University pathways

TAFE NSW offers a range of diplomas and an associate degree which provide for entry into Australian universities.

There are a number of ways to gain a bachelor degree. TAFE NSW has developed strong links with many leading universities to offer the following pathways:

TAFE NSW is also an accredited Higher Education provider and also offers higher education courses including associate and bachelor degrees in specialist subject areas.

If you graduate with a Bachelor, Master or Doctoral Degree from an Australian education provider, regardless of your field of study, you will be eligible to apply for a Temporary Graduate Visa – Post-Study Work stream. Read more about Post-study work rights.

Read more about Degree courses.

Foundation program

TAFE NSW offers international students the Tertiary Preparation Certificate or TPC (Certificate 4) as an entry qualification to bachelor degree courses. In this way the TPC provides the same benefit as a Foundation program.

Students enrolling in the TPC study a core of units including English language and learning, study skills, team skills, ethical practice in study and information technology.

In addition, elective units are selected from the following academic study areas:

  • English: Literature, Media Studies, Creative Arts
  • Mathematics: General Mathematics, Statistics, Advanced Mathematics, Calculus
  • Science: Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Health
  • Humanities: History, Legal Studies, Political.

Electives available may vary according to the TAFE NSW campus where you study.

Entry requirements

To apply for the TPC, students must satisfy the following entry requirements:

  • Year 11 or equivalent
  • Academic IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL (iBT) 51 or Certificate 3 in Advanced English for Further Study at TAFE NSW or equivalent

On completion of the TPC, students obtain a Tertiary Entrance Score (TES). Entry to University degree courses is assessed on the basis of the TES.

The Universities Admission Centre (UAC) uses the TAFE calculated TES to assist universities in making offers of places to TPC graduates.

Further information about international students applying through UAC can be found at Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) website

Universities in other states and territories also accept the TES for entry into courses.

Find out more about the Certificate 4 in Tertiary Preparation.



TAFE NSW Diploma-to-Degree (D2D) university pathway programs allow students to enter a Bachelor Degree program with guaranteed credit at leading Australian universities.

For example:

  • Students who successfully complete the Advanced Diploma of Accounting at TAFE NSW can gain entry into the Australian Catholic University and receive up to 1.5 years credit towards a Bachelor of Commerce degree (a three-year course).
Note: Credit transfer arrangements vary from program to program.

Why should I choose a D2D program?

  • Graduate with double qualifications: a TAFE NSW Diploma and a Bachelor Degree
  • Take advantage of lower TAFE NSW semester tuition fees, which is an affordable way to gain a Bachelor Degree
  • Your high-level academic and applied practical skills as a graduate will be of value to future employers.

Which universities offer a TAFE NSW pathway program?

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See all D2D pathways

Articulation (credit transfer)

TAFE NSW has articulation (credit transfer) agreements with a number of Australian universities. This means your previous studies at TAFE NSW may be recognised by these universities.

In most study areas, TAFE NSW Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas help you gain entry to university and give you between one-year and two years credit towards a bachelor. However, unlike D2D programs these credit transfer agreements don't automatically guarantee you a place at university.

Find out more about the Articulation (credit transfer).


International students can choose from over 300 courses in Sydney and regional locations. Search from Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor Degree.
Select from these options to see which courses meet your needs.

Find out more about studying at a TAFE NSW institute

For further general information about qualifications, work placement, articulation, facilities and equipment, assessment methods and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) visit about TAFE NSW.

University pathways

Do you need help?

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TAFE NSW International or an authorised agent for help with choosing a TAFE NSW course or enrolling.




International Student Guide
Course list spreadsheet
Degree courses flyer

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How to apply

Find out how to apply to study at TAFE NSW.

Read the step-by-step instructions


ESOS Framework

The Australian Government wants international students to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding study experience in Australia.

Read more about the ESOS Framework.


Agent search

TAFE NSW International has a worldwide network of representative agents who can help you complete and submit your application to study.

These representatives must provide you with accurate and up-to date information and advice regarding programs, courses, application procedures, living and studying in Australia. They can also assist with your visa application. If you wish to apply through an agent it is recommended that you use an agent on this list. If you choose to use another agent who is not published on this list, then TAFE NSW International is not responsible for the accuracy of the advice provided to you.

TAFE NSW English Language Centre agents

TAFE NSW English Language Centres also engage agent representatives and details of these agents can be found on the English Language pages for each of the listed Institutes. These agents may recruit students for intensive English language courses but not for any other courses at TAFE NSW.

If you have any concerns with regard to the service provided by our agent representatives, please contact us.