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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 1 & 2, 2018 - Kingswood

A compulsory information session was held on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at TAFE NSW Kingswood.

If you missed the information session, please ensure you have an understanding of the course outline, entry requirements and the assessment process. If you have any questions please contact Margaret Fletcher, Kingswood Business Coordinator via email: Margaret.fletcher13@tafensw.edu.au before you apply. You will need to email Margaret to obtain an assessment form. Please ensure you add in the subject line "Diploma of Nursing - 2018 intake".

Once you receive an enrolment offer you will be required to complete the following:

- National Criminal Record check: https://www.afpcheck.com/apply?gclid=CKjlv86-5c4CFQcJvAod0pIGxQ

- Working with Children Check (volunteer): https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/

- Vaccinations and verification clinic: http://www.nbmlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/education-and-training-service/clinical-placement-unit/ets-students (the first NSW Health verification clinic will be held on 21 February 2018 at TAFE NSW Kingswood).

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 the assessment process to be offered a place to enrol, or be placed on a standby list.

Applications open on 1 October 2017 and close on 31 October 2017.

Step 1: Register online at: https://enrolmentportal.ebs.tafensw.edu.au/Enquire/Process/GetStarted/162/1014302 Or copy the URL link and add to your internet “web browser”.

Step 2: Complete an assessment form ensuring you answer the following questions and provide supporting documentation (copied and certified by a Justice of the Peace or Kingswood Customer Service. Examples of supporting documentation are listed on the assessment form):

  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. Do you meet the following English language requirements?

    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 6.5 and a minimum score of 6.5 in each of the 4 components – listening, reading, writing and speaking from one test sitting 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 58 and a minimum score of 58 in each of the 4 components in one sitting OR
    • TOEFL iBT at a minimum overall score of 79 with reading at a minimum of 19, listening a minimum of 20, speaking at a minimum of 20 and writing at a minimum of 24.
  5. Have you obtained any work experience in the area of Nursing?

For further information on the English Language requirements please go to: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx.

Please complete your assessment form (obtain from Margaret Fletcher) and provide supporting documentation (certified copies by a Justice of the Peace or Kingswood Customer Service) by 31 October 2017 at 5pm to Kingswood Customer Service, Building U, Ground Floor, between Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 5pm. No emails will be accepted. For Customer Service to certify your documents please provide your original documentation.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by 30 November 2017 via email.  If you receive an enrolment offer you must accept by 8 December 2017.

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 eligible for Smart & Skilled the 2017 student fees are: First qualification - $4,420.00 and Second qualification - $4,970.00 (subject to change in 2018). The fees are due by the census dates (fees and dates to be advised).

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.

If you are ineligible for Smart & Skilled the 2017 course fee is $17,000.00 (subject to change in 2018). This fee payment can be paid by each census date (fees and dates to be advised).

Classes:

Classes are held either:

  • Full Time day - 3 days per week from 9am to 4pm for 18 months or
  • Part Time day - 1 day per week from 9am to 4pm for 24 months or
  • Part Time evening - 3 evenings per week from 5pm to 8pm for 24 months.

Semester 1:

Term 1:

  • Group 1: 5 February 2018 held on Monday, Tuesday and Friday - Full Time
  • Group 2: 5 February 2018 held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday - Full Time
  • Group 3: 5 February 2018 - days to be advised - Part time day/evening

Term 2:

  • Group 4 & 5: 30 April 2018 - days to be advised - Full Time

Semester 2:

Term 3:

  • Group 6 & 7: 23 July 2018 - days to be advised - Full Time
  • Group 8 & 9: 3 September 2018 - days to be advised - Full Time
  • Group 10: 3 September 2018 - days to be advised - Part time day/evening

Please note: class dates and times are subject to change and will be offered depending on demand. You will advise your study preferences on the assessment form.

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.

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."