Secondary Education

Schooling in Australia starts with a preparatory year followed by 12 years of primary and secondary school. Students in year 12 can study for a government endorsed certificate that is recognized nationally for all Australian universities and vocational education institutions. Australia has developed a national curriculum framework to ensure high academic standards across the country. All schools in Australia provide subjects in the key learning areas like:

  1. 1. English
  2. 2. Mathematics
  3. 3. Science
  4. 4. Arts
  5. 5. Languages other than English
  6. 6. Technology
  7. 7. Health & Physical Education.

Senior secondary students have access to wide range subjects delivered. After finishing their senior secondary many students gain entry to university.

Most schools in Australian schools offer vocational education programs in addition to standard school curriculum. Vocational training that is both practical and career orientated, students can undertake a training or vocational program knowing that their skills are those demanded by the employers.

Academic Year

School year in Australia is divided into four terms and runs from late January / early February until December.

Academic Programs

Development in philosophy, academic programs for the high school students are designed to extend the individual and challenge each student to achieve personal success. Communication with parents enables teachers to work with the home environment, in order to achieve the very best possible educational outcomes for each student.

  1. 1. English, History & Legal Studies
  2. 2. Mathematics & Commerce
  3. 3. Science & Geography
  4. 4. Performing Arts & Languages Other than English
  5. 5. Human Ecology and Movement
  6. 6. Information Technology, Applied Design & Visual Art

Year 11 & 12

All students in year 11 & 12 study for a senior certificate in order to achieve university or vocational education. Students then have a diverse range of options in their post compulsory education including traineeships and apprenticeships, Tafe or university subjects.

OP & Tertiary Options

Students have access to a wide range of development subjects across all key learning areas. Students who excel in particular areas are provided an opportunity to finish their final year of studies in university programs.

Traineeships and Apprenticeships

Students interested in pursuing careers in trades or services industries, take up the option of studying four days each week on a reduced load of five subjects, the additional day is spent in a workplace where the student has an opportunity to gain industry based recognition in a chosen field.

Vocational Education

It depends on which state you study in but in most states, educational authority developed a subject which enables students to complete a course for their senior certificate while at same time completing a certificate 2 or 3 in a given area.

Students are able to participate in courses such as Hospitality, Child Care, Business Communication and Information Technology studies.

Culture & Sport

Australian schools offer and cater for a diverse range of student skills and interests. Schools in Australia also have private tuition and have diverse range of elite programs which is designed for talented international students. Schools have purpose built learning centers and state of the art sport facilities which is designed for the academic and personal development of international students.

International Baccalaureate Organisation

There are 24 government and non government schools offering International Baccalaureate. Students between the ages of 16-19 can undertake the two year pre university curriculum in the schools which are officially authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organisation. Students from Australia and outside of Australia can take the IB diploma for admission to leading universities in the Asia-Pacific region.

the International Baccalaureate Organisation

  • Australian Capital Territory (ACT)ACT Year 12 Certificate
  • New South Wales (NSW)Higher Education Certificate (HSC)
  • Northern Territory (NT)Northern Territory Certificate of Education (NTCE)
  • Queensland (QLD)Senior Certificate
  • South Australia (SA)South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE)
  • Tasmania (TAS)Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE)
  • Victoria (VIC)Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)
  • Western Australia (WA)WA Certificate of Education
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