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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 - 2019 @ Kingswood Campus

A career in Nursing can truly make a difference to the lives of people and communities. As the health sector expands, Nursing is becoming increasingly complex and important.

TAFE NSW maintains up-to-date and expert training for roles within and related to nursing including Enrolled Nursing. If you have a positive outlook, patience and a desire to care for others, graduate with a TAFE NSW qualification and make a real difference.

The Diploma of Nursing course HLT54115 provides the competencies to work as an enrolled nurse in a variety of institutional, community and health care settings as an associate to the registered nurse. To support the organization of knowledge, skills and attitudes you will undertake work placement in an approved clinical facility for a minimum of 400 hours (full time).

Applications will open online 18th October 2018 on the Western Sydney and TAFE NSW websites for courses starting in February 2019, this is a high demand course and places are limited, you will need to go through an assessment process to be offered a place. Once you have applied online please contact Customer Service on 4724 8244 or email Nepean.wsi.@tafensw.edu.au for an application form.

Please attend the Compulsory Information session Tuesday 30th October 2018 at either 10am or 5pm in U Block First Floor Lecture Room 4.

Proposed Class timetable: Full time day for up to 21 hours per week, 3 days per week: 9am to 4pm for up to 18 months.

How to Apply:

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

Step 1: Apply online answering the following questions:

  1. Are you an Australian Resident or Citizen?
  2. Have you completed an Australian High School Certificate or equivalent?
  3. Have you completed an AQF Certificate III qualification or equivalent?
  4. 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 7.0 and a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the 4 components – listening, reading, writing and speaking OR
  • Occupational English Test (OET) with minimum score of B in each of the 4 component OR
  • PTE Academic with a minimum overall score of 65 and a minimum score of 65 in each of the 4 components OR
  • TOEFL iBT at a minimum overall score of 94 with reading at a minimum of 24, listening a minimum of 24, speaking at a minimum of 23 and writing at a minimum of 27.

Results are from one test sitting or a maximum of two test sittings in a six month period (conditions apply). For further information on the English Language requirements please go to: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx.

  1. Have you obtained any work experience in the area of Nursing?
  2. Do you meet the following English language requirements?

Step 2: Supply the completed an assessment form and provide supporting documentation, copies and originals which can be certified by a Justice of the Peace or Kingswood Customer Service to support your online answers.

If you are successful you will be required to complete the following:

For further information on registering as an Enrolled Nursing please go to: http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-and-Endorsement/Enrolled-Registered.aspx.

Work placement:

The Nursing section will organise your work placement. You will be expected to attend 400 hours of work placement to complete this qualification. Work placement is offered in three blocks. You will attend full time (morning or afternoon shifts only) anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks for each block.

To attend work placement you must have completed your National Police check, Working with Children Check (volunteer), vaccinations and attended a NSW Health verification clinic to be verified.

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: http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/.

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.

For further assistance or information please contact 02 4724 8244.

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."

Contact by Training Services NSW
If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at Western Sydney Institute.