ATAR or selection rank, please note the following:

  • If you do not have formal qualifications you may use admission pathwayssuch as employment experience and the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) (age restrictions may apply).
  • 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.

For TAFE Queensland higher education courses

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then. Applicants in this category are selected according to eligibility and merit, vocational experience, previous study and personal attributes.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education. This may include a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate academic suitability for higher education such as:

  • previous academic results
  • written submissions
  • portfolio presentation
  • professional experience
  • community involvement or work experience

For TAFE Queensland vocational courses

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

Current Queensland Year 12 students who are ineligible to receive an ATAR are encouraged to apply for those TAFE Queensland courses not currently requiring minimum ATAR scores. Students will also be considered for an offer based on 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. This is then converted to a 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 TAFE Queensland for more information.

For TAFE Queensland higher education courses

Applicants with secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies at TAFE Queensland or other VET provider. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

Prospective students must provide evidence stating completion of Year 12 in an Australian school system or overseas equivalent; or attained Year 12 leaving age.

Eligibility for entry will be based on:

  • your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) and/or
  • any additional course-specific criteria, such as English language proficiency, police checks, portfolios and auditions specified for your chosen course.

Applicants with overseas Year 12 study

TAFE Queensland will consider 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 certificate 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.

Bridging and enabling course entry

TAFE Queensland offers the Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation 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), and 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.

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 eight (8) selection ranks may apply.

For more information on Educational Access Schemes, refer to the QTAC website.

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.

Privacy

Refer to TAFE Queensland’s privacy statement for more information.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

TAFE Queensland is committed to increasing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in courses across all areas of study. Applicants who identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person may be admitted to a course based on their potential to succeed.

Applicants are considered on past experience in relation to study and employment, as well as potential to successfully complete their studies. Community involvement, past achievements or awards and current employment information are also considerations.

Applicants must also meet relevant subject prerequisites for the course they are applying for. Refer to the TAFE Queensland website for more information about student support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Inherent academic requirements

TAFE Queensland’s inherent requirements are the fundamental skills, experience and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the learning outcomes of course in a particular study area.

For example, in order to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as students and on graduation as practitioners, students must be able to fulfil the accreditation requirements of the professional associations for their industry.

If there are course-specific inherent requirements they will be listed in the course handbook or brochure. If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact an AccessAbility Support Officer to talk about the practical assistance, support, and advice that may available to enable you to meet the requirements.

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 the QTAC website for information on TAFE Queensland’s English proficiency requirements, including ways to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Timing of offers

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.

Deferring an offer in a higher education course

You can defer your outright response to an offer for enrolment into a TAFE Queensland higher education course for a period of time, usually twelve months. If you wish to defer you should not accept the offer, enrol or pay any fees. If you want to defer please respond to your QTAC offer accordingly. If you decide to defer after accepting your offer, you should email TAFE Queensland as soon as possible. TAFE Queensland will contact you directly with deferment details.

Credit transfer

Credit transfer and recognition of prior learning are exemptions from study that enable you to fast track your way to a formal qualification by receiving recognition for the study you have completed or the skills you’ve gained from the workplace.

Credit transfer is a process that gives you credit for components of a qualification based on equivalent study that you’ve previously successfully completed.

Current and prospective students are eligible to apply for credit transfer when:

  • you have previously successfully completed the unit/s through TAFE Queensland or another registered training organisation or higher education provider
  • the unit/s for which you are applying for credit were not awarded by the previous registered training organisation or higher education provider through credit
  • you are applying for admission or currently enrolled in unit/s with TAFE Queensland for which you are applying for credit
  • the unit/s are embedded within the qualification in which you are applying for admission or enrolled. Where the relevant unit/s are electives within the qualification’s packaging rules, only the required number of electives for the qualification will be eligible for credit
  • for User Choice students, the completed units/s are relevant to the vocational outcome of the current qualification (leading to employment outcome/career progression).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process that provides you with an opportunity to receive credit for the formal and non-formal learning you have undertaken.

The RPL process takes into account all relevant skills, knowledge, and experience that you have. Through the assessment process you may be able to gain a complete qualification (vocational education and training students only) or, if you have gaps in your knowledge, parts of a qualification, which you can then complete with additional training.

There are limits to the amount of exemptions you can claim for qualifications. You will be advised of these limitations when you apply.

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 on the TAFE Queensland website.

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

Financial assistance

Commonwealth assistance (loans)

For Information about VET Student Loans for TAFE Queensland VET Courses please visit the TAFE Queensland website.

For Information about FEE-HELP for TAFE Queensland degrees please visit the TAFE Queensland website.

For Information about HECS-HELP for degrees offered in partnership with the University of Canberra and Southern Cross University and Federation University, please visit the TAFE Queensland website.

Tuition fee concession (vocational education students only)

Read about TAFE Queensland’s Tuition Fee concessions on the TAFE Queensland website.

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at TAFE Queensland. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date for Semester 1, 20244 including those admitted through all offer rounds, across all Australian campuses, and international students studying in Australia.

Applicant Background Semester 1, 2024
Number of students Percentage of
all students
(A)    Higher Education Study
(including a bridging or enabling course)
12 9.45%
(B)    Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study 8 6.3%
(C)    Work and Life Experience
(admitted on basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
50 39.37%
(D)    Recent Secondary Education:
Admitted solely on basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)
20 15.75
Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test) 0 0%
Admitted on basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR scheme)
37 29.13%
International Students 0 0%
All Students 127 100%

Notes:

< 5 –  The number of students is less than 5.

N/A – Students not accepted in this category.

N/P – Not Published: the number of students is hidden to prevent the calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students.

How to apply

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

All international students should apply via the TAFE Queensland website.

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.

Scholarships

The TAFE Queensland Scholarship Program first launched in 2015. It has since awarded over $1 million in scholarships and helped more than 250 Queenslanders pursue their careers goals. More than 50 scholarships are available annually to support study in a wide range of qualifications. Each recipient will receive up to $5,000 to help cover the costs of course fees, text books and living expenses.

For more information or to apply, visit the TAFE Queensland website.

Student support services

TAFE Queensland offers a range of student support services to our including learning support for assignments, essay writing, study skills and exam prep.

Out student counselling sessions are free and completely confidential. Whether you want an unbiased opinion or just need someone to talk to, you can chat to experienced counsellors face-to-face, by phone, or via video conference.

All students are able to access the TAFE Queensland library network. The library network offers a range of physical and digital services and resources to support you throughout your study.

If you are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student, you can access additional student support services. Our Indigenous Student Support Officers can offer specific advice and help on topics including: career options and employment opportunities; choosing the right course or pathway; enrolments, financial assistance, Abstudy, and funding opportunities; accommodation, travel and welfare; government department, community service providers and advocacy services referrals; and learning and study support.

Career Advice

TAFE Queensland offers career and guidance services, including assistance with specific career paths, selection of courses and application assistance. Visit our website for our helpful career advice resources.

Student accommodation

TAFE Queensland provides information, resources, and advice for accommodation matters. There are a range of different types of accommodation options available for students who need student accommodation. The accommodation type you choose will depend on your budget, what type of living arrangement you prefer, and what facilities you want or need. Visit our website for information about student accommodation options. TAFE Queensland South Bank is located close to several privately owned student accommodation complexes.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning gives you a head start in your career and refers to initiatives such as internships, placements, clinical practice and field work. Some of this learning is embedded with the curriculum in your course, while other learning is obtained in industry. All TAFE Queensland degrees include hands-on training, practical experience or placements.

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