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Get started on the path to your ideal job or qualification by combining a TAFE course with school studies

If you want a head start towards training, further education or employment while you’re still at school, North Coast TAFE’s practical learning pathways can put you ahead of the pack.

You could apply for an apprenticeship if you’ve got your eye on a trade, or you might choose a course that provides a seamless pathway to further education if you see yourself going to uni. No matter where you’re heading, North Coast TAFE can help you get there.

Study at TAFE as part of your HSC

Fast-track your qualification, gain industry insight and become more employable with a TAFE course that counts towards your HSC.

Jump to TVET for high school  

Study options to suit you

You can choose from a range of flexible study modes including on-campus, online or distance learning options.

Find out about our flexible study options  

School-based apprentice or trainee

You can start an apprenticeship or traineeship while still at school and fast-track your trade training.

Learn more about becoming an apprentice or trainee  

TVET (TAFE-delivered Vocational Education and Training) for high school students

With a TVET course, Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to study TAFE courses as part of their HSC. If you would like to apply for a TVET course you’ll need to download and complete the Expression of Interest form and provide it to your School Careers Advisor or VET Coordinator.

If you're unsure of what courses to take speak to your School Careers Advisor or contact us.

TVET Courses for 2015




TVET Courses for 2016





New course in 2016: Driver Education
This course is for students who are seeking to pass the NSW Driver Knowledge test (L). Students also learn basic skills and knowledge for car maintenance and care. On completion of the literacy, numeracy and digital technology units, Aboriginal students will receive exemption from the RMS Driver Knowledge Test fee. This course is worth 2 Board of Studies units, which equates to one of your preliminary or HSC subjects.

What do I need to know for TVET
  • You can choose to study TVET courses at secondary schools or TAFE campuses or online through TAFEnow

  • Applications open close at the end of Term 3

  • Schools will be notified in Term 4 of successful applications

  • Successful students will be notified by their school and will receive an offer letter confirming when TVET classes start


How do I apply for TVET
  • Download and complete the relevant TVET Expression of Interest form

  • You will need to have your TVET Expression of Interest form signed by your parent/caregiver and your school

  • Send the form to your School Careers Advisor or VET Coordinator.

Application forms for TVET

You can download the Expression of Interest Form here, or ask your School Careers Adviser or VET Coordinator for a copy.


Benefits of TVET for students

  • A vocational course will equip you with knowledge and skills that will help make you job ready and more attractive to employers.

  • It can also give you a head start towards a qualification or fast-track further education.

  • A TVET course can give you an insight into the kind of career you might like, while building your independence and confidence.

  • TVET courses are designed to lead to higher level TAFE courses. By completing a TVET course as part of your HSC you could save time in your future TAFE courses or apprenticeship.

  • If you choose to sit the High School Certificate exam, you can count the result of one VET course towards your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).


Hear from our staff and students


TVET Man gives an overview of TVET.

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What's it like as a TVET student?

Our students talk about their experience at TAFE.

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Are you under 17 years of age?
Are you under 17 years of age?

From January 2010, a new law in NSW requires students to complete school to Year 10 and then to continue in either education, full-time paid employment, or a combination of these until at least the age 17. If you are under 17 years and wish to enrol at TAFE the options available to you may have been affected by this change in the law. To attend TAFE you will need to have completed Year 10 or have special permission from school and TAFE to do so.

Or call us on 1300 NCTAFE (1300 628 233)