From TAFE to University

While TAFE Western qualifications provide for immediate employment they may also become a pathway to further education and higher qualifications.

Some TAFE programs like Higher School Certificate and Tertiary Preparation Studies are specifically designed to enable students to gain entry to University.

There are many university courses that offer students with TAFE qualifications some advanced standing (or credit) in their University studies. For more information about articulation and advanced standing please contact the University offering the course that interests you. 

Charles Sturt University

Charles Sturt University has special articulation arrangements for students who have TAFE qualifications:

students who wish to study at CSU but do not meet the entry criteria or require further preparation. On successful completion of the program students will receive a Diploma of General Studies from CSU and the Certificate IV in Further Education or Tertiary Preparation from TAFE. Students are also guaranteed entry to many CSU degrees. The Diploma of General Studies is studied full time over two 17-week sessions.

There are also some specific arrangements between TAFE Western and Charles Sturt University.

The CSU Pathway Program

The CSU Pathway Program is a program for students who wish to study at CSU, but do not meet the entry criteria or require further preparation.

On successful completion of the program students will receive a Diploma of General Studies from CSU and the Certificate IV in Further Education or Tertiary Preparation from TAFE Western. Students are also guaranteed entry to many CSU degrees.

The Diploma of General Studies is studied full time over two 17-week sessions.  You can find out more here.

Online Early Childhood program

Academic literacy – the ability to think and write analytically are skills that some students who are starting university may find difficult.  TAFE Western and CSU have recently launched an online Early Childhood Associate Degree program that will make the transition to studying at university easier. 

Call Melinda Smith at TAFE Western’s Orange College on 6391 5634.

Other specific arrangements include:

  • Welfare students at Dubbo are able to co-enrol at both TAFE Western and Charles Sturt University to attain a Diploma of Community Services Work (from TAFE) and Bachelor of Social Work (from CSU).
  • There are special arrangements in place for students who complete a Diploma of Communications and Media to gain advanced standing in a Communications degree.
  • For the last two years the IPROWD program (Indigenous Students Recruitment Out West Delivery) has been delivered in partnership with NSW Police to enable Aboriginal people from central and western NSW to gain entry to Charles Sturt University's Police Academy at Goulburn.
  • Agriculture, Animal Studies, Environment, Horticulture and Viticulture students have numerous pathways available to expand their study at CSU with the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences. Check the articulation pathway for your course on the list that can be downloaded here.

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University Scholarships Specifically for TAFE Students

CSU Scholarships Charles Sturt University (CSU) has developed a scholarship program specifically for Diploma and Advanced Diploma students from TAFE Western.

There are three 'TAFE to CSU' University Scholarships available to TAFE Western students, and each scholarship is worth $2,500.

Selection is not based solely on academic achievement, so make sure you apply today!

For More information:

Visit www.csu.edu.au/scholarships/tafe
Call (02) 6051 9849, or
Email scholarships.officer@csu.edu.au