Before you submit a SATAC application there are a few things it will help to be familiar with as you work through the process.
What is TAFE SA?
TAFE SA is the largest vocational education and training (VET) provider in South Australia, and one of the largest in Australia.
TAFE SA provides courses at certificate, diploma, and advanced diploma levels, as well as some higher education level courses.
You can apply for TAFE SA award courses through SATAC.
What is VET?
VET stands for vocational education and training. VET courses are courses which primarily focus on providing skills for work. VET courses include qualifications at certificate, diploma and advanced diploma level from a TAFE or registered training organisation (RTO).
When to apply
Applications for courses starting in semester 1 2020 open on Monday 5 August 2019. Apply as soon as possible after applications open to ensure your application is assessed in time for the scheduled offer rounds.
Applications for courses starting in semester 2 2019 are open now.
Entry requirements vary between TAFE SA courses, and being eligible to apply for one course does not automatically make you eligible to apply for another.
Your chances of being selected into a TAFE SA course depend on a number of factors, including the date of application (including adding new preferences to an application for the first time), and meeting course admission requirements for that course.
Choosing your courses
One of the benefits of the SATAC system is that you have the opportunity to apply for more than one course at the same time. This means that you only complete a single application and supply supporting information once.
You can list up to three courses as ‘preferences’ in your SATAC application.
SATAC will assume that your first preference is the course you most want to study. If the course can make you an immediate offer the online application will alert you, and there is then no need to enter any more preferences. You will receive your offer once you have completed and submitted your application.
If your first preference is not able to make an immediate offer, then you can add another preference if you wish. If you are not eligible or competitive enough to be offered your first preference, SATAC will consider your second preference as if it were your new first preference. If necessary, this process will continue until all of your preferences are considered.
Changing your preferences
Changes of preference will be unavailable at certain times during the application period. This is to allow SATAC to process applications in time for the offer rounds. You should make any changes to your preferences by the relevant deadline in order to be considered in the next offer round.
SATAC applications for courses at TAFE SA are free of charge.