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University pathways

University Pathways


Make great happen with double the qualifications

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 perfect 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 Photoimaging / Bachelor of Arts
  • Diploma of Community Services Work / Bachelor of Social Science
  • Diploma of Hospitality Management / Bachelor of Business
  • Diploma of Event / 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.

Improve your Tertiary Entrance Rank

In order to get into university you need a Tertiary Entrance Rank or an Overall Position score (OP). Studies in Certificate III, Certificate IV, and Diploma or Advanced Diploma programs provide a pathway to university by potentially improving your Tertiary Entrance Rank. The table below shows the minimum Tertiary Entrance Rank achievable through successful completion of TAFE programs.

TAFE Qualification Minimum tertiary entrance rank (competency-based training)* Maximum tertiary entrance rank (using performance level assessment or Special Tertiary Admissions Test Result**
Advanced Diploma / Associate Degree 91 (approximately OP 6) 98 (approximately OP 2)
Diploma 82 (approximately OP 10) 91 (approximately OP 6)
Certificate IV 74 (approximately OP 13) 89 (approximately OP 7)
Certificate III 68 (approximately OP 16) 82 (approximately OP 10)