There are many ways you can start on your career and learning path to give you career choices.
You can do training:
Training at school
You can start training for a job in school by:
- doing a VET course which counts towards your SACE (VET in schools)
- doing a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship
- taking up the Training Guarantee for SACE Students which guarantees you a place at TAFE or other Skills for All Training Providers when you leave school.
Learn more about training for school students.
Basic skills for learning and work
You can improve your reading, writing, number and computer skills for learning and work. Courses are held at community centres across the state.
See Adult Community Education.
Vocational education and training
VET courses can give you skills and knowledge to help you get the job you want or improve your skills for the job you already have.
Training providers can train you in a whole range of VET skills. For example, you can get qualifications in:
- automotive mechanics
- building and construction
- community and health services
- electronics and IT
- environmental and natural resources
- hospitality and tourism
Training usually takes place in a classroom or workshop, on the job or online.
If you are an apprentice or trainee you will need to work with an employer and complete a VET qualification to become qualified in a trade or vocation.
VET courses come with tuition fees, but the costs to you may be reduced.
First Choose your career then Check your eligibility and find a course.
University and Higher Education
Higher education includes courses such as Associate Degrees, Bachelor Degrees, Masters Degrees, and Doctoral Degrees. This training is provided by universities and registered higher education providers.
There are several ways to apply for university entrance:
Year 12 results – you can use your Year 12 results or an overseas equivalent, regardless of when you ﬁnished school.
For students completing year twelve, universities require you to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) at the level they consider to be the minimum standard for that degree qualification. ATAR’s are awarded after successfully completing your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) or equivalent OR by undertaking the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) which is held each year.
Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) – If you are 18 and haven’t done any study in the past two years, or are already in the workforce seeking to return to study, or want to start a new career path, you can sit the STAT test. Visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) website for dates and times for the STAT test.
Vocational education qualiﬁcations – if you already have a vocational education qualiﬁcation at the Certiﬁcate IV or higher level, you can apply for entry into university.
Your vocational qualification may be used to transfer into a university degree. You are eligible to apply for undergraduate programs using your certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma, even if you didn’t complete Year 12.
Credit transfer and pathways arrangements between training providers and the universities mean the universities can recognise your previous study and you don’t have to repeat some of the things you have already learned.
Find out more about credit transfer at these universities:
University of South Australia
The University of Adelaide
To find courses which offer credit towards a University Degree, visit TAFE SA.
Bridging programs/special entry – universities run a range of bridging or foundation programs which are designed to prepare you for studying at university.
Contact one of South Australia’s three main universities for more information:
University of South Australia – offers a one year free foundation studies program.
University of Adelaide – if you are over 18 and interested in studying at Adelaide there are several pathways to adult entry including TAFE or vocational education qualifications, transfer from another institution or university preparatory program.
Flinders University of South Australia – there are no prerequisites for entry into the Foundation Course and on successful completion you can apply for admission into undergraduate courses for the following year.
Apprenticeships and traineeships
Apprenticeships or traineeships combine paid work and training under a formal agreement or training contract between you and your employer.
You will do on-job training (under a supervisor or tradesperson) and off-job training at a VET training provider. This leads to a qualiﬁcation in your vocation or trade.
There are no age restrictions to becoming an apprentice or trainee. If you have some work experience in the industry you may be able to ﬁnish your qualiﬁcation earlier than usual.
See apprenticeships and traineeships.
For information about apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications, visit Australian Apprenticeship Pathways.
Introductory courses can give you valuable skills, credits and experience before you start an apprenticeship or traineeship. Learn more at Prepare for an apprenticeship.
Recognition of Prior Learning
You may already have some skills if you’ve been employed, done some training or have been a volunteer. You can have your skills recognised and counted towards achieving a qualiﬁcation.
Learn more about recognition of prior learning.
If you have overseas qualifications, visit Immigration SA to learn about services for skilled migrants.
For university courses in South Australia, visit Flinders University, University of South Australia or The University of Adelaide.
For higher education courses and providers across Australia, visit QILT, the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website.
For enrolment information for South Australian university and some TAFE SA courses, visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre.