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Are you a high school student who wants to get a real head start on your career? TAFE NSW offers a huge range of TAFE delivered VET for Schools (TVET) courses for students in years 10, 11 or 12. 

The beauty of studying at TAFE is that our staff are all industry trained and qualified, which means you get direct access to skills and knowledge that is being employed in your industry sector. These job-ready skills will help you gain confidence and give you an insight into an industry that you might like to work in. Most importantly being work-ready is what employers are looking for in employees.


TVET stands for TAFE-delivered Vocational Education and Training, and allows you to attend a TAFE course as part of your HSC.
What are the benefits of undertaking a TVET course?
• Gain knowledge and skills that are valued by employers making you more job ready
• Develop independence and confidence in an adult learning environment
• Get an insight into your chosen industry to help you decide on a career path
Does a TVET course count towards my HSC?
All TVET courses contribute to your HSC but not all TVET courses contribute to your Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). ATAR and non-ATAR courses are identified on course pages, or in our course guide.
Disability Support Services
Disability support services are available if you meet eligibility requirements. Visit the NSW Department of Education website for more information.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships

School Based Apprenticeships (SBA) and School Based Traineeships (SBT) combine school, TAFE and paid work and are a great way to set you up for a career while you are completing the HSC.
A School Based Apprenticeship or School Based Traineeship provides you with an opportunity to:
• Combine HSC studies with vocational training within a supportive school environment
• Gain valuable work skills and experience and get a head start in your career
• Earn while you learn
• Obtain a nationally recognised vocational qualification at a Certificate II or Certificate III level
• Pursue a pathway to further studies or gain credit towards more study
School Based Apprentices will complete stage 1 of an apprenticeship and continue employment after the HSC. School Based Trainees will be eligible to receive a TAFE qualification at the completion of studies.
How does it fit in with my HSC?
All School Based Apprentices and School Based Trainees study HSC Vocational Courses. These courses generally make up at least 4 units of the 22 units required for the HSC. Additional HSC unit credit may be awarded depending on the qualification.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?
Applying for a TVET course is as easy as 1, 2, 3
1. Download a copy of the Hunter & Central Coast TVET course list
2. Choose a course 
3. Consult your school to process your application.
Applications for TVET courses must be processed through your school. For more information, consult your school career advisor.
How many TAFE delivered VET for Schools (TVET) courses can I do?
Students can do more than one course where they are not requiring an ATAR. If they are requiring an ATAR pathway they can only do one Board Developed course.
How many HSC Units is a TAFE delivered VET for Schools (TVET) course worth?
Most courses are worth two HSC units per year, but there are some course that are worth more such as Human Services - Heath Services Assistance, Aged Care and Children Services.
What is a Board Developed course?
Board Developed Courses count towards your Higher School Certificate and also have an optional statewide examination which may be included in the calculation of your ATAR.
What is a Board Endorsed course?
Board Endorsed Courses give you credit towards your Higher School Certificate but do not count towards the calculation of your ATAR.
When are TAFE delivered VET for Schools (TVET) classes held?
The majority of classes are held one afternoon a week, generally for a period of 4 hours at the campus of enrolment. Some courses include a block session, i.e. a full day or series of days to make full use of workshops.
What do I need to wear?
Where Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) is required, you must wear PPE as directed or you will be unable to participate in the course. Where special clothing and/or footwear is not required you can wear your school uniform.
Is work placement part of my TAFE delivered VET for Schools (TVET) course?
Many courses involve work placement so you can get on the job experience. Courses that include work placement are identified in the booklet. 
Can students in Year 10 (Stage 5) access TAFE delivered VET for Schools (TVET) courses?
There are some programs available to students in year 10. For further information ask your school careers advisor.
What is Smart and Skilled?
Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It's helping people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:
• an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
• government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.
Undertaking a TAFE delivered VET for Schools (TVET) course does not affect your entitlement.
What is the NSW Skills List?
The NSW Skills List identifies the qualifications eligible for a government subsidy under  Smart and Skilled.
Developed through extensive industry and community consultation and labour market research, the Skills List includes a wide range of qualifications to support the diverse skills needs of NSW employers.