Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)
Australia has an integrated nationwide system of qualifications, known as the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and it’s recognized by the Australian Government. Under this, students can move easily from one level of education to the next and receive credit for the previous education. It brings together the quality offered at different levels.
There are 41 universities ranging in size from around 3,000 students to 50,000 students – 39 of these are government run. Australian universities offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in traditional and modern subject areas such as innovative courses in IT, electronics, business and science. Australian academics have won prestigious awards, including several Nobel Prizes, most notably for its involvement in ground-breaking research.
Courses available at Under Graduate & Graduate Level
Awarded courses vary considerably with the higher education sector in the form of entry requirements, duration, and method of assessment. The following awards are offered by Australian Universities:
Graduate Diploma / Graduate Certificate
TAFE Certificate III & IV
Undergraduate Diploma / Advanced Diploma
Associate Diploma/ AQF (Australian Quality Framework) Diploma
Humanities: English, Philosophy, History, Foreign Language Studies, Communications, Psychology.
Education: Education Studies, Teaching, Early Childhood, Special Education.
Social Studies: Geography, Behavioural Studies, Welfare and Counselling, Sport and Recreation, Sociology.
Mathematics and Computing: Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Based Information System, Computer Science.
Science: Science Pharmacology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Biotechnology.
Visual and Performing Arts: Arts, Graphic Arts, Fashion Design, Crafts, Performing Arts, Music.
Engineering: Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Structural, Mechanical, Automotive, Aeronautical, Mining, Industrial, General Engineering, Computer, Telecommunications, Mechatronics, Polymer, Environmental.
Business Administration and Law: Economics, Accounting, Commerce, Management, Administration, Marketing, Finance, HR.
Health Sciences: Nursing, Nutrition, Environmental Health, Personal and Family Health Care, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Public Health, Physiotherapy.
Agriculture: Agriculture, Forest, Horticulture.
Hospitality & Tourism: Hotel Management, Tourism Management, Commercial Cookery.
Vocational Education and Training in Australia (VET)
Australia offers a wide variety of vocational education and training courses. Each year, ever-increasing numbers of international students are choosing the TAFE option, either as a means of training and qualifying for a highly skilled job in business, arts or industry or as an alternative pathway into university degree studies. The advantages for international students choosing to undertake TAFE studies are several, but lower fees are one of the main criteria.
Types of Degrees
Bachelor programs may vary from 3 to 4 years. These programs are available across all faculties of Arts, Commerce, Science, and IT.
Australia offers a wide variety of choices for postgraduate studies. The individual universities offer different strengths and capabilities, providing a diverse base for research students. Australian Universities pride themselves on a strong research base and state of the art equipment of their Universities.