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Get started on the path to your ideal job or qualification by combining a TAFE course with school studies.  If you want a head start towards training, further education or employment while you’re still at school, TAFE NSW’s practical learning pathways can put you ahead of the pack.

You could apply for an apprenticeship if you’ve got your eye on a trade, or you might choose a course that provides a seamless pathway to further education if you see yourself going to uni. No matter where you’re heading, TAFE NSW can help you get there.


SCU College offers numerous pathways to and through study at SCU: from short preparatory programs to one-year Diplomas, to two-year Associate degrees to a full degree.  College programs have flexible distance education and part-time alternatives.

What can I study?

Associate Degree of Arts – a two-year (full-time or part-time equivalent) entry-level course that prepares students for continuing study and/or participation in a range of areas relevant to the humanities, culture, society and creative arts.

Bachelor of Contemporary Studies – a three-year flexible degree, which is a qualification in its own right or a pathway to other disciplines.

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Preparing for Success Program (PSP) – a fee-free, 12-week preparatory program for students aged over 18 years with minimal prior qualifications.

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CSU in partnership with TAFE NSW offer the Diploma of General Studies. This pathway course guarantees entry into most CSU courses, prepares students for university study, and in some cases, credit for up to four CSU subjects in a bachelor degree.

CSU welcomes students who hold TAFE qualifications and provides guaranteed entry or credit into many courses. In particular CSU and TAFE NSW have developed credit packages from a range of Diplomas into CSU degrees.

Some CSU courses are delivered on campus in Port Macquarie and some online.  Students need to first study and complete their TAFE qualifications, and then go on to study the CSU component of the program.

Diplomas include:

  • Diploma of Graphic Design
  • Diploma in Interactive Digital Media
  • Diploma of Screen and Media
  • Diploma of Sound Production
  • Diploma of Visual Arts
  • Diploma of Fine Arts
  • Diploma of Communication and Media

For more information on the credit available you will need to do an alternative search on CSU’s Credit for Prior Learning for ‘TAFE NSW – Northern Region’:


If you have completed study at TAFE you are well on your way to your Southern Cross University Degree. You can use your TAFE course to gain entry into a related SCU course with credit for your prior studies (advanced standing).

If you are a graduate from TAFE NSW with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma, entry is guaranteed into most SCU courses because you will be granted a minimum ATAR/OP or equivalent rank for University entry of:

  • Diploma (ATAR Rank 86.10); and
  • Advanced Diploma (ATAR Rank 92.65).

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All information is correct as at October 20 2015 and has been provided by the individual education providers.
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