University Pathways

Is university your goal for the future? If so, TNE can help you get there.

A TAFE New England course is a great alternative for school leavers, or for those who feel that University isn’t within their reach just yet – whether it's because of the costs, your ATAR score, or not quite feeling ready for University studies. The great news is that TAFE New England (TNE) has partnerships in place with the University of New England (UNE) that can open the door to university when you complete the Tertiary Preparation Certificate, a Certificate IV or a Diploma. If you are studying accounting, agriculture, business, early childhood education, health, nursing or social work at TNE - you are guaranteed a place at UNE when you finish! Alternatively, if you don’t want to specialise in one area, or just want to brush up on your general research and study skills before university, then the Tertiary Preparation Certificate may be the right choice for you.

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How does the partnership work?

It's so easy! Your Diploma or Certificate IV gives you a head start to University.  Completion of a Diploma is equivalent to one year of the relevant Bachelor degree at UNE...and you're guaranteed acceptance! When you complete a Certificate IV through TAFE New England, you are also guaranteed entry into most Bachelor degrees offered at UNE where there is an agreed pathway (but you won’t receive credit for your previous study). In both cases, when you graduate from UNE, you will have two qualifications – a Diploma or Certificate IV from TNE, and a Bachelor’s degree from UNE. Having both qualifications, and the hands-on skills vocational training provides, is a great advantage in today's competitive job market.

What are the benefits of taking this path?

The benefits of taking a TNE pathway to university are many, and include:

  • Saving time and money! With a TNE pathway course, you stay closer to home, reduce the time it takes to get a degree, and save money on your university fees
  • At Diploma and Advanced Diploma level, you may be eligible to 'study now, and pay later' with the Australian Government's VET FEE-HELP scheme (Please note, this is a loan scheme, and you should seek independent financial advice before accessing this service.)
  • Recognised qualifications employers know and trust - you will graduate with a nationally-recognised vocational qualification, making you more competitive in today's job market
  • Transferable study skills – you'll have the preparation you need to succeed in the university environment
  • Strong industry relationships - our industry based training and partnerships connect you to future employers.

What is credit or advanced standing?

Credit (or advanced standing) is a great way to get a head start on your Bachelor's degree. Your diploma from TNE is equivalent to one year of a Bachelor degree. That means you will be finished University sooner, and working in your chosen field with both practical and theoretical knowledge!

What are the Regional Study Centres?

Staying closer to home while you study can save you time and money, and TNE and UNE are committed to supporting you through the Regional Study Centres.  These centres provide access to computers, good download speeds, and easy access to academic and IT support. With Study Centres located on the TAFE New England campuses at Moree, Gunnedah, Narrabri, Inverell, Tenterfield and Coonabarabran, and in the Glen Innes Council Library in Glen Innes, there's sure to be one near you.

To find out more, talk to our friendly Customer Support team, and take a look at the University of New England website here.

What about partnerships with other universities?

TAFE NSW, including TAFE New England, has many credit transfer and course entry agreements with universities and higher education providers throughout Australia. Your TAFE course may make you eligible for credit transfer that can take up to two years off the normal time to complete the degree.
For more information about credit arrangements, visit the TAFE NSW website's section on Credit Pathways. Here you will find a list of more than 2000 credit arrangements with universities and higher education providers.