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How to choose a course

Whether you're looking to gain new skills quickly, or working towards a university degree, we have a study pathway for every goal.

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Whether you've recently finished school, are currently working, or are returning to study after a long break, we have a study option to suit your needs.

We offer a range of national recognised qualifications at all levels—so whether you're just starting out in your studies, or looking to transition to a university degree, we have the resources to support you every step of the way.

Our Advisors can help

Need help deciding which course is right for you? Get in touch with one of our Course Advisors on 1300 GOTAFE.


Still in school?

VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS)

If you're a high school student looking to get a head-start in your future career, the VET Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) program is for you. VETDSS allows high school students to study a nationally recognised TAFE qualification as part of their secondary schooling.

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL)

VCAL is a hands-on, practical alternative qualification to VCE (Year 11 and 12). As a VCAL student, you'll take courses in the industries and subjects that interest you, while strengthening your literacy and numeracy skills to help you succeed in the workforce. VCAL is self-directed and allows you to combine study with part-time work, so you can apply new skills as you learn them.

Find out more about VCAL program at GOTAFE

Not quite ready for study?

Study Preparation Course

We know that starting a TAFE course can be daunting, especially if you've been out of the education system for a while. The transition programs in our Learning Skills Unit (LSU) are designed to help you develop the skills you need to succeed in an academic environment. The units in the Study Preparation Course will help you improve your professional communication, and literacy, numeracy, and computer skills so you feel confident starting your new course.

The skills you'll learn in this course provide a good foundation for further study at GOTAFE, or for the Tertiary Enabling Program at LaTrobe University.

Find a Study Preparation Course.

Looking to upskill quickly?

Short courses

We offer a range of short courses in everything from Excel spreadsheets to coffee making. Learn some new skills to get ahead in your industry, or explore a new hobby or interest area.

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Accredited course types


Certificate courses run from Certificate I through to Certificate IV, and generally run for twelve months full-time. At each level, you will gain practical skills and deeper knowledge of your chosen field. For many courses, Certificate III is the equivalent of an apprenticeship or traineeship, combining on-campus study with practical work placements to teach you the skills you'll need in the workforce.

Students who complete a Certificate IV then have the option to progress to further study with a Diploma.

Find a Certificate course.

Diplomas & Advanced Diplomas

Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas are designed to prepare you for a career in your chosen field, and often act as a stepping stone to further study at a university level. Diplomas generally run from one to two-and-a-half years, and many students undertake their Diploma while working.

Find a Diploma course.


We have partnerships with some of Victoria's largest universities, including Federation University, Charles Sturt University, and LaTrobe University. These partnerships provide an established pathway from a GOTAFE qualification to a university degree in a number of disciplines, including Health, Community Services, Business, and Veterinary Nursing/Technology.

We work closely with our partner universities, and even share a campus with Charles Sturt University—the Wangaratta Regional Study Centre. You can study a university degree at a local GOTAFE campus, with classes delivered by GOTAFE teachers, so you can continue to receive the personal support our TAFE courses provide.

You can also earn credit towards your degree from studies in some of our Diploma and Certificate IV courses, which may reduce the overall time required to finish your degree.

Browse Study Areas

There are 12 study areas and a number of courses to choose from, study areas help you navigate through what's on offer.

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Navigating Fees & Student Loans

Learn more about our fees and how to apply for a VET Student Loan.