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:

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 TAFE NSW Degree courses.

Foundation program

TAFE NSW offers international students the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation (TPC) 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.

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 IV in Tertiary Preparation.


TAFE NSW to University Pathways

TAFE NSW to 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 year 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 TAFE NSW to University pathway 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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What are the popular TAFE NSW to University Pathway programs?

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How to Apply for a TAFE NSW to University Pathway?

To apply, you need to complete two application forms, a TAFE NSW application form and a University application form. More about applying for a pathway.

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 TAFE NSW to University pathway programs these credit transfer agreements don't automatically guarantee you a place at the university.

Find out more about the Articulation (credit transfer).


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