A diploma of Marketing run at Shellharbour TAFE for the first time this year has been described a success.
Shellharbour campus management and marketing teacher Julie Read said the course had almost a 100 per cent completion rate.
Ms Read said there were nine students in the initial course and about half of them were going to university next year.
She said the course was a great pathway for anyone interested in marketing.
"Diploma courses run at TAFE are well regarded by University of Wollongong and other universities who generally will give up to one year advance standing for entry into their marketing degree," she said.
Ms Read said the first intake was small and the numbers would be kept low to ensure students were well supported in their studies.
She said the course had a strong practical basis and involved applying market principles to enhance actual businesses.
Natalie Croker, 19, of Wollongong, has been doing the marketing diploma while studying fashion and is keen on a career that involves both.
She said the Shellharbour TAFE course went into great depth about marketing.
"I definitely recommend it because it is a good pathway into uni," she said.
Tim Fielding, 30, said he enrolled because he was interested in learning about marketing in a field that helped people.
"TAFE is probably 50/50 theory and practical and when we got out into real-life settings, it was a real eye opener," he said.