The pros and cons of TAFE

If you’re considering going to TAFE, good on you! But always remember to consider all your options and weigh the pros and cons according to your own goals and circumstances. We’ve listed some pro’s and con’s to get you started, keeping in mind that some may consider a pro to actually be a con and vice versa!


  • you get accreditation quicker
  • you can gain practical skills
  • you can enjoy subsidised fees
  • accessibility – there’s literally a TAFE everywhere
  • not as stressful as university
  • flexible, so you can work part-time and not worry about being a student for too long


  • depending on the course, your accreditation may be a lower level. Meaning you have to work harder later to prove that you’re more employable than a uni grad
  • quality of teaching may not be as good as other higher-funded institutions
  • not all courses fees are subsidised
  • you may cop criticism from backward-thinking people, who will ask “why didn’t you go to uni?”
  • you’ll have to explain to your parents why you chose to go to TAFE and not uni


Study My Way has this to say:

If you are deciding which is best for you, think about what you want to get out of the education experience and also think about your learning style. If you love jumping into a library and reading, discussing ideas and theory, then university will suit you. If you need to be more hands-on and like to do things in order to learn about them (what is called kinaesthetic learning), then you will get more out of TAFE.

We agree. The truth is, like with the pros and cons of university, it depends.

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