Join the student association!
For a small fee you can join your campus Student Association and become more involved in campus activities including barbeques, and sporting and social activities while receiving benefits from a local business discount guide. Contact your campus for more information.
The range of possible study options at this campus is so broad we are not able to outline all the variations that may be available within this list. It may be possible to complete some individual modules in courses that do not appear on this course list, as some modules are common to more than one course and can be done separately. You should inquire at your nearest campus for advice or phone us.
North Coast TAFE offers a range of short courses to meet legislative requirements and the skills or needs of individual customers in addition to the courses listed above.
Entry Requirements, Selection processes and Information sessions
Most courses have entry requirements and some courses also have an additional selection process. Details are included on the individual course pages on the website. You can also attend the course Information Session, where advertised, or phone us for more information.
Each course provides a pathway to further study and/or career areas. Individual course information sheets show the articulation and career opportunities for each course and are available from our website or phoning us.
Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers
You may be entitled to recognition of your previous studies or in some cases, competencies you have acquired in your work. You may also be able to gain credit where you have completed the same or a similar module in another course, even if this is with another Registered Training Organisation. You are encouraged to read the general information about Recognition and Credit transfer
under the 'Future Students' section of our website and if required contact the Head Teacher to discuss further.
Assessments and Exams
Most courses have assessment events such as class tests, projects or assignments which students need to complete for each module. Some modules also require students to sit TAFE NSW Exams. Detailed assessment sheets are provided to students at the start of each module indicating how each module is assessed. Further information is also available from the Head Teacher.
Flexible or mixed mode are terms used to indicate flexible attendance patterns and assessment processes. It could mean studying online, independently off-campus or a combination of off-campus and on-campus classes. You may need to attend compulsory workshops, or have the option to attend non-compulsory tutorial sessions. Access to teachers is maintained through face-to-face, phone, email and web contact. You may have the choice to complete all or some of your modules by flexible delivery.
Possible Changes to course offerings
The commencement of all classes is subject to sufficient resources and demand. This could mean that not all courses offered are necessarily going to run. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the course information contained on these pages, some changes in course offerings and details may occur between now and class commencement.
Centrelink payments while studying at the North Coast Institute
We can not advise whether Centrelink will consider a course as eligible for payment of Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy. Centrelink will consider the length of the course and your personal circumstances when deciding if you are eligible for payments. Contact Centrelink to discuss your options. You should also remember that if the way the course is delivered changes (eg from full-time to part-time or flexible) you will need to notify Centrelink immediately as it may affect your eligibility for payments.
Joining a continuing course
Some courses that commenced in a previous Semester may have vacancies in some subjects and accept applications or enrolments from new students this Semester. This option is especially useful for students who only want to study a few modules. When joining a continuing course you need to be aware that you may not be able to finish the course in the normal timeframe, or at the same location, or in the same attendance pattern.
Unless otherwise advised Semester 1, 2013 classes commence the week beginning Monday 4 February 2013.
How much will it cost to study at the North Coast TAFE?
When you enrol in a course you will need to pay a course fee.
TAFE NSW Fees for Government-subsidised courses:
Many courses are covered by the Government-subsidised TAFE NSW fee listed below. Some students in Government-subsidised courses may be eligible for a concession fee or fee exemption. All TAFE NSW fees and charges are reviewed on a yearly basis and are subject to change. The fee structure for 2013 is:
|| TAFE NSW fee
- full year
| TAFE NSW fee
- half year
| TAFE NSW fee
- Concession fee
| Advanced Diploma
| Certificate IV
| Certificate III
| Certificate II
| Certificate I
| Statements and Selected
| Aboriginal & Torres Strait
| Students with a disability
|| $0.00 (first course)
$100.00 (further courses)
| Special Access courses
Students in Government-subsidised courses may be asked to pay additional course related charges
. Details are available from the North Coast TAFE website or by ringing 1300 628233.
For some courses you may also need to purchase textbooks, module notes, personal protective equipment, industry equipment and/or other materials which you will use during your course. Attend the advertised information session or see the individual course pages for details.
Special Access courses
These courses teach skills in career opportunities, community training, employment skills, literacy, numeracy, reading and writing, school mentoring, signed language, volunteer tutoring and work readiness. These courses are exempt from the TAFE NSW fee. You may however, need to pay course related charges or additional course costs.
TAFE NSW Concession fee
If you are receiving a Commonwealth benefit or allowance at the time of your enrolment you may be eligible to pay a concession fee in 2013 of $100.00 for each course rather than the full TAFE NSW fee.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are exempt from paying the TAFE NSW fee.
Students with a disability
Disability Support Pension students and students with a disability receive a full fee exemption for one TAFE NSW course per year and are eligible for the $100.00 concession fee for subsequent enrolments in 2013.
Note: the 'time of enrolment
' is generally taken to be the date the student and enrolling officer completes and signs the enrolment form or the online enrolment process. This means that if you choose to pay your TAFE NSW fee in two installments you will be expected to pay both installments, even if you may otherwise have been eligible for an exemption at the time the second installment is due.
~ Students successfully completing a Higher School Certificate or Tertiary Preparation course may be eligible for a fee refund. Contact the campus or Customer Service Centre for details on 1300 628233.
~ Students enrolling in the Diploma of Children's Services will be exempt from the TAFE fee in 2013.
Fees for short courses, commercial courses, TVET and other programs
Fees for short courses, commercial courses, Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas, TAFE Delivered HSC Vocational Education and Training (TVET), international students courses and temporary visa holder courses are different to the TAFE NSW fee. Information on these fees will be shown on the individual course pages or contact your local campus for details.
How do I pay the course fee?
You will not be regarded as being enrolled without payment of, or approved exemption from, the course fee. Cash cannot be accepted
– you may pay by EFTPOS, Visa card, Mastercard, cheque or money order. You can pay on-campus, or over the phone or via the Internet using a credit card. You can also request an invoice and pay via B-PAY or at your local Post Office.
When can I get a refund of my course fee?
Refunds are given in exceptional circumstances only. See our website or ring 1300 628233 for more information. Your eligibility for a refund may depend on the type of course you are enrolled in.
Access and Equity and Client Services
The North Coast Institute offers an excellent range of support services to enrolled students. These include library services
, literacy and numeracy support, study skills and tutorial support, counselling and career guidance, disability support, support for Indigenous students, and TAFE Student Association. Detailed information about these services is provided to all students in the Student Information booklet handed out in your first class or available for download on our website. You can also ring 1300 628233 for a copy of the information.
All TAFE staff are covered by a Code of Conduct which, among other things, requires them to treat students fairly, equitably and in accordance with current special needs students and equity programs, guidelines and relevant legislation and policies.
Student Rights and Responsibilities and Discipline
The North Coast Institute provides students with the opportunity to study, learn and develop skills in a safe and healthy educational and social environment. Students are expected to adhere to the Student Rights and Responsibilities policy listed on the Internet and students who breach discipline or who exhibit inappropriate behaviour will be dealt with in accordance with the TAFE NSW Policy.
Suggestions, Complaints and Appeals
We value your suggestions and complaints as they help us to address your concerns and improve the quality of our service. We'll try to remedy problems promptly and deal with each matter fairly. Information on how to appeal a decision is available on our website.