The criteria used to determine entry to TAFE are quite different to those used for university entrance. The selection criteria do not consider an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank – instead calculation of entry points is done separately for each particular course.
Students who wish to keep their options open for TAFE entry should familiarise themselves with the individual TAFE Handbooks, TAFE websites and consult the Scotch College Careers Adviser before finalising their Year 11 courses.
TAFE offers six levels of courses:
- Advanced Diploma
- Certificate IV
- Certificate III
- Certificate II
- Certificate I
To get into a full-time qualification at TAFE, students need to meet the entrance requirements for the chosen qualification. For a number of qualifications there are also specific selection criteria.
Entrance requirements are communications (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and, if required, mathematics skills. In the TAFE handbook the level of communications and mathematics skills required for entry to a qualification are shown by dots:
- Basic skills
- Developed skills
- Well-developed skills
- Highly developed skills
Selection criteria are addressed by submitting documented evidence as requested. This evidence may include:
- Qualification Pathway (maximum score 29 points)
This can include any qualification completed or partially completed that may lead to another qualification (e.g. a Certificate 1 that leads to a Certificate II).
- Work Experience or Employment (maximum score 29 points)
This includes any employment or workplace experience that has previously been completed.
- Education/Skills Development (maximum score 42 points)
This includes secondary education (current or past) or a portfolio demonstrating skills development. The portfolio may include qualifications or tests that have been completed in the past.
As the calculation of TAFE entry points is done separately for each particular course, it is not possible to make comments about the general level of scores. Similarly the demand for courses in TAFE varies significantly from year to year.
Some general trends that have applied to recent TAFE entry are:
- About 85% of applicants to TAFE received either their first or second preference.
- Because entry is driven by demand and supply, the entry scores varied considerably between the various.
- Entry requirements were generally much lower for non-metropolitan centres.
- Courses which are more competitive and required higher entry scores included animal care and veterinary nursing, photography, graphic design, broadcast operations, media design, medical reception, public relations and trade training.
- These trends may not always apply for TAFE enrolment. Students should consult with TAFE information officers if there are any queries.
TAFE / University Transfer
Students should be aware that it is becoming easier to transfer from TAFE Certificate 4/Diploma level courses to a range of university courses. Individual arrangements exist between certain TAFE colleges and universities.