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Gordon Institute of TAFE



The Gordon is one of the largest regional TAFE institutions in the state of Victoria, south-east Australia. Home to students from over 75 countries, The Gordon has three main campuses with two located in Geelong and another in Werribee. The Gordon prides itself on helping people gain real skills with hands-on training, pathways and work placements to help students progress onto university or a career.

Classes at The Gordon generally consist of 15-22 students, which allows for more support and close attention from teachers. This teaching style also offers the opportunity to work on group projects and encourages interaction between peers to give students the chance to get to know each other.

The Gordon won the Australian Large Training Provider of the Year Award for delivering outstanding courses and has developed a 12,000 strong international alumni network. The institution also works closely with the local community including schools, universities and employers as well as industry-leading organisations.

Teachers at the institution are highly trained professionals with industry expertise to provide up-to-date training to ensure that students are job-ready. According to the NCVER report, graduates from this institution achieve better employment outcomes than the national average.

The Gordon’s three main campuses in Geelong and Werribee are both affordable and student-centric cities within close proximity to Melbourne and the coast. Students can use the institution as a base to explore other parts of Australia such as the infamous Great Ocean Road. Geelong in particular is the second biggest city in the state of Victoria, offering plenty for students to do such as food, music and cultural festivals.

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What's new

What's new

The Gordon has recently introduced a PTE Academic Preparation Course. Students can learn important elements of the PTE Academic test, which includes listening, speaking, writing and reading, as well as getting them closer to achieving their desired PTE Academic test score.

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is regarded highly and is also a NEAS-accredited provider of English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS).

The English language classes offer students the resources for them to pursue further studies in Australia, improve their employment prospects in their home countries, or to use the language in both work and social settings.

On an average, there are 15-22 students in every class, so that all students obtain individual expert teaching attention they require to develop their language rapidly and, on all levels, – ranging from writing to conversational and reading skills.

A new beauty therapy course on offer

Students could become qualified beauty therapists who work in salons, day spas, resort spas, or international spas. They will develop practical skills as well as theoretical knowledge in the fundamentals of beauty therapy, business planning and marketing, and advanced spa therapy treatments.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

The Gordon focuses on practical training in an environment that is safe as well as supportive, which means that students will have more hands-on experience and less theory, ensuring that graduates are ready for their jobs.

It has small classroom sizes, with an average number of 15-22 students in every class so that they will get plenty of support as well as more contact time with their teachers. Students will work on various group projects with their peers so that it is a great way for them to get to know their fellow students and establish a strong network of both Australian and international friends.

Industry projects and work placements form a significant part of the students’ course content, giving them the practical experience they need to join the workforce with confidence.

The NCVER report confirmed that its graduates obtain better outcomes in employment than the national and state average.

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Study options

Study options

The Gordon offers various courses in areas including building design and construction,

beauty therapy, engineering and metal trades, health services, laboratory technology, and nursing, among others.

Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural)

Students at The Gordon will learn construction techniques and methods, site surveying, 2D and 3D software, design techniques, environmentally sustainable design principles, project management and administration, graphic presentation, scheduling and documentation management.

Certificate IV in Accounting

With this course, students will learn operational reporting, BAS statements, preparing budgets, classifying and recording, as well as reporting.

Diploma of Engineering – Technical

This course is developed for students who want to work as engineering technicians, carrying out tasks including quality control/assurance monitoring, and engineering design.

Pathway to university

Several of The Gordon’s diplomas as well as advanced diplomas provide pathways to Deakin University in Melbourne and Geelong. Students can apply for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) as well, along with other universities and obtain similar pathways from diplomas or advanced diplomas.

Students at The Gordon go on to finish their degrees in a number of fields at Monash University, RMIT University, Victoria University, Swinburne University of Technology, Federation University, and many others.

They can not only graduate with not one qualification, but two, and save money as TAFE courses are affordable.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All of the applicants to The Gordon must meet the necessary English language requirements for them to gain entry into courses of their choice.

For most of the diploma, advanced diploma, and certificate courses at The Gordon, students must show:

  • An overall score of 5.5 in IELTS Academic with no band score less than 5.0 (or its equivalent) or
  • completion of the Australian Year 12 certificate or
  • a qualification which is undertaken in Australia at the Certificate IV or higher level and finished within the past five years or
  • that they have pursued university studies in Australia for at least one year, which they have finished within the past two years.

There are several other English language tests or qualifications which are accepted for students to enter the courses of their choice.

Some of the courses at The Gordon may require higher IELTS scores for gaining entry and students can check their individual courses’ requirements.

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There are three main campuses for international students - two in Geelong and one in Werribee.

The Gordon offers many advantages in training, and one among them is its purpose-built facilities, most of which are developed to replicate industry environments ensuring that the students will also experience what it will be like to work in the real world when they learn hands-on.

These facilities at The Gordon are being upgraded regularly to reflect industry standards. A sum of greater than AUD 18 million has been utilised in the past five years on infrastructure, redevelopments, as well as equipment upgrades over a number of areas.

The institution also has two venues for training at its Geelong City Campus which are accessible to the public, offering more experiences of real life for the students.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

CareerHub is an all-inclusive online platform for Gordon students to find casual, part-time, internship and volunteering opportunities.

Careers counsellors

The careers team at The Gordon offers students free as well as confidential career counselling appointments for both current and prospective students.

The institution’s career counsellors can also offer course application support. Its current students will be able to gain assistance with job applications, interview skills, resumes, and employment information.


The Gordon's Skills and Job Centre provides CareerHub services to its students where they can:

  • find part-time, full-time, as well as casual jobs, apprenticeship, volunteering, placement and traineeship opportunities
  • access job application review, free professional career consultations, career transition workshops as well as industry events
  • learn more about what is trending and what is not, in the labour market, as well as information on the greatest and most recent in the employment and recruitment trends.

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East Geelong Victoria Boundary Road
Geelong Victoria 2 Fenwick Street
Werribee Victoria 24 Watton Street
As one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria, The Gordon has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 130 years. The institute pride itself on delivering a great range of options in vocational ?hands-on? training with one of the most comprehensive suites of courses in Western Victoria.

Students can choose from hundreds of short courses and nationally accredited qualifications across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead them to a great career or create a pathway to University. From Geelong, Victoria, around Australia and overseas, thousands choose to study with Gordon each year via flexible options including on-campus, full and part-time, off-campus, online, and in the workplace.

The Gordon also embraces the partnership model, working with secondary schools, universities, employers, and the community in programs that deliver real benefits. It?s also forging strong international strategic partnerships, particularly in China and Indonesia.

The Gordon has several campuses. Two are located in Geelong, the largest regional city in Victoria and the gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast and Otways regions, which means students can enjoy a fantastic lifestyle while they study or work. It also have three campuses in Werribee and a smaller trades campus in Hoppers Crossing.

Geelong offers the best of the city, country and coast with an affordable cost of living and great sense of community, plus it is still close to Melbourne City and Ballarat, only one hour away by car, train or bus. Gordon Institute of TAFE

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