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Information for TAFE or VET students

We welcome students with vocational education qualifications from TAFE or other Registered Training Providers. Learn more.

The University welcome students with vocational education qualifications from TAFE or other Registered Training Providers. We also recognise the importance of the learning you have already undertaken.

Generally, we'll offer credit if your TAFE/VET study:

  • Is in a similar or the same study area as your proposed university study
  • Is at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level
  • Was completed no more than ten years ago

Depending on the course, you will receive credit for specific university units. Sometimes, you'll receive block credit for one or two semesters and will enter the course at a higher year level.

This means you will have fewer units to study and/or less time needed to complete your University course. This also means reduced study costs.

In some cases, there are additional benefits to VET students continuing with university study. These include guaranteed entry to your chosen course.

What credit will I receive?

The University of Tasmania offers credit for VET qualifications at Diploma level and above, in a range of study areas. This includes qualifications gained from TasTAFE or other Registered Training Organisations in Tasmania, as well as some interstate VET providers.

You should contact the relevant School or Faculty to discuss your case.

More information

When you accept your offer into your course, you'll be provided with information about how to apply for credit.

If you have questions, please contact the Uni Info Centre. You can call us on 1300 363 864 or email us at course.info@utas.edu.au

Current and past TasTAFE students are normally assessed on the basis of their successful completion or partial completion of a TAFE award course (Cert III or higher.) Applicants will need to provide the University of Tasmania with a certified copy of their TasTAFE transcript of results with their Application for Admission form.

There are articulation pathways and credit arrangements between the TasTAFE and the University of Tasmania. You can find detailed information, including how much credit you could expect to receive towards a University of Tasmania degree, about TAFE/VET pathways on the Articulation/Credit (double advantage) website.

Required attendance at lectures and tutorials (called "contact hours") can be as little as 12 hours a week for a full-time enrolment, but the timetabling may be scattered throughout the week. You should think of full-time study as equivalent to a full-time job – that is, about 36 hours a week, or 8-9 hours per subject. Included in this study time is reading for tutorials, assignment preparation, and study for any end-of-semester exams.

We understand that starting at the University of Tasmania can be quite daunting, especially if you haven't previously undertaken university study. The University of Tasmania has a number of support programs to assist you in the transition to university, For detailed information, including how to apply, a list of transition and enabling programs are available from the Future Students website. To find out what programs are available, please go to the Pathway Programs.

For detailed information of all costs relating to studying at the University of Tasmania, please visit Scholarships, Fees and Costs.

For information about courses at the University of Tasmania and the application process, contact the Uni Info Centre. You can call us on 1300 363 864 or email us at Course.Info@utas.edu.au

For information about the range of services provided to University of Tasmania students go to Starting at the University.