Australian Education System

The Australian education system is broadly divided into the university, vocational, school and English language sectors.

  • Australian universities

Australian universities develop the skills of their graduates through dynamic learning environments and an emphasis on free-thinking. Technologically advanced facilities and expert teaching staff give students the edge in learning. Australian universities have high quality courses and exciting research and development programs. Some universities specialise in particular fields or research.

Australian universities award the following qualifications:

* Bachelor degree

* Bachelor with Honours

* Graduate certificate

* Graduate diploma

* Masters degree (by research or coursework)

* Doctoral degree.

Students receive academic and personal support through the wide range of services. These include orientation programs, academic tutoring programs, English language assistance, cultural and religious associations, sporting clubs and social events.

  • Vocational education and training

You can do a vocational course to begin a career, as a pathway to university or to gain practical skills to advance your career.

Courses have a practical focus and many provide work placements. They are designed together with professional and industry bodies to meet the current needs of the global marketplace.

Vocational institutions offer over a thousand courses in every industry from engineering to computer programming, cookery to hotel management, legal studies to business management.

The vocational institutes are divided into private colleges and government-run TAFE institutes (Technical and Advanced Further Education). Some provide a range of courses while others specialise in one field, such as hospitality or aviation. Courses vary from six months to three years.

The vocational qualifications are listed below and they all link to each other. To understand more about each level, the Australian Qualifications Framework.

* Certificate I, II, III and IV

* Diploma

* Advanced Diploma.

A vocational course can be a pathway to university for students who may not meet the entry requirements. Many institutes have links with Australian universities and provide acceptance into a bachelor degree, dependent on your grades.

  • English courses

Australia is a popular place to study English whether it’s for education, career or travel. Australia is renowned for its teaching of English language courses.

English is the national language of Australia so you'll be learning from friendly native speakers inside and outside the classroom. Australia has an international reputation for quality, with courses accredited and monitored by national bodies.

Australian institutions offer a diverse range of English language courses and have innovative teaching approaches. You’ll study English in real-life situations through excursions and activities. Some courses include work placements.

Part of the valuable experience of studying English in Australia is that you learn in a multicultural environment, so you will experience other cultures and be taught by culturally sensitive teachers.

What courses are available?

Many programs are available from General English courses at all levels to those tailored for work in specific industries. For travellers, there are courses that combine English with cultural tours, scuba diving, golf and many more!

Here are some examples:

  • English for academic purposes (university or vocational study)
  • English for high school preparation
  • English for professional purposes
  • English for work with internship
  • Business English
  • Holiday English courses.