Hey School Leavers

Are you approaching a crossroad in your life phase or currently idling at one?

No need to travel solo. Whichever direction you’re thinking of going, TAFE Gippsland has a pathway to help you arrive at your desired destination.

TAFE lets you do you

TAFE is a popular option for school leavers who want to:

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So, if you’re a bit of column A, B & C and want to combine practical vocational training with school, realise your potential with a pre-apprenticeship or just skill up for the real world, we have a few pathways to get you where you want to be.

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Choose your own study adventure

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Thinking of doing secondary school differently?

Open to students who have completed Year 10 as well as adults wanting to return to study, the VCE opens pathways to university, higher-level TAFE or VET certificate courses, apprenticeships, traineeships and the workforce. We offer both a scored and non-scored VCE pathway and the new VCE Vocational Major.

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Want to kickstart your career?

VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VDSS) programs are a great way to get a head start in your chosen career and we offer a variety of study options for secondary school students across the Gippsland region. Qualifications that will help you to stay ahead of the curve, and be relevant in a future workforce.

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Want to use TAFE as a steppingstone?

No problem. We don’t mind at all! At TAFE Gippsland, we aim to empower and guide you to develop your own pathway. Some common pathways include:

  • Secondary school to TAFE/university
  • TAFE Gippsland to university
  • TAFE Gippsland to work.

How old do you have to be to study at TAFE?

At least 16!

If you are 15 turning 16 by 30 April in the same year you want to study with us, we will accept you.

I’m 15 years old

The minimum age to study with us is 16 years old. So, if you’re 15, you need to be turning 16 by 30 April in the same year you want to start studying with us.

I’m 16 years old

While you can’t drive on your own yet, you can get into our VCE VM, General Education courses and most of our Pre-Apprenticeships. A pre-app (as we in the biz call them) are perfect for you if you’re wanting to ‘dip your toe in the water’ before starting a full apprenticeship.

I’m 17 years old

We’re pleased to offer you the same courses as a 16-year-old, as well as a handful of Certificate II courses in Early Childhood, Beauty, Business and IT.

I’m 18 years old

You’re in luck! If you find a course that you like the sound of on our website… it’s yours to apply!! But it’s worth speaking with us first make sure you’re eligible.


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