Some of our higher education degrees are offered directly and some in partnership with universities. We also offer a wide range of pathways leading to professional degrees with all three South Australian public universities.
As a dual-sector VET/Higher Education provider, TAFE SA offers unique benefits to higher education students.
Our emphasis on applied learning with a focus on employment outcomes makes our graduates highly employable in the eyes of industry.
Students seeking a different higher education experience with smaller classes, more interaction with fellow students and lecturers, and practical learning that leads to strong employment prospects upon graduation will enjoy their experience at TAFE SA.
You might think you have to follow a certain path to study at university, but there is another way. TAFE SA offers more than 50 dual offer courses in partnership with South Australian public universities.
With a dual offer you can apply for both the TAFE SA and university qualifications at the same time. This means that once you complete your TAFE SA course successfully, you have guaranteed entry – with credit – into university.Studying a dual offer course is a great way to set yourself apart from other graduates. You will benefit from TAFE SA’s vocational experience and insights, as well as graduating with two qualifications instead of one.
TAFE SA has many credit transfer agreements with universities for TAFE SA graduates. Gaining university credit for the related study you have undertaken at TAFE SA can reduce the time and fees usually required to complete a Bachelor degree.
To claim credit, you must formally apply to the university in accordance with their processes.
Being eligible for credit does not guarantee that you will be offered a place in a university program. Credit will normally be granted after you have been offered a place.
TAFE SA and Flinders University have joint qualifications to provide you with both a TAFE SA and a Flinders University qualification within the time taken to study a single undergraduate degree. Students benefit from combining applied and theoretical knowledge with practical skills and access to the resources of both TAFE SA and Flinders University.
There are several ways in which you can meet the entry requirements for a TAFE SA higher education course.
Learn more about how higher education applicants are selected:
If you have been enrolled in a higher education course such as a university degree since leaving secondary school, you may meet the entry requirements for higher education at TAFE SA. This includes prospective students who:
You may need to have completed a certain amount of study within a higher education course to be considered for entry into TAFE SA higher education, for example, one year of a Bachelor course. Please refer to the individual course information pages for details.
You may also be eligible for credit for your previous higher education studies, which can decrease the time it takes to complete your degree at TAFE SA. Credit for previous higher education study is assessed on a case-by-case basis at the time of enrolment.
You may meet the entry requirements for TAFE SA higher education if you have previously studied a Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma at TAFE SA or another Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
In some cases, your VET qualification must be in a related area of study. Please refer to the individual course information pages for details.
You may still meet the admissions criteria for higher education at TAFE SA if you left secondary education more than two years ago and have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.
You may still use your year 12 results or your ATAR for entry to your chosen TAFE SA higher education course, even if you completed secondary education more than two years ago.
Some courses have additional entry requirements along with a minimum ATAR, such as passes in specific Year 12 subjects. Please visit the course information page for further information.
If you have not completed secondary education, or did not achieve an ATAR high enough for entry into TAFE SA higher education, you may meet the requirements for your course by achieving a minimum score in the STAT.
The STAT is a two-hour, multiple choice test that assesses your ability to study at a tertiary level.
Visit SATAC for more information about the STAT.
If have completed Year 12 in Australia within the past two years and you meet the requirements for the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or the interstate equivalent, or you have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB), you may apply for TAFE SA higher education courses using your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).
You will need to meet the minimum ATAR requirements for your course. Some courses have additional entry requirements along with the ATAR, such as passes in specific Year 12 subjects. Please visit the course information page for further information.
If you have completed your secondary education overseas or in a non-standard program, your academic results will be assessed to determine whether they can be converted to an ATAR, and whether you have met any prerequisite subject requirements.
Be sure to also check if there are specific course admission requirements for your desired course.
You might be interested to see the admission profiles of previous students who commenced higher education study at TAFE SA during our most recent intake period.
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