Education in Australia

Australia’s education system has four main stages. 

  • Pre-primary school -  0-4 years of age
  • Primary school  - 5-12 years of age
  • Secondary school  - 13-17 years of age
  • Post-secondary school -  17 years and over. Post- secondary school study options include vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (degree and above).

Where Chisholm fits in

Chisholm is a government-funded Technical and Further Education (TAFE) provider, offering senior secondary school and post-secondary school qualifications, vocational training and degrees. For most post-secondary school qualifications, you need to meet the course admission requirements and have a minimum level of English language skills. Find out more about course requirements for international students.

Chisholm qualification levels

Bachelor degrees

Chisholm offers several niche degrees in health, the arts and engineering developed in conjunction with industry to meet current and future workforce requirements. Chisholm and La Trobe University work together to deliver the Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Information Technology to students who wish to pursue degree-level studies while remaining at Chisholm.

Packaged offers

Packaged offers provide students with the opportunity to accept a place in a Chisholm diploma and university degree and take advantage of the streamlined visa processing system offered by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. 

Diploma to degree

Diploma-to-degree pathways provide students with a range of options to work towards a degree offered by several university and institute partners with secured credit transfer along the way. Packaged offers and diploma-to-degree options provide students with the opportunity to gain dual qualifications, secured credits and a reduction in the overall fees paid for their Australian education.

Diplomas and advanced diplomas

Vocational diploma study provides students with the opportunity to gain practical and industry-specific training in a shorter time frame than a bachelor degree. Courses range from certificate to diploma and advanced diploma. Most certificate studies take six months to one year, most diploma studies take one year and advanced diploma study may take one-and-a-half to two years.