ATAR not the only entry pathway to higher education for Far South Coast HSC students


TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Jonathan Davis, has moved to ease some of the pressure on HSC students by issuing a timely reminder about the range of TAFE NSW degrees that don’t require an ATAR.

As thousands of students across the Far South Coast are focused on one of the most important periods of their lives, Mr Davis has highlighted the TAFE NSW Early Entry Program, whereby HSC students can apply for entry to study a TAFE NSW degree, without an ATAR. If they miss out on early enrolment they can also be interviewed to ascertain suitability, once again no ATAR is required.

"TAFE NSW degrees offer flexible study options, including online with TAFE Digital, which means students don’t have to travel to study, can work part time and complete a degree at their own pace", Mr Davis said.

“The evidence is clear; vocational-based courses typically lead to higher incomes than university graduates are likely to earn. TAFE NSW graduates are likely to be earning more, earlier in their career, than an equivalent university graduate.

“University students are switching to TAFE NSW to obtain practical, hands-on qualifications and degrees that employers recognise. It is important for school leavers to consider TAFE NSW as a viable ‘Plan A’ as opposed to struggling through university.”

Applications are now open for the TAFE NSW Early Entry Program. For more information, visit