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Tertiary courses (further education) are taught at universities and training organisations (including TAFE Institutes). Courses usually lead to a qualification which can range from a certificate to a doctoral degree.

See what the qualification levels mean and how long you will need to study.

Before enrolling

You should consider:

  • what job or career you would like
  • whether the course will help
  • where and how you want to study (e.g. full-time, part-time, online)
  • course costs (including books and other materials
  • student support, welfare and guidance services offered
  • transport, accommodation and living costs
  • class sizes.

Entry requirements

Check to see if your preferred course has any entry requirements. This can include things like:

  • senior school subjects
  • interview
  • portfolio
  • audition or other assessment.

Myfuture has information on courses, entry requirements and the qualification you get when you complete a course.

You may need to consider further education pathways to help get a place in your preferred course.

Places to study


Find and compare courses offered by universities across Australia.

Read about studying at university in Queensland.

Colleges and training organisations

Registered training organisations (RTOs) offer everything from short courses to higher level qualifications—mostly vocational education and training (VET).

Some specialise in one field, while others offer a wide range of nationally recognised training. Many private RTOs deliver training for apprentices and trainees.

Find a course offered through an RTO.

TAFE Queensland

There are 13 multi-campus TAFE institutes across Queensland. They offer certificate, diploma and advanced diploma courses, and some bachelor degrees. TAFE also delivers training for apprentices and trainees.

Read about studying at TAFE.

Find a course offered through a TAFE institute.

Agricultural colleges

Full-time, short and external courses in agriculture, stock and land management are offered by the Australian Agricultural College Corporation. Queensland campuses and centres include:

  • Longreach
  • Emerald
  • Mareeba
  • Gatton.

Queensland Skills Gateway

The Queensland Skills Gateway provides access to information on vocational education and training available across Queensland. The website allows you to search and browse information including courses, training providers, government funding and career pathways. The site also features a simple questionnaire to help you find out if you are eligible for government subsidised training.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit transfers may count towards your study. RPL recognises skills gained outside formal education.

Guidance counselling

Guidance and career counselling could help you choose the right course and plan your career.

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Last updated
25 August 2014

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