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Education system in Australia

Australia's education system includes primary, secondary, college and university levels. Australian schools and vocational schools are governed by state law in terms of finance, curriculum, policy and quality management. Differences in teaching details, quality of training The creation of state schools is the same and strictly managed.

Although different in the details of teaching, the quality of training in Australian schools is the same


General education



The high school program in Australia is 12 years long and has 3 different levels: elementary, middle and high school. Below is an overview of the high school education system in Australia.


Primary school - beginning in Kindergarten through 7th or 8th grade. Total study time ranges from 7 to 8 years (depending on state and territory)
High school - starting in grades 7 or 8 to 10. The total time is 3 to 4 years (depending on the state and territory). At this point, students who finish 10th grade can choose between continuing their education in the general education program or choosing vocational training certificates.
High school - includes 11th and 12th grade. The total time is 2 years.


Students will receive a high school diploma after completion of grade 12. Although each state and territory has different names, be assured that these qualifications are valid and level same.


Below is the name of the high school graduation certificates based on each state.



Tiểu bang

Chứng chỉ tốt nghiệp phổ thông


New South Wales (NSW)

Higher School Certificate (HSC)


Victoria (VIC)

Victorian Certificate of Education


Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

ACT Year 12 Certificate


Queensland (QLD)

Senior Certificate


Western Australia (WA)

Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE)


South Australia (SA)

South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)


Tasmania (TAS)

Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)


Northern Territory (NT)

Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)

  1. College and vocational training.


    Australia currently has more than 60 public vocational schools, also known as TAFE (Technical and Further Education) and 500 private vocational schools. Coming to TAFE the curriculum will be focused on practicing more than theory, and more importantly, anyone of all ages and different forms of learning can apply for TAFE. VET certificates (Vocational and Education Training) will be issued to you once you have completed the course here.


    Australian vocational schools will issue the following certificates:


Bằng cấp

Thời gian học

Chứng chỉ I

3-6 tháng

Chứng chỉ II và III

6-12 tháng

Chứng chỉ IV

1 năm

Cao đẳng

1-2 năm

Cao đẳng nâng cao

2-2.5 năm

Chứng chỉ tốt nghiệp nghề

6 tháng

Bằng tốt nghiệp nghề

1-1.5 năm

  1. University-level training
    3.1. Bachelor's Degree and Bachelor's Degree

    After completing a general or college preparatory course in Australia, students will be transferred to a Bachelor Degree (Bachelor Degree) or Bachelor of Honors Degree (Bachelor Honors Degree). Not only are there differences in terms of study time, honors and bachelor's degrees are specialized in theory, research and for students who have graduated with a good bachelor's degree. Here is the difference between a Bachelor's degree and a good Bachelor's degree:

Bằng Cử nhân

Bằng Cử nhân loại giỏi

Thời gian học

3 năm

4 năm

Điều kiện đầu vào

Tốt nghiệp THPT hoặc dự bị đại học

Tốt nghiệp bằng Cử nhân loại Giỏi

Nội dung đào tạo

Đào tạo kiến thức chuyên sâu về 1 chuyên ngành hoặc kỹ năng cụ thể

Đào tạo chuyên sâu về nghiên cứu


3.2. Postgraduate certificate

For Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma, the study time usually lasts from 6 months to 1 year with full-time study conditions. The subjects in the program will help you improve the knowledge and personal skills you have gained in your undergraduate program.

3.3. Master's Degree (Master’s Degree)

The duration of a Master's degree usually lasts from 1 to 2 years and to qualify for graduation, you will have to complete a coursework or complete a research essay, or combine both options on.

3.4. Doctorate Degree (PhD)

Doctoral degrees are offered at universities in Australia and also the highest degree. Admission requirements include Bachelor's degree and Master's degree in research.

The curriculum usually lasts from 3 to 4 years and graduate education often requires students to write and present their thesis.