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After enrolling, find out about more about what will be expected of you during your course, how you will be studying, and how to establish effective study goals and habits.

The hours you will be studying per week will depend on whether your course is full-time or part-time.

Full-time study

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

Part-time study

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

Complete a weekly planner activity to make sure you can allocate the requried study hours.


Many TAFE Queensland courses require students to allocate personal study time in addition to time spent with a teacher/facilitator in class or online. How much personal study time you need may depend on your specific course requirements, the mode of delivery and fluctuations in the delivery schedule for specific tasks, such as mandatory Residential Schools, Vocational Placement, or work experience.

Many students also need to allow more personal study time at the beginning of their course while they become familiar with their course requirements and practise academic literacy skills, such as reading, numeracy, and using a computer.

Your teacher will provide a Study Guide for each unit which will include details of tasks you need to complete in your personal study time. However, some examples of how to calculate appropriate study time are:

Full-time course
A student attends campus for face-to-face classes two days per week (16 hours). In addition to attending class, it is recommended that the student allocates approxinately 16 hours per week personal study time for reading and revision, completion of suggested learning activities, and assessments tasks.

A student in a full-time online course attends an online tutorial with their teacher for two (2) hours per week. In addition to attending the tutorial, it is recommended that the student allocates approxinately 30 hours per week in their study schedule to engage in learning activities, reading, and assessment task completion.

Part-time course
A student attends campus for face-to-face classes one day per week (8 hours). In addition to attending class, it is recommended that the student allocates approxinately 8-12 hours per week personal study time for reading and revision, completion of suggested learning activities, and assessment tasks.

A student in a part-time online course attends an online tutorial with their teacher for two (2) hours per week. It is recommended that the student allocates approximately 12-16 hours per week in their study schedule to engage in learning activities, reading, and assessment task completion. 

Time Management

Setting learning goals and managing your time effectively is important for study success.  Once you have your class timetable you can note those details in a diary or calendar, but you also need to organise your personal study time.  If you are an online student, you may not have a specific class schedule, so you will need to design a personal study schedule making sure to balance your weekly commitments carefully.

Weekly Planner

Make sure you have completed a weekly planner activity first.  Include everything you do, or will be doing, in your week, including work, study, leisure and family commitments, so that you get a realistic idea of how busy you are, or will be, once your course starts.

Study Planning

A suggested method of study planning uses ‘time-blocking’ based on the the S M A R T principles:





Time bound

See our resources on study planning using this method. 

Learn more about SMART study planning

The TAFE Queensland Library Network provides a wide range of services, both in person and online, to assist students throughout their studies. 


  • Access to books, DVDs and digital resources, such as databases and e-books
  • Computer equipment and quiet study spaces
  • Printing, copying and scanning facilities
  • Equipment hire (selected locations)


Library staff can assist students with:

  • Setting up and resetting passwords
  • Accessing Wi-Fi on campus
  • Resources to assist with assignments and referencing
  • Job search, applications and interview resources

Student Support

You can also get additional support and advice from:

  • Learning Support teachers
  • International Student Support Officers
  • Indigneous Student Support Officers
  • AccessAbility Support Officers
  • Counsellors
  • Job Matching officers (selected locations)

To find out more visit the TAFE Queensalnd Library Network and Student Support services webpages.

Learn more about the TAFE Queensland Library Network 

Learn more about student support services 

At TAFE Queensland students are provided with a range of learning resources and materials, including access to practical environments, trade facilities, and creative spaces which help students develop hands-on skills and experience using industry tools and equipment. 

In recognising that we are delivering training services in an environment of finite resources, the TAFE Queensland Strategic Plan promotes the use of electronic platforms for all parts of our infrastructure.  Our aim is to:

  • Support sustainability and be socially responsible
  • Deliver contemporary skills and training which are responsive to industry and workplace requirements
  • Prepare students for current and future workforces using emerging technologies and innovation in applied learning.

Certificate and Diploma courses

Students enrolled in most Certificate and Diploma courses will access electronic resources and learning materials made available through the TAFE Queensland Learning Management System Connect.

Degree and Associate Degree qualifications offered by TAFE Queensland

Students enrolled in TAFE Queensland Higher Education programs will be required to use the TAFE Queensland Learning Management System Connect.

Degree programs with partner universities

Students enrolled in TAFE Queensland programs with one of our partner universities will be required to use the university’s Learning Management System.

All students receive training during their orientation on how to use the designated Learning Management System for their course, and how to access online learning material effectively. 

  • For help and guidance with Connect, visit the TAFE Queensland Connect YouTube
  • For help and guidance with the Learning Management System of one of our partner universites, visit their website.

