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Higher education

Everything you need to know as a local student who wants to study a higher education degree

North Metropolitan TAFE is a registered Higher Education Provider with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). This means you can study higher education courses that include Diploma and Associate Degree qualifications, each designed with engaging learning, teaching and assessment experiences.

Our higher education courses

Our Diploma of Commerce  H411 CRS1400333 qualification is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Please note that we will not be accepting enrolments in 2019 for the following courses:

  • Associate Degree of Visual Art - H413 CRS1400330
  • Associate Degree of Design - CRS1400331

If you are interested in a career in visual arts visit Visual Arts for our full range of courses.

To explore all of the design course options on offer with North Metro TAFE visit Creative Industries.

Higher education handbooks

Diploma of Commerce
     Diploma of Commerce

Associate Degree of Design
     Specialisation 3D Product Design
     Specialisation Fashion and Textile Design
     Specialisation Object and Jewellery Design

Associate Degree of Visual Arts
     Associate Degree of Visual Arts

Our course levels explained

Each higher education course has been designed with appropriate learning, teaching, and assessment experiences to enable students to develop our higher education graduate attributes.
The graduate attributes are clearly communicated to staff and students in all course and unit documentation.
The Bachelor degree is an undergraduate qualification. It involves three years full-time or equivalent part-time study. At this level graduates have a broad body of knowledge with depth in the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines. You will have the cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgment in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence. Bachelor graduates apply their knowledge and skills with initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and scholarship.
Associate Degree
The Associate Degree is an undergraduate qualification. It involves two years full-time or equivalent part-time study. At this level graduates have the cognitive, technical and creative thinking skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of knowledge and ideas with some depth in a discipline.
You will have the cognitive, communication and analytical skills to interpret and transmit responses to sometimes complex problems. Associate Degree graduates apply their knowledge and skills initiative and judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in paraprofessional practice.
Diploma - Higher Education
Higher Education diploma courses involve one year full-time study or equivalent part-time study. This diploma is registered with TEQSA and is equivalent to the first year at university. Graded assessments and examinations, and the opportunity to develop academic skills such as critical thinking are features of the higher education diploma courses.

Higher education student profile

Overall North Metropolitan TAFE higher education student profile 2018

The data in the table below is a profile of all students who commenced their Diploma of Commerce studies in 2018.
Please refer to the explanatory notes.

  2018 total reported
Background of Commencing Student* Number of students Percentage of all students
A. Past Higher Education Study 1 2.5%
B. Past vocational education & training (VET) study 16 40%
D.  Work  and life experience 5 12.5%

C.  Recent secondary education

  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor









Total Number of Commencing Students 40 100%

* Students are primarily admitted to the Diploma of Commerce on the basis of previous VET studies or WACE results and an interview.

Explanatory notes

Data in the tables above complies with TEQSA Admissions Transparency Requirements. Further explanation of the fields is provided below.

Data is provided for commencing students only and does not represent the full course enrolment cohort
A. Past higher education study – the commencing student had undertaken past higher education study at university and non-university higher education providers. Includes a bridging or enabling course
B. Past vocational education and training (VET) study – the commencing student had undertaken VET studies prior to commencing the TAFE degree. Excludes VET certificate completed at school (see category D)
C. Work and life experience – students, who left school more than 2 years ago and who were admitted based on previous achievement other than categories A, B, and D. Includes mature aged entry (20 years and over)
D. Recent secondary education completing year 12 within the last 2 years
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR. TAFE degree students do not require an ATAR for entry and as such, students who enter with a WACE are not admitted based on ATAR.
  • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered. (E.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, WACE results, STAT results.
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor. This data field, eg: VET certificate completed at school, portfolio, interview,  special consideration, WACE results, STAT results, etc.

Commencing international students – the number of commencing students who are international students

Total number of commencing students – the total number of students who commenced their studies in a TAFE Degree in 2018.
N/A – data not applicable for this field. Not a pathway
All data provided above is based on 2018 enrolment data.
Data source: HEIMS (Higher Education Information Management System). Accessed September  2018

Five steps to becoming a higher education student

  1.  Check the application dates and apply at the right time!
  2.  Apply online
  3.  Accept your offer
  4.  Enrol either on campus or online and pay your fees either direct or arrange financial assistance
  5.  Attend orientation and get ready for study.


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Important information for higher education students

For information on a range of aspects regarding your study, including the Deferral Policy and Credit for Recognised Learning, please go to our Higher education student support page.


Page last updated April 17, 2019