From January 2010, a new law in NSW requires students to complete school to Year 10 and then to continue in either full-time education, training, paid employment, or a combination of these until you are at least 17 years of age.
Once you have completed Year 10, TAFE NSW can provide vocational training with learning support to help you to get a job or go on to further training. If you need help choosing a course please contact the Counselling and Careers Service at your chosen location.
Under exceptional circumstances, TAFE NSW will offer Certificate II vocational courses to young people who are under 17 years of age and have not completed Year 10. You will need to seek exemption from your school. To gain an exemption, you need to demonstrate your ability and skills to study in an adult learning environment and interest in specific vocational qualifications. There is an application form that will need to be filled in and approved before you can commence studying in TAFE NSW.
If you have been home schooled you may be able to apply to TAFE to undertake a Certificate II vocational course. You will need to contact NESA - the NSW Education Standards Authority, and the TAFE NSW college where you intend to study, about the application guidelines and process.
Please see the following links for further information.