TVET - Learn with TAFE NSW – while you're still at school!
Are you a school student looking to maximise your Higher School Certificate (HSC) and gain quality workplace skills and experience to help launch your career? Look no further than our range of TAFE NSW delivered Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses. TVET courses are ‘dual accredited’ courses – meaning they count as units of study towards both your HSC and a nationally recognised Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification (i.e. a Certificate or Statement of Attainment). They are available across a wide range of industries and most TVET courses also provide credit towards further TAFE NSW or university studies.
select from a wide range of courses that are not available at school;
develop work-related skills and experiences that are recognised by employers;
develop independence and confidence in an adult learning environment;
gain an insight into various industry areas to help you decide on a career pathway;
potentially gain recognition for prior learning for your previous study or work;
learn from industry experienced teachers; and
articulate into traineeships or apprenticeships and receive advanced standing for TAFE NSW certificate courses.
TVET course delivery
Depending on the subject you wish to study, and where you are located, your TVET course will be delivered at a TAFE campus ( THS uses the following TAFE campuses: Hornsby, Meadowbank, St Leonards, Bradfield, Ryde, Ultimo ). TVET courses have the same NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements as other HSC courses, meaning you will need to regularly attend classes and complete the set assessments. Most courses take between one and two years to complete and some classes may also extend outside of school hours and/or include work placement.
Contributiontowards your HSC and Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank
All TVET courses count towards your HSC, however different TVET course types contribute different amounts of credit. TVET Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) courses may also contribute to your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), allowing you to apply for university. Currently, you may select only one TVET ICF course to contribute towards your ATAR. You will need to study four units of the course, over one or two years, and sit for an optional Higher School Certificate exam. All ICF courses include a mandatory work placement.
Contribution to further study at TAFE NSW
If you successfully undertake TVET at school and want to continue your studies at TAFE NSW, you would be eligible for credit in any course containing the units of competency you have completed during your TVET studies. This means that you will not need to repeat any subjects that you successfully completed as part of your TVET course.
TVET course categories
Board developed courses – Industry Curriculum Framework
Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) courses contribute to your Higher School Certificate (HSC) and, providing all HSC syllabus requirements are met, allow you to sit an optional examination which can contribute to your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR). Requirements include 240 hours of delivery.
Board endorsed courses
Board endorsed courses contribute to your Record of School Achievement (RoSA) or HSC, but will not count towards your ATAR.
120 hour courses
120 hour courses contribute two units of HSC credit and are generally delivered over one school year. These courses do not count towards your ATAR. On completion you will receive a TAFE NSW Transcript of Academic Record towards a Certificate II or Certificate III qualification.
180 hour courses
180 hour courses contribute three units of HSC credit and are generally delivered over one school year. These courses do not count towards your ATAR. On completion you will receive a Certificate II qualification or a TAFE NSW Transcript of Academic Record towards a Certificate III qualification.
240 hour courses
240 hour courses contribute four units of HSC credit and can be delivered over one or two school years (depending on delivery patterns at different locations). On completion of a 240 hour course, you will receive a Certificate II or III qualification, or a TAFE NSW Transcript of Academic Record towards a Certificate III qualification. 240 hour courses may also contribute towards your ATAR.
Work placement is a mandatory NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirement for many TVET courses. It gives you the chance to learn new skills and apply the skills you've already learned as part of your course in a real industry setting. Work placement will help you to:
gain insights into the kind of career you'd like to have;
make informed decisions about further training and study;
become more employable; and
be better equipped for business and employment opportunities.
TAFE NSW works with local workplace service providers who source suitable host employers to accommodate these placements for ICF courses.
How to apply for TAFE NSW delivered Vocational Education and Training
To apply for a TVET course, or to discuss which course best meets your needs, speak to your school’s careers advisor. Your school will then assist you with the application process.