Higher Education at TAFE SA

TAFE SA has offered higher education courses in specialised areas since 1997. Our applied learning approach and smaller class sizes means a more facilitated higher education learning environment and additional interaction with your fellow students and lecturers.

Our Associate Degrees are designed to provide guaranteed entry and credit into a university Bachelor degree while preparing you for a paraprofessional job role.

Higher Education qualifications are FEE-HELP eligible.


TAFE SA Degrees

Get the best of both worlds with a Degree from TAFE SA.

An Associate Degree is a two-year course of study, and a Bachelor is a three-year course of study. The Diploma of Applied Positive Psychology is offered part time over two years. TAFE SA degrees cover the knowledge required for your discipline (or several disciplines) and give you a strong grounding in your chosen industry.

A TAFE SA Degree gives you options. It can prepare you to go into the workforce immediately as a paraprofessional or high skills employee, or move you into related university study with the credits you earn from your studies with us.

University Pathways


Dual Offers

You might think you have to follow a certain path to study at university, but there is another way. TAFE SA offers more than 70 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.

Dual Awards

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.

TAFE SA will guide you through enrolment for the TAFE SA component and Flinders University will guide you through enrolment for the Flinders University component. Fees may be deferrable under the HECS-HELP program and VET Student Loan programs (eligibility criteria apply). Fees for each component are charged separately by each institution.

On completion of the TAFE SA Diploma / Advanced Diploma component of your study (typically in the second or third year), you can apply for the TAFE SA parchment. Once all units of the degree have been successfully completed you will receive the Bachelor award from Flinders University.


Higher education qualifications available at TAFE SA

25 Award Courses

Admission Criteria

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:

  • Applicants with higher education study

  • Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

  • Applicants with work and life experience (includes those who left secondary education more than 2 years ago)

  • Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)

Be sure to also check if there are specific course admission requirements for your desired course.


Previous Admission Data

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.

TAFE SA to Uni Credit Transfer

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.

 View credit transfer agreements - TAFE SA to Uni

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