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Information for parents and advisors

Most careers need some form of education and training, but they don't all require a university degree. There are a variety of reasons your child or students should consider vocational education and training (VET) after school. Perhaps they want to enter a trade, test out an industry, or maybe they just didn't get the ATAR they needed to enter university.

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What is vocational education and training?

Designed to deliver practical, workplace-specific skills and knowledge, VET covers a wide range of careers and industries. If you find that your child or student struggles in a traditional classroom, or if they're more of a tactile learner, VET may be where they will really shine. Completing a VET course can help improve not only their skills and knowledge, but also their confidence. They can gain a qualification, start working sooner, improve their career or job opportunities, and advance to further study or university.

About TAFE Queensland

With more than 500 nationally-recognised qualifications to choose from, studying at TAFE Queensland gives our students access to multiple pathways to get a head start on their careers.


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Course diversity

TAFE Queensland offers more than 500 nationally-recognised qualifications from entry-level to higher education. If you have a child or student interested in anything from a trade to hospitality and events, or creative industries to health care and nursing, chances are we have a course for them.

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Industry-standard facilities

Our students train in purpose-built facilities including industry-standard workshops, fully functional health clinics, digital studios, and open to the public restaurants, beauty salons, and gyms. Our partnerships with local employers also allow students to also study in real workplaces and gain valuable work experience.

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Support services

Our student support services are available to all of our students, making their learning experience just that little bit easier. Our range of services across the state include counselling, disability services, learning support, library services, and Indigenous student support.

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Flexible study options

With more than 500 nationally-recognised qualifications to choose from across 50 locations throughout the state, and a variety of study modes available, your child or students are able to study in a way that suits them.

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Understanding ATAR

The Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) is the national standard for tertiary admissions. It indicates position relative to other students, is calculated by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) and is used for entry to tertiary study. Completing a Certificate III or higher through TAFE at School contributes to ATARs.

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University pathways

We have partnered with some of Australia’s most respected universities to deliver world-class degrees in a practical, job-focused training environment. Together we provide the up-to-date skills employers want, along with the adaptable thinking required to succeed in any industry.

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Explore our study areas


Take a look at everything we have on offer by the area of study that interests you the most. Choose from over 400 entry-level certificates to degree-level courses across a wide variety of industries. Whatever your interest, we know you’ll find a pathway to your dream career.

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TAFE at School online solutions | Powered by IVET

The new and dynamic IVET platform for schools is designed to increase student engagement and reduce teacher marking time. The flexible delivery options will make further study more accessible to students across Queensland.

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