TAFE Western Tertiary Preparation Course (TPC) students have proven themselves among the best in the state after overall results were released last week.
Head Teacher of Pathways for TAFE Western Cathy Zajac revealed the organisation had four students finish in the top 60 students across NSW.
“The Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation Course (TPC) is a skills-based learning course for students wanting to go to university, the Police Force or Defence Force but have left school and not received their HSC,” Ms Zajac said.
“The course is a Year 12 equivalent qualification, with students getting a Tertiary Entrance Score (TES) out of 300.
“For TAFE Western to have four students out of thousands across the entire state in the top 60 is a great result for the organisation and speaks volumes for our teachers’ abilities.”
TAFE Western’s best performed student was Dubbo’s Adam McFarlane.
“Adam works at Fletchers Abattoirs and fitted in his classes around work. His hard work certainly paid off – he finished 27th overall with a combined total of 283 out of 300,” Ms Zajac said.
“Orange’s Eric Morgan was 47th overall with a combined total of 277, a fantastic result for a 17-year-old.
“Daniel Savetta, who completed the course via correspondence from Washington, where he works for a ballet company, was 54th with a total score of 276, while Caitlin Graham was 60th with a great score of 268 out of 300.”
In other highlights, Caitlin Graham received equal top honours in the English Literature subject with a mark of 98/100, while Eric Morgan was seventh with 91/100 and Jack Dalton, also from Orange, finished eighth with 90/100.
Bathurst College students Darius Benzy, Ella Pappalardo and Timothy Murphy all finished equal fourth in the politics section with 87 out of 100, with Tiah Gibbs-Minner ninth with 85/100.
Ms Zajac said TAFE Western are currently accepting enrolments for the Tertiary Preparation Course for 2016, and encouraged people who left school early to give the course some serious consideration.
“TPC is suitable for students who want a flexible program of study,” she said. “Students can elect to study over one year, full-time, or over longer periods part-time, with online study also an option,” she said.
“We offer study options that suit the needs of each individual and take into consideration things such as work, family and illness.
“So no matter your age, if you didn’t successfully get an ATAR score but now want to challenge yourself and gain a higher qualification that can lead to a better career, then this course is perfect for you and we’d love to hear from you.”
For more information about the course across Western NSW, please phone Ms Zajac on 6883 3448 or visit www.tafewestern.edu.au