Post-school VET

Sydney Catholic Schools has been selected by the NSW Government to deliver a range of nationally recognised qualifications. This means we are able to offer extension courses to students, once they have completed their HSC, to finish off Certificate III qualifications and be better prepared to move on to work or further study next year.

These courses are subsidised by the NSW Government under the Smart and Skilled program. Subsidised places are available to students who meet the selection criteria.

Read about students who have previously completed the course: Catholic Education Office adds post-school learning to CV   About Catholic Schools article (December 2015)

What courses are available?

The Qualifications being offered in 2019 are:

In 2019 the courses will run from Tuesday 12 November to Wednesday 18 December and will consist of a blend of face-to-face and online delivery. These streamlined courses will give full credit to students for the Units of Competency already completed for the HSC and therefore focus on the additional units needed for the full Certificate III.

Completing these courses means that students can:

  • gain full recognition for the units they have already completed for the HSC
  • complete further studies in a supportive Catholic environment
  • be ready to move into work or further study at the beginning of next year
  • pay reduced fees for the qualification due to credit provided for Units completed at school.

Am I Eligible?

Students must have successfully completed the relevant course for the HSC. Refer to the course information pages for details of the courses and Units of Competency you need to have completed.


The cost for each of the qualifications is contained in the course information pages (see links above). A limited number of Smart and Skilled subsidised places are available. To meet Smart and Skilled eligibility conditions you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
  • be 15 years or older
  • live or work in New South Wales
  • have finished school when you start this course

Where can I study and how do I apply?

As the courses are a blend of online learning and face-to-face workshops, much of the course work can be completed online. Workshops for each of the courses are also compulsory and dates will be advised before final confirmation of enrolment. Workshops for Business, Early Childhood and IDT will be held at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Burwood.

Applications for 2019 are now open. Before you begin, please make sure you know your USI, NESA number and Medicare number.

Click here to apply for post-school VET courses in 2019

Application timeline:

The first round of applications close Friday 23 August 2019. (Late applications will be considered subject to availability.)

Offers will be emailed to students by Wednesday 11 September.

Students pay a $100 non-refundable deposit and/or return required documents by Friday 20 September.

Students who are eligible for Smart and Skilled funding will be allocated a subsidy on a first in first served basis. Sydney Catholic Schools will invoice students for the remainder of the student fee.

Students pay the balance of the student fee in full by 25 October.

Student Documents and Forms

Post-school VET Student Handbook – outlines important information about the enrolment process, how to get a Unique Student Identifier (USI), expectations of students and policies such as consumer protection and payment of fees.

Withdrawal and Refund Form – Once your enrolment is confirmed, withdrawals must be advised in writing using this form. More information about withdrawals and refunds is contained in the Post-school VET Student Handbook.

Orientation Program 2019 – Business, ECEC and IDT at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Tuesday 12 November