TAFE NSI to university

Each year the Northern Sydney Institute students gain admission to university and receive credit for their TAFE studies. Credit transfer is a form of recognition for previous study based on formal arrangements which have been negotiated between TAFE NSW and higher education providers.

Your TAFE studies may provide you with between 6 and18 months of credit towards a degree. The Northern Sydney Institute has a number of specific pathways with Macquarie University and we also have general credit transfer arrangements with over 18 of Australia's leading universities.

Credit transfer arrangements

Many TAFE NSW courses offer you a credit transfer pathway to a university or a higher education qualification through arrangements with university and higher education providers in NSW and other parts of Australia.

Articulation agreements with universities define the amount of credit you'll receive for your TAFE qualification.

There are many advantages of TAFE to university pathways including:

  • they are cost effective. You can save thousands of dollars on university fees due to receiving credit for your TAFE studies
  • you can use your TAFE qualification to gain work while you continue your studies at university
  • you'll develop learning skills (e.g. research, analytical, presentation and teamwork skills)to prepare you for university level study
  • the practical skills you gain in TAFE enhance your employability as a university graduate.

To find out more about credit transfer and articulation arrangements see TAFE NSW Articulation and Credit Transfer.

Arrangements may change so it is important to contact your chosen university to check current and specific credit transfer arrangements and the entry requirements; university contacts in NSW and the ACT are listed on the Universities Admissions Centre website.

NSI specific pathways to university

The Northern Sydney Institute has special arrangements with Macquarie University. Students completing specific NSI Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses will be eligible to apply directly for Macquarie University degree programs without submitting an application through UAC.

The Macquarie University degree pathway programs include:

Bachelor of Business Administration

Students from the Northern Sydney Institute who have completed one of the following courses with a credit average or higher may apply online directly to Macquarie University for admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration.

  • Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management
  • Advanced Diploma of Business
  • Advanced Diploma of Marketing
  • Advanced Diploma of Management

Successful applicants who have completed the relevant units in one of the above courses will receive 24 credit points towards their Bachelor of Business Administration.

Students who have completed a previous version of one of the above courses, e.g. the Advanced Diploma of Business (Marketing) or Advanced Diploma of Business Management, may submit an application; however credit for previous studies will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

See Macquarie University - TAFE Graduates for more information on the application process.

Bachelor of IT (Games Design and Development)

Bachelor of Arts (Interactivity and Games)

Students from the Northern Sydney Institute who have completed a Diploma in Information Technology (Games Development) can apply directly to Macquarie University for admission to the Bachelor of IT (Games Design and Development) or the Bachelor of Arts (Interactivity and Games).

Successful applicants will be eligible for 24 credit points towards their degree.

See Macquarie University - TAFE Graduates for more information on the application process.

Bachelor of Environment

Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Management

Bachelor of Arts majoring in Environmental Management

Students from the Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE (Bradfield Senior College, Crows Nest, Hornsby, Meadowbank, Northern Beaches, St. Leonards and Ryde campuses) who have completed one of the following courses with a credit average or higher may apply online directly to Macquarie for admission to the Bachelor of Environment, Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Management or the Bachelor of Arts majoring in Environmental Management:

  • Advanced Diploma in Applied Environmental Management
  • Diploma of Conservation and Land Management

Successful applicants holding the Advanced Diploma will be eligible for 24 credit points towards their degree. Successful applicants holding the Diploma will be eligible for 18 credit points towards their degree.

See Macquarie University - TAFE Graduates for more information on the application process.

Partnerships and university degrees

The Northern Sydney Institute works with Australian universities and other higher education providers to give our students opportunities to gain a degree qualification. You can enrol in a degree program and study the university subjects at a Northern Sydney Institute campus. Our smaller class sizes and excellent teacher support provide you with a better opportunity to succeed in your degree pathway.

See degree programs for more information.

TAFE degrees

TAFE NSW is an accredited higher education provider and offers TAFE higher education programs, including undergraduate bachelor degrees and associate degrees. Our degree programs prepare graduates for professional practice, giving both the foundation knowledge and advanced technical skills to excel in today's work environment

See degree programs for more information.

Postgraduate programs

The Australian Graduate Management Consortium (AGMC) is a unique joint initiative between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and TAFE NSW. The AGMC aims to offer a university qualification with a practical approach, designed and developed to meet the needs of busy managers.

See Postgraduate Programs for more information.