There’s no doubt that Newcastle is a popular location, not just for tourists, but more and more for students. The reason for this? Newcastle is becoming a cultural hub, with a strong artistic and cultural presence. Befitting of a city that’s increasing its reputation as a lifestyle hub, boasting beautiful beaches and vibrant restaurants and bars, Newcastle’s standards for education are also growing. This is mainly as a result of an influx of students drawn to the various facilities and courses that it’s TAFE NSW and University institutes offer. One of the most popular schools is the Hunter TAFE Newcastle campus.
Popular TAFE courses in Newcastle
- Diploma of Counselling
- 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
Let’s take a closer look at what the institute has to offer TAFE students in Newcastle.
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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, provided through Hunter TAFE. 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 also available, across a wide range of industries. Those who’ve 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 are available, and there are also several flexible learning options, including online 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, and the NSW Hunter Institute of TAFE offers a range of semester courses from its TAFE 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
- Manufacturing & Engineering
- Maritime & Marine
- Retail & Logistics
- Tourism, Events & Outdoor Recreation
- Transport & Mining
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 the Responsible Service of Alcohol and First Aid, through to Barista skills and web design.
There are so many online courses available to you, whether you’re from Newcastle or anywhere else in Australia, the accessibility and flexibility of studying when and where you want unparalleled. I
f you’re considering an online TAFE course, consider some of the most popular ones currently on the tafecourses.com.au website:
- Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled- Division 2)
- Certificate III in Aged Care
- Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing
- Certificate III in Education
- Diploma of Counselling
Newcastle TAFE Institutions
NSW Hunter Institute of TAFE has three campuses in Newcastle, Hamilton, Hunter Street and Newcastle Campus.
Hamilton Campus specialises in TAFE courses in Food Services & Hospitality, Tourism, Events & Outdoor Recreation, Community, Health & Fitness, and Education for Careers & Further Study. Hunter Street Campus specialises in Creative Industries, Fashion & Media TAFE courses. It contains the renowned Newcastle Art School.
The 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. 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
Like so many of Australia’s cities, Newcastle’s climate is ideal for those who like a sporty, outdoor lifestyle. The cost of living in Newcastle is incredibly reasonable, especially when compared to Sydney. Newcastle also has several reliable public transport options, with the most widely used is the bus service.
One of the things that Newcastle is famous for, are its beaches. This coastal city has eight great beaches that allow you to indulge in your 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.
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’s all the usual shopping centres, 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.
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.