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Technical and Further Education (TAFE), is known for its high-quality education. TAFE NSW is the largest training provider in Australia (CRICOS provider 00591E). Students at TAFE NSW can choose from over 100 courses, including certificates, diplomas and degree courses as well as intensive English language courses.

TAFE NSW is part of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system in Australia and enrols over 500,000 students each year. With 130 campus locations across NSW, it welcomes over 3,000 international students each year.

TAFE NSW ensures that international students make affordable investment in their studies including and scholarships and financial assistance programs offered by the Australian Government. Students get adequate hands-on learning through the industry-aligned courses at the institution and Graduate job-ready and in demand by the industry.

TAFE graduates have repeatedly been above university graduates, in terms of getting higher average salaries. In fact, 96% of employers are happy with TAFE graduates’ performance. The institution’s small class sizes help students receive close attention from the high-qualified faculty whilst enjoying the company of many like-minded people in their classrooms.

International students receive end-to-end support from the institution’s support team which provides services related to personal and academic counselling of students. The International Students office ensures that each student’s queries are answered and to help them access other on-campus benefits.

RTO number 91430

CRICOS: 00591E

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What's new

What's new

TAFE NSW introduces new double qualification course

TAFE NSW is now offering a Certificate IV course in Electronics & Communications and a Diploma of Electronics & Communications Engineering. Students can develop hands-on skills in a variety of electronic systems and equipment, and qualify for an Electronic Equipment Trades Worker position.

Offered at the Ultimo, Sydney city location, students enrolled in the course can get a double qualification in 2 years and graduate with job ready skills. A hands-on practical course, students learn how to maintain and repair electronic equipment and systems. They can specialise in several jobs including Audio visual, Security, Home Theatre and Engineering Technician.

English language courses are also available at TAFE NSW English Language Centres to help students qualify for the certificate programmes.

Students can apply online to enrol in the new course.

CRICOS provider 00591E

RTO number 91430

Why study with TAFE NSW

Why study with TAFE NSW

Over 500,000 students choose to study with TAFE NSW each year. They trust TAFE NSW to give them a better future by providing them with a high-quality educational experience.

  • Students come to TAFE NSW for its reputation and the job-ready options on offer.
  • TAFE NSW is a government-owned institution with over 125 years of experience and is a trusted choice in education and training
  • All English language, vocational and degree courses are accredited under the Australian Qualifications
  • Strong industry links with over 25,000 employer connections
  • Students enjoy small class sizes and interact with local students
  • Great locations across Sydney and around New South Wales offering industry standard training facilities and easy public transport options
  • Friendly and dedicated teachers with professional educational and industry qualifications and experience
  • Current and relevant courses to cater to industry needs
  • Employers are confident that TAFE NSW graduates can perform tasks to industry standards
  • A wide range of services and up-to-date resources and equipment are available

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CRICOS provider 00591E

RTO number 91430

Study options

Study options

TAFE NSW has a range of  study options available. Students can start with an English language course then take up a Certificate or Diploma course to then finish with a Bachelor’s degree.

Students can opt for the following courses with TAFE NSW along with English language courses that are available from beginner to advanced levels:

Diploma-to-Degree (D2D) pathways:

D2D courses are pathways to help students gain a Degree at TAFE NSW and leading universities.

The pathways qualify students for a Bachelor’s degree programme with guaranteed credit at the following leading Australian universities:

  • Australian Catholic University (ACU)
  • Charles Sturt University (CSU)
  • Southern Cross University (SCU)
  • University of Canberra (UC)
  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
  • University of Newcastle (UoN)

D2Ds help students gain a TAFE NSW Diploma and a Bachelor’s degree earning them a double qualification. They also have the advantage of lower semester tuition fees at TAFE NSW.

Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses:

These courses are for students who seek broader subject knowledge and paraprofessional skills. Study options range from Agriculture, Building Design, International Business, Graphic Design, Hospitality Management and Human Resource Management.

Certificate courses:

Students who aim at theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialised work skills can opt for these courses. Certificate III and IV courses are available in a variety of subjects including Accounting, Beauty Services, Early Childhood, Education, Design Fundamentals, Hospitality, Human Resource Management and Tourism. 

Degree courses:

Degree courses at TAFE NSW offer students opportunities to acquire and apply knowledge in a professional context. They are also trained in effective communication, critical analysis, teamwork and leadership skills. The degrees prepare graduates for professional careers and are designed to form study pathways to higher levels.

CRICOS provider 00591E

RTO number 91430

How to apply

How to apply

International students can apply for a course at TAFE NSW using the following steps:

  1. Check the evidence needed to provide to the Department of Border Protection (DIBP) to obtain a visa
  2. Applicants should make sure to meet entry requirements
  3. Download and complete the application form - for Diploma-to-Degree packages, applicants should download the respective university application form and submit it along with the application
  4. Prepare certified copies of documents, A certified copy is a copy of the original document signed and dated by the organisation that issued the original document, a government official, public notary or Justice of the Peace, or an agent of TAFE NSW, confirming that they have sighted the original
  5. Submit the application online
  6. A TAFE NSW student advisor assesses the application and issues an offer letter with an invoice
  7. Student must confirm acceptance
  8. Student Advisor will issue a confirmation of enrolment (COE)
  9. Student must apply for a VISA and enrol at TAFE NSW

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CRICOS provider 00591E

RTO number 91430

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All TAFE NSW Degree and Diploma courses require a Year 12 or equivalent. Country and course specific requirements might apply.

Certificate courses

Most courses require Australian Year 10 or equivalent and some courses require Australian Year 12 or equivalent.

Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses

Completion of a Certificate III or IV course or equivalent skill level. Additional course specific requirements might apply.

Bachelor degrees

Year 12 qualification or equivalent OR Certificate 4 qualification or equivalent OR Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a Degree course at a higher education institute.

English language requirements:

Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses:

  • Academic IELTS 5.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) 46
  • STEP EIKEN Grade Pre 1
  • Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Grade C
  • Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE) 162
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) 162
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 162
  • Pearson Tests of English (PTE) Academic overall score of 42
  • TAFE NSW Certificate 3 in Advanced English for Further Study
  • Evidence that English was the medium of instruction at senior school with satisfactory grades
  • Evidence of having completed two years of full time study in Australia

Bachelor’s degree courses:

  • Academic IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum level of 6 in all bands
  • Occupational English Test (OET) with a minimum score of B in each of the 4 components
  • Pearson Tests of English (PTE) Academic overall score of 58 and minimum score of 50 in each component
  • TOEFL (iBT) with minimum scores - overall 79, Reading 19, listening 20, speaking 20 and writing 20
  • Year 12 from Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or the USA
  • TAFE NSW Certificate 4 in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • A relevant Certificate 4 qualification

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CRICOS provider 00591E

RTO number 91430

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The Australian government invests more than A$200 million in international scholarships annually. The Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships and Australia Awards Scholarships are available to eligible students.

Australia Awards Endeavour scholarships and fellowships

The Australian government offers the scholarships for TAFE NSW vocational education and training courses at the Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Associate Degree levels. The scholarships provide financial help with tuition fees and living expenses. The Australian government administers the awards through the Department of Education.

Australia Awards scholarships

These scholarships are also offered by the Australian government but through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The scholarships provide financial support for citizens of specific countries to study in Australia.

The awards are currently offered at the following TAFE NSW locations:

  • Hunter
  • Illawarra
  • North Coast
  • Northern Sydney
  • South Western Sydney
  • Sydney

CRICOS provider 00591E

RTO number 91430

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