St Patrick's Pathway to Success


As Sydney's oldest established and most respected vocational business education college, St Patrick's has an enviable reputation for turning out high quality and business-ready graduates. Since 1923, we have been successfully helping people achieve their personal bests and reach their true career potential. It's what makes us tick.

Now in the 21st century, we're also online and social - and offering blended learning FlexiStudy courses for the first time in our history. Our reputation continues for delivering high quality vocational education courses that train people in the skills that employers are looking for. We offer our students the best possible opportunity to advance their careers and improve their lives through the power of quality education.

Patrick Careers Academy Institute of Education has been recognised as being one of the leading providers of vocational education in New South Wales by industry association, the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET). 

Our students love our 4-day study week. Our graduates love stepping straight into jobs.




Aimed at providing students with coaching throughout their studies to identify their chosen career path, the dedicated Patrick Careers Academy Job Placement Program also includes training in job applications, presentation skills and interviews, as well as a week long work placement in the industry of the student's choice. We believe this is the key to our graduate career success, and we have a well-connected Career Partners network with some of Sydney's top firms across a broad spectrum of industries such as legal, accountancy, health, property management, transport, travel and business. Read more about our dedicated Job Placement Program and Career Partner Network here >>




  • Opportunity for independence
  • Study focuses on job outcomes
  • Vibrant inner-city campus, close to all public transport
  • Great atmosphere, friendly trainers and great camaraderie between students
  • Structured learning environment, with uniforms for professional presentation
  • Interview training and job preparation
  • Additional workshops for practical experience in using social media for business
  • 4 day study week



Choosing to attend Patrick Careers Academy to study a vocational education Diploma doesn't mean that university isn't an option. We've had many success stories of our graduates using their Diplomas of Business and Business Administration as a platform to entry into a Bachelor of Business degree. Patrick Careers Academy Institute of Education currently partners partnership with the University of New England (UNE) to provide our Diploma graduates with the opportunity to continue onto higher education through an online Bachelor of Business degree. Read more about the Patrick Careers Academy Pathway to University here >>


Many young adults are seeking financial independence and options for being able to carve out their own way in life. Leaving school after completing Year 10 or Year 11 can be a great way to give yourself a head start on the career ladder, if you make sure you have the right vocational skills that employers in the 21st century are looking for.

A Patrick Careers Academy Diploma provides school leavers with the opportunity to acquire not only practical business skills, but even more importantly the time to mature and develop life skills such as professional presentation and job preparation in the lead up to interviews. No ATAR is required to enrol, and our trainers give students individual attention to make sure they achieve their personal best, and act as coaches and mentors throughout the study year. Read more about career options for school leavers here >>


If you are seeking a career change or returning to the workforce, our online FlexiStudy Diploma and Certificate courses are an ideal and affordable option to tailor learning to your lifestyle. FlexiStudy allows you to work at your own pace from home, and adjust course work to suit your schedule to maximise your potential for career success. No ATAR is required to enrol, and all of our FlexiStudy courses are nationally-accredited and provide industry-recognised qualifications on successful completion.

Patrick Careers Academy offers FlexiStudy Diploma and Certificate courses in industry sectors that are aimed at helping our students advance their careers and get the skills they need to find great jobs in the emerging high-growth sectors of business, management, community services and hospitality. Our FlexiStudy program features customised course materials tailored to your needs, with the ability to set your own pace. Delivery of the course is through a blended learning structure - this can include face-to-face sessions, online learning, webinars, telephone tutorials and self-paced workbooks. A dedicated trainer is assigned to each student to provide one-to-one support throughout the course.

Take a look at our Learning for Your Lifestyle page to find out more about our FlexiStudy learning approach >>


Interested in joining the Patrick Careers Academy Pathway to Success? Submit an Application for Enrolment Form or Contact Us if you'd like more information.


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