Australian Education System

There are millions working hard and burning the midnight oil, just to be in Australia and do their education from there. To all of those, let us have a look at the Australian education system.

  1. Primary and Secondary schools – This is equivalent to 10+2 in India. Certification is done by either continuous assessment within the school or by a combination of internal and competition assessment. These procedures form the basis for qualification for entry to universities or other tertiary institutions.
  2. Foundation Studies – These courses allow the international students a smooth transition from their home country to the study methods in Australia. Foundation studies are usually one year long and the students are graded by the lecturers. The common feature of foundation studies is that a university allocates a provisional place in an undergraduate course for a student who achieves the prescribed grades.
  3. English Language Schools – These schools are for people who especially come to Australia to study English either for educational purposes or for other reasons. The Australian system of English language training is known as English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). There are a range of courses including General English; English for Special Purposes; Vacation Courses; and Examination Preparation.
  4. Vocational Education And Training Institutes – These institutes give the students the practical skills required for their career. The VET sector is divided into two – a nationally recognized government system of Technical and Further Education (TAFE); and private providers. Studying at TAFE is also a way of getting entry in Australian universities. The VET courses include computing, design, pilot training, business management, hospitality and tourism and many other courses.
  5. Higher Education (Universities) – There are 37 public universities and two private universities in Australia which offer both undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Some of the most popular courses at Australian Universities are – Business, Administration and Economics, followed by Science, then Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

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