‘Tertiary’ or ‘further education’ might sound big and scary (it’s not). It refers to education and training to students after finishing Year 12.

Tasmania’s five main education and training providers are all very different. So the one you’ll choose depends on what you’re keen to study, and the career path you’re interested in.

Let’s take a quick look at each one.

University of Tasmania

University is a great choice if you’re an independent learner who likes study. It’s great if you want a professional career, or if you like doing research. At the University of Tasmania there’s over 50 Research Institutes, Centres and Groups across the state.

Benefits: You’ll be job ready so you can hit the ground running once you finish your qualification.

So what’s it like? They have Pathway Programs for anyone who wants to build their confidence to begin uni. You’ll learn practical and academic skills like:

  • Essay writing
  • Referencing
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentations
  • Problem solving

They offer Associate Degrees and Diplomas. They provide hands on learning with direct links to Tasmanian business and industry. This includes participating in work placements.

The Bachelor Degrees are good for creative and curious thinkers. Or anyone who wants to take what they learn inside the classroom and put it to work in the real world.

There are five different study areas at the University of Tasmania:

  • Arts
  • Law and Education
  • Health and Medicine
  • Sciences and Engineering
  • Business and Economics


  • Undergraduate certificates and short courses (usually 3 – 6 months)
  • Diploma (usually 1 year full-time)
  • Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree (usually two-four years full-time)
  • Masters PHD (add on another two or three years of full-time study after your Degree!)


To get a handle on the incredible variety of study options visit the University of Tasmania website.


TAFE is an acronym for Technical And Further Education. It’s a great place to prepare you for employment. Or to update work skills, develop new skills for work, or to prepare for a promotion or a new career path. There are 16 campuses and training facilities around the state.

Benefits: TAFE has an industry focus. In a short space of time, you can build ‘industry-specific’ skills that are in demand.

So what’s it like? It’s very much ‘hands-on’. There are heaps of courses that lead to all sorts of qualifications. Some courses can take up to three years of study, while others are much shorter. For example, you can do a ‘skills update’ in an afternoon or evening with short courses and skill sets.

You can choose from over 250 courses across 30 industry areas

You can enrol in Fashion Design. Or Music and Sound Production. There’s also Electrical, Mining and Plumbing, Cooking, Hospitality and Tourism. You name it, chances are they’ve got it.


  • Certificates I-IV
  • Diploma and Advanced Diplomas


Hit the TASTAFE website and start exploring.

The University College

The University College is a faculty of the University of Tasmania. It’s perfect for preparing you for employment. It can also enable entry into some University of Tasmania Bachelor Degree courses.

Benefits: The 11 courses available focus on current and emerging Tasmanian industry skill requirements.

So what’s it like? It ticks a lot of boxes. There’s a strong focus on work-integrated learning. This combines academic learning with a practical application in the workplace. So when you finish a course you should be able to hit the ground running when you land a job.


  • Diploma
  • Associate Degrees


Get into your explorer mode and visit the University College website.

Australian Maritime College (AMC)

If you like being on the water, or near the water, then the Australian Maritime College could be right up your alley (and just remember, the world is two-thirds water).

Benefits: It’s a specialist education and research institution.

So what’s it like? It’s pretty niche. It has both an academic focus, as well as practical hands-on training and education for work.


  • Certificates I-IV and Diploma
  • Diploma
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor degree qualifications

Explore AMC VET courses or AMC Higher education courses.


The FOUNDRY prepares you for work in key creative fields. It works in partnership with UTAS and Swinburne University.

Benefits: Delivers industry relevant creative courses, and often in niche creative fields (i.e. digital, design, user experience, interaction, creative thinking).

So what’s it like? If you’re a creative type, the Foundry is very cool. The campuses feature inspiring work spaces and deliver practical courses. There are regular ‘creative day’ conferences. You’ll gain insights from industry experts as they share their experiences across a range of specialist creative fields.


  • Certificate III
  • Diplomas
  • Associate Degree Qualifications


When you’re ready to go exploring, visit the Foundry’s website.

Key Takeaway

Key Takeaway

Tassie offers some awesome study options after finishing Year 12. There’s plenty of options that can be the launch pad to your amazing career.

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