For information please contact your TAFE institute or telephone the Tertiary Placement and Performance Unit on 07 3259 4585.
TAFE Queensland institutes utilise the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) systems for full time and advanced diplomas. You can also apply to enter some courses by direct entry, for example most certificate courses, part time diploma, advanced diploma study, and some full fee paying courses.
Facts you should be aware of when deciding on a tertiary course:
Each year TAFE offers a range of courses via the QTAC. Details of available programs are published in the QTAC guide, which is distributed to Year 12 students through schools and at newsagents.
If you undertake a TAFE course, it may improve your tertiary entrance rank.
Successful completion of a TAFE diploma or advanced diploma can, in some cases, satisfy prerequisites for university entry. Check with the university for further details.
Some TAFE courses are more popular than others, and therefore more competitive. It is a good idea to look at the cut offs for a particular course across different institutes.
Many TAFE institutes make offers to all eligible applicants. Some courses are offered part time and, in some instances, after six months study, students may be able to transfer to full time study. Also see improving your tertiary entrance rank.
A number of TAFE diploma and advanced diploma courses have certificate level study embedded within them. Therefore, if you are unsuccessful in gaining an offer to a diploma program, consider enrolling at the certificate level of the program.
Then, you are still studying in the area of your choice and you increase your chances of gaining admission to the diploma in future intakes. You will also gain credit towards the diploma for the work you complete.
You may be able to study with TAFE while you are still at school. This may be achieved through direct enrolment into programs at TAFE, delivery in schools by TAFE or a school based apprenticeship or traineeship. Speak to your school guidance officer or teacher for more information.
TAFE graduates can continue their studies by articulation to university and in some cases obtain credit transfer to reduce the time it takes to complete their degree. Credit transfer arrangements are in place between TAFE Queensland and several different universities across a broad range of vocational training areas.
For more information, refer to the pathways page.
Please contact your local TAFE institute and the relevant university to check details before enrolling. University graduates may also undertake TAFE Queensland studies to broaden and enhance their skills and knowledge for the workplace.
You can improve your tertiary entrance rank with successful studies across a wide range of TAFE courses. Certificate, diploma and advanced diploma qualifications provide applicants with a tertiary entry rank that can be used for entry to other tertiary institutions.
You may need to have specific pre requisite subjects for the course of your choice. For example, Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation (1 year full time) provides an educational program to meet prerequisite requirements and academic preparation for further study at a tertiary level.
A variety of tertiary entrance ranks can be achieved (possibly up to a rank of 98).
Tertiary entrance ranks for TAFE Queensland courses only:
|Course||Ranking||Approximate Overall Position (OP) equivalent
|Certificate IV in Adult Tertiary Preparation||Varies up to 98||Varies up to 2|
|Completed Advanced Diploma||91||(minimum) 6|
|Completed Diploma||82||(minimum) 9|
|Completed Certificate IV||74||13|
|Completed Certificate III
Please be aware that TAFE graduates applying for further tertiary study may be granted different tertiary entrance ranks at some universities.