The Australian education system is unparalleled in quality and contemporaneity, and lays an ample platform for research and specialised studies. Australian degrees are globally-recognised and respected, thanks to their dynamic curriculum, futuristic approach and modern pedagogy. Australian degree programmes are quite popular among students from other countries, especially India.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
The AQF is the governing body that monitors the school leaving certificate called the Senior Secondary Certificate and the tertiary education sector (college/university level and vocational programmes). The AQF monitors 10 levels of school and college-level education in Australia. These levels are:
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 Degree
Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree; Graduate Certificate; Graduate Diploma
Level 9 – Master’s Degree
Level 10 – Doctoral Degree
There is a huge pool of 43 universities in Australia out of which 40 are government-funded. Of the remaining three, one is a private university and two are international universities. These 43 institutions provide a wide choice of 22,000 types of courses. The highest level is the university-level education and the higher education comprises Bachelor’s courses, Master’s courses, and Doctoral courses, in addition to certificates, diplomas and vocational programmes.
Speaking of vocational programmes, students can use this as a prolusion to enrolling in university-degree courses or kick-start their careers. These programmes are industry-oriented and are built with the intention to develop practical skills. Government-run institutions such as Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and Vocational Education Training (VET) provide ample choices in vocational training courses, in addition to which there are several private institutions as well. These courses are famous in the fields of manufacturing, business, marketing, sports, tourism and hospitality, and on completion, you would get awarded a certificate, diploma, or advanced diploma.
Master’s and Doctoral degrees
A Master’s degree may be in the ‘coursework’ format, the ‘research’ format, or the ‘extended’ format.
Doctoral studies may be Research Doctorate (PhD) or the Professional Doctorate. Admissions to postgraduate programmes are highly competitive and call for great academic prowess and high-level proficiency in the English language.
Some of the most popular programmes in Australian universities are Accounting, Arts and Design, Business and Management, Computer Science and Information Technology, Education and Teaching, Engineering, Engineering and Management, Health and Science, Law and Medicine.
Practical-based teaching underscores the importance of simulative and real-life experience. Students are encouraged to think independently by helping them apply the concepts learned in class. The teaching methods help you prepare for the career of your choice.
Tuition Costs and Financial Aid
Higher education in Australia can cost anywhere within the range of 20 to 30 thousand AUD. If it seems too expensive, then you have a wide choice of scholarship options as well. Sever government as well as institutional scholarships, are available. You may check the university websites or get in touch with our study abroad consultants to get a basic idea of the types of scholarships.
Australian universities follow the semester system and have two intakes in a year.
Semester 1: starts late February/early March to late May/early June
Semester 2: starts late July/early August through to November
The schools open by late January or early February and the vocational courses and university programmes are commenced by February.
English language programmes
Coming from a non-native country, you will have to be proficient in English since all your lectures and your interaction with others will be in English. If your proficiency is limited, you will be asked to enrol in an English language programme before the commencement of your course at one of the several English language centres in Australia.
On completion of your course in Australia, you may apply for a Subclass 485 Temporary Graduate Visa which will allow you to stay back in Australia and study further or work. There is neither a shortage of employment opportunities nor a dearth of suitable higher-study programmes.
On the whole, Australia has maintained a high standing in terms of quality of education, choice of courses, and work opportunities. This is also the reason for the Australian universities featuring in the lists of the top ranking such as the QS World Rankings and the Times Higher Education Rankings. The programmes are designed in a way that the possibilities of the future are also addressed.
While the universities are highly placed, the cities in Australia such as Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide are known to be quite student-friendly.
For information specific to your choice of programmes and universities, please get in touch with the overseas education consultants at Manya Education.