Your guide to TAFE pathways
As we mentioned in our recent guide to tackling a poor ENTER/TER/UAI score, TAFE pathways provide students with the chance to still study at University, despite missing out on the required score.
A TAFE pathway is basically a gap-filler that allows students to study part of their University degree at TAFE before moving over to University to finish their degree.
Once completing the TAFE course, students can use their completed subjects as RPLs (Recognition of Prior Learning), allowing them to step generally into second or third year courses.
At most Universities and TAFEs, students need to maintain a Credit average (60%) to be eligible for University transfer. In addition to minimum pass requirements, there are normally limited places available for students transitioning through TAFE.
With government incentives and substantial fee subsidies for holders of government welfare cards, students can easily achieve a University degree at a fraction of the cost of a full fee paying University course.
UniGuy spoke to a Swinburne University student who went through a TAFE pathway, here’s what David had to say:
“I finished year 12 with a pretty average ENTER score (48.3). I really wanted to get a University degree so I enquired about finishing a TAFE pathway through Swinburne University.
I did two years of Information Technology, averaging a Distinction average. After completing the two years of study, I went straight into the third and final year of a Bachelor of Information Technology.
My TAFE Diploma ended up costing me around $400 per year, so I saved a bucket-load in comparison to the rest of my friends that were doing straight IT degrees.
I guess the only downside to a TAFE pathway was having to go through two years of TAFE instead of University. It gave me a chance to get a feel for both sides of the fence though. I’d recommend it to anyone who really wants to go through University but didn’t get the ENTER score they were after.