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Before you choose a course, find out about what it’s like to study at TAFE Queensland, and what skills and resources you will need to be successful.

The course level which is suitable for you depends on what you want to achieve, and what skills and knowledge you already have.  For example, you might be:

  • Wanting a new career path
  • Refreshing foundations and language skills
  • Preparing for further study
  • Building on existing skills and qualifications
  • Planning a pathway to higher education.

Before choosing a course, find out more about the range of course levels TAFE Queensland offers, and what the specific study and skills requirements are for each level.

Learn more about qualification levels

Some courses have specific entry requirements and documents that need to be submitted for students to be able to complete their course.

These can include:

  • Funding/course fees applications
  • Minimum age requirements
  • Language, literacy & numeracy testing
  • Blue card applications
  • Police checks
  • Vaccinations
  • White cards
  • Yellow cards
  • Uniforms/special workplace equipment

Learn more about entry requirements

Are you ready to study at TAFE Queensland? 

Complete the self-assessment quiz to find out more.

The quiz is a quick self-assessment tool to help you understand how to prepare for study.

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A delivery mode refers to how the course is taught. The main delivery modes are:

  • Mixed-mode learning: A combination of face-to-face classes on a campus, online classes and/or resources, and work-based learning.
  • Online: The learning space is online using the TQ Learning Management System.

Learn more about studying online

The study load refers to the time students need for:

  • Classes with a teacher or facilitator(face-to-face, online, work-based), AND
  • Self-directed study activities outside of class time (for learning, reading, research and revision tasks, and completion of assessments).

Full-time study

Generally requires 30-35 hours per week, similar to having a full-time job.

Part-time study

Generally 50-75% of full-time hours, but it depends on the specific course.

Before choosing a study mode, it is recommended that you complete a weekly planner activity to see how much time you have.

Self-directed study is your personal study time and refers to the time you allocate when you are not in a class or with a teacher. Some reasons students need self-directed study time are:

  • Reading course material
  • Completing learning activities
  • Preparing for lessons with the teacher
  • Revising lessons with the teacher
  • Researching information for assignments
  • Preparing for assessments, including written assignments, exams and practical demonstrations
  • Practising new skills

Before choosing a study mode, it is recommended that you complete a weekly planner activity to see how much time you have.

Learn more about assessment methods 

Learn more about our learning management system, Connect 

Before you enrol, it’s important to consider an appropriate study mode, so that you can achieve all your weekly activities, including work, family commitments, and leisure, while also allocating enough hours to study. The balance is essential for good mental health and wellbeing, and to ensuring you achieve your learning goals and course outcomes. 

See the below student stories to find out more.

John has become stressed and tired

John is a single parent with two school aged children. He has a full-time job 40 hours per week working a mixture of night and day shifts on weekends, and on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  He wants to do a Diploma level course to build on his skills and progress to university when his children are older.  He enrols in a course which is advertised as ‘full-time’, but the classes on campus are only scheduled on Thursday and Friday.  John thinks he will manage the study load because the class schedule fits in with his work schedule.  However, he soon realises that he hasn’t allocated enough time for self-directed study activities, or leisure time with his children. As John should allow 10 -15 hours for self-directed learning and study in addition to his class time, he needs to reduce his work commitments and/or choose a part-time course.  Making these adjustments will help John to achieve a healthy balance between his family commitments, work, leisure and study. 

Linda wants to study and have a social life.

Linda has just finished high school and has a casual job working appoximately 20 hours per week. She also volunteers at the local animal welfare shelter, and trains regularly for a national triathalon competition.  She wants to do a course in animal studies, but also wants to maintain a social life as it supports her mental health and wellbeing.  Linda chooses a part-time mixed-mode course where she has classes on campus one day per week (7 hours), and online classes for 4 hours per week. She then allocates another 6 hours per week for revision/learning activities and assessment task preparation.   By choosing this part-time option, Linda has enough flexibility to do a few more casual hours in her job (if offered), plus spend time on the leisure, social and community activities she enjoys.

Camilla wants to improve her English and job prospects.

Camilla is from a non-English speaking bakground. She studied at Tertiary level in her native country in a traditional classroom environment, but she is prepared to do a Certificate course at TAFE as she wants a career change.  She also hopes a vocational course will help her to improve her English.

Camilla finds a mixed-mode full time course where all the classes are online initially, and the practical and work-based learning is at the end of the course.  She thinks this will suit her because she will be able to study at her own pace, she won’t have to attend campus, and she will still be able to work in her family’s restaurant.  Camilla attends an information session at TAFE.  From the presentation she understands that the course timetable involves studying multiple subjects at one time, and that the online resources for the course involve accessing a range of electronic formats, plus quite a lot of reading and use of industry specifc terminology. She thinks that she will be able to use her translator app on her phone for some of the course learning resources, but realises that this will be time-consuming.

Camilla will need to allow extra study time for her course because English is not her first language.  She is advised to consider a suitable part-time language course or foundation skills course to gain more confidence with her English skills before undertaking vocational studies.

Learn more about mental health and wellbeing 

A support network can include family, friends, organisations, and community support agencies. Support networks can:

  • Help you to stay motivated about your study
  • Help you to balance your work, leisure, family commitments and study
  • Talk to you about your mental health and wellbeing
  • Assist you to organise your study time
  • Assist you in an emergency situation

Visit your local council website to find out more about community organisations and agencies who provide people of all ages with resources and community support networks.

LEARN MORE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING 

Many TQ courses use electronic resources and learning materials made available through our Learning Management System (called Connect). Therefore, it is recommended that students have their own computer, or have easy access to a computer, so they can complete their course work.  The types of activities students need a computer for include:

  • Accessing electronic learning material
  • Communicating with teachers (e.g. via email, chat or discussion posts)
  • Participating in online classes
  • Preparing assessment activities
  • Submitting assignments
  • Completing online assessments assessments

Complete a quick computer skill self-assessment to find out more.

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LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, CONNECT 

 

Acess Computer Skills online tutorials

Because many TAFE Queensland courses use electronic resources, students may need specific computer software and digital literacy skills for their course. 

In general, it is recommended that students have the following technology skills before they start their course:

  • Using Internet browsers (e.g. Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari)
  • Using Internet search engines (E.g. Google, Google Scholar)
  • Navigating webpages
  • Sending and receiving emails
  • Attaching and downloading documents from emails
  • Using portable storage devices (e.g. a USB)
  • Downloading and saving documents to a computer or USB
  • Basic Word Processing

You can find out more by reading the course outline section of individual courses and programs.  

Complete a quick computing skills quiz to check you current skills.

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ACESS COMPUTER SKILLS ONLINE TUTORIALS

Vocational placement is work-based learning and assessment. It is included in some courses as a compulsory component so that students can start practising their new skills in real-world environments. Courses which include vocational placement have specific requirements and students should consider their personal circumstances before they enrol. These requirements may include:

  • Shift work, including early mornings or late nights
  • Placement weekends and public holidays
  • Travel to to specific locations
  • First Aid certificate with current CPR
  • Blue Card
  • Vaccinations
  • Australian Federal Police check

To get further advice about vocational placment requirements check the relevant course information page. 

TAFE Queensland offers a range of student support services to assist students before they enrol and during their studies.

To get further advice about the right course for you, make an appointment with one of our student support staff. All TAFE Queensland counsellors are trained and experienced career advisors and they can help you to decide what career and course pathway to follow.

Check the TAFE Queensland website to see if there are any information sessions for your course, or if there's an upcoming TAFE Queensland open day or career expo near you.

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