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Entry requirements

To enrol in a course at TAFE Queensland, you must meet all entry requirements. These requirements are different for and specific to each course.

 Entry requirements across our courses may include:

  • English language proficiency levels
  • subject prerequisites
  • course specific entry requirements
  • a portfolio submission or audition prior to entry for many of our creative courses.

While not an entry requirement for the majority of our courses, we do strongly recommend having a minimum previous education level:

  • Year 10 / 11 or equivalent for foundation skills and certificate courses
  • Year 12 or equivalent for diploma and higher education courses

Make sure you read the entry requirement section on the course information page for your chosen qualification. If you have questions about the entry requirements for your course, please contact us.


Minimum age requirement

At TAFE Queensland we want to see our students succeed. We are an adult learning environment, but we also provide education and training to younger students. If you are under the age of 18, you will be required to meet further entry requirements. To find out more, please contact us.

Please note this excludes TAFE at School students.


English language requirements

For international students wanting to study at TAFE Queensland you must have a minimum English language skill level. If English is not your first language, you must have a minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic score.

This minimum score is dependent on the study level you plan to complete:

  • For certificate III, certificate IV, diploma* and advanced diploma courses: overall 5.5 (with no score lower than 5.0)
  • For higher education (associate degree and above) courses: overall 6.5 (with no score lower than 6.0)


*Some courses and passport nationalities may require higher IELTS (Academic) scores than the minimum of IELTS 5.5 and/or include specific sub-score requirements. These will be detailed in the important information section of the course information page.


Basic Key Skills Builder

If you apply for a VET Student Loan, you must provide evidence that you have the reading and numeracy skills to successfully complete your course. The bksb is one way of doing this.


Degrees and admissions

There are several ways you can apply to study a TAFE Queensland degree. To help make your higher education application process as simple as possible view our tertiary admissions information.


Unique Student Identifier

If you're completing a nationally-recognised VET course at TAFE Queensland, you need a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Your USI account is a secure record of your recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia from 1 January 2015. It gives you access to your training records and transcripts, can be accessed online, is free and easy to create, and stays with you for life.