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No ATAR, No Worries At TAFE NSW

TAFE NSW Regional General Manager, Jonathan Davis, has moved to ease some of the pressure on HSC students by issuing a timely reminder about the range of TAFE NSW degrees that don’t require an ATAR.

As thousands of students across the Eurobodalla are focused on one of the most important periods of their lives, Mr Davis has highlighted the TAFE NSW Early Entry Program, whereby HSC students can apply for entry to study a TAFE NSW degree, without an ATAR.

Mr Davis said “By allowing students to apply for entry to a degree before receiving an ATAR, the TAFE NSW Early Entry Program gives students and their families some much-needed peace of mind.

“Early entry to TAFE NSW degrees allows students to get ahead of the pack and focus on answering exam questions rather than agonising over whether or not they will receive an offer for tertiary studies from other providers.”

TAFE NSW degrees offer flexible study options, including online with TAFE Digital, which means students don’t have to travel to study, can work part time and complete a degree at their own pace.

Mr Davis said there were a host of great reasons for high school graduates to consider studying a degree or diploma through TAFE NSW. “The evidence is clear; vocational-based courses typically lead to higher incomes than university graduates are likely to earn. TAFE NSW graduates are likely to be earning more, earlier in their career, than an equivalent university graduate.

“University students are switching to TAFE NSW to obtain practical, hands-on qualifications and degrees that employers recognise. It is important for school leavers to consider TAFE NSW as a viable ‘Plan A’ as opposed to struggling through university.”

Applications are now open for the TAFE NSW Early Entry Program. For more information, visit

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