Dream comes true for Young TAFE student

DREAMING BIG: Ashleigh Keighly credits TAFE NSW with helping her reach her goal of studying a degree in criminology.

Ashleigh Keighly is pursuing her dream of a career in criminology thanks to a university bridging course at TAFE NSW Young.
Leaving school early, Ashleigh completed a hairdressing apprenticeship. After deciding to follow her dream into criminology, she realized she would need an ATAR and the academic skills to tackle a university degree.
She enrolled in the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation at TAFE NSW Young and came through the course with flying colours, earning an ATAR equivalent of 84 and earning a place in a Bachelor of Criminology.
“I feel like TAFE NSW gave me a huge advantage at uni (over high school graduates),” she said. “I learned how to find relevant evidence to apply to an argument and I learned about annotated bibliographies. I was better prepared for the reality of university than many other students.”
TAFE NSW Team Leader of Career Pathways Deb Crowden said Tertiary Preparation Certificate students are generally an eclectic group. “The course is generally made up of students who have not been happy with their ATAR and want to resit the HSC, or career changers who want to gain entrance to university.
“I always say ‘don’t panic’! TAFE NSW can equip you will the skills you need for the career you want,” Ms Crowden said. She said enrolments for the Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation Certificate were now open for Semester 2 at Young, which commences on 23 July.
For more information about alternatives to ATAR, call 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au

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