While studying for your Higher School Certificate, consider getting a head-start on the road to your future career and pick up important life skills along the way.
TVET Courses are a great study option because they allow you to:
- complete Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) units that count towards your HSC
- gain practical skills that will make you job-ready
- experience an adult learning environment
- start or complete a nationally recognised TAFE NSW qualification at the same time as you do your HSC
- prepare for further study and reduce study time post school
- choose from courses that are not offered at school
- meet other students who have the same interests as you
- meet teachers who are connected to their industry and are experts in their fields.
TVET Course Guide 2017
Find out everything you need to know about TVET at the Northern Sydney Institute including courses in tourism, hospitality, horticulture, construction and engineering, health and community services, information technology, media and business.
Download the TVET Course Guide 2017
What is TVET?
TVET is your chance to study at TAFE while you are still at school. TVET courses are studied in conjunction with your senior schooling years. Students who successfully complete a TVET course will receive a nationally-recognised qualification, TAFE NSW statement or transcript of academic record. TVET courses allow you to get a head start after the HSC, and will give you credit in further TAFE study.
TVET courses classified as Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF) courses may contribute to your Australian TertiaryAdmissions Rank (ATAR) if you choose to sit for the optional Higher School Certificate exam. TVET courses provideyou with dual accreditation from the NSW Board of Studies and TAFE NSW.
How will TVET fit into my school timetable?
TVET students attend scheduled classes on-site at one of the Northern Sydney Institute’s campuses in addition to their regular school study schedule. Most TVET courses are run on a TVET school day (usually Tuesday afternoon forfour hours). Check with your Career Advisor about what happens at your school. All necessary equipment and uniforms are provided.
Some courses have mandatory work placement which is generally 35 hours (1 week full time) per year of study. We will find the work placement for you and assist you in preparing for this experience. Work placement is a fantastic opportunity for you to experience the workplace and develop your employability skills.
Does my TVET course count towards my Higher School Certificate?
There are two categories of TVET courses:
- Board Developed Industry Curriculum Framework (ICF): these courses may count towards your BOSTES Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) and has mandatory work placement. You must have studied the course for 240 hours to be eligible for the HSC exam. Extension courses are available in selected ICF areas and are subject to demand.
- Boarded Endorsed: these courses are endorsed by the BOSTES and can count towards the units for the HSC but do not have an HSC exam so will not contribute to an ATAR. The units of competency that you complete will give you credit toward further TAFE study after the HSC. The second year of a Board Endorsed Course will only run if there are viable student numbers to facilitate a class.
How can I apply for TVET?
- Meet with your school Careers Advisor to talk about your TVET options.
- Ask for an Expression of Interest Form.
- Complete the form.
- Your school and your parents/guardian will need to sign the form.
The completed form is sent to the TAFE School Liaison Officer (TSLO). Schools will keep the completed Expression of Interest Form in accordance with the State Records Act 1998.
Student rights and obligations policies
Students in TVET courses are enrolled in TAFE and are subject to TAFE NSW student rights and obligations policies. For TVET students, the Northern Sydney Institute reports course progress and any issues regarding satisfactory course completion to the student’s home school.
At Northern Sydney Institute we provide a range of services to support you through your study and in all areas of student life. Learn more about our services.
TVET student and International Worldskills Winner
"Studying a TVET course was the best decision I made - the course gave me the practical skills I needed in industry, whilst still covering the important theoretical aspects. TVET also gave me the opportunity to represent Australia and compete at the International Worldskills Competition where I achieved a silver medal. The opportunities are endless."
Kate’s pathway to success started with TVET:
- Certificate II in Hospitality (TVET)
- Statement of Attainment in Events (TVET)
- Certificate III in Events
- Diploma of Events
- Advanced Diploma of Events.
TVET Manager School Partnerships and Programs
Phone: (02) 9941 5236
TVET Work Placement Coordinator
Phone: (02) 9941 5285 or
0437 457 613
TVET Customer Service Coordinator
Phone: (02) 9941 5259