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Guide to TAFE Courses in Newcastle

Like its British counterpart, Newcastle in New South Wales is famous for its coal. In fact, according to Wikipedia, Newcastle has the biggest coal exporting harbour in the world. There is no denying coal’s importance in the region’s economy, but Newcastle is also becoming quite the cultural hub, with burgeoning arts and creative industries. As befits a city of growing repute, Newcastle’s standard of tertiary education is high. Students can choose between two options: The University of Newcastle and NSW Hunter Institute of TAFE. The Hunter Institute operates in the greater Newcastle region, and has three campuses within the city.

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What TAFE study options are available to me in Newcastle?

Students have an abundance of choices when it comes to TAFE courses in Newcastle. In addition to full-time TAFE certificate and diploma courses, students can choose between part-time courses with classes in the day or in the evening. There are apprenticeships and traineeships and courses for high school students. Those who have already joined the workforce can enjoy on-the-job-training, and business owners can arrange for customised short courses to be held at the workplace or on-campus.A variety of short courses is available, and there are also several flexible learning options, including online courses.

Semester Courses

Most of the courses, including short courses, TVET courses, and apprenticeships and traineeships, are offered on a semester basis. The courses available differ from campus to campus. NSW Hunter Institute of TAFE offers a range of semester courses from its Newcastle Campus in the following areas:

  • Administration, Business, Library & Real Estate
  • Animal & Equine Studies
  • Building Industries
  • Children’s Services
  • Community, Health & Fitness
  • Creative Industries, Fashion & Media
  • Education for Careers and Further Study
  • Environmental, Horticulture & Primary Industries
  • Food Services & Hospitality
  • Hairdressing & Beauty
  • IT
  • Manufacturing & Engineering
  • Maritime & Marine
  • Retail & Logistics
  • Science
  • Tourism, Events & Outdoor Recreation
  • Transport & Mining

Short Courses

You can also choose from a variety of short courses designed for recreational and professional purposes. Some courses serve both purposes, such as an Advanced Photoshop course, which could be ideal for a very keen amateur photographer or for a graphic designer.

Other short courses available at Newcastle include:

  • Digital Marketing for your Business
  • First Aid
  • Hairdressing – Introduction to Hair Extensions
  • Interior Design
  • Medical Training for Shipmasters
  • Nondestructive Testing to AINDT Certification
  • Pattern Making Level 1 (Beginners)
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol
  • Sewing Skills Level 2 (Intermediate)

Correspondence Courses

Currently, the number of online courses offered is limited, and it has been known to vary, so keep an eye on the website to make sure that the course you’re looking for is available.

Some of the online courses include:

  • Certificate III in Education Support
  • Certificate IV in Hospitality
  • Diploma of Events
  • Statement of Attainment – Food Safety Supervisor
  • Short Courses – Real Estate Continuing Professional Development

Newcastle TAFE Institutions

NSW Hunter Institute of TAFE has three campuses in Newcastle.

  • Hamilton TAFE Campus, 91 Parry Street, Newcastle West

Hamilton Campus specialises in TAFE courses in Food Services & Hospitality, Tourism, Events & Outdoor Recreation, Community, Health & Fitness, and Education for Careers & Further Study. Specialist training centres include functional commercial kitchens, restaurants and a cafeteria, as well as a commercial-scale boning room and sausage-making facility. It offers a selection of study opportunities that includes short courses, TVET courses, Statements of Attainment, and TAFE certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses.

  • Hunter Street TAFE Campus, 590 – 608 Hunter Street, Newcastle West

Hunter Street Campus specialises in Creative Industries, Fashion & Media TAFE courses. It contains the renowned Newcastle Art School.

  • Newcastle TAFE Campus, Maitland Road, Tighes Hill, Newcastle

Newcastle Campus is Hunter Institute of TAFE’s main campus in NSW. It boasts the Newcastle Hair and Beauty Academy, which consists of six hair salons and three beauty salons for real-world training. It also contains the Newcastle Maritime Training centre where students can build on their TAFE courses with practical industry experience. Additional facilities include an Aboriginal Education and Training Unity, a childcare centre and the HIT Student Association Bookshop. The full range of courses is available at Newcastle Campus.

Newcastle for Students

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Like so many of Australia’s cities, Newcastle’s climate is ideal for those who like a sporty, outdoor lifestyle. It’s subtropical by nature, which means that it can get pretty humid. By and large the temperatures tend not to get above 25°C or dip below 8°C. There are, however, days that buck the trend when temperatures soar above 40°C. According to Wikipedia, below freezing temperatures have never been recorded.

The cost of living in Newcastle is incredibly reasonable, especially when compared to Sydney. According to Expatistan, the cost of living in Newcastle is 34% cheaper than Sydney.

Newcastle has several reliable public transport options. The most widely used is the bus service provided by Newcastle Buses and Ferries. Concessions are available for tertiary students and apprentices and trainees. The ferry service operates along Newcastle’s Foreshore.

If you like contemplating waves, surfing waves, and watching people bomb out of waves then you’re in luck because Newcastle has eight great beaches that allow you to indulge every ocean-related whim.

If you’d rather spend your time on the arts and culture scene then you’re also in luck, because Newcastle caters to just about every cultural taste imaginable. Newcastle Art Gallery is nationally famous for its permanent collection and diverse exhibitions. Cooks Hill Gallery boasts art works in all forms. Newcastle Museum has collections that cover everything from history, science and the natural environment to sports, technology and industry. There is also a vibrant performing arts scene, with several theatres (small, medium and large) in the city.

There are all the usual shopping malls, boutiques, supermarkets, and outlets for retail therapy, but you should definitely make an effort to get to the organic food market at Hunter Street Mall, which is held Wednesday to Saturday.

Government Funding

NSW Hunter Institute of TAFE offers government subsidised courses and other government funding programs for tertiary education. Consult our Guide to TAFE Courses in New South Wales for more information.