Tertiary Pathways



TAFE NSW is excited to announce 20 new virtual TAFE-delivered Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses delivering real-world, future-focussed skills in exciting career areas. The TAFE NSW Schools Launchpad courses are now available for home schooled students (15 years and over) across NSW to select as part of their year 11 and 12 studies in 2022. Discover more at: www.tafensw.edu.au/launchpad

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Homeschoolers & Tafe NSW Smart & Skilled

The HEA worked to facilitate changes in NSW so that 15+ homeschool students who are registered can access Smart & Skilled Tafe programs without a Year 10 Certificate.


Smart & Skilled funding at TAFE NSW is available for home educated students, without the need for a year 10 certificate.














In 2016 the work that the HEA did with John Barilaro, who was the Minister for Skills at the time, brought about significant change so that home educated students 15 years and over, registered with NESA for homeschooling, are eligible to enrol in “Smart and Skilled” funded courses with TAFE and private RTOs in NSW.

The benefit of this work is that homeschooling students can access these courses at greatly reduced fees. TAFE is a great pathway to a career or further education.


With the changes, registered home educated students are not required to have a year 10 certificate, nor do they need to go through an under 17's counsellor, for admission to Smart and Skilled. Students may be asked for proof of registration for home education.


The fees that students pay can vary widely depending on a variety of circumstances. TAFE has a fee calculator on their website that you can use to help determine what the fees will likely be.