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TAFE at school

TAFE at School


Get a head start with a TAFE at School course

Fast track your career with a TAFE Queensland East Coast Schools Program. If you are a year 11 or 12 student you're eligible to participate in the TAFE at School program. You can choose from a number of exciting and varied certificate II and certificate III courses. Best of all, a TAFE at School course can be achieved in conjunction with your senior studies and can count towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). With a TAFE East Coast Schools Program you typically attend school four days per week and TAFE one day per week. Completing a TAFE at School course is also a great way to open up new pathways to university.

TAFE at School is a great way to:

  • get a qualification while still at school
  • gain valuable credit points towards your QCE
  • get a guaranteed entry into a TAFE Queensland East Coast diploma course
  • gain valuable credits towards a diploma course or university studies
  • make you work ready
  • build practical skills in an adult learning environment
  • learn from professionals, bursting with current industry knowledge

View our TAFE at School program overview

What courses can I study?

TAFE at School Guide 2017

You have the choice of a wide range of courses from tourism, hospitality, horticulture, hairdressing, automotive, construction, tourism and events.

You can download a copy of the TAFE at School Course Guide 2018 here, or view the guide online here.

How much does it cost?

A range of TAFE at School Program qualifications are fee-free for students and covered under VET in Schools (VETiS) funding. In cases where a small fee applies, schools will pay a co-contribution fee towards the student's training. Please ensure you research your decision in choosing the most suitable qualification to study as students are only entitled to receive one qualification funded by VETiS.

Some qualifications are not VETiS funded and have associated fees to cover the cost of training. The course information listted on this website includes the cost of the course.

More information about VETiS funding is available under the Vocational education and training in schools (VETiS) section of the Training

How do I apply?

You must be at least 15 years old, enrolled in Year 10, 11 or 12 and attending a Queensland high school for the duration of the course. You also need to have a Senior Education and Training (SET) Plan in place which includes your chosen TAFE at School course, so talk to your school's Guidance Office, VET Coordinator or Head of Senior Schooling and ask for their help to make this happen.

Students can apply for 2018 TAFE at School programs by going to the TAFE Apply website.

Students will need to enter the application code TQEC1801 to access the form (please note: the latest version of Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or Internet Explorer version 11 must be used to access the form).

IMPORTANT: Students will need their USI number to complete the application. To create your USI click here.

TAFE at School Partnership request form

Please complete the checklist form here to commence developing our partnership. The checklist is designed to give us the information we need to develop a cost, introduce our teaching staff and commence negotiations.

Information for Schools

We want to partner with you to achieve great student outcomes

TAFE Queensland East Coast can partner with your school to deliver a wide range of courses and through various modes of delivery. When you partner with us, you also have access to the broader TAFE Queensland Network. This means we can offer a Co-Provider arrangement for any program registered with TAFE Queensland.

For more information please complete the checklist form here to commence developing our partnership. The checklist is designed to give us the information we need to develop a cost, introduce our teaching staff and commence negotiations.

School Visits, Events and Campus Tours

TAFE at School team members are available to visit schools to present information to prospective students, parents, VET Coordinators/Guidance Officers and Principals, Deputy Principals and Heads of Departments.

Topics covered in school visits include:

  • TAFE at Schools courses
  • Pathways for school leavers
  • Available funding and subsidies
  • Student support services

The TAFE at School staff can deliver tailored presentations to a large cohort or a smaller group of students and these can be designed to be course and industry specific to the interests of the group. For example, our Year 12 school leaver presentation provides graduating students with information on the TAFE After School options for further study, fee free courses, what other funding is available and university pathways.

We are able to attend your school's career planning expos and subject selection nights to discuss the opportunities and pathways available that will assist year 10 students in future subject selection and career planning for their final years in high school.

TAFE at School staff are also attend your Parent Information Evenings to provide parents/guardians with a clear insight into our programs, delivery information, funding and payment options, and the benefits of TAFE at School for students.

TAFE Queensland East Coast Campus Tour

Guided tours of our campuses can be arranged for students, tours include:

  • A campus walk-through, detailing the facilities and support services on offer;
  • A tailored presentation to the interest of the group or the year level attending.

Interested in connecting with TAFE Queensland East Coast? Contact the TAFE at School Team at or call 1300 656 188

Attention VET Practitioners: Soon you will be required to complete TAELLN411 Address Adult Language Literacy and Numeracy Skills to upgrade your Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. You can download our flyer for more information.

Students are able to apply for courses offered at other locations if not offered at their local campus; however, students are responsible for making their own transport arrangements.