Understanding the Education System in Australia

Most students from across the world have their eye on Australia and it’s turned into one of the student hub spots to study abroad. Did you know Australia is known for its exceptional educational quality and system? When you study in any of the universities in Australia,  the qualification is internationally recognized with great job prospects. These are only the starting points of what makes Australia a demanded study destination in the world.

Studying in Australia comes with a lot of benefits like fun campus life, support, a tight-knit student community, sunny weather, amiable people, and low-price student accommodation in Adelaide or any part of the country. 

Education System in Australia

The education system based on AQF states the different levels of education (higher, vocational education, and training). All schools, colleges, universities, and other educational institutions are connected on 10 levels to ease the student experience. 

Levels and qualifications as per the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)

Level 1 – Certificate I

Level 2 – Certificate II

Level 3 – Certificate III

Level 4 – Certificate IV

Level 5 – Diploma

Level 6 – Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree

Level 7 – Bachelor’s Degree

Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma

Level 9 – Master’s Degree

Level 10 – Doctoral Degree

Higher Education

This is the highest form of education in Australia that allows you as a student to select a course you wish to pursue for your bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate. By the end of the academic year, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills that you need to prepare for industry-related jobs.

Tuition fee

If you seek to study in Australia, you should also know everything about the cost of living expenses in the country. Did you know that this expense will not include your cost of study in Australia? The cost of tuition fees always takes a higher chunk of your finances. So, before all this be informed about the cost of the courses and their programs. On average, the cost of your tuition fees in Australia will come to about AUD 25,000 – 30,000 a year! 

Financial support

With over 40 government institutions in Australia, the cost of study might be less in these schools or colleges. And, if you need financial support, the universities are there to help you with financial assistance through the forms of grants, awards, and scholarships. So, if you enroll in any of the universities in any city in Australia, be sure to ask for financial support and advice. 

Methodology of teachings

The methodologies of teaching in classrooms in Australia are all based on research learning by emphasizing students’ practical understanding, knowledge, and hands-on experience preparing students to be ready for any job-related application. By the time you are done studying at any of the universities in Australia, you can always apply for a job in any country. Do you know why? Because these universities are internationally recognized! 

Vocational and technical institution

You will never run short of courses in Australia to brush up on those technical skills of yours! If you want to study a technical course, you will find there are many technical and further education (TAFE) and vocational education and training (VET). Because it is technical, this means the course is focused on teaching you technical knowledge and enhancing it through practical skills to make you familiar with industry-related challenges and demands of the industry. Some of the popular industries are sports, hospitality, tourism, business and marketing. A vocational course is a pathway to get into university or work based on practical skills and knowledge

Pathway courses

Most students are never familiar with the education system of Australia, and that’s why these courses have become a bridge to help and assist students in understanding the system before going for higher education. You can always take up the foundation courses and English language programs that will be like a ladder to help you step up into your higher studies without any gap!


While the schooling system starts in late Jan and early Feb, the vocational and university starts in Feb. There are two intakes and they are known as semesters in most universities. The universities are open to 2 semesters:

Semester 1: Feb – early June

Semester 2:  July/August- November

English language is the main requirement

If you seek to study in Australia, you must know by now that it is taught in English. So, if you come from a non-speaking country, you should get yourself enrolled in the English language programs that can certify your understanding of the English language.

Last but not least, if you want to study in Australia, you should not waste much time and start to apply to universities. If you have missed out on the first semester, you can always apply for the second semester. There are many universities in Australia offering many courses in all levels of study.