Popular Courses


1. Diploma of information technology
2. Bachelor of information technology
3. Master of information technology


1. Diploma of Accounting
2. Bachelor of Accounting
3. Master of Accounting


1. Diploma of Nursing
2. Bachelor of Nursing
3. Master of Nursing


1. Diploma of Social work
2. Bachelor of Social work
3. Master of Social Work


1. Certificate III in Commercial cookery
2. Certificate IV in Commercial cookery
3. Diploma of Hospitality management


1. Automotive & Electrician
2. Carpentry
3. Painting & Decorating

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Australian Education System

There are three levels of education institutes in Australia


Australian schools provide education until Year 12, and the Higher Secondary School Certificate is awarded at completion.


Vocational Education and Training (VET) system is the best level of education for those students who wish to pursue a career in trades which do not require a university degree.

Higher Education

Australian Universities provide Graduate and Post Graduate Certificates and Diplomas, Bachelor, Master and PhD degrees.

Pathways for International Students

International students may begin at any level of the education system after arriving in Australia to study. Nevertheless, they need to fulfil the academic or English proficiency requirements of the level that they desire to join.

Hence, if required, international students must follow specific pathway programs to finally reach the level they want to study at.

There are four types of pathway programs that are intended for and are common with international students:

  1. English language courses (ELICOS)
  2. Foundation Programs
  3. Diploma Programs
  4. Other Bridging Courses

An overview of courses and career pathways available through Australian TAFE colleges, private colleges and universities in the following disciplines:

  • Business and Economics;
  • Law;
  • Agriculture, Environment and Veterinary Science;
  • Health;
  • Science;
  • Engineering and Technology;
  • Architecture and Building;
  • Creative Industries;
  • Humanities, Social Science and Education.

The VET Courses

VET providers offer a very large range of courses from Certificate I through to Bachelor Degrees, Graduate Certificates and sometimes Graduate Diplomas (see Training.gov.au).

The following list details some of the more popular and common programs offered in Australia:

Business and Management

  • This covers a wide range of fields. VET offers programs including information technology, frontline management, hospitality and marketing courses

Community services and health care

  • These courses are designed to prepare students to work within organisations providing a range of community based services.
  • Courses are offered at a Certificate I entry level through to Diploma level.
  • These are often designed for workers who are predominantly involved in interpersonal contact with clients in a variety of community work services.

Communications and information technology

  • These courses provide students with the detailed knowledge and skills needed for a future career in information technologies.

Design and the arts

  • These courses offer theoretical and practical studies in a student’s chosen area as well as training in presenting work and business management

Engineering & building

  • Students can receive certificate to diploma qualifications in a wide variety of building and engineering fields such as air-conditioning and refrigeration, carpentry, design and civil engineering.

Hospitality and tourism

  • These programs can lead students into supervisory positions in the food service, hospitality and tourism industries.

Land management, agriculture, fisheries and forestry

  • Training in these programs can lead students to careers in catchment and land management, water and wastewater management, farm management, conservation, land care, pest, animal and plant management, revegetation and land rehabilitation, protected area management, and wildlife management.

Sports & recreation

  • These programs enable students to gain employment in a variety of fields within the sports and recreation industries.
  • Students are provided with a fundamental knowledge of exercise programming, leadership and motivation, sports marketing, resistance training, nutrition, rehabilitation, personal training, and psychology.

The VET sector offers eight qualifications:

There are 8 VET qualifications which are part of the The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF):

  • Certificates I, II, III and IV;
  • Diploma, and Advanced Diploma;
  • Vocational Graduate Certificate and Vocational Graduate Diploma.


Certificate I 3 – 6 months
Certificate II & III 6 – 12 months
Certificate IV 1 year
Diploma 1 – 2 years
Advanced Diploma 2 – 2.5 years
Vocational Graduate Certificate 6 months
Vocational Graduate Diploma 1 – 1.5 years

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