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 eligibility criteria. Funding is limited and is allocated on a first come first served basis.

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 2020 are listed below. Click the link to open the course information page, which has full details about Units of Competency, workshop dates, entry requirements, costs, etc. After you have applied, you should check the course link from time to time as any updates will be posted there.

Workshop dates have now been added. Click the link to your course.

The courses consist of a blend of face-to-face and online delivery. They are streamlined to give full credit to students for the Units of Competency already completed at school 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.

What are the course dates?

Courses begin on the day after the last HSC exam and generally run for 5 weeks. In 2020, the courses will begin on Thursday 12 November and end on Wednesday 16 December. The actual workshop dates you have to attend during this time are identified on the course information pages.

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 2020 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 2020

Application timeline:

  • 21 August 2020 – First round of applications close. (Late applications will be considered subject to availability.)
  • 28 August 2020 – Offers will be emailed to students.
  • 4 September – Students pay a $100 non-refundable deposit and/or return required documents by this date. Students who are eligible for Smart and Skilled funding will be allocated a subsidy on a first in first served basis.
  • 23 September – Sydney Catholic Schools will invoice students for the remainder of the student fee.
  • 23 October – Students pay the balance of the student fee in full by this date.

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.

Fee Payment and Evidence for Fee Exemption

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 2020 – Business, ECEC and IDT at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College

SCS Student Acceptable Use of Technology Agreement

This page was last updated on 14 October 2020.