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Embark on a rewarding career in community services or health

As the population in Australia grows, so too does the demand for employees within the community services and health industries. Careers within this field are highly rewarding and challenging, requiring someone who is flexible and willing to adapt to the changing needs of each client they work with.

You can go a lot of places by studying a community services or health course; assisting with aged care, working with children and young people at risk, supporting health professionals, and more. The nationally recognised courses from TAFE Western Sydney will put you on the path to success in community services and health.

We have eight campuses located throughout Western Sydney, equipped with state of the art facilities and educational resources to help you get the most out of your studies. Alternatively, you can also choose to complete your community services or health course online wherever you are across Australia.

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Complementary Health section at Blue Mountains College

Massage Therapy

The Complementary Health section at Blue Mountains College delivers the highest quality up to date training and education.

We offer courses in Remedial Massage and Massage Therapy Practice at 2 campuses - Katoomba and Kingswood.

Our Massage Clinics are open to the public and allows students to practise their skills in a supervised environment. For more information contact Customer Service - Blue Mountains at (02) 4753 2100 and Nepean at (02) 4724 8244.

Diploma of Nursing (enrolled) - Semester 1 & 2, 2018 - Nepean, Kingswood Campus

Online applications will open on 1 October and close on 31 October 2017. Please go the TAFE NSW website at: www.tafensw.edu.au on 1 October 2017 to apply online. You must attend the compulsory information session before applying online.

A compulsory information session will be held on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at either 10am or 5pm at Kingswood Campus, Lecture Rooms 4 & 5, First Floor, Building U, First Floor, 2 - 44 O'Connell Street, Kingswood (via gate 1). This session will be held for an hour.

This is a high demand course and places are limited. You will need to go through the assessment process to be offered a place to enrol or be placed on a standby list.

You will be required to answer the following online application questions:

  1. Are you an Australian Resident or Citizen?

  2. Have you completed a High School Certificate (in Australia or overseas)?

  3. Have you completed an AQF Certificate III qualification or equivalent?

  4. Do you meet the following English language requirements?

English language requirements include:

a) Written evidence that you have completed four years (full time equivalent) of education in English at Secondary, Vocational or Tertiary level in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America OR

b) One of the following English language achievements:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination with a minimum score overall score of 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the 4 components – listening, reading, writing and speaking from one test sitting.
  • Occupational English Test (OET) with minimum score of B in each of the 4 components.
  • PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the 4 components in one sitting.
  • TOEFL iBT at a minimum overall score of 79 with reading at a minimum of 19, listening a minimum of 20, speaking at a minimum of 20 and writing at a minimum of 24.

5. Have you obtained any work experience in the area of Nursing?

If you are successful to proceed to the next step you will be invited to provide evidence (originals and certified copies by a Justice of the Peace or Nepean Customer Service) to support your online answers to the Campus by 30 November 2017.

Course fees:

This course will be offered as Smart & Skilled (if eligible) with the option to pay your student fee via a VET Student loan (if eligible). Please check if you are eligible to apply for Smart & Skilled at: https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/are-you-eligible and a VET Student Loan: https://www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans. You may incur additional costs for resources.

If you are eligible for Smart & Skilled the 2017 student fees are: First qualification - $4,420.00 and Second qualification - $4,970.00 (subject to change in 2018) The fees are due by the census dates (fees and dates to be advised).

If you are applying for a VET Student Loan and have not completed your HSC or an Australian Qualification Framework qualification at a Certificate IV or above you will need to complete an online RU Ready literacy and numeracy test and pass with a Level 4.

If you are ineligible for Smart & Skilled the 2017 course fee is $17,000.00 (subject to change in 2018). This fee payment can be paid by each census date (fees and dates to be advised).

Classes:

Classes are held either:

  • Full Time day - 3 days per week – 9am to 4pm x 15 or 18 months or

  • Part Time day - 1 day per week - 9am to 4pm x 24 months or

  • Part Time evening - 3 evenings per week - 5pm to 8pm x 24 months.

Semester 1:

  • Term 1: classes commence the week of 29 January 2018; Full Time day or Part Time Day/Evening;

  • Term 2: classes commence the week of 23 April 2018; Full Time day;

Semester 2:

  • Term 3:

- classes commence the week of 16 July 2018; Full Time day;

- classes commence the week of 3 September 2018; Full Time day (15 months) or Part Time Day/Evening

Please note: class dates and times are subject to change and will be offered depending on demand.

To register your interest please go to: http://wsi.tafensw.edu.au/course/nursing-diploma/. You will be contacted with full details on the course and process.

For further assistance please contact Margaret Fletcher, Nepean Business Coordinator on 9208 9442 or by email: margaret.fletcher13@tafensw.edu.au or the TAFE NSW Service Centre on 131870.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5)

This professional teaching degree qualifies you to work as a:

  • Teacher or Director in preschool
  • Teacher or Director in long day care

Or to be employed in:

  • Integrated child and family services
  • Early intervention services

The TAFE NSW Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5) is a new concept in early childhood teacher education.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth-5): read more

60 seconds with Ashleigh Harvey

Ashleigh Harvey

Course studied: Bachelor of Early Childhood (Birth-5)

Ashleigh Harvey enrolled in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Birth – 5), having already completed the Diploma of Early Childhood at TAFE Western Sydney's Nirimba College. Ashleigh works in a long day care centre in a room for two and three year old children.

"I found the Diploma course exceptional in the way the teachers taught, the support they gave and the hands on experience I received. Because of this I chose to complete my Bachelor Degree with TAFE as I was certain I would receive the same support throughout. What I love about this course is the flexibility. I am enrolled in the evening course which allows me to work full time as I am studying. TAFE Western Sydney gave me hands-on experience and great teacher support."