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    TAFE Queensland 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    One of the most popular and successful vocational training institutions in Australia, TAFE Queensland offers over 90 undergraduate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates.

    Known for its practical and industry-specific education, more than 90% of its students are satisfied with their experience at TAFE.

    One can easily get admitted to TAFE Queensland either by meeting all the admission requirements or through pathway programs. Applicants must check the country-specific entry requirements before applying.

    • It invites admission applications for its two semesters in December and May.
    • Applicants must apply before the deadlines. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered for the next intake session.
    • Certified copies of Academic Qualifications and Passport are required.
    • There is no application fee to apply for TAFE Queensland admissions.


    Application Portal Online Portal
    Application Fee N/A
    Application Deadline Semester 1 - December 1
    Semester 2- May 30
    Average IELTS Score 5.5 overall
    Average TOEFL Score iBT: 46 PBT:506
    Mode of Payment Debit Card or Credit Card
    Academic Calendar Semester-based
    Intake Sessions December and May
    Financial Aid Scholarships and Financial Aid Available
    International Admission Enquiry TAFE Queensland Enquiry

    TAFE Queensland Admission Deadlines

    Students are required to submit their applications well in advance of the acceptance close date since applications received after deadlines will be considered for the next intake session. Onshore applicants are those international students who are currently living in Australia with a valid Visa permit whereas Offshore applicants are those who are currently living outside Australia and do not hold a visa.

    Applications Semester 1 Semester 2
    Onshore Applications close one week prior to commencement of classes
    Offshore (VET* courses) December 1 May 30
    Offshore English Language program only Five weeks prior to commencement of classes

    *Vocational Educational Training

    TAFE Queensland International Students Admissions

    TAFE Queensland receives thousands of applications from many countries like Korea, China, the United Kingdom, Japan, India, Hong Kong, France, Italy, and Malaysia. Upholding the diversity and providing industry-driven education to international students is one of the primary goals of TAFE.

    Application Portal: TAFE International Application/ TAFE Agent

    Application Fee: N/A

    Admission Requirements: Applicants must submit the following documents to be eligible for TAFE Queensland Admissions-

    • Completed Application
    • Certified Copies of Academic Qualifications - Class 10/Class 12
    • Statement of Purpose
    • English Language Proficiency
    • CV and Letters of References from Employers - Mature Students
    • Copy of Passport
    • Health Certificate
    • Proof of Financial Support

    TAFE Queensland has provided the minimum eligibility requirements according to specific countries as well; as follows:

    Country Australian Year 10 equivalent Australian Year 12 equivalent
    India 10th grade from All India Secondary School Certificate or Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, Secondary School Certificate Senior School Certificate (awarded by the Central Board of Secondary Education) with 4 Academic disciplines; Minimum Score in English- 70%; Minimum score in other 3 subjects- 65%
    Nepal School Leaving Certificate (SLC) School leaving Certificate and Higher Secondary Certificate or Proficiency Certificate with average score 60 of Grade 11 and 12th combined.
    Malaysia Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia SPM (four subject passes) Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) (four subject passes) or IB Diploma

    English Language Proficiency

    International applicants whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency to study in Australia. TAFE Queensland requires the minimum scores as tabulated below.

    Programs Minimum Score Required
    For Certificate 3, Certificate 4, Diploma and Advanced Diploma IELTS score 5.5 overall with no individual score below 5.
    Associate Degree Level Programs IELTS score 6.0 overall with no individual section below 5.5
    Bachelor’s Degree Programs IELTS score 6.5 overall with no individual section below 6.0

    If you do not meet the English language entry requirements, you can enroll in a combined TAFE Queensland English Language Program (TQELP) and VET training study package where you can complete an English Language Program by TAFE before commencing your diploma or degree.

    International Students Visa Process

    International applicants need to obtain a student visa (Subclass 500) to be able to start their program in Australia. To apply for a visa, students need to fill out the application form on the Department of Home Affairs of Australia webpage. The following documents will be required to complete the visa process:

    • Identity proof
    • Acceptance Letter issued by the university- Confirmation of Enrolment
    • Application for health insurance
    • Proof of financial support
    • Parental Consent
    • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.

    TAFE Queensland Undergraduate Admissions

    TAFE Queensland offers Bachelor’s Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Applicants must apply two weeks prior to the commencement of the programs. There are various routes such as pathways programs to get admitted to TAFE if one does not meet the following requirements.

    Application Portal: Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)

    Application Fee: N/A

    Admission Requirements: Applicants must submit the following documents to be eligible for TAFE Queensland Admissions-

    • Completed Application
    • Certified Copies of Academic Qualifications - Class 10/Class 12
    • Statement of Purpose
    • CV and Letters of References from Employers - Mature Students
    • History of Employment (if applicable)
    • Some courses require additional entry requirements eg. portfolio or artwork

    Admission to TAFE Queensland is easy. One may enroll themselves in a pathway program if academic admission requirements are not met. Applicants are requested to go through the Australian Government’s Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) regulatory framework before starting their studies in Australia. The institute will process all applications and declare results around 2 months prior to the commencement of classes. Students can then contact their respective TAFE agents to complete the required procedures and apply for a visa.


    Ques. What is the difference between University degrees and TAFE courses?

    Ans. TAFE courses are different in the sense that they provide more practical experience and knowledge about hands-on work required in an industry. Their courses do not focus on theory as much as degree courses would, but instead, it tries to inculcate work ethics and experience among students.

    Ques. Does TAFE Queensland offer any graduate programs?

    Ans. No, TAFE Queensland offers only Certificates, Diplomas, and Bachelors Degrees.

    Ques. How can I apply to TAFE Queensland as an international student?

    Ans. International applicants can apply through TAFE International Application or one may contact a TAFE Registered Agent who will guide you to the application process.

    Ques. By when can I apply for TAFE Queensland admissions?

    Ans. International applicants can apply by December 1 for Semester 1 and May 30 for Semester 2. Applications close one week prior to commencement of classes for Domestic/onshore students.

    Ques. How will I know my admission decision?

    Ans. The final admission decision will be communicated to the students via email.

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