Education in Australia is not only of very high quality, but also has a very complete system. It is mainly divided into five parts: Primary/Secondary School, TAFE, ELICOS, Private College, and University. Australia’s five education systems provide students at home and abroad with education at different stages and cultivate various talents.
Australia’s primary and secondary school education both are 6-year systems, of which secondary education is divided into junior high school education and senior high school education. Years 7 to 10 make up your school certificate, where at the end of year 10 students complete a number of tests to receive the School Certificate and decided whether they want to stay in high school or leave for TAFE or an apprenticeship. While year’s 11 and 12 make up the high school certificate or HSC, again where there are several tests that determine the students HSC mark. When looking at Townsville schools, most high schools run years 7 through to 12, however, some may only run 7 – 10 or 11 – 12.
- Score requirements: The usual score in home country is 70% or above.
- Age requirements: Applicants must not be over 18 years old before the start of the main course of grade 10, and 19 years old before the start of grade 11.
- English requirements: meet any of the following:
– Students with no IELTS score or IELTS score of less than 5 must complete the 20-week language course provided by the school and graduate successfully. These types of English courses are usually offered by two education sectors: IEC and TAFE NSW Institutes.
– Enrolling in Year 10 with IELTS 5.0 can be exempted from language courses / Year 11 can also be exempted from language courses with IELTS 5.5.
TAFE is a special vocational education and training system in Australia, and its courses are equivalent to a complex of vocational colleges, technical schools, technical secondary schools and colleges. Diplomas issued by TAFE are recognised by all Australian universities, the US, and the Commonwealth of Nations.
The majors you can choose to study at TAFE:
TAFE’s courses cover a wide range of majors, from accounting, agriculture and horticulture, applied science, architecture, art and design, cosmetology, architecture, business, to food cooking and food processing, childcare, computer and information technology, graphics, electrical and electronics , mechanical and civil engineering, English, environmental science, fashion design, health, welfare and personal services, hotel management and more.
The qualifications awarded by TAFE can be divided into certificates one to four, diplomas and advanced diplomas. The courses awarded to the relevant qualifications are in line with Australian industry standards and can help students find employment or further study in many industries.
– Academic requirements: The academic requirements of TAFE courses are flexible. Graduates of technical secondary schools, technical schools and vocational schools can apply for TAFE courses in Australia, but they must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. Australian academic qualifications are accepted from grade 11. However, the specific admission requirements still depend on the program.
– English requirements: Most courses require applicants to have an IELTS score of 5.5, and some courses require an IELTS score of 6.0.
Features: special access to Australian universities
In addition to being directly linked to employment, in Australia, TAFE has close links with universities and colleges, providing students with opportunities for further education through various channels. Students who have graduated from TAFE courses can obtain the recognition of academic qualifications and progress to university degree courses through the Pathway between TAFE and many universities in Australia. Some courses also offer a certain degree of exemption.
ELICOS is an English specialized course provided by the Australian government for overseas students from all over the world. In fact, most universities or TAFE colleges have language courses for overseas students, but students who study ELICOS courses have a special visa category (subclass570). Such courses can exist independently or as a pathway to other qualifications.
ELICOS offers many courses, and the courses that international students often choose are:
- EAP (English for Academic Purposes)
- IELTS Preparation
- Preparation for HighSchool
- GE(General English)
- Spoken and Written English (from Certificate I to IV)
– Most courses allow students in Australia to take a language test directly to determine the number of language weeks.
– Overseas SVP students do not need IELTS and can directly prepare the language, and then come to Australia to take the test.
Australia has a large number of private schools offering undergraduate or postgraduate courses. These courses cover design, hotel management, music and other professional directions. Some private school courses have a pathway to university courses, or directly award a public university degree.
Australia has set up three types of higher education institutions, including universities, national higher education institutes and private higher education institutes. Australia has a total of 39 public universities, located in major cities in 6 states and 2 territories.
The degrees and qualifications awarded by the university in Australia include:
- Doctoral degree
- Master degree
- Bachelor honours degree
- Graduate certificate
- Graduate diploma
- Bachelor degree
- Associate degree, Advanced diploma
- Foundation, Diploma