Why study online with TAFE Queensland

Make great your way

More people complete their online courses with TAFE Queensland than with any other online education provider in Australia. We're proud to say that 80 per cent of people who start with us actually finish their online course, that's compared to the national average of just seven per cent.


Study your way

Online learning is perfect for people who work full time, lead busy lives, or would rather study when it suits them. Studying online also lets you have more control of your learning by allowing you to manage your workload and set your own deadlines.


Dedicated support team

Our secret is in our student support. Our e-learning environment keeps you connected and engaged with your teachers throughout the online learning experience. We also have a dedicated student support team committed to helping you get the most out of your student experience, from enrolment through to graduation.


Fast track your career with an online diploma

It's never been more important to keep your skills up to date, but with the world changing so quickly a lengthy degree isn't always the best answer. That's where online diplomas come in. They offer great flexibility, affordability and efficiency for busy professionals. And with most online diplomas taking between one to two years to complete, you can be ready to start, switch or boost your career in as little as 12 months.

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Online study areas

How it works

While you won't be sitting in one of our classrooms, as an online student at TAFE Queensland you're still very much a part of our community. Find out how online study works, how you'll be assessed, and how you can access your study resources and teachers.



When you study online with TAFE Queensland we recommend that you enrol in one or two units at a time. You will then have a period of 12 weeks in which to complete the units. This is to ensure you can balance your studies with your other work and family commitments. If you have adequate reasons why you would like to complete more than two units at a time you may be able to do so with your teacher's recommendation.



Some courses offer their units in clusters of up to four units. Units are clustered into topics or study areas allowing you to complete all units and assessments in the topic at the same time. You can see if your course offers individual units or clusters by reviewing the units tab on the relevant course page.


Hours of study

There are no set hours of study when you study online with TAFE Queensland. But to give you an idea of how much time you'll need to allocate to your studies we recommend that you allow between 10-20 hours per week, depending on your level of study.


Access to teachers

Just because you're studying online doesn't mean you have to study alone. You can contact your teachers from Monday to Friday via phone and email. Generally teachers will respond to any questions you may have within 24-48 hours. You will find the contact details of all your teachers in Connect. Your teachers will also use Connect to post news items, additional study resources, and answers to frequently asked questions.


How you'll learn

As a TAFE Queensland online student you'll have access to a range of online resources through Connect — your online study platform. Through Connect you can access your units, study resources, and interact with your teachers and classmates. You'll study using a variety of learning methods including video clips, research projects, and our live webinar platform: online rooms.


How you'll be assessed

Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed regularly throughout your online studies using a variety of different methods. Assessment methods vary between courses and may include assignments, online quizzes, or exams. Courses that include vocational placements may also require you to submit logbooks, portfolios of evidence, or third party reports from your employer.

Are you suited to studying online?

Studying online offers great flexibility, but it also requires adequate time, resources and support. Take our quiz to see if studying online is the right study option for you.

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Upcoming start dates

Our online courses have multiple intakes every year so you can get started whenever it suits you. Our study periods are 12 weeks long so they can easily fit in with your busy lifestyle.

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Payment options

Subsidies, loans and payment plans

Online students have access to the same payment methods as on-campus students. There are a range of independent and government subsidies available that can reduce the cost of your course. You may also be able to apply for a VET Student Loan or TAFE Queensland payment plan to help you pay your course fees.

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Pay as you go

The good thing about studying online is that instead of paying your full course fees upfront, you only need to pay for the units you're enrolled in. So instead of paying for the entire 28 units it takes to complete a diploma in one go, you will only need to pay for the one or two units you're enrolled in. If you choose to switch courses or decide to stop studying you don't need to pay for the rest of the course, only the units you've already commenced or completed.


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