New South Wales (NSW) is the most populated state in Australia, so it’s fitting that it has the most TAFE institutes and campuses in the country. Students from all over Australia, and the world flock to NSW to take advantage of the range of quality courses available. TAFE NSW is the leading provider of vocational education in Australia, with an overwhelming 500,000 students enrolled every year across the state. Students don’t, however, actually have to be in New South Wales to take TAFE courses, as many of the institutes have online courses geared towards people who can’t physically attend classes.
Here is an overview of what’s available.
Popular TAFE Courses in New South Wales
- Diploma of Counselling
- Certificate in MYOB
- Certificate III in Education Support (Teacher’s Aide)
- Certificate III in Aged Care
- Certificate IV in Bookkeeping
- Diploma of Share Trading and Investment
- Certificate II in Nail Technology
- Certificate IV in Small Business Management
- Diploma of Events
- Certificate III in Disability
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What TAFE study options are available to me in New South Wales?
You have plenty of options if you want to take TAFE courses in New South Wales. In addition to the certificate, diploma, and advanced diploma courses, there are also degree level qualification, short courses, apprenticeships and traineeships, and TVET courses for secondary school students. Classroom-based courses are offered on a semester basis, but you can register for online TAFE courses at any time during the year.
Courses On Offer
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to registering for semester courses. All courses from all of the TAFE NSW institutes comply with the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), and provide a high-level of quality when it comes to your education. The vocational training programs are also Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) certified.
Essentially, it doesn’t matter whether you complete a Statement of Attainment, Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, or Graduate Certificate/Diploma, your qualification will be recognised everywhere in the country. Furthermore, the qualifications gained can be used as credits towards your next level of education.
The range of TAFE and VET courses is also diverse enough for students to enter any industry they choose, including:
- Agriculture and Mining
- Arts and Media
- Sport and Recreation
- Tourism and Hospitality
Note: Not all courses are available at all of the TAFE NSW locations, so you’ll have to check that the campus you have your eye actually does cater to your needs.
People choose to take short courses for a number of reasons. They could, for instance, want to improve their photography skills so that they can wow their friends at their amateur photography club. Or, they may want to turn their hobby into a career. Or, they may need to take a certain number of short courses per year as part of their continued professional development.
As with the TAFE semester and online courses in NSW, there are different levels of qualifications, from the nationally recognised and accredited short courses that result in a Statement of Attainment to the TAFE Certificates on Attendance that are not nationally recognised. the course you choose to take part in all depends on what you’re planning on using it for.
Short courses are also available in a number of different fields, including:
- Business and management
- Graphic design
- Mathematical sciences
- Public health
- Teacher education
- Veterinary studies
Short courses can take anything from half a day to three months to complete.
Correspondence courses in NSW are provided by TAFE NSW. Correspondence courses refer to the method of study, which is online or through electronic correspondence with the provider. They are a great way to gain a quality education while balancing it around a busy schedule or other commitments which may take up some of your time. TAFE NSW offers hundreds of online courses, in which students can gain access to a multitude of online resources, eLibrary, and online tutor support. No matter what area you’re looking to study in, there’s plenty on offer, from developing writing skills, learning the basics of WordPress and Photoshop to real estate and food handling.
