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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2013
australia: the education destination 9 8 australia: the education destination Australia boasts 39 world-class universities, as well as a number of specialist higher education institutions. Some 100 other institutions are accredited by State and Territory Governments to deliver specific higher education qualification courses, usually in association with a university. At an Australian university, you will have access to technologically advanced facilities, expert lecturers and tutors, and a high standard of education. Facilities include computer labs, extensive libraries, state-of-the-art research centres and laboratories, as well as sporting, social and cultural facilities. You can study an undergraduate degree or postgraduate program. Postgraduate programs may be completed by research or coursework. International students are supported to adapt to the Australian academic style. Australian universities are established by law and have the authority to accredit their own courses. They are monitored by an independent national body set up to monitor, audit and report on quality assurance in the sector. vocAtionAl educAtion And trAining The Australian vocational education and training (VET) sector provides opportunities for a broad range of learning designed to meet current industry needs. Vocational courses create job-ready graduates with the skills and knowledge to excel in their careers. All Australian vocational providers must be registered training organisations (rTos). There are over 4900 rTos in Australia. Government-funded or public RTOs include colleges and institutes of Technical and Further Education (TAFE). Non-government or private RTOs include independent colleges, commercial training businesses, and industry and business associations. Image: Tourism Australia english lAnguAge courSES (ElIcoS) Australia is a great place to improve your English language skills. It offers specific English Language Intensive courses for overseas Students (ELIcoS). Australia has hundreds of colleges across the country providing a wide range of courses for beginners to advanced speakers. Many universities and vocational institutes also have ELIcoS centres. You can take a course to suit your study or work needs. There are five main types of English language courses taught in Australia: • General English – to develop overall speaking and listening skills • English for academic Purposes – for study at a university or vocational institute • English for specific purposes – for use in specific industries, such as business or tourism • English for High school Preparation – for study at secondary school • Examination Preparation – to prepare for an exam such as ielts or toeFl. The English language training sector is closely regulated and monitored through government regulation and industry self-regulation. English language colleges must be registered on CRICOS. You can enrol in English language courses at any time of the year. Full- time courses range from four weeks to 48 weeks. English language colleges provide support for their students in settling into Australia, as well as social events and sight-seeing trips. Many students complete an ELIcoS course in readiness for university or other study. Australia welcomes students from around the world to learn through its high quality, innovative education system and graduate with the skills for today’s world. • primAry And secondAry schools children in Australia start school at around five years of age and finish when they are about 18 years old. Australia has a system of primary schools (Kindergarten to Year 6) and secondary schools (Year 7 to Year 12). Students undergo assessments and exams in Years 11 and 12 to receive a Senior Secondary certificate of Education for entry into tertiary study. Some schools also offer the International Baccalaureate. Australia has developed a set of national goals for education in the 21st century. They aim to ensure students leave school with the foundation skills, values, knowledge and understanding necessary for lifelong learning, employment and full participation in society. Quality in Australian schools is regulated by State and Territory Governments and through benchmarks agreed to by all levels of Australian government. Australia has a national curriculum framework to ensure high academic standards across the country. All schools provide subjects in the eight key learning areas, as well as additional subjects as electives for secondary students. School students are well prepared for further study or entry into the workforce. Students benefit from a focus on academic achievement, as well as career education and transition-to- work programs. The school system includes both public (government-run) and independent (non-government) schools. Independent schools may have a religious affiliation. Some schools are co-educational while others may be boys-only or girls-only. Many independent schools have boarding houses for their students to live on campus. FIND OUT MORE information about studying in Australia www.studyinaustralia.gov.au australian Qualifications Framework www.aqf.edu.au The VET sector operates under a national training system that is industry led, competency based, nationally consistent and quality assured. The standard of vocational courses is guaranteed by the Australian Quality Training Framework, which provides national standards for registering and auditing training providers and accrediting courses, and for delivering services. FoundAtion studies (PrE-unIVErSIty courSES) Foundation studies are designed specifically to prepare international students for the Australian academic environment. They include English language training for tertiary studies. These programs are offered at universities, vocational institutes and other colleges. If you do not meet the entry requirements for a bachelor degree, you may be able to complete a foundation program to be accepted into the university. When you fulfil the requirements of the foundation studies program, you are guaranteed entry into the bachelor degree. ABoUT AUSTrALIAN EdUcATIoN
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