If you’re a year 10, 11 or 12 student you may be able to complete a TAFE Queensland qualification while you're still at school. Choose from a variety of certificate I to certificate III courses from a range of study areas ranging from hospitality to horticulture, early childhood education to engineering, and everything in between.

Benefits of TAFE at School


Fits around your high school studies

The great thing about TAFE at School courses is they work in with your existing high school studies. They can also count towards your Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). TAFE at School allows you to join the workforce sooner by giving you a nationally-recognised qualification while you’re still at school. You’ll build practical skills and graduate job ready, giving you a head start in the job market.


Direct entry to a TAFE Queensland course

Completing a TAFE at School qualification gives you direct entry into any related TAFE Queensland course. Plus, if you continue on to a diploma qualification you can take advantage of our articulation arrangements with some of Australia’s top universities. So if you decide to continue your studies at university you'll receive credit for your study at TAFE Queensland, shaving time off your degree. 


Your pathway to a trade qualification

If you're considering getting a trade qualification you can complete a school-based apprenticeship and get a head-start on your training while you're still at school. Alternatively you can enrol in our Trade Taster Program to test out an area you might be interested in or try a pre-apprenticeship course to help you secure an apprenticeship once you finish school. 

Trade Taster Program   Pre-apprenticeship courses


University pathways

Completing a TAFE Queensland diploma will also give you guaranteed entry into a related University of Canberra bachelor degree, offered in partnership with TAFE Queensland. You can receive a diploma and a degree in the same amount of time it usually takes to complete degree alone, giving your career a head start and putting you ahead of the pack.


Flexible study options

Train at TAFE Queensland

We have some of the best training facilities in the state with industry-relevant workspaces and classrooms. All training is delivered in an adult learning environment so you’ll get to experience what it’s like to study in a higher education setting.

Train at school

Many schools have partnered with TAFE Queensland with their teachers receiving specialised training to deliver vocational qualifications in school. Even if you complete your course at school you will still receive the same TAFE Queensland certificate.

School-based apprenticeship

Get a step ahead of your peers and develop work-ready skills in a vocation or trade during high school. Becoming a school-based apprentice or trainee will also give you the opportunity to earn money while you’re still at school. 


What it costs

Costs vary depending on the course and qualification level. Students undertaking a nationally-recognised qualification at TAFE Queensland as part of their senior studies may be eligible for substantially reduced or, in some cases, no tuition fees at all. Search our full range of TAFE at School courses to view their course fees.

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TAFE at School guides

Download the latest TAFE at School course guide to find out what courses are available in your area.

North and Far North Queensland  Greater Brisbane   Darling Downs and South West

Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay  Gold Coast


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TAFE at School courses

We offer a variety of TAFE at School courses from certifcate I through to certificate III across a range of study areas. From hospitality to horticulture, child care to engineering and everything in between, we have a course to suit your interests and needs.  

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How to apply

If you're ready to get a head-start on your career through TAFE at School then talk to your VET Coordinator who will be able to talk you through your study options and start the application process for you. If you have already spoken to your school VET Coordinator and have a TAFE at School application code, you can apply via Pathways.