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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 - Semester 2, 2018 at Kingswood

The next intake for this course will commence with a compulsory information session on Wednesday 4 April 2018 at either 10am or 5pm at 2 - 44 O'Connell Street, Kingswood, Building U, First Floor, Nursing Section. Applications will open online from 1 May and close on 31 May 2018. You must attend the compulsory information session to commence this assessment process.

To study this course 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.

Assessment Process:

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

Step 1: Apply online (open on 1 May 2018) 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.

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

Step 2: If you are successful with your online application you will be invited to complete an assessment form and provide supporting documentation (copied and certified by a Justice of the Peace or Kingswood Customer Service) to support your online answers. Further information on this process will be provided at this time.

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/. You may incur additional costs for resources.

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.

Class timetable:

We will offer the following Full time classes (21 hours per week, 3 days: 9am to 4pm x 18 months):

- Group 7 & 8: commencing the week of 23 July 2018 (days to be advised);

- Group 9 & 10: commencing the week of 3 September 2018 (days to be advised).

For further assistance please contact Margaret Fletcher, Kingswood Business Coordinator on 9208 9442 or by email: Margaret.fletcher13@tafensw.edu.au or the TAFE NSW Service Centre on 131 870.

NSW Health Scholarship Program:

NSW Health will offer a Scholarship Program where you will study at TAFE NSW Kingswood in 2018. This class will commence on 1 May 2018. Attendance is three days per week for 18 months (Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9am to 4pm). Application’s open on 9 January 2018 and close on 13 February 2018. Please refer to the NSW Health website: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing/scholarship/Pages/enrolled-nurse-scholarships.aspx for details and how to apply. All questions regarding this Scholarship Program must be directed to NSW Health.

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."