Post-school VET

Sydney Catholic Schools (trading as Catholic Education Office Sydney) 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 2017 are:

In 2017 the courses will run from Thursday 9 November to Friday 15 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 for students who confirm their application by 15 September. 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. Workshops for Health will be held at Good Samaritan Catholic College, Hinchinbrook.

Applications for 2017 are now closed. Applications for next year will open in June 2018.

Before you begin, please make sure you know your USI, NESA number and Medicare number.

The first round of applications will close on Friday 1 September. A deposit to confirm your enrolment will be required by Friday 15 September. Subject to availability, the final round of applications will close on Friday 29 September.

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 2017 – Business, ECEC and IDT at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, Thursday 9 November

Orientation Program 2017 – Health at St Joseph Trades Skills Centre, Friday 10 November

Consent to Use and Disclosure of Personal Information – required for all students