TAFE NSW Locations Institutes
TAFE NSW Hunter Institute
Hunter Institute offers students the full range of study options; full-time, part-time, and online courses, as well as on-the-job training, apprenticeships, TVET, and higher education programs. The campuses can be found in and around Newcastle. The full list of campuses include:
- Hunter Street
- Kurri Kurri
TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute
Illawarra Institute has eight campuses offering courses that vary from TAFE certificates and diplomas to university degrees. There are a variety of study formats, so you can complete courses on campus, online, and on-the-job. The campus list includes:
- Wollongong (TAFE Illawarra’s main campus)
- Wollongong West
TAFE NSW New England Institute
New England Institute offers a selection of study opportunities from campuses in the north-west region of NSW. There are currently over 20,000 students studying at the New England locations, which service students in the rural parts of the state. TAFE NSW New England has two specialised campuses, Tamworth and Armidale which offer specialised courses in each. The list of subjects in these courses for each campus is below:
- Aged Care
- Animal Care
- Community Service Work
- Children’s Services
- Film and Television
- Remedial Massage
TAFE NSW North Coast Institute
North Coast TAFE has a number of campuses that offer over 600 nationally accredited and recognised courses. Its location amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the state has prompted it to incorporate aspects of ecological sustainability in many of its courses. Its campuses include:
- Coffs Harbour
- Coffs Harbour Education Campus
- Port Macquarie
TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute
Northern Sydney Institute has seven campuses which offer a range of TAFE courses that cover industries, from arts and business to construction and education. It provides students with several learning pathways so that they can easily build on their existing levels of education, such as school to TAFE, TAFE to university, and TAFE to work. The seven campuses include:
- Crows Nest
- Northern Beaches
- St Leonards
It also has a number of specialist training centres:
- Cisco Academy Training Centre
- Sydney Academy of Hair, Beauty and Make-up
- The Sydney Coffee Academy
- The Sydney Gallery School
- The Sydney Wine Academy
TAFE NSW Riverina Institute
Among the usual TAFE certificates and diplomas, apprenticeships and traineeships, and short courses, Riverina Institute serves 15,000 students with training and education in a broad spectrum of subjects. Its main campuses include:
- National Environmental Centre
- Primary Industries Centre
- Wagga Wagga
TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute
South Western Sydney Institute consists of 10 colleges or campuses, each with its own specialities. Courses are available on-campus and online, with the option for blended learning courses. It has courses for national and international students, and also offers workforce development courses to provide for businesses’ training needs. Its 10 colleges include:
- Macquarie Fields
- Wetherill Park
TAFE NSW Sydney Institute
Sydney Institute offers highly reputable TAFE courses and degree programs, with institutes that span from the inner city, eastern suburbs and expands southwards. Its course offerings include apprenticeships and traineeships, TAFE for schools programs, associate and bachelor degrees, Aboriginal education and training courses, sustainability and green skills training, women’s education and training and government funded programs. Its colleges and campuses include:
- Design Centre Enmore
- St. George College
- Sutherland College, Gymea Campus
- Petersham College
- Sutherland College, Loftus Campus
- Randwick College
- Ultimo College
TAFE NSW Western Institute
Western Institute spans the largest distance of any TAFE in Australia, reaching from the Blue Mountains in the west, through to the border of South Australia. The Western Institute offers education to approximately 40,000 students. The campuses that form this institute include:
TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute
Western Sydney Institute has several awards for the quality of its TAFE courses, including the 2010 Australian Large Training Provider of the Year. It offers students world-class training facilities at its specialist centres that cater to a diverse range of industries, e.g., Animal Studies and Horse Industry, Automotive, Logistics, Maritime and Transport, Design, Creative Arts and Entertainment, Electrotechnology, Engineering and Manufacturing, and Information Technology and Library Services. Its colleges include:
- Baulkam Hills
- Castle Hill
- Katoomba (Blue Mountains)
- Mount Druitt
- Wentworth Falls (Blue Mountains)
New South Wales for students
New South Wales is one of the most student-friendly regions in the world. Not only does it have superior quality higher education, but it also has a wealth of culture and an abundance of natural beauty for students to enjoy. And then there’s the entertainment. It’s hard to beat Sydney, the vibrant capital city of NSW, for entertainment, from the ever-so-posh opera to the clubs that come alive at night.
Public transport is not a problem and the healthcare system is top-notch.
The climate is heavenly, so expect to spend a lot of time in the great outdoors, sunning yourself on the beach, hiking up mountains and exploring forests.
The cost of living is reasonable, depending on where you live. The major cities, especially Sydney, can be a bit on the expensive side, but shared accommodation, public transport and cheap shopping at a variety of markets will help bring down your expenses.