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Australia generally has two intakes i.e. February and July, with few Universities offering multiple intakes in September & November too. The following are the most sought after programs in Australia, from international students prospective.

Undergraduate study

Undergraduate study in Australia has duration of three years. Upon completion of undergraduate study, students are awarded a Bachelor’s Degree, which prepares students for professional careers as well as for further postgraduate study.

Bachelor Degree (Honours) may be completed as an optional, additional year of study following the three-year degree; or, it may be awarded for academic achievement in degrees of four or more years.
Australian universities also offer Undergraduate diplomas and Associate Diplomas. 

For admission to undergraduate study, students needs to complete an Australian Secondary School Certificate of Education (Year 12), the overseas equivalent, or a diploma or advanced diploma from the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. 

Some undergraduate courses specify 'pre-requisite subjects', which implies that students must have passed that particular subject as part of their entry qualification. Pre-requisite subjects vary from course to course.

For example, a Bachelor of Arts degree might have no pre-requisite; a Bachelor of Science might require general Mathematics. Many courses like fashion designing or Fine arts may require thestudents to submit their portfolios.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

Quite a few courses are offered in Australia through the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector. These are of a wide range and are recognized almost everywhere. The VET sector is divided into two sections: a nationally recognized government system of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) and private providers. VET offers certificates, advanced certificates, associate diplomas and diplomas. 

Technical and further education (TAFE)

The Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sector is the largest tertiary education and training sector in Australia. It offers an extensive range of courses that cover a wide range of subject areas like business management, hospitality and tourism, aviation maintenance etc and provide practical skills and training for a huge variety of career possibilities. Studying at TAFE level is also a way of gaining entry into Australian Universities.

Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate study courses in Australia can be categorized in the following: 

Graduate Certificate / Graduate Diploma courses are generally designed for specific vocational purposes. They may either broaden the skills already pursued in the undergraduate level or teach skills in an entirely new professional area. The duration of study is normally six months of full-time study for the Graduate Certificate and twelve months of full-time study for the Graduate Diploma.

Masters Degree courses usually involve two years of study after a Bachelors Degree, or one year of study after a Bachelor Honors Degree. The Masters Degree course may be offered as:
  • Coursework Masters which consists of coursework, project work and research in varying combinations.
  • Research Masters which consists of at least two-thirds research with a substantial thesis, which is often externally assessed.
  • Professional Masters which may consist of a work-based project

 

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