An ATAR or Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank is not needed to get into TAFE. TAFE uses a different system to determine if you can apply or if you will be accepted into a course or not – This is called CAR or Course Admission Requirements.
What do you need to get into TAFE?
- CSPA or Core Skills Profile for adults which is basically testing the levels of your literacy and numeracy skills, certain courses require a higher level CSPA for admission.
- Completion of SACE or equivalent which granted if you have completed your SACE.
- TAFE/VET/Higher Education Level Study which requires at least a completion of Level 3 Qualification or Certificate III qualification.
Although, you can meet Course Admission Requirements through STAT (Special Tertiary Admissions Test) results or through completion of University Bridging/Foundation courses.
Admission for TAFE courses can be competitive or non-competitive.
For competitive admissions there are limited placements available, so you will complete the CAR and be ranked against other applicants, with the higher rankings getting offered a placement first.For non-competitive admissions there is no limit to available placements, so if you complete the CAR then you will be offered a placement.
You don’t need an ATAR to get into TAFE.
The ATAR is basically a ranking system that is used by universities to determine whether you will be accepted or not into courses that they provide.
An ATAR is very different from a SACE (South Australian Certificate of Education) completion.
A SACE completion is used to show that a person has completed secondary schooling.
An ATAR is calculated by combining your grades or results and comparing those to the results of all other students to give you a score/ranking between 0.00 and 99.95.
That ranking is the ATAR that universities use to determine whether you are eligible or not to apply for a course.