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TAFE Pathways to SCU

TAFE QLD LOGO Congratulations! if you have completed Certificate IV level study (or higher) with any Australian TAFE Institute you are well on your way to your Southern Cross University Degree. You can use your TAFE qualification to gain entry (admission) into a related SCU course, with credit for your prior studies (advanced standing).

Am I guaranteed a place of study at SCU?

If you graduate from a TAFE institute with a Certificate IV qualification, entry is guaranteed into all SCU Associate Degree courses.

TAFE NSWIf you graduate with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from a TAFE Institute that is located outside of the SCU regional area, entry is guaranteed into all SCU Associate Degree and many Bachelor Degree courses, according to your equivalent rank for University entry.

If you graduate with a Diploma or Advanced Diploma from a TAFE institute that is located in the SCU regional area, such as TAFE NSW - North Coast Institute or TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast, entry is guaranteed into all SCU Associate Degree and most Bachelor Degree courses, as you will be granted a minimum ATAR/OP or equivalent rank for University entry of:TAFE NCI

  • Diploma (ATAR Rank 86.10); and
  • Advanced Diploma (ATAR Rank 92.65).

How much credit will I receive for my TAFE studies?

View the TAFE Qualification Credit Linkages document for specific credits approved into a range of SCU courses:
PDF TAFE Qualification Credit Linkages

Open the document. Select 'CTRL + F' to reveal the search window. Enter the relevant TAFE or SCU course code or name into the search box and select 'Enter' to identify applicable credit details

What if my prior study is not listed?

You should still apply to have your prior study recognised via the SCU Advanced Standing process even if your previous qualification/course is NOT listed.

What should I know about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at SCU?

Please view Recognition of Prior Learning (Advanced Standing).

How do Domestic students apply for Admission?

How do International students apply for Admission?

How do I know I'm on the right path to Uni and a career I will love?

Everyone's background and path to university is unique. So that you can overcome any differences you may experience between TAFE and SCU we've put together a transition program to show you what university life, services, technologies and study looks like.

Follow the Connect and Prepare steps to learn more about being set for university.

If you're still unsure as to which SCU course and career is right for you, why not:

  • Build a Career Profile. You'll need a 'Code' to do your profile, so ask your TAFE administrator or career adviser if you haven't got one. The code is entered once you've completed the questionnaire;
  • Use the Career Guidance and Course Selection service;
  • Visit any SCU campus at any time and participate in one of the SCU Info Days. If you can't get to a campus, participate via the virtual SCU Info Session; and
  • Consider joining the free bridging program, Preparing for Success at SCU to build your confidence and prepare for the academic demands of a degree program. Alternatively, enjoy a highly supportive learning environment (with early exit option) by studying an Associate Degree as a stepping stone into and through a related Bachelor Degree.

Still have questions?

Domestic students please visit: Future Students; International students please visit: SCU International; or contact us