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Education

From Kindy to PhD: Armidale’s excellence in education is well recognised from pre-school to university level.

The University of New England was the first Australian university established outside a capital city. With a history extending back to 1938, UNE has a well-earned reputation as one of Australia’s great teaching, training and research universities.

Its graduates consistently rate their experience at UNE highly, a reflection of the University’s commitment to student support. More than 80 000 people now hold UNE qualifications, with many in senior positions in Australia and overseas. Armidale is known for the strength and breadth of its educational institutions.

  • University of New England (UNE)
  • TAFE New England
  • Three independent day and boarding schools
  • Eight public primary schools
  • Two public high schools
  • Catholic primary and high school
  • Rudolf Steiner School
  • Montessori School
  • Minimbah Aboriginal School
  • University of the Third Age
  • New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM)
  • Armidale Film & Television School
  • Preschools
  • Various Community Education Programs & Centres

University of New England

UNE is a world class university, with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, sporting amenities and vibrant residences, offering a truly unique on-campus experience.

UNE is also a leader in distance education and online learning, giving students the flexibility to study either full time or part time; on campus, by distance, or a combination of both.

Its graduates consistently rate their experience at UNE highly, a reflection of the University's commitment to student support. The Good Universities Guide for 2011 has awarded UNE 5 stars for 'graduate satisfaction'. UNE has achieved this rating for 11 of the past 12 years. UNE also received 5 stars for 'teaching quality', 'generic skills' and 'access by equity groups'.

More than 80 000 people now hold UNE qualifications, with many in senior positions in Australia and overseas. UNE has built up its academic profile to the point where it now has more than 500 PhD candidates, an important sign of the University's academic vigour and rigour.

UNE is internationally recognised as one of the great teaching and research universities. Its scholars and scientists have established international reputations in rural science, agricultural economics, educational administration, linguistics and archaeology. Collaborative research with other institutions includes projects with the CSIRO and the high profile Cooperative Research Centres.

UNE is home to six national Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) for industry-focused research in the cotton, poultry and sheep industries, and beef genetic technologies; conducts joint research ventures with industry partners in the fields of primary industry and animal genetics; and has a range of research centres in areas as diverse as social science, management and policy, language and cognition, and agricultural law.

The regional community directly benefits, not only from UNE’s provision of higher educational opportunities, but the strong support and leadership it provides in a range of intellectual and cultural areas. These include regional, state and international development; improvements in school education; development of the professions, industry and commerce; recognition of and solutions to social, health and welfare issues; and access to the University's resources.

For further information about UNE visit www.une.edu.au

TAFE New England

Looking to increase your practical and theoretical skills? Thinking about a career change? Re-entering the workforce? Just left school? Looking to have fun whilst learning? Then why not consider a TAFE course?

The Armidale Campus offers a wide variety of quality training courses to industry and the community from Statement of Attainment through to Advanced Diploma level. Our speciality course areas on Campus include: agriculture, automotive, building & construction, business & management, engineering, health & community services, tourism & hospitality, information technology, massage& fitness, film & television, graphic design, sheep & wool, and general education.

Courses can be delivered in a range of styles including face to face, flexibly, block release or on-line. Specific training can be tailored for your business or community group and we offer a wide range of short commercial courses, including Senior First Aid, Responsible Service of Alcohol, Responsible Conduct of Gambling and various trades, business, hospitality, tourism and community services courses.

We have highly qualified teachers with extensive industry and teaching experience, modern facilities, excellent resources, simulated work environments, modern trade workshops, a specialised rural skills centre and up-to-date computer systems and software.

Traineeships and apprenticeships are available where we provide flexible training on and off the job to new entrants to the workforce and those already employed. Further support services available to you include: personal counselling, student association membership, library, tutorial support, indigenous student support, teacher consultants for students with disabilities and recognition of prior learning.

We are also flexible with our fee structure - certain courses are free of charge (fee exempt) and with other courses you may qualify for a full course fee exemption, or a concession. Full year courses can also be paid in half year instalments.

Study at TAFE is also an advantage if you are thinking about attending University. Certain TAFE courses provide credit towards higher level university study; you gain crucial foundation practical skills and experience; you are able to work whilst at TAFE to save money for University fees; you will save on future HECS fees (due to credits); and you may even qualify for a TAFE fee concession or exemption.

Course information is available now - by ringing us on (02) 6773 7700, ringing our Customer Service Centre on 1800 448 176 (free call), or come and visit us at the Campus on Beardy Street.

We encourage you to think seriously about undertaking training with TAFE NSW - to progress your career and open up opportunities; to build on your existing skills and knowledge base; to enrich your personal life; to share your life experiences; and to meet new people within your community.

We look forward to seeing you soon at Armidale Campus!

Telephone: (02) 6773 7700

Web: www.newengland.tafensw.edu.au