To find out more about the range of equipment, practical environments and purpose-built facilities TAFE Queensland offers, visit our website.

Learn more about our facilities

You will need to have, or have easy access to, a reliable Internet service to engage effectively in learning at TQ, and to access your personal student data through a Student Portal. 

Some digital systems and platforms at TQ are accessible on a mobile phone and other portable devices.  However, many of the learning and 

assessment requirements in TQ courses and Higher Education programs require students to use a computer with up-to-date software and a reliable Internet connection. 

All TQ Library facilities have computers and wi-fi access for student use.  In some locations, TQ Libraries may also have specialist equipment and software installed for specific courses.   You will find out more about any specialist technology resources required for your course during your orientation, but also check your course outline on the TQ website Important information/Resources requried section.

Higher Education with Partner Universities

For further advice, visit the website of the relevant partner university and search for their IT Help or Service Desk, or Technical Support webpage.

Some community agencies offer funding to students to purchase or upgrade technology equipment. Contact TQ Student Support staff for further advice.

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As most TAFE Queensland courses and Higher Education programs use electronic resources, students may need specific computer software and digital literacy skills for their course. Your course teacher will advise you if there is industry specific software or technology equipment required, but in general it is recommended that students have confidence performing the following digital literacy skills:

  • 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 

Computer Skills training

  • Visit the TAFE Queensland Library Network Study Essentials webpage and watch the video tutorials on Computer skills, Working with Word and File Types.

Certificate and diploma courses use competency-based assessment methods. Throughout your training at TAFE Queensland you will be assessed so that you can demonstrate satisfactory competence in knowledge and performance of specific skills. There are clear instructions for every assessment task, including the criteria used to assess your performance.  

Depending on your course, assessment methods may include:

  • Written assessments (assignments, applied research, projects and role plays)
  • Practical assessments (demonstrations of skills and practical tasks, and role plays)
  • Work-based activities (Vocational Placement, professional practice, live work)
  • Examinations/tests

Assessment rules and policies

Specific assessment rules are outlined in the TAFE Queensland Student Rules and Policies and educational staff explain these further during course orientations.

Learn more about how we assess

Learn more about AccessAbility/Disability Support services

Degree and associate degree programs at TAFE Queensland use a merit-based or performance level evaluation system of assessment. Specific percentage scores may be assigned to assessment items and aligned with numeric grades. These then correlate to descriptive grades of Pass, Credit, Distinction, and High Distinction. Assessment items may be weighted differently depending on the unit of study and the type of assessment method. 

Types of assessment methods used in Higher Education may include:

  • Written assessments (essays, literature reviews, critiques, projects, reports, and applied research)
  • Practical assessments (demonstration of creative work and practical skills)
  • Portfolios (compilation of work completed, including e-portfolios)
  • Peer reviews
  • Discussion forums
  • Reflective journals
  • Examinations/tests
  • Placement performance (where applicable)

Assessment rules and policies

Specific assessment rules are outlined in the Student Rules and Policies of TAFE Queensland and our partner universities, and educational staff explain these further during course orientations. 

Additional Support

If you have an identifed disability, learning difficulty, or other special circumstances, you may need an individualised AccessAbility or Training and Support Plan developed for you. 

This may involve a review of:

  • Medical/diagnostic documentation
  • Language, Literacy & Numeracy test results
  • Previous support arrangements

Reasonable Adjustment or Alternative Assessment

Depending on your circusmtances, Reasonable Adjustment or Alternative Assessment may be considered. It’s best to advise TQ about your learning needs or special circumstances either before you enrol, or as part of your admission process, so that we can assess the type of support you may need, and determine our capacity to support these needs.

Learning Support

Additional learning support is available from qualified teachers for all TAFE Queensland students with the exception of:

  • Secondary school students enrolled in VET in Schools (VETiS) programs, and
  • Students enrolled in TAFE Queensland Adult Literacy & Numeracy or English Language training programs

Identification of Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) needs

All students enrolling into TAFE Queensland qualifcation courses (excluding Higher Education courses with partner universities) are requested to complete an English and maths initial assessment using the Basic Key Skills Builder (bksb). The tests help us to understand your academic capabilities and provide an indication of areas where you may need additional support to achieve your goals. 

Depending on your course, completion of the bksb may be required prior to enrolment for funding arrangements, or to meet specifc pre-requisites for the qualification.

You will learn more about additonal learning support services during your orientation, but to find out about the range of services provided and/or to make an enquiry, visit our website.

View TAFE Queensland's Student Rules and Policies

Learn more about our AccessAbility/Disability Support services

View TAFE Queensland's Student Support Policy

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