TAFE and other VET studies

ACU considers Vocational Education Training (VET) studies as a significant pathway into university. By completing a Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma you may be eligible for one of the following admission pathway options.

  • Direct application where guaranteed entry and/or credit towards an ACU degree exists in a partnership agreement between your institution and ACU; or
  • Application for admission through QTAC, UAC or VTAC with an improved rank (academic entrance score) and/or credit for your VET studies.

VET providers include:

  • TAFE: Technical and Further Education - government funded providers
  • ACUcom: Australian Catholic University Community
  • RTO’s: Registered Training Organisations - private providers

International Students

If you are an international student please contact ACU International Admissions directly via international.admissions@acu.edu.au.

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Option 1: Apply directly to ACU for guaranteed entry and/or credit

ACU has a large number of formal partnership agreements with TAFE and other private VET providers which include guaranteed entry into an ACU degree and/or credit for your previous studies. You must complete, or be about to complete, the VET qualification before applying to articulate to ACU.

Check the Credit and Articulation Agreement Search to see if the course you studied has a formal guaranteed entry and/or credit agreement with ACU.
If your previous institution and course are not listed here you can still apply for admissions via QTAC, UAC or VTAC and apply for credit when you have accepted your offer and enrolled.

Partnership institutions include:

  • ACUcom – Ballarat, Brisbane, Melbourne, North Sydney
  • Box Hill Institute – Victoria
  • Canberra Institute of Technology - ACT
  • Private RTO’s

How to apply

If your VET course is part of a current partnership agreement with ACU you can apply directly via the Credit and Articulation Agreement Search. Click the apply button of the course and campus you wish to attend at ACU and complete the online application. Any credit listed within the relevant agreement will be applied automatically to your ACU student record, ensuring this is a simple, one step process.

The Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurses) for the Melbourne campus is only available for admission for students from ACUcom and Box Hill Institute under the articulation agreement. If you are completing a Diploma of Nursing at ACUcom or Box Hill Institute, please apply to the course via the Credit and Articulation Agreement Search. All other applicants for the Melbourne campus must apply for the Bachelor of Nursing.

If no direct application is available within the Credit and Articulation Agreement Search you can still apply for entry to ACU though QTAC, UAC or VTAC depending which campus you choose to study on.

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Option 2: Admission via QTAC, UAC or VTAC

If your VET institution and course are not listed in the Credit and Articulation Agreement Search you can still apply to study a degree at ACU.


Course Costs

Tuition fees are charged per course, per semester. Payment is due by Census date each semester. For information about current course costs, please visit Domestic Students - Course Costs.

Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, and Permanent Residents are eligible to receive a commonwealth supported place. Australian citizens and Permanent Residents are eligible to defer the payment of their fees to HECS-Help. Find out more at Course Fees Types.

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What is a STAT?

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is a two-hour aptitude test that assists applicants in demonstrating their potential for tertiary study and helps tertiary institutions in making their selection decisions. The test is widely accepted and used by many institutions throughout Australia and a STAT result may improve your chances of selection for your course. Find out more at STAT.

Vocational Education Training (VET)

ACU also offers a range of nationally accredited vocational courses in Melbourne. Find out more about our VET courses.

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Further Information

If you have additional questions please contact AskACU on 1300 ASK ACU (1300 275 228) or askacu@acu.edu.au.

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