If you are interested in further studies, there are a range of options available. You can consider:
- going to TAFE and enrolling in a diploma, certificate or short course
- going to university and enrolling in a Bachelor degree or a double Bachelor degree. If a dual award is available for the area of study you are interested in, you can also combine a degree with a TAFE course.
You can find out about getting started with study and support to help you with study.
Getting started with study
If you know what you'd like to study, you can apply to be accepted into a course at a university or TAFE. You'll need to meet entry requirements before you begin your formal studies. You can find out about how to apply, support offered with the Educational Access Scheme and recognition of prior learning.
How to apply
Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre, or QTAC, receives applications for most undergraduate courses at Queensland universities, as well as applications for some TAFE and private provider courses. The QTAC website provides details about:
- institutions with course admissions submitted through QTAC
- institutions that manage their own admissions—you should contact these institutions directly if you'd like to apply for a course.
QTAC also has advice to help you with applying.
If you have a disability or have experienced a long-term or severe illness, you may be eligible for support with QTAC's Educational Access Scheme (EAS). Depending on your circumstances, you might receive:
- access to technologies to support you with your studies
- extra time for assignments
- adjustments with assessment activities
- consideration with your GPA, or entry rank, when you submit your application.
If you have acquired skills on the job or from other life experiences that you'd like to be taken into account with your application, you can apply for recognition of prior learning. This is a process that recognises a student's current skills and experience, including formal or informal training and education, as well as general life experience and work experience. You can find out more about applying for recognition of prior learning on the TAFE Queensland and QTAC websites.
Support is available to help you if you are studying at university or TAFE.
- I'm a TAFE student. What support is available for me?
- I'm at a Queensland uni. Who should I contact for support?
TAFE Queensland provides support services and advice for students with a disability. Disability Services at each TAFE Queensland Institute can give you assistance and advice, such as:
- a learning support plan, plus other types of support to help you learn
- flexibility with how you submit assessment items and complete the subjects in your course
- help with contacting other groups and agencies that can support you with your studies.
To find out about support that's available to you, contact the Disability Services Officer at the TAFE Queensland Institute where you are studying or intend to study.
You can also call TAFE Queensland on 1300 308 233. If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can call through the National Relay Service:
- TTY callers phone 133 677, then ask for the TAFE Queensland number
- Speak and Listen (speech-to-speech relay) call 1300 555 727, then ask for the TAFE Queensland number
- Internet relay users connect to the National Relay Service website, then ask for the TAFE Queensland number.
Universities offer support services for students with a disability. You can find out what support is available for you by contacting a University Disability Adviser at the tertiary institution where you study.
The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training provides contact details for University Disability Advisers at Queensland universities.