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Life after the HSC

Further study or training
Alternative pathways
The cost of tertiary study
Accommodation
Employment
Advisory services

Most students, when they complete their HSC, will head in two major directions:

Some may be keen to combine the two with an apprenticeship, traineeship or cadetship.

Further study or training

The application procedures to university, TAFE and private colleges are outlined in the section Application procedures for tertiary study. This section also has links to the individual web sites for further information.

Alternative pathways

A major concern for parents and students is what to do if the student does not get into the course of choice, be it at university or TAFE.

Beyond the HSC Selecting this link will take you to an external site. and the Australian Careers Information Selecting this link will take you to an external site. have some suggestions and links to help with career exploration and job search preparation.

Not accepted into the chosen university course

There are a number of alternatives to consider if your child is not accepted into the chosen university course. Information is available through the University Admissions Centre Selecting this link will take you to an external site. or the individual universities.

It is important to discuss with each university their policy and procedures for each of these alternatives.

Not accepted into nominated TAFE Selecting this link will take you to an external site. or private college course

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The cost of tertiary study

The days of free tertiary education are gone. All institutions have fees and administrative charges.

Universities

All universities have administrative charges. As well as this, each degree attracts HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) Selecting this link will take you to an external site. which is a partial payment of fees.

There are three cost tiers with HECS, and each subject in a degree is designated a cost in each tier. The web site has the latest costings and a more detailed explanation of the structure. HECS can be paid at the beginning of each semester (known as an up-front payment) and students receive a discount. If an up-front payment is not a financial option, payment can be deferred until completion of the degree and then money is automatically deducted from wages by the Australian Taxation Office. There is no official interest rate, but the debt is linked to the cost of living, so it does increase with time.

Students are also responsible for any costs associated with the course, such as textbooks, excursions and materials.

TAFE

TAFE is less expensive but not free. An administration fee is charged according to the mode of study. This depends on whether the course is full-time or part-time and the level of the qualification. Diplomas and advanced diplomas are more expensive than certificate level courses. Check the TAFE website Selecting this link will take you to an external site. for the latest costings.

Students are also responsible for any costs, such as textbooks, excursions, materials, and tools.

Private providers and colleges

Autonomous educational institutions or trainers each have their own selection criteria, fee structure and applications procedures. Each one needs to be contacted and applied to individually.

Accommodation

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Employment

Finding a job can be one of the most difficult tasks imaginable, often because there are so many variables beyond the applicant’s control. The key is to be positive, to be organised and to be consistent.

Most people find employment by:

The careers section of Beyond the HSC Selecting this link will take you to an external site. includes information, advice and links to a number of relevant and helpful sites.

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