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TAFE Pathways to Southern Cross University

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 Southern Cross University course, with credit for your prior studies (advanced standing).

Am I guaranteed a place of study at Southern Cross University?

To secure a place of study at Southern Cross University you must fulfil the English language proficiency and Academic requirements for the course.

English language proficiency requirements

View the English language requirements for Southern Cross University courses.

Academic requirements

If you graduate from a TAFE institute with a Certificate IV qualification, entry is guaranteed into most Southern Cross University 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 Southern Cross University 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 Southern Cross University regional area, such as TAFE NSW - North Coast Institute or TAFE Queensland - Gold Coast, entry is guaranteed into all Southern Cross University 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 Southern Cross University 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 Southern Cross University Advanced Standing process even if your previous qualification/course is NOT listed.

What should I know about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) at Southern Cross University?

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 Southern Cross University 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 Southern Cross University course and career is right for you, why not:

Still have questions?

Domestic students please visit: Future Students; International students please visit: Southern Cross University International; or contact us