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Study Pathways

Enter at any stage of your education with a variety of study pathways available to you.

Education pathways to your dream career

Whatever career you aspire to, we have the study pathway available to help get you there. You can choose where you start your studies with the ability to enter at any stage of your education.

By following a study pathway, you can streamline your study plan and reach your career goals faster.

International education in Australia

As an international student in Australia, you can access a wide range of education options.

You can enrol in higher education, vocational education and training (VET), English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS), school education, and non-award courses like bridging or foundation courses.

The education pathways available to students

Primary Education (Kindergarten - Year 6)

Choose from a range of excellent schools with qualified and experienced teachers dedicated to providing students with a safe environment and a strong foundation.

Primary Education leads to secondary education.

Secondary Education

In Australia, secondary education is divided into two parts.

Lower Secondary Years are from Year 7 to Year 10. Students who leave school after completing Year 10 cannot go on to Higher Education but can enter Vocational and Pathway Studies.

Core subjects usually include:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Society and environment
  • Languages other than English (LOTE)
  • Information and communications technology (ICT)
  • Creative arts, and
  • Personal development, health and physical education

Several subjects are offered at advanced levels, such as English, mathematics, science and ICT.

Upper Secondary Years are from Year 10 to Year 12 and provide students with a WA Certificate of Education (ATAR) upon completion that can be used to go on to Higher Education.

As a student, you will study multiple subjects designed to prepare you for admission to higher education.

Note: Primary and secondary education are usually delivered through separate schools, although some schools.

Secondary Education leads to Vocational and Pathway Studies or Higher Education.

English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are designed to help students improve their English language skills and prepare for their future studies.

Upon successful completion, students can enter Vocational and Pathway Studies or Higher Education.

English language studies lead to Vocational and Pathway Studies or Higher Education. 

Vocational and pathway studies offer you the opportunity to learn specific and practical job skills.

This study pathway equips you with real-world and industry-based skills and is perfect for international students looking for a faster path into the workforce.

It also allows you to access multiple pathways into higher education.

You can enrol in a VET course at a private college or at one of the Western Australian government’s colleges, through TAFE International WA.

Vocational and pathway studies include:

  • Vocational Graduate Diploma
    This leads to a Master's Degree in Higher Education 
  • Advanced Diploma
    This leads to the 2nd year of a Bachelor's Degree / Associate Degree 
  • Vocational Graduate Certificate
  • University Foundation Program Certificate IV
    This leads to the 1st year of a Bachelor's Degree
  • Certificates I - III

In Australia, the higher education sector includes universities, university colleges, and other types of institutions that award qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Undergraduate studies

Undergraduate Certificate / Diploma

Undergraduate Certificate courses equip graduates with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue further studies, secure employment, enhance their professional development, and engage in lifelong learning.

Diploma courses equip graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to pursue paraprofessional work or continue with further academic studies.

Bachelor Degree

In Bachelor Degree courses, students can specialize in one or more areas to develop their knowledge and skills. The courses prioritize the growth of critical analytical skills, research techniques, and intellectual independence, all preparing graduates for postgraduate study or professional work.

Associate Degree

Associate Degree courses prepare graduates for paraprofessional work or further learning. Knowledge and skills at this level focus on underpinning technical and theoretical knowledge. Graduates are expected to demonstrate initiative and judgement, problem-solving, decision-making and analytical skills, and communication in a range of paraprofessional situations. Courses are usually two years full-time.

Postgraduate studies

Masters Degree

In the master's degree program, knowledge and skills are focused on analyzing and evaluating complex information and generating and evaluating complex ideas and concepts.

Upon graduation, students are expected to apply knowledge and skills to new situations, exercise high levels of autonomy and accountability, and produce a substantial research-based project.

Doctoral Degree (PhD)

A doctoral degree is the highest level of academic study and provides students with highly specialized research skills and a critical understanding of a complex field of study.

Courses are usually three to four years full-time.


How to apply

Follow the simple steps to find and apply for your perfect course so all that’s left to do is book your flights.