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Pathways to university

Pathways to University


If you haven't had the opportunity to enter university direct, we can help you on your way to a Bachelor degree. Likewise, if you have completed part or all of your university education, but need practical hands-on training to land the prefect job, a qualification from TAFE will complement your degree.

Advantages of university pathways include:

  • Entering a university degree program after completing a diploma without reapplying through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)
  • Enrolling in a dual award program that allows you to study concurrently at TAFE and at a university.
  • Acquiring multiple qualifications at diploma and degree levels.

Through recognition of prior learning, this linking, or articulation, creates a seamless pathway to higher qualifications. Through recognition of prior learning and articulation, we can support you through seamless pathways with USQ and USC. Other universities may also recognise our qualifications, however you should contact your preferred university about credit transfer arrangements.

Dual award diploma / degree programs

We have partnered with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and Central Queensland University (CQU) to help you on your pathway to a bachelor degree. Dual award diploma / degree programs combine TAFE and university study allowing you to get the best of both worlds. Under this arrangement you can start your studies with us in a diploma level course and then move straight into the second year of a bachelor degree at university.

Programs with the University of the Sunshine Coast

  • Diploma of Visual Arts / Bachelor of Arts (Focus on Fine Arts)
  • Diploma of Photoimaging / Bachelor of Arts
  • Diploma of Community Services Work / Bachelor of Social Science
  • Diploma of Hospitality Management / Bachelor of Business
  • Diploma of Event Management / Bachelor of Business (Tourism)
  • Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2) / Bachelor of Nursing Science

The University of the Sunshine Coast has more information on standing credit arrangements for many other diploma level courses.

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

Study at TAFE and you can have guaranteed entry into a selected program at the University of Southern Queensland. This means you can apply direct to USQ after completing a TAFE Diploma or Advanced Diploma, and you can also apply for credit toward your university studies to fast-track your degree.

Benefits of combining TAFE and university study

  • Get the best of both worlds - combine the hands-on approach of TAFE with theoretical knowledge from university
  • Test drive your industry - Gain skills and experience at TAFE before committing to a 3 or 4 year degree program
  • Earn while you learn - get a nationally recognised qualification from TAFE and then find work in your field while you pursue further study
  • Save money - fees for TAFE study are often lower than the university fees for equivalent study.