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Types of Institutions in Australia

TAFE: Technical and Further Education

TAFE Institutes in Australia are government-owned providers of VET courses. VET courses are also offered by private Registered Training Organizations (RTOs), typically known as private colleges. The TAFE sector is the largest education and training sector in Australia. The types of qualifications that can be obtained through the TAFE system include:
  • Certificate I–IV: These courses are designed to provide basic skills and training. They offer industry-specific knowledge and skills in communication, literacy and numeracy, and teamwork. The duration varies from six months to two years.

  • Diploma: Diploma prepares students for corporate, industries, enterprises and paraprofessional careers. Diploma typically requires one to two years of full-time study.

  • Advanced diploma: An advanced diploma provides a high degree of practical skills for paraprofessional work in areas such as accounting, architecture and engineering. Students can complete some advanced diplomas at university level. Advanced diplomas vary in duration from one to two years of full-time study.

  • Vocational graduate certificate/diploma: The vocational graduate certificate and diploma are the equivalent of the higher education graduate certificate and diploma. The graduate certificate usually requires six months to a year of full-time study, and the graduate diploma usually requires one to two years of full-time study.

Entrance/Test Requirements

The most important prerequisite is English language proficiency. At all Australian universities, English is the language of instruction. An applicant has to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language.
English Proficiency:
  • IELTS: IELTS or International English Language Test is frequently administered by the British Council. Most universities require international students to take this test.
  • TOEFL: TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is an alternative to IELTS. This test is carried out by ETS and accepted by most Australian universities.
For International students: Broadly speaking, universities have the following entry requirements for bachelor degrees from international students:
  • An overall score of at least 6.0 in the international English language testing system (IELTS).
  • A score of at least 550 in the test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) and a score of at least 4.5 in the test of written English (TWE)

Other requirements

Applicants also require an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of at least 70 (80 for engineering and other select courses). The ATAR required for each course changes from year to year, depending on demand.
Each Education provider will have different entrance requirements such as prior knowledge in certain subject, work or volunteer experience, portfolio, Official academic transcripts, test or interview.

List of Universities/Institutions

  • Australian Capital Territory
    Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

  • New South Wales
    Le Cordon Bleu Australia —TAFE
    TAFE NSW Institutes

  • Queensland
    Brisbane North Institute of TAFE
    Queensland Institute of Business and Technology (QIBT)

  • South Australia
    Le Cordon Bleu Australia —TAFE
    TAFE South Australia

  • Victoria
    Box Hill Institute
    Chisholm Institute — TAFE
    Gordon Institute of TAFE
    Holmesglen Institute
    NMIT
    RMIT University — TAFE
    Swinburne University of Technology — TAFE
    William Angliss Institute — TAFE

  • Western Australia
    TAFE Western Australia

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET courses are offered by Registered Training Organizations (RTOs). Australia is among the few countries that hold a vocational education sector where a trainee is evaluated by his or her acquisition of competencies, and focuses on the development of skills relevant to a profession or field of skilled specialization.

Entrance/Test Requirements

The most important prerequisite is English language proficiency. At all Australian universities, English is the language of instruction. An applicant has to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language.

English Proficiency:

  • IELTS: IELTS or International English Language Test is frequently administered by the British Council. Most universities require international students to take this test.
  • TOEFL: TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is an alternative to IELTS. This test is carried out by ETS and accepted by most Australian universities.
For International students: Broadly speaking, universities have the following entry requirements for bachelor degrees from international students:
  • An overall score of at least 6.0 in the international English language testing system (IELTS).
  • A score of at least 550 in the test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) and a score of at least 4.5 in the test of written English (TWE)

List of Universities/Institutions

  • New South Wales
    Endeavour College of Natural Health — VET
    Fuss Beauty and Laser College
    Le Cordon Bleu — VET

  • Queensland
    Aviation Australia
    Endeavour College of Natural Health — VET

  • South Australia
    Endeavour College of Natural Health — VET
    Le Cordon Bleu — VET

  • Victoria
    Academies Australasia Polytechnic — VET
    Australian Institute of Technical Training (AITT) - VET
    Australasian Lawrence Aged Care College
    Elly Lukas Beauty Therapy College
    Endeavour College of Natural Health — VET

  • Western Australia
    Endeavour College of Natural Health — VET

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses help international students who may not initially meet entry requirements to gain entry into undergraduate study. TAFE institutes, universities and specialist foundation colleges offer foundation courses to international students. Foundation courses are divided into subject streams, such as business, humanities,science or social studies.

Entrance/Test Requirements

The most important prerequisite is English language proficiency. At all Australian universities, English is the language of instruction. An applicant has to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language.
English Proficiency:
  • IELTS: IELTS or International English Language Test is frequently administered by the British Council. Most universities require international students to take this test.
  • TOEFL: TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is an alternative to IELTS. This test is carried out by ETS and accepted by most Australian universities.
For International students: Broadly speaking, universities have the following entry requirements for bachelor degrees from international students:
  • An overall score of at least 6.0 in the international English language testing system (IELTS).
  • A score of at least 550 in the test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) and a score of at least 4.5 in the test of written English (TWE)

Other requirements

Each Education provider will have different entrance requirements. Applicants need to have completed their home country’s end-of-school certificate.

List of Universities/Institutions

  • New South Wales
    University of New South Wales (UNSW) — Foundation Studies
    UWSCollege Foundation Courses
    UTS: Insearch — Foundation Studies

  • Queensland
    QUT International College

  • South Australia
    EQUALS International

  • Victoria
    RMIT International College